8 Things to See and Do in St. Lucia

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6. Anse Chastenet

This expansive resort is one of the most famous on the island. Set amongst 600 acres of lush tropical vegetation that include not one but two white sand beaches.  Anse Chastenet is all about immersing yourself in the beauty afforded by the surrounding ecosystem, with fragrant flora and fauna, as well as an assortment of wildlife. There are traditional rooms and suites as well as rooms that are fashioned to connect with the stunning views, with wrap around balconies.  The hotel is set against two bays, which are actually a marine reserve that protects miles of vibrant coral reefs, where tropical fish are abundant and offers great snorkeling. This is also one of the best spots on the island to take in the full picturesque view of both of the Piton Mountains. Depending on whether or not you seek an active holiday, or something more sedate there is lots to do onsite, with a full service spa, yoga, tennis, scuba diving, snorkeling and sea kayaking.  It’s very popular with honeymooners, who in particular enjoy romantic candlelit dinners in their treehouse restaurants.

5. Castries

Castries is the capital of St. Lucia, and is its largest city, housing the bulk of the population. It’s popular with tourists on day trips and is a frequent port for cruise ships. The harbor was actually constructed within an extinct volcano.  Just south of Castries is Morne Fortune, which was one of the major battlegrounds where the French and British fought for control of St. Lucia. At the site today are the remains of Fort Charlotte, a military cemetery, and a museum; it’s also currently home to the Governor General.  Morne Fortune also provides one of the most panoramic views of Castries and surrounding areas.  Another hot spot in Castries is Derek Walcott Square (St. Lucian-born Walcott won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930).

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