St. Lucia

Lush rainforests and stunning beaches are usually the first impressions of St. Lucia. Of course, that's true, but there is also an abundance of history, culture and personalities which add to that.

See what's making St.Lucia thrive now and what is a piece of time gone by. The interesting and colourful past has created today's variety of culture from the cuisine and languages to traditions and music, English, French, Amerindian and African heritages are all apparent in St.Lucia Visit old and working plantations - cocoa, sugar and bananas. Explore historical sites, botanical gardens, waterfalls and the unique flora and fauna. Join in on the adventure activities, especially tours to snorkeling and diving in the underwater world.

St. Lucia gained independence in 1979, remains, however, in the British Commonwealth.

Official language: English, but commonly heard locals French based Creole Patois.

The island is 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, covering a total area of 238 square miles, it is located at: 60-61 ° W and 13-14 ° N.

Martinique lies 21 miles to the north and St. Vincent is 26 miles to the south.

Most visitors must present a valid passport to enter Saint Lucia.

 

In the west coast (leeward coast) you can find:

 

Rodney Bay

Admiral Rodney defeated the French Admiral De Grasse in 1746, the most memorable of all conflics in Saint Lucia. 

This is the busiest tourist area in Saint Lucia. Reduit Beach is the most popular seaside spot on the island with a long stretch of golden sand, resorts, beach lounges, water sports and vendors. The hub of entertainment runs along Reduit Drive, with many hotels, bars, restaurants and shops. With a choice of Indian, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Caribbean, Mexican or American, the restaurants cater to a variety of tastes. There are 3 supermarkets and 2 shopping malls.  Rodney Bay is also the finish line for the annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) when every November-December yachts race across the ocean from Las Palmas, Canarie. Boats dock at I.G.Y. Rodney Bay Marina and crews relax and start enjoying their holiday! The marina entrance is behind the lagoon on the main highway. Here you’ll find a mixture of cafés, shops, bars and restaurants, all on the water’s edge, elegant yachting atmosphere.

CASTRIES

Castries is St. Lucia’s capital city and is both the commercial and governmental centre. It is the largest town and over a third of population lives here. The harbor is also a port of call for hundreds of cruise ships every year, able to dock up to 3 ships at a time. There is a peculiar market selling arts and crafts, fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, spices and more. A great experience is to have lunch with Creole dishes along the alley in the market, inside Caribbean colors and "flavorings".

 MARIGOT BAY

Further south you’ll find the delightful gem of Marigot Bay. Nestled in a natural hurricane hole it is often quoted as the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean. The bay has featured in a couple of movies. As a popular yachting destination, it hosts a marina, spa, café, restaurants, boutiques and a hotel all on the waterfront.

SOUFRIERE AND THE TWO PITONS

Soufriere was St.Lucia first town established by the French in 1746. It is distinguished by its colonial architecture and of course the majestic 2 PITONS in full view. Translated Soufriere means « sulphur in the air » and the pungent smell attests to that, coming from the volcano and sulphur springs behind the town.  Mooring at the 2 pitons marine park, you have the possibility to reach, walking up the jungle for 20 minutes, hot falls, to have a relaxing warm bath.

 http://www.stlucia.org/

 http://www.igy-rodneybay.com/

Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia
Rodney Bay Marina, Saint Lucia
Castries, Saint Lucia
Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia
Two Pitons, Saint Lucia
Mooring at Two Pitons, Saint Lucia