Nestled in the north of Valenzuela is the port of St. Lucia. Cruise ships frequent its capital city, Castries, where they stop and drop anchor, allowing passengers to explore the many sights and wonders of the place. Among the many places of interest in the island are Soufriere, Marigot Bay and Gros. St. Lucia was once considered to be a very important military port because of its strategic location. For a long time, France and Great Britain fought for control of St. Lucia. Today, one can still find a handful of French-inspired building and houses which stand testament to the island’s colonial past.
St. Lucia is a known tropical enclave that boasts of lovely beaches, breathtaking mountains and well-preserved forests.
Where to Shop
For the traveler who is interested in shopping, there are many duty-free shops and outlets. Drop by Marina Village in Marigot and to find shops selling high-fashion clothing, souvenir items, ornaments and jewelry. For people who would like to take home a piece of St. Lucia with them, Caribelle hilltop house or Choiseul Arts and Crafts center is highly recommended. These stores sell native crafts including handmade baskets made of indigenous materials and traditional wooden carvings.
The Caribbean Art Gallery in Rodney Bar Marina sells beautiful native artworks and old maps. There are plenty of good finds in St. Lucia for people looking for trendy fashionable items and local St. Lucian handicrafts.
St. Lucia is home to a dormant volcano which visitors can view up-close. Enclosed inside is a sulphur spring where you can see mineral deposits and naturally heated water pools.
Diamond Botanical Gardens is a place where you will find lush vegetation and beautiful flora. Bring along a camera and capture nature’s wonders in full bloom and splendor. This area also claims to have mineral-rich water with rich medicinal and health promoting properties. Visitors can swim in its many natural hot spring pools.
For the adventurous type, the island offers a lot of interesting activities. You can go turtle and whale watching, scuba diving, fishing, take all-terrain vehicle tours and go horseback riding.
Dining places and clubs
St. Lucia has quite a number of good restaurants and bars. One good place to start is Rodney Bay, which is lined with nice diners and bars. Try out Delirius; it is a restaurant during the day and a popular bar at night. Or, the trendy sports bar called Planter’s Pub right next to it. The restaurant offers good food, homemade beers, live bands and of course free sports events viewing. For those who like to dance, visit Pulse Night Club and Lounge. Gros Islet offers similar fare plus BBQ parties, street dancing and DJ nights.
Auberge Seraphine, located in Castries offers Caribbean dishes for people who would like to get a taste of island cooking. Chateau Mygo Restaurant in Marigot whips up a fusion of delicious local St. Lucian and Indian dishes. Bang restaurant in Soufriere on the other hand is known for its sumptuous European-Caribbean menu.