With its ribbons of sandy beaches, swaying coconut palms, translucent warm waters and coral reefs teeming
with tropical fish, Saint Lucia is a quintessential Caribbean paradise. It has evolved
over the years into one of the region’s
most popular vacation destinations—
particularly for romantics enticed by the
island’s striking natural beauty, splendid
resorts, and easygoing hospitality.
One of the Windward Islands of the
West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia
is situated between Martinique and St.
Vincent. The deep blue Atlantic Ocean
surrounds the 238 square-mile island
on the east coast and the tranquil tur-
quoise Caribbean Sea laps its shores on
the west. At the island’s heart, pristine
rainforest cloaks rugged mountains. In
the valley below, lies fertile farmland,
including vast banana plantations.
The landscape also includes one of the
world’s few drive-in volcanoes and the
Pitons, the signature twin volcanic
cones that tower more than 2,600 feet
above the sea and which are preserved
as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Saint Lucia’s climate is generally
warm and sunny, tempered by north-
eastern trade winds and light showers.
Mid-December to mid-April is high
season, when the island is pleasantly hot
during the day and cool at night. Rainy
season lasts from June to October, when
short, heavy bursts of rain soak the
central rainforest at a rate three times
heavier than on the coast.
The island population numbers
160,000 and is predominantly people
of African origin, but the historic influences of Amerindian, European and
East Indian cultures remain strong.
This is a Creole society in the broad-est sense: an intriguing combination of