St Lucia

This volcanic island is defiantly one of the most mountainous, covered with luscious green rainforest, hills, waterfalls, mountains, national parks and perfect beaches.

All in all Saint Lucia is approximately 238.23sq miles, with a population of approximately 178,015. As many islands, ST Lucia also consists of two main seasons the dry season running from December to May and the rainy season from June to November. The average temperature all year through in the coastal areas is 29ºC but will be cooler in the hills. The average rainfall in the coastal areas in 51.2” but again will be higher up the mountains. The hurricane season is the same as the rainy season. There are many tourist attractions here in ST Lucia, from the drive in volcano, sulphur springs in Soufriere to the botanical gardens. There is the famous twin peaks known as ‘the pitons’, rainforests to discover, zip lining through the trees or bird watching at the bird sanctuary.

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They also have a cocoa farm that you can visit and complete a tour of, this cocoa farm produces chocolate for the well known ‘hotel chocolate’ company. The biggest festival that ST Lucia has is the annual Saint Lucia jazz festival held early may. Other music you may hear in ST Lucia may include calypso, soca, dancehall, reggae, compass, zouk and salsa. The national dish of ST Lucia is green figs with saltfish. The cuisine here is a blend of west African European and east Indian. The sorts of dishes you can expect to see are fried dough also known as bakes or Johnny cakes, fish broth or fish water, stew chicken, rice and peas, macaroni pie and vegetable soups. When deciding on where to stay in ST Lucia you need to decide on the North side of the Island or the south, both very beautiful but very different.

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In the north end of the island you can expect there to be more hustle and bustle, this is where the capital is, Castries. Most cruise ships will dock here so there is always plenty of people, there are shops and restaurants a busy market selling all sorts of items. This is also where Rodney bay is, Rodney bay is the main tourist spot where the majority of hotels line the pristine beaches. You can take a day trip from here to Pigeon island national park, formally a pirate hideout and military base, if you hike up to the fort you will have views out to Martinique. If a party with the locals is more your thing then head over to Gros Islet village on a Friday night for the famous jump up street party.

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The south side of the island is however much more relaxed and tranquil, there are luscious beaches and hidden coves and bays. From this end of the island you can easily explore the rainforests and botanical gardens. The drive in volcano is also at this end of the island. Views over to the twin peaks ‘the pitons’ are at this end of the island and this could be why prices of hotels over these sides are much higher than in the north. Hotels are also more luxurious on this side of the land. You could always stay on one side of the island and take a day trip to the other or even split your holiday between both ends enabling you to see all of the island on your holidays. The local language here is English and the local currency is the eastern Caribbean dollar although US Dollars are widely accepted.

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