Thursday, March 15, 2012

St. Lucia, a Popular Tropical Destination

Not sure where to go for a tropical vacation, consider St. Lucia! Long considered as one of the most popular honeymoon destination, St. Lucia is best known for the Pitons, the two volcanic cones that rise high above the island. The scenery is breath-taking with the lush, green and tropical vegetation that covers the mountainous island. The island contains a nice mixture of green forests, high mountains, golden-sand beaches and low lands. The size of the island is fairly small being about 27 miles in length and nearly 14 miles wide. The French influence is still apparent today in the spicy Creole food.

Gros Piton, St. Lucia
St. Lucia, like most other places in the Caribbean, has a climate perfect for couples looking to escape winter. Yearlong temperatures range from 70 to 90 degrees (F) making it the perfect winter escape. The rainy season extends from the months of June to November. The best time to go to St. Lucia is from December to April.

There are so many activities to do in St. Lucia:
1) Travel St. Lucia by Car: Spend some time exploring the towns and countryside of this lush green island. Visit some of the historical sites and learn about St. Lucia’s history. Check out some of the old forts, the pirate hangouts, plantations and other historical sites. Visit Fond Doux Estates, FortCharlotte and Pigeon Island to learn a little about the past.

Main road in Canaries, St. Lucia

2) Scuba Diving: Located at the tip of an underground volcano, St. Lucia is a great scuba diving site. Some of the best places for diving can be found on St. Lucia’s West coast including Anse Chastanet, The Key Hole Pinnacles, Anse La Raye and Lesleen M Shipwreck. Anse Chastanet is a a snorkeler’s paradise because the waters are part of a protected marine reserve with very restricted fishing.

3) Visit the Beaches: The gold or black sand beaches of St. Lucia are beautiful. All of the beaches are public but some of them can only be accessed by boat. One of the most attractive beaches in St. Lucia is Anse de Sable. It’s a great place to enjoy swimming and sunbathing but you can also try windsurfing, waterskiing, parasailing and other exciting water sports here.

The beach

4) Volcano – One of the main attractions to visit is Mt. Soufriere, an active volcano in St. Lucia. The volcano only emits steam and sulphur with boiling mud and water bubbling .The road runs right up to and through the crater of the Soufriere Volcano.

5) Explore Castries: Be sure to visit Castries, the vibrant capital and largest city of the island. It’s location by the port and the surrounding hills makes it one of the most beautiful Caribbean cities. While you are there, make sure that you visit the 19thcentury Catholic Cathedral located in Derek Walcott Square.

6) Hike in the Rainforests: There are 29 miles of hiking trails in St. Lucia. If you are looking for easy hiking trails, pick the Uniron Nature Trail of Min-Zoo. For those travellers wanting more difficult hikes, select Enbas Saut Waterfalls Trail or Edmund Forest Reserve. You might even want to climb the 2,461 foot Gross Piton! That's a long way up!
7) Whale Watching: For those who enjoy whale watching, St. Lucia has 20 different species of whales which migrate to St. Lucia.

With so much natural beauty in the area, St. Lucia is the idyllic destination to visit.

Soufriere Bay, Saint Lucia

Pack your suitcases, choose one of the island’s many luxury resorts, and you will be set for a terrific vacation.

All photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Muriel MacRae, owner of Del Sol Travel, is a Calgary travel agent and WPIC wedding planner who specializes in destination weddings, honeymoons, and romantic getaways to tropical locations such as Hawaii. Mexico, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and the South Pacific. Located in Calgary, Alberta, she plans destination weddings for couples in and around the Calgary area and throughout North America. For more information about planning your destination wedding, honeymoon, or romantic getaway, please contact her at or phone             403-477-0643      .

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