Having just spent a week in St Lucia, I cannot sing the island’s praises enough. The lush mountainous island that has both Caribbean and Atlantic coastlines, offers so much more than fabulous weather, white sand beaches, relaxation and rum punches (although these are good enough reasons on their own to visit!)
First, there are the stunning Pitons, two volcanic mountains that rise majestically from the sea and which can be hiked; botanical gardens and waterfalls; and the steaming sulphur springs at Soufriere that remind you that the island is still an active volcano. The natural rainforest that covers much of the island has numerous hiking trails to explore, enjoying the wildlife en route. I also enjoyed my first Zip Line experience, whizzing from tree to tree through the rainforest. What an awesome experience!
It is a beautifully natural island that can offer a really traditional experience – something that I really didn’t expect from the Caribbean. From the wonderful Creole food we had at local restaurants, shopping at the colourful market at Castries, listening to the local dialect of Patois (a language similar to French spoken by the islanders), and the friendliness that we received from everyone we met made for a truly wonderful visit.
I cannot wait to return!