Whether you’re after adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both – St Lucia (pronounced ‘Loosha’) ticks all the boxes.
Its crescent-shaped beaches are golden or black sand and many are favoured by nesting sea turtles, while offshore is good diving and snorkelling in the marine reserve along part of the west coast. Castries, the island’s capital and cruise ship port, offers a colourful slice of St Lucian life at its lively market, as well as some historic landmarks. In the northwest, the resort zone around Rodney Bay provides fun in the sun, watersports, good restaurants and nightlife and has one of the best yacht marinas in the Caribbean.
The mountainous interior is outstandingly beautiful and there are several reserves to protect the St Lucia parrot and other wildlife, as well as a number of hiking trails through the rich rainforests. In the southwest, sightseeing opportunities include small fishing villages, geothermal sulphur springs, cascading waterfalls, and the towering Pitons, St Lucia’s famous twin volcanic peaks clad in emerald-green forest.
St Lucia has a rich cultural heritage too, having alternated between the French and English colonial powers, which is reflected in colonial fortifications and plantations.