St. Lucia is a Caribbean island nation known for its stunning beauty, spectacular pristine beaches, excellent West Indian cuisine, wonderful nature and wildlife and top notch resorts. This sun soaked tropical paradise draws in many of the world’s rich and famous as well as adventurers from all around the world. If you have never ventured to this wonderful Caribbean paradise, plan your next trip today. Read on to discover the six reasons to visit St. Lucia this year.
Six Reasons To Visit St. Lucia
Enjoy the Spectacular Beaches and Snorkeling
St. Lucia has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is located on the southwest coast and offers many luxury accommodations with spectacular views of the mighty Pitons, the highest peaks on the island. Anse Chastanet Beach and Reef has it all with a world class scuba center, private boat tours and world class restaurants like Apsara and The Restaurant at The Still Beach House.
Some of the best snorkeling spots in St. Lucia are at the reef at the northern side of Pitons Bay. In these waters, swimmers can spot beautiful corals, colorful parrotfish, sea urchins, and maybe even be fortunate enough to see one of the island’s endangered sea turtles.
If you desire more privacy during your St. Lucia adventure, head north to Pigeon Island. Besides swimming and snorkeling, tour operators like Sea Trek offer snuba and sea helmet adventures. After you spend some time on the sand, you can explore some of St. Lucia’s colonial history at Fort Rodney. Guests can dine at the lovely waterfront restaurant Jambe de Bois to end their perfect day.
Indulge in a Mud Bath
During your time in St. Lucia, stop in at the world’s only ‘drive in volcano’, Sulphur Springs. The mud at the springs is rich in minerals, and eases joint pain, softens skin, heals sun burns, and helps people with ailments like arthritis and eczema. After you indulge in your relaxing mud bath, you can rinse off in the nearby Toraville Waterfall and soak in one of the four thermally heated pools.
Dine on Fabulous West Indian Cuisine
West Indian cuisine is an eclectic mix of Caribbean, European, American, and Indian flavors blended together to create a fabulous meal. Local favorite foods include rice, grilled beans, fish, green figs, and a side of fried plantains with many meals. Don’t forget to sample the local lobster here as well, it will not disappoint shellfish lovers. Guests can enjoy spectacular water views, Caribbean fare, tasty seafood, and vegan options at the excellent Jade Mountain.
Explore and View a Stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site
You will feel like you are in a surreal, fairy tale world on a visit to the Pitons. These two pointy peaks are covered with lush rainforest and overlook the southwestern coast of the island. For recreation, visitors can hike around the peaks and even climb Petit Piton, the lower mountain peak. Many guests choose to see these breathtaking peaks from the water as they sail around the island.
Have the Ultimate Escape at a Special Hotel
The lodging options in St. Lucia range from small family run guesthouses up to five star luxury hotels and all-inclusive resorts. Anse Chastanet, located on the southwestern coast, offers guests tranquility, romance, adventure, and wonderful ocean views. For an adults only escape, the posh Serenity at Coconut Bay has a private plunge pool and 24 hour butler service, plus much more.
Participate in Chocolate Tourism
Chocolate lovers are in for a special treat on their trip to St. Lucia. The island’s shady volcanic mountain slopes combined with its climate make it an ideal place to grow cacao trees. As a result, St. Lucia has become a major producer of cocoa and a popular ‘chocolate tourism’ destination. At Jade Mountain, guests can take a complimentary tour of the Chocolate Laboratory, and enjoy special dinners, events and even chocolate spa treatments.
Plan your trip today and discover the six reasons to visit St. Lucia!
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