is a unique vacation destination, filled with primeval beauty in the
rainforest (regarded as a National Treasure) and tourist ammenities in
the northern, more developed, section of the island. A little off
the beaten tourist path, the island offers the laid back Caribbean and
the ammenities you want.
Near Soufriere, the Pitons are spectacular
remnants of an extinct volcano. You can climb to the top, snorkel around
the base or just have lunch and drink in their rugged beauty. A guided
trip into the rainforest will be filled with exotic flora and fauna. You
may even be lucky enough to see St. Lucia's indigenous parrots, now
making a comeback from a brush with extinction.
The northern end of the island offers golden
sand beaches, fine dining, an 18 hole golf course and duty free
shopping. There is plenty to do on St. Lucia; the problem is getting it
all seen and done in a week. Many people come back year after year.
Maybe you will too! English is the predominant language.
Lucia is a windward island and gets plenty of sea breezes. Day time
temperatures average in the mid 80's and the nights dip into the low
70's. May is regarded by locals as the hottest month. St. Lucia is below
the "official" hurricane belt and has had only two hurricanes
in the last hundred years.
beaches are part of the Queen’s chain so, technically, there are no
private beaches on St. Lucia. You’ll find golden sand in the north and
dark, volcanic sand in the south. There is great snorkeling, diving, and
swimming all over the island. Although beautiful, the beaches on the
Atlantic side of the island are generally not recommended for swimming.
local market on Saturday morning in Castries is a must see. Point
Seraphine is the large duty free shopping area. Local artisans and their
work are found everywhere. However, if shopping is at the top of your
list, St. Lucia is not the island for you.
Dining: There is
everything from great brick oven pizza to elegant Italian, Continental
and Pacific Rim. Many excellent choices for dining out. The drinks are
wonderful, too, particularly at night looking over the sea after a great
meal and an unforgettable day.
tennis, squash, mountain biking, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing,
sailing, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, hiking and climbing, Nature
Tours, and more.
Caribbean dollars. The rate is fixed at $2.67EC to $1US in cash.
can arrange car rentals for you. St. Lucians drive on the left side of
the road. Taxis are available for hotel guests.
Travel Documents Needed: It
is best to travel with a passport but US citizens can get onto the
island with an "official" birth certificate - one with a
raised seal - and a government issued picture ID such as a driver's