Situated northwest of Barbados and just south of Martinique, St. Lucia is one of those places that truly lives up to its natural paradise reputation. From the dreamy beaches dotted with soaring palm trees to the two majestic mountains known as the Pitons, the Eastern Caribbean island has been blessed with breathtaking nature. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find waterfalls and exotic animals hidden within the lush rainforest. This notion of paradise is further backed by its year-round glorious weather, luxury resorts, quaint fishing villages, fascinating natural reserves and vibrant colonial-era architecture. Despite the embarrassment of natural riches, St. Lucia itself is a very down-to-earth place that has a certain nonchalance to it. The island nation was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, who were the island’s first European settlers, while East Indian, English and African influences have all had an impact on the development of the local culture. Between the coastal views, rum cocktails on white sand and everything in between, St. Lucia is Caribbean magnificence at its finest.
Anse Mamin is a secluded beach destination in St. Lucia. Don’t take that for boring, however, as it’s the furthest thing from. Set to the backdrop of lush rainforest, calm turquoise waters and towering palm trees, Anse Mamin is one of the dreamiest beaches you will ever set your eyes on. Situated just 30 minutes outside of Soufrière and walking distance from the Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts, the beach is a hidden gem where you’ll rarely see crowds of people. The tranquil ambiance is finished off with the presence of jungle villas and a nearby beach bar, where you can enjoy the secluded pleasures of St. Lucia for a no-frills afternoon of secluded relaxation and natural splendor.
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Soufrière can be accurately thought of as the heart and soul of St. Lucia. The colonial-era architecture is bolstered by brightly-painted wooden storefronts and charming seaside cafes along the coast while the surrounding landscape is nothing short of breathtaking. The skyscraping rock formations known as the Pitons enclose the town on one end, while the vast ocean summit is the perfect contrast on the other. St. Lucia feels authentic and real compared to other tourism-heavy destinations in the Caribbean and Soufrière epitomizes that. It’s a place where you can be yourself and just enjoy the beauty of the island nation.
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Shopping at Castries
When it comes to shopping, Castries is your best bet on St. Lucia. The city is filled with several fantastic galleries and local artisan shops. Here, you’ll find spectacular one-of-a-kind works that are prized by collectors around the world and are truly a unique touch to your home. For a cultural experience, head to the Castries Central Market. Dating back to 1891, this colorful open-air market is the largest of its kind in the heart of St. Lucia’s capital. From fresh fruit and vegetables to woven baskets and handmade crafts, the Castries Central Market is a wonderful multi-sensory experience.
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For those looking for a lively beach experience, Sugar Beach is for you. The world-famous shores are wedged between two rainforest-covered Piton Mountains on each side, making for monumental scenery wherever you turn. What was formerly a sugar plantation is now characterized by its white crescent sand that’s studded with palm trees. The white-on-white buildings of the luxurious Viceroy Resort round out the site. The nearby coral reefs in the bay are home to triggerfish, turtles and exotic sponges for some easy snorkeling. If that’s not thrilling enough for you, there’s everything from whale-watching tours to ATV rentals offered directly from the sandy shores.
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Pigeon Island National Landmark
Stretched out on the northwestern corner of St. Lucia almost like a small arm, Pigeon Island is a national landmark in which you can explore the historical side of the island. Located just minutes away from Rodney Bay Marina, the 44-acre mountainous plot houses the remains of British military barracks, batteries and garrisons that date back to the early 19th century. The area features a spectacular all-in-one punch of nature that offers beaches and hiking trails through the rainforest. Head up to the lookout point for breathtaking views of the St. Lucia coastline, sailboats scattered across the Caribbean waters and lush greenery. Perched at the very top of Fort Rodney Hill you’ll find a well-preserved fortress with a few rusting cannons and more beautiful aerial views. Hike down to the beach below and have a toast at Jambe de Bois, a restaurant on the water. Whether you opt to take a private tour or explore on your own, Pigeon Island is an extraordinary national landmark that tells the story of the island’s rich history.
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Rodney Bay & Gros Islet
One of the most popular afternoon trips is a visit to the horseshoe of Rodney Bay and the nearby fishing village of Gros Islet. Rodney Bay is an artificial lagoon and marina that has the most tourist facilities on the island. It’s surrounded by quaint and idle restaurants, cafes and local shops that match the surroundings well. Gros Islet is a more lively visit with rum shops, fishing shacks and lively atmosphere and street festivals. From the Splash Island Water Park, relaxing on the marina and taking in the scenic views or you find yourself upon a boat tour.
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