St. Lucia: From Secret Beaches to Pepper-Pot Stews

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St. Lucia is frequently touted as the most beautiful island in the West Indies, with its mountainous, ruggedly unspoiled beauty that includes a truly magnificent coastline. Hike through the awesome rainforest, where lush vegetation blankets the island in a rich emerald velvet, and sun showers sparkle in the sky, creating a constant play of rainbows.

The island is known for its banana plantations, volcanic crater and a stunningly dramatic landmark located at Soufriere – the twin mountain peaks of the Pitons, whose sheer sides fall sharply to the sea below.

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LaCURE St. Lucia villa rentals offer the best selection of private villas available on the island. Each unpretentious accommodation includes a private pool and basic maid and cooking services. Perched atop cliffs and lush hillsides, offering picturesque views of paradise, the St. Lucia villas provide private hideaways and the ultimate in island luxury.

Using your St. Lucia villa rental as a hub, indulge freely in the island’s many natural wonders. Hire a guide to learn about the island’s fascinating geological features and then explore the world’s only drive-through volcanic crater at Soufriere.

Hike through the lush rainforest and bathe in hidden waterfalls. Birdwatchers can observe rainbow plumage flitting from branch to branch, both in the forest and from the privacy of their villa porches. Perhaps they’ll even spot an endangered St. Lucia Parrot!

St.  Lucia’s culture has evolved from the intermingling of the many different groups of people who have participated in its history and culture. You might find yourself driving to an Indian restaurant in a French town, hearing Creole spoken all the way.

St. Lucia’s rich cultural heritage is also demonstrated in its food, often awarded gold medals in regional culinary competitions. The fertile, volcanic soil of the island yields an enormous supply of produce, including six varieties of banana, mangoes, papayas, pineapples, soursops, passion fruit, guavas, coconuts and more.

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Chefs combine this fresh bounty with a wide variety of equally fresh seafood to create sizzling curries, Creole-style entrees, and pepper-pot stews. Callaloo soup, made from a leafy green similar to spinach, is the national dish. The coal pot is a traditional native dish and can be found in just about any restaurant.

If you want more ideas of what to do in St. Lucia, check out the travel blog of Nomadic Matt. He suggests, for example, going to Castries, the capital of the island, with its vibrant market and historical sites, including Morne Fortune (Hill of Good Luck), where the French began building the fortress that the British had the good luck to complete it in the 17th century.

Or there are the “weekly entertainment nights in the village of Gros Islet, which go on every Friday night are for locals and visitors alike. There is street music and vendors selling local food and drinks and a general carnival atmosphere that puts everyone in a good mood.”

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St. Lucia is also a great romantic destination for couples. And nothing is more romantic than the right beach, away from it all, with crystal waters and abundant opportunities for watersports, including diving, snorkelling and kite surfing and kayaking. To find beaches offering privacy, that you might have to access by boat or 4X4 vehicle, check Jessica Festa’s list and descriptions of Six Secret Beaches to Visit in St. Lucia.

 

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