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St. Lucia: A Natural Caribbean Gem

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St. Lucia is located in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the border of the Atlantic Ocean. Originally colonized by the French, in 1979 St. Lucia became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations associated with the United Kingdom after many years of battle over the island between France and England. The strong Caribbean culture has been in part shaped by the influences of these two countries, which can be largely seen in their cuisine and language.

The island is steeped in natural beauty and surrounded by clear waters teeming with wildlife. The Pitons, twin volcanoes in the World Heritage Site, are an icon of St. Lucia and a must-see destination. The town of Soufriere, the official port town of St. Lucia and located on the West Coast of the island, houses the Pitons, as well as St. Lucia’s Rainforest and the Sulphur Springs, home to the world’s only drive-in volcano. Off the island, St. Lucia’s pristine waters are perfect for many kinds of water sports, fishing, and boating.

What to Do
Ti Kaye Island Divers
Ti Kaye Island Divers for an under-the-sea adventure, venture to the dive shop at the Ti Kaye Resort for a one-stop-shop for everything dive. All levels of experience are welcome, patient instructors are waiting to take first-time divers out to see some of the best dive spots on the island. With fair rates on all diving equipment and packages, Ti Kaye Island Divers will be some of the most memorable experiences on your trip to St. Lucia. (758-456-8110, tikaye.com/diving)

St. Lucia Golf Resort & Country Club
St. Lucia Golf Resort & Country Club offers the relaxing experience of a timeless game surrounded by a beautiful tropical setting. The 18-hole, par-72, 6,685 yard course overlooks the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and has been called one of the most demanding layouts in the Caribbean. After a game, enjoy the open-air bar or clubhouse fare. (758-450-8523, stluciagolf.com)

Sulfur Springs
Touring the natural wonders of St. Lucia is a must for your island experience. Be sure to visit the Pitons, the Sulfur Springs, The National Rainforest, Diamond Falls, and Drive-In Volcano, for up close experiences of the beautiful and majestic St. Lucia. Visit the town of Soufriere for many of these natural beauties as well as its unusual marketplace, decorated with colorful murals and gingerbread trim. There are many tour guide agencies at the various tourism sites to guide you through these adventures (stlucianow.com/activities/ecoadventures)

Where to Eat
Rainforest Hideaway Restaurant
Located at the Discovery Hotel in the Marigot Bay of St. Lucia, this enchanting dining experience is perfect for an intimate tropical evening of drinking champagne under the stars, listening to jazz music, and enjoying a French/Caribbean fusion meal made with locally grown, fresh ingredients. The Rainforest Hideway is a family owned and run restaurant, staying very involved in every aspect of their customer’s dining experience. From greeting the customers after they arrive off the ferry boat, to growing their own herbs, to serving the drinks and cooking the meal, the service is unbeatable. Be sure to get a dessert, highlights are tiny cheesecakes, changing flavors of the Crème Brûlée, and the old fashion favorite frangipane tart. (1-758-451-4485, rainforesthideawaystlucia.com)

Martha's Tables
Martha’s Tables packs a bit of history into their dining experience. Located in “The World’s Heritage Site” in the village of Soufriere, the local family owned and operated restaurant offers the finest local home cooked cuisine, including seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes. The cozy open air verandah offers a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea while enjoying a delicious meal at an affordable price. (758-459-7270, marthastables.com)

The Pink Plantation

The Pink Plantation offers a quiet place for breakfast and lunch overlooking the capital city of Castries. With excellent service, authentic Caribbean cuisine, a cozy location inside an old historic wooden building and surrounded by a beautiful bounty of gardens, it feels like stepping back in time. Because of the remote location, it may be difficult to find at first, but the food is worth the search. Family friendly and known for its Sunday Brunch, The Pink Plantation is worth the journey.(1-758-452-5422l)



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