Saint Lucia

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Castries

The largest city in St. Lucia, Castries, is a lively and buzzing port located on the island’s northwest coast. From busy cruise ports to vibrant markets and serene beaches, the capital city gives an authentic taste of Caribbean life. Admire the colorful murals by a local artist inside the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, relax in the Derek Walcott Square surrounding the city’s signature architecture, shop for authentic goods in the Castries Market, or explore Pointe Seraphine for high-end options. Atop Morne Fortune is the historic Fort Charlotte with panoramic vistas of the city. Take a trip to the nearby stunning shores of Vigie Beach and La Toc Beach for a peaceful day by the waters.

Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay is arguably the most beautiful bay on St. Lucia. It is best viewed from a vista point on the road between the main Caribbean coastal route and the bay itself. Lush hillsides plunge to the pretty palm-fringed beach, and yachts bob on the bay’s blue waters.
The harbor is so deep and sheltered that the British fleet supposedly hid here from the French by covering their masts with palm fronds. Marigot Bay was also the setting for the 1967 film Doctor Doolittle, a claim to fame that has left a permanent mark on the names of some of the local establishments. Water shuttles ferry visitors across the bay to St. Lucia hotels on the opposite side.            

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Maria Islands

Located just off Saint Lucia’s east coast, about half a mile from Pointe Sable, the two beautiful Maria Islands are the jewels among the country’s magnificent natural treasures. With more than 80 species of plants and five endemic reptiles that do not exist anywhere else, the islands have been declared a nature reserve. This lush environment is a major nesting ground for the migratory birds coming from Africa every year. During their visit, the islands are closed to visitors to give the birds and their babies some peace and quiet. But the rest of the time, the islands are a wonderful place to spend a day for people who like going off the beaten tourist path and enjoying the Maria Islands’ beautiful sandy beaches. Hiking through the jungle and observing wildlife is a very special experience. The trail ends at the observation spot, which offers magnificent views of the Pointe Sable area, the town of Vieux Fort, and the Pitons. The only way to reach the Marias is by a fishing boat.

Rodney Bay

On the Gros Islet northern end of St. Lucia, Rodney Bay is a tourist hub. Beach lovers can bask on the man-made crescent-shaped beach, and this is also where you’ll find many St. Lucia resorts, restaurants, and shops. After dark, Rodney Bay Village turns into a hot spot for nightlife. Enclosed to the north by Pigeon Island National Park and to the south by Labrelotte Point, this sheltered bay is also a popular spot for mooring. The Rodney Bay Marina is one of the best equipped in the eastern Caribbean with many water sports on offer. Impressive homes dot the hills surrounding the bay, and St. Lucia’s biggest shopping mall is in the area.

Soufrière

Guarded over by the towering Pitons, the colorful fishing village of Soufrière wraps around a beautiful bay. This quintessential St. Lucian village lies about an hour’s drive south of the capital, Castries, and makes a great base for a couple of days to explore the nearby attractions. Founded in about 1745, Soufriere has an interesting history. Its main claim to fame is that Josephine, the wife of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, was born here in 1763. But Soufriere’s history also has a grisly side – the town square was the site of the guillotine erected during the French Revolution in 1780, and many plantation owners and their families were executed here.

Pigeon Island

Pigeon Island has a fascinating history, with many of its historical landmarks now atmospheric relics to explore on foot. Sounding like something out of Pirates of the Caribbean, its first European settler was French explorer Jambe de Bois – ‘Wooden Leg’ – in the 1550s. Now linked to the mainland via a wide causeway, Pigeon Island has a barracks, a well-preserved fortress with canons, and lovely if somewhat crowded beaches.

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