Wednesday, November 14, 2012

November 9th – St Lucia

With its gorgeous beaches, spectacular volcanic peaks and ultra-luxury resorts, St Lucia acts as the poster boy of the Caribbean, so today was about trying to see as much of this superb scenery as possible.

From the busy capital, Castries, we headed south towards Soufriere, the island's former French capital, in the shadow of the looming Pitons – soaring twin volcanic cones rising almost vertically out of the water. On the way, we passed banana plantations and little fishing villages almost untouched by the tourist industry that brings the island most of its income.

At Soufriere, we had lunch at the opulent Ladera Resort – wedged into the hills between the Pitons (from our dining table, they looked almost close enough to touch). If that wasn't relaxing enough, we then headed down to Soufriere's port to catch a catamaran back to Castries, stopping off at a beach for a swim, and pulling into the stunning Marigot Bay (where Dr Doolittle was filmed).

It's not difficult to see why so many people rate St Lucia as the most beautiful of all the Caribbean islands.