|Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)||Eco-Lodges|
|Size: 617 km²/238 mi²||Favorite Restaurants|
|Landscape: rainforest, beaches|
|Activities: hiking, diving, snorkeling, wildlife watching, swimming, sailing|
St. Lucia is one of the better known islands in the Caribbean because of its two iconic, volcanic peaks Gros Piton and Petit Piton. Located in the Lesser Antilles, the island was originally inhabited by Carib Indians, although little evidence remains of these indigenous peoples. Initially a French colony, Saint Lucia switched often between British and French control before ending under British rule and then becoming independent. The population mainly consists of Afro-Caribbean people, due to the island’s history of slavery. St. Lucia’s main attractions are its beaches, whereas its equally stunning jungle interior gets less attention.
TOP SPOTS IN ST. LUCIA
The town of Soufrière is in the center of much of St. Lucia’s well-known attractions. The beaches here are some of the island’s best, and you are close to botanical gardens and the island’s “drive through” volcano. Also nearby are Gros Pitons and Petit Piton, which both offer hiking, although Petit is technical and not for the casual hiker. The town itself has wonderful outdoor markets and some nice restaurants and cheap chicken joints.
- Sulphur Springs is the world's only drive-in volcano
- Boiling hot, one can only view the steaming and hissing pools of Sulphur Springs now from a safe platform, after a guide fell in and ended up with bad burns some time ago
- Downstream from the burning hot springs, cooler, but still very warm water and mud are used by locals and visitors alike for health reasons
- Blackened by a chemical reaction between the high content of sulfur and iron, the water coming out of the springs has a rather dark appeareance
- In the Botanical Gardens, water from the nearby Sulphur Springs comes down Diamond Falls
- Visitors can enjoy the naturally warm waters from Sulphure Springs in three pools with different water temperatures at the Botanical Gardens