Saint Lucia is labelled as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, and rightly so. It has an abundance of natural beauty and maintains a glamorous position as part of the Windward Islands which forms the border between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Its neighbouring islands of Saint Vincent, Barbados and Martinique sit far away enough to ensure it remains secluded and isolated enough to make you feel like you have the sparkling blue waters all to yourself.
The island has a dramatic past with alternating rule (14 times) between the French and the British, with it finally falling under definitive British control in 1814, before claiming its own independence and becoming part of the Commonwealth in 1979. Influences from its European occupation are still very evident, with its culture, cuisine and local languages shaped by the British and French, as well as an African and East Indian heritage. The climate is distinctly tropical and moderated by cooling trade winds blowing off of the Atlantic, with temperatures ranging between 75 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain is not uncommon at any time of the year, with short sharp showers occurring even in the dry season – these can be particularly refreshing!
Saint Lucia is particularly mountainous, and it is these striking geographical features that draw a lot of attention from visitors to the island. The Pitons, one of the most famous landmarks on the island, form part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the south-west of the island between the towns of Soufriere and Choiseul. The island is also able to boast of a drive-in volcano, one of very few such places in the world together with the golden sandy beaches and the tropical rainforest, the islands has a multitude of different landscapes despite its small size.
Festivals and cultural events play a bit part in Saint Lucian life, with occasions celebrating the native heritage of the island as well as ones to mark much-loved music, arts and sports. The largest festival on the calendar is the St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival which is held in early May throughout the island, with the finale at the Pigeon Island National Landmark in the north. This large event is headed by some very large international stars and really is a must see. An annual Carnival also plays a big role on the island; this is held in mid-July where you will witness the true colour and party lifestyle of the Caribbean. Musically there is a strong presence of styles from Latin America, as well as the typical Reggae, Jazz and Calypso which is synonymous with so many Caribbean islands.
Sport is dominated by British classics such as football and cricket, with the latter being very popular. With a fantastic newly built stadium in Gros Islet, England cricketer Kevin Peitersen joining the St Lucia Zouks in 2014 and West Indian cricketer Darren Sammy, St Lucian cricket really is on the up.
The cuisine on the island is a fantastic blend with roots in Europe, Africa and the East Indies. A dynamic selection of meals is created which lovingly comprises of a number of locally-sourced ingredients such as meats, vegetables, spices and fruits to give it a Creole background. Due to the considerable Indo-Caribbean population, curried dishes are very popular, but usually have a local twist, the most famous being a Roti with curried Lamb, Chicken or Goat and vegetables all served in a flat-bread wrap - it’s a must try whilst there.
Saint Lucia represents tremendous diversity for visitors, with hotels, resorts and a wealth of activities to suit any and all tastes and budgets. The north of the island provides a number of shopping and entertainment possibilities as well as pristine white sandy beaches. There is a wealth of restaurants, bars and shops to occupy you if the beach, water sports, golf, deep sea fishing, horse riding etc isn’t enough! The south is more rugged and lush, with a large amount of land covered by soaring and tropical rainforest, along with the majestic Piton Mountains as part of the World Heritage Site. Much quieter and with a slower pace of life this is the calmer more relaxed side to the island.
We are able to cater for romantic breaks, family holidays, honeymoons, weddings, singles holidays corporate business trips or indeed anything in-between; and if you want to experience the best of both the north and the south, a twin-centre holiday can easily be arranged! One phone call can make it all happen.
If you would like to know more about this beautiful island, please give us a call or send an email.
For further information on St Lucia please visit the St Lucia Tourist Board.