Filled with magnificent rain forests interrupted only by patchwork orchards and fields of bananas, coconut, mango, and papaya trees, St. Lucia is rich in its natural beauty. This luscious tropical gem is one of the Lesser Antilles Windward Islands. Nestled between St. Vincent and Martinique, the island shares both French and British influences with a hint of South Pacific flavor.
The splendors and traditions of the island remain relatively unspoiled dotted with small fishing villages, aged fortresses, and colorful open air markets. The grand Pitons, the island’s twin peaks, stretch up to 2,000 feet above the coastline and shelter the magnificent rain forests, making St. Lucia one of the Caribbean’s finest destinations for hiking and bird-watching.
While the island’s culinary flavors are largely French, Creole, and West Indian inspired, some of the more traditional dishes share a history with West Africa like Callaloo, which is a popular dish in the Caribbean with many variants depending on region. Other traditional dishes include green fig and saltfish, St. Lucia’s national dish, and Pepperpot stews.
Whether you’re enjoying the beautiful beige beaches of Marigot Bay, spotting whales off of the Vigie Cove, or indulging in the mud baths at Soufriere sulfure springs, you’ll be experiencing one of the Caribbean’s best keep secrets.
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