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St. Lucia by ShoreTrips

St. Lucia is a member of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, just north of Barbados and easily recognizable by the Pitons, two soaring peaks of lush greenery that shield the flourishing rainforest below. It is a tiny island—only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide and shaped like an avocado. The island is served internationally by two airports and by most U.S. and international carriers. It is approximately three hours from Miami, and there are very few direct flights. Since the island is so small, utilizing a taxi (and planning out your day trips in advance) is more cost effective than renting a car. Besides, the locals drive on the wrong (left) side of the road, which can prove to be a challenge. St. Lucia has a very pleasant climate year round, but the high season begins in late December and runs through mid April. But, some terrific deals are available in the summer (hurricane) months—just remember to purchase insurance.

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60-Second Geography

St. Lucia

Thirty years ago, you would have never heard of the place. Back then, St. Lucia was a gem of the Caribbean that had yet to be discovered. Over the past 30 years, it seems a lot more people have discovered what few knew so long ago. If there ever was a slice of paradise in the Caribbean, St. Lucia is it. The island offers warm people, warm sand, and warm sunsets that will captivate you. If you want to explore the crystal blue water and reefs or the lush tropical land with its rainforests, mountains and spectacular views, St. Lucia is for you. Family trip or a romantic week for two—look no further. While there is much to see on St. Lucia, and the entire island is beautiful, there are four “must-sees” that shouldn’t be missed. 

  • Marigot Bay. This is a serene, sequestered, natural harbor that once provided a hideout for pirate ships. It was also the setting for the original Doctor Doolittle film—the 1967 musical starring Rex Harrison as a vet who can talk with the animals. For many travelers, it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The bay is a small sheltered crystal clear bay surrounded by palm trees and quaint little restaurants and bars. The tranquil bay itself is usually dotted with anchored sailboats and the occasional powerboat.
  • Pigeon Island. This is a small outcrop connected to St. Lucia by a causeway. Home of Fort Rodney, the Pigeon Island Museum and Interpretive Centre is housed in the former British officers’ mess building, which has been meticulously restored to its 1808 condition. My kids love “becoming” a pirate at the strategic perch above the Caribbean. Here, you can get a real taste of the area as it was in the 1800s.
  • Mt. Soufriere. This active volcano—don’t worry it spews gasses and not ash and lava—is marketed as “the world’s only drive-in volcano.”  You actually drive your car right up to the ancient crater and can walk among the teeming sulphur pools. Once you are over the “unique” smell, it is quite a site to see.
  • After Dark. St. Lucia is not known for its nightlife, but depending on the time of year, you can venture out at night and count nesting leatherback turtles (November to March); kick up your feet to some soca (a combination of soul and calypso) music during the weekly Gros Islet’s Jump-Up party (every Friday night at 9 p.m.) and mingle with the locals and sailors at The Lime in Rodney Bay. It’s —a great laid back place to get some good local food and waste some time.
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