Set like a small gem in the sparkling Caribbean Sea Saint Lucia is destination where peace and harmony come mostly from nature. It’s British and French heritage give the island, set between Martinique and Saint Vincent, a uniquely elegant atmosphere as well.
With its blue plaid material insets the same colors as the island’s crystal clear waters the Travelers Club Odyssey 2 piece set is the desired luggage to pack sunblock, flip-flops and a swimsuit or two into for an adventure under the tropical trade winds.
Water activities abound, and many prefer to do their scuba diving, snorkeling and windsurfing on the west side of the island. Here the water is less rough and is where many of the island’s better hotel properties are located. Be prepared most the hotels offer similar activities and charge for the experience.
Sooth any tired muscles at hotel or off-site spas. Be sure to ask if they offer outdoor treatments with indigenous products like mango, papaya or pumpkin.
The orange gourd is also a favorite in soups and found on many menus of restaurants from Gros Islet to the island’s capital city of Castries. Other native culinary delights are curries, salt fish and pepper pot stews. Seafood from the surrounding waters is the focal point of the weekly Saturday night fish fiestas in Dennery. Join the locals for an authentic experience where reggae and local fish are served in a variety of ways. Reduit Beach is popular for catching some rays or drinks at outdoor beach bars like Spinnackers. Beach chairs strewn across the sand make it easy to sit and sip a late afternoon cocktail while the setting sun sinks behind the waves.
Winning big happens daily when Lady Luck smiles at Treasure Bay Casino in Rodney Bay. Over 250 slots and video poker machines including Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette are among the games.
Being part of a volcanic island chain Saint Lucia has the lushly verdant Piton mountain range. At the fishing village Soufrière two volcanic cones named Petit Piton and Gros Piton can be found. Both offer amazing views of sea, sky and leafy terrain for those willing to hike the trails. Be forewarned though, climbing even the easier Gros Piton is not for a couch potato on vacation. One must be relatively fit and the trek requires a licensed guide to lead the ascent. Nearby Mount Soufrière features a completely different landscape – one of bubbling mud pots and deep craters spewing smelly sulphur fumes. One of the volcanic craters is so large a car can easily drive through it.
Just as enthralling, but less physically demanding is zip lining across the tropical canopy of trees. A number of tour companies offer the scream a minute fun.
Whale watching remains a popular activity for all ages. Across Saint Lucia nature lovers can also encounter everything from butterflies to birds such as the sooty tern and red-billed tropicbird.
Pigeon Island was named after the red-throated pigeon colony that once populated the area. On it is the country’s first national park by the same name and an Interpretation Centre with enough artifacts from the early Amerindian settlers to the French and British naval battles during the latter 18th century to satisfy any history buff.
For a small island Saint Lucia is big on fun for any taste or budget.
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