races, cultures, languages, and cuisine.
Though English is the official language,
a French-based Creole (or patois) laced
with African and English grammar and
vocabulary is also spoken throughout
Saint Lucians love to ‘jump up’ (dance
in the street) and there is no better time
to visit than during one of the island’s
festivals. The renowned Saint Lucia Jazz
Festival in May draws performers and
audience members from around the
world. But no matter what time of year
you visit, you’ll find Saint Lucia pulsating with the energetic rhythms of calypso, cadence, zouk, steel pan, soca and
Local crafts of basketry, pottery,
woodcarving and jewelry made from
seeds are for sale throughout the island.
Browsing is half the fun at the bustling
Castries Central Market and Vendor’s
Arcade and at the Choiseul Arts and
Saint Lucian cuisine takes full advan-
tage of the island’s abundant fresh seafood
and exotic fruits and vegetables. In gen-
eral, local chefs cook in the Creole style,
interpreting African-derived dishes with
inventive French flair. Regional delicacies
include salt fish and green figs, boudin
(spicy blood sausage), lambi (conch) and
colombo (curried chicken or goat).
Nature lovers enjoy a wide range of
land and sea adventures on the island.
The sand on the beaches here ranges in
hue from volcanic black to golden honey.
Saint Lucia’s rain forest covers some
19,000 acres of lush valleys and peaks.
The National Trust and the Department
of Forestry offer 29 miles of trails that
lead hikers through the tropical rain
forest. The island boasts extraordinary
botanical gardens as well.