If you are looking for a great Caribbean getaway, the sovereign island nation of St. Lucia should definitely be in the running. You can find everything here, from amazing beaches to rich culture and tradition. There is no shortage of quality accommodations, and this island is thought to have some of the best all-inclusive resorts in all of the Caribbean. If you are wondering how you will fill your days here, below is just a small sampling of the different parts of St. Lucia and the sights and activities on offer. Almost all hotels will have a tourist desk where you can arrange trips around the island.
Castries, the capital, is one of the most visited areas of the island, and the point of entry for the numerous cruises that stop here. It is centered on the harbor, which sites in the crater of an extinct volcano. Numerous large fires destroyed much of the city, and it has a more modern look than other capital cities in the West Indies. While the architecture may not be much to look at from the perspective of a tourist, the public market is one of the most interesting in all of this part of the Caribbean. If you love people-watching and experiencing a true taste of the local culture, this is not to be missed—it is most hopping on Friday and Saturday morning, and open every day except Sunday. Here you can view women in their traditional dress peddling all sorts of wares from delicious fresh fruit to pottery. You also want to check out Derek Walcott Square, a green space that is also home to a beautiful church.
Just 15 minutes drive from the capital, Rodney Bay is one of the tourist hot spots of St. Lucia. It is chock full of hotels, restaurants and nightlife. If you are into watersports, this is one of the top spots in all of the Caribbean. For those of you that like to be close to a happening nighttime scene definitely stay nearby in a resort at St. Lucia; this is the busiest part of the island once the sun sets.
Soufriere, a lovely little fishing port is the second-largest settlement on the island, and one of the top tourist areas of St. Lucia. The area is dominated by Petit Piton and Gros Piton, two pointed hills that are the symbol of the country. They are made from lava and rock, but are now home to lush green vegetation. Rising from the sea, they are visible for miles. As for climbing the hills, most recommend only attempting Gros Piton with an experienced guide. Another popular nearby sight is Mount Soufriere, also dubbed the ‘’drive-in’’ volcano. You can cruise into the millions-years old crater along a winding road, park and walk through a trail full of observation decks where you can take in the amazing sights of sulfur springs and hissing steam.
Many a movie has used the scenery here for background shots. This narrow bay is considered one of the most beautiful in all of the Caribbean. If you are interested in visiting a relatively unspoiled beach area, this is a great place to relax, have a picnic and just soak up the beauty of the island.
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