It is easy to see why St Lucia is regarded as one of the most magical islands in the Caribbean. The backdrop of the dramatic UNESCO listed Pitons is one of the highlights, with forested mountains, beautifully secluded bays and charming shoreline villages that invite you to immerse yourself in the islands natural beauty. St Lucia has been popular with couples and honeymooners alike for many years and it feature highly on the list of the world’s most romantic destinations. The island is surrounded by relatively unspoilt beaches and littered with sprawling banana, coconut, cocoa and mango plantations. Although St Lucia is perfect for couple seeking sun drenched seclusion there is plenty to explore away from the golden shores. The island has numerous nature trails, offers mountain biking and Segway tours, has thermal springs and even a zip line challenge!
The bustling capital, Castries was originally founded by the French in 1650 and was later used as a British Naval port. For the best views of the city ascend Morne Fortune or ‘Hill of good luck’.
St Lucian cuisine is an eclectic mix of influences including European, African and Indian. The island makes the most of its abundance of local produce including tropical fruits such as mango, banana, coconut and pineapple as well as and vegetables including cassava and breadfruit.
Try the tasty national dish, green fig and salt fish which is made with banana – which is known locally as ‘fig’. Fried plantain, conch fritters and accra – fried fishcakes are popular side dishes. Being an island, you will find plenty of fresh seafood including mahi mahi, snapper and lobster.