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  • By Andrene Nicole
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  • March 28, 2021
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St. Lucia

As beautiful and heavenly as the woman she was named after

With beauty and mystique, Saint Lucia captivates anyone who sets foot on the island. Always evocative, she welcomes visitors with her soothing waves, warm beaches, beautiful coastline and hospitable people. The only sovereign nation to be named after a woman, Saint Lucy of Syracuse, the island personifies adventure and inspiration. Her visitors invariably find themselves reluctant to leave and eager to return, as Saint Lucia is the quintessential island paradise. Imagine the majestic peaks of the Pitons reaching to the heavens, the splendor of lush rainforests, and the hypnotizing blue-green waters of the Caribbean Sea breaking just off shore. The island’s landscape, people, customs, cuisine and rich traditions, intertwine to provide the perfect setting for the vacation of a lifetime. Here, the unique confluence of Caribbean, African, English, and French cultures creates an exquisite blend of food, music, and mores that will inspire and mesmerize you.

ICONIC LANDMARKS

Saint Lucia is an extraordinary island. Her mountains, jungles, beaches, and historic sites radiate history, beauty and a sense of living poetry. Of course, it’s not possible to see every corner of the island during your visit, and even many locals reside their entire lives without discovering all of her secrets. However, there are a few iconic Saint Lucia landmarks that are not to be missed during a sojourn to her shores. Allow us to assist you with creating the perfect itinerary for your enchanted trip to this island.

THE PITONS

Start your exploration of Saint Lucia’s famous landmarks with the Pitons, two volcanic plugs on the southwestern coast of the island. Each Piton has its own name: Gros Piton (at 2,530 ft high) and Petit Piton (at 2,438 ft high). These landmarks actually inspired the creation of a local beer, Piton, a light, refreshing drink, popular with locals and residents alike. Rich in minerals, the soil produces vegetation so lush, that the island seems like a painted masterpiece. Volcanic eruptions hundreds of centuries ago, also gave rise to bubbling mud pools and sulphur springs. Altogether, the result is a wealth of natural wonders that make for perfect adventures.

PIGEON ISLAND

If you want to combine history and nature in your visit, then Pigeon Island is one of the top Saint Lucia landmarks for you. Pigeon Island was a separate isle until 1972, when the government built a causeway between it and the main island for easy access. Pigeon Island is where the infamous pirate, Jamb de Bois, created a camp to ambush Spanish trade ships.

ENBAS SAUT RAINFOREST TRAIL & WATERFALL

Venture into the central portion of the Saint Lucian rainforest at the foot of the island’s highest peak, Mount Gimie. This remote forest is thick and lush and incredibly scenic. Due to its general inaccessibility, the forest is rich in avian life, including the Saint Lucian Parrot and the Saint Lucian Oriole. The 2.5-mile-long hike is rated physically moderate to strenuous, but is considered overwhelming in beauty and wildlife. The name “Enbas Saut” translates into “beneath the falls”, and thus, the two waterfalls encountered along the way definitely add to the appeal.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

On this island, there is always a party happening somewhere. Events in Saint Lucia range from weekly street jump-ups and fish fries, to rich cultural celebrations and vibrant music festivals. You can experience incredible traditions and learn about local heritage, all while having the time of your life. There is no shortage of fun and exciting activities, no matter when you choose to visit.

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