More wild and mountainous than the north, the south of Saint Lucia is famous for its two Pitons, the great pride of the island. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, they dominate the landscape near the towns of Soufrière and Choiseul on the southwestern coast of the island and make up one of the most beautiful sites in all of the Lesser Antilles. There are less hotels here than in the vicinity of Rodney Bay and the majority of them are nestled in amongst lush vegetation on the mountainside. The St. Lucia international airport (Hewanorra) is also in the south, in Vieux Fort.
Swimming and basking in the sun on the beach! Sporty types will have access to a wide variety of water sports but also hiking, quad-biking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and many other land sports.
If you feel like partying, don't miss 'Friday Night' in Gros Islet. Every Friday from 9:00pm to 2:00am, the centre of this fishing village beats to the rhythm of Caribbean music. Let yourself get caught up in the crowd, drink a ti'punch and dance in the streets to the rhythm of calypso music.
Saint Lucia is not exactly a top cultural destination; the only traces the French and the English left of their occupation of the island are basically the French toponomy and the English language. However, there is no lack of pretexts to go for some superb walks. Pigeon Island National Park, in the north of the island, is worth visiting if only for its beaches, its relaxed ambiance and the cheerful atmosphere that takes over on Sundays. In terms of nature, go for a walk around the sulphur springs and the waterfalls near the unmissable Pitons.
The superb fauna and flora in the jungles is obviously also to be discovered.
Surface area : 238 sq mi km2
Population : 162,157 inhabitants
Don't forget the essentials for a tropical vacation: sunscreen and mosquito repellent, even though you won't have any trouble finding these on the spot.
If you are counting on hiring a car (which is actually a very good idea for discovering the island), you might be happy to know that you drive on the left over here but keep in mind that the roads can be rather tortuous and not very wide. It's not necessarily easy at first.
Avoid going doing hurricane season (September - November). Also, generally speaking, the summer months (July and August) are rather rainy in St. Lucia.
The local creole cuisine, which is not too spicy, is excellent. Almost all of the restaurants propose a fresh catch of the day and it is rare that you will be disappointed! Of course you will also enjoy tropical fruit and the great Caribbean classics (accras, colombos, cristophine, breadfruit, ti'punch, etc.). Most of the restaurants offer a large choice of local and international cuisine.
Don't forget to bring back some souvenirs to spice up your evenings at home. The pepper sauces in St. Lucia are particularly varied, ranging from almost mild to very strong.
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