Getting back to nature on the island of Saint Lucia
Located in the heart of the Caribbean, in the Lesser Antilles, sits the small tropical island of St Lucia. Recognised by the contrast of white sandy beaches meeting lush mountain forests, the island enjoys tropical Caribbean weather, with the dry months being between January and April, and the rainy months between May to August.
The island boasts over 158km of sandy beaches, where the waters from the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean wash up on their individually unique bays. The north of St Lucia is home to mostly white and yellow sandy beaches, whilst further down the coast near the volcanic basin, the sand turns black and coarse. The Atlantic coast of St Lucia offers a dramatic landscape, strong currents and good breezes, popular for windsurfing.
Whilst popular watersports include scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, whale watching and fishing, there is so much more to do on the island than just enjoy the tropical climate. Popular activities include horseback riding, hiking, birdwatching and hikers can explore the wild rivers, dramatic volcanoes, broad valleys and rainforests that are home to endless coconut trees, wild orchids, birds of paradise and the indigenous endangered St Lucia parrot.
The rich and fertile soil produces large amounts of tropical fruits, including mangoes, pineapples, passion fruits and coconuts and the island is currently one of the largest banana exporters in the Caribbean, representing over 20% of St Lucia's exports. The produce from the island is used in local cuisine along with locally sourced fresh seafood, which has gained international recognition. Fresh fruit and vegetables harvested from the broad valleys can be purchased every Saturday morning at the Farmer’s Market at Rodney Bay.
Duty free shopping is available at several of the island's malls. Rodney Bay boasts two shopping malls with a wide variety of shops, supermarkets, post office, banks, restaurants and bars.
One of the most iconic views in St Lucia are the twin Pitons, Gros Piton and Petit Piton, gracefully rising from the water’s edge. Now extinct volcanoes, one of the most popular outdoor activities in St Lucia is ascending from the summit to the 1900ft peak of Gros Piton. The Pitons are recognised for their natural beauty and importance to the island as one of only 180 natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites. St Lucia is also home to the world’s only drive-in volcano, the Soufriere volcano, where one can find the Sulphur Springs, a large caldera emitting steam and boiling water. The mineral-rich water from the springs streams to the mud bathing pools, known for their therapeutic qualities.
Other attractions in St Lucia include offshore banking. Due to the island being part of the Commonwealth, St Lucia benefits from Common Law as well as English being the official spoken language. St Lucia banking offers a neutral platform to conduct international trade and finance, confidentiality, attractive tax structure and offers investment opportunities unavailable to home countries.
St Lucia is home to some of the most spectacular natural harbours in the Caribbean, including Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay. Rodney Bay, located at the north of the island has recently been upgraded following a multi-million dollar renovation. It is now one of the leading centres for yachting in the Caribbean, with a total of 248 slips and a new pier for megayachts, complete with support facilities, that can accommodate yachts of up to 250ft in length.
Also located at the north of the island is the world-class 18-hole golf course at The St Lucia Golf and Country Club. The challenging course offers unparalleled views across the Caribbean Sea. Located at Cap Estate, the area has now become one of the most prestigious residential developments, making it one of the most desirable investment opportunities in the Caribbean.
Other sporting facilities include the St Lucia National Tennis Centre and the Beausejour Cricket Stadium, which hosts world class cricket matches. With more real estate developments being built in St Lucia, the island is now becoming well known for some of the finest sporting facilities being built alongside the residences.
Other attractions in St Lucia include The Diamond Botanical Gardens and Waterfall, commissioned by King Louis XIV and home to mineral-rich waters fed by the sulphur streams. One of the most fascinating locations on the island is Fond Doux, a 250-year-old 19th Century working colonial plantation, where visitors can experience the process of harvesting, drying, grinding and rolling the cocoa, as well on the creation of chocolate products.
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