Friday 17 November, 2017

7 reasons St Lucia is the most beautiful Caribbean island

Saint Lucia’s beauty is world famous.

The “Helen of the West Indies” has been a favourite of international travel awards for years.

The World Travel Awards have deemed St Lucia the “Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” for the past eight of nine years, the exception being when Antigua & Barbuda borrowed St Lucia’s title in 2013. St Lucia was also named “World's Leading Honeymoon Destination” nine different times since 1998.

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St Lucia won half of this year's USA Today Reader's Choice Caribbean Tourism Awards: Best Caribbean Resort, Best Caribbean Beach and Best Caribbean Attraction.

This year celebrities like Angela Simmons, Tiny, T.I., Ludacris and Fantasia have showcased dream vacations in St Lucia, each highlighting the natural beauty St Lucia has to offer.

 

Here are 7 reasons that St Lucia is the most beautiful island in the Caribbean.

The Pitons

By Les Piton (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The majestic Pitons are one of the most iconic natural sights in the region. The view of the twin volcanic spires from the Tet Paul Nature Trail is hard to beat. The Pitons are a tough hike but offer an incredible vantage point as well. The Pitons are St Lucia’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the marine portion which is largely made up of coral reefs.

 

Marigot Bay

"Marigot Bay, St Lucia. Nikon D3100. DSC_" (CC BY-ND 2.0) by Robert.Pittman

Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, James A. Michener, described Marigot Bay as “the Most Beautiful Bay in The Caribbean. The beauty of this ‘hurricane hole’ speaks for itself with its verdant hillsides and palm trees scattered along the beach. Hollywood films like the original Doctor Doolittle have featured Marigot Bay’s visual splendour.

 

Pigeon Island National Park

By Mjr74 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“A living museum within a natural setting,” Pigeon Island’s beauty is complemented with historical and cultural significance. Military ruins amidst beautiful beaches make this an intriguing spot. A proposed dolphinarium would either diminish or enhance Pigeon Island depending on who you ask.

 

Sulphur Springs

The well-known Sulphur Springs is the hottest and most active geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles and is billed as the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano.

Just outside the Springs, you can bathe in the warm sulphuric pools, reputed for its soothing effects.

While the unique look of the Springs may not be as conventionally beautiful as other sites on the list, the Springs are known for having a beautifying effect on those who partake in the mud baths. In a way, this embodiment of St Lucian natural beauty passes on beauty to those who experience it. That must be why Sulphur Springs was rated as the number 1 attraction in the entire Caribbean by USA Today readers in 2017.

 

Diamond Botanical Gardens

"Diamond Botanical Gardens" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Numinosity (Gary J Wood)

This 6-acre natural wonder is packed with eye-catching flora and fauna and a gorgeous waterfall that changes colour throughout the year as volcanic minerals mix with the water. A botanical garden, waterfall and mineral springs all in one breath-taking location.

 

Anse Chastanet Reef

One of the best snorkelling and diving sites in the Caribbean is in the ocean by Anse Chastanet beach. Depending on the depths explored, you can see all kinds of colourful sea creatures from barracuda to eels and all manner of coral life. It would be a shame not to experience the beauty of the St Lucia’s waters. Anse Chastanet beach was voted as the best beach in all the Caribbean in USA Today's 2017 Reader's Choice Tourism Awards.

"PICT0023" (CC BY 2.0) by ScubaBear68

 

Tet Paul Nature Trail

"Tet Paul Nature Preserve Trail" (CC BY 2.0) by Dan Costin

The Tet Paul Nature Trail is a brisk 45-minute trek where you will see and learn about interesting and aesthetically arresting foliage and fruit on your way to one of the most staggering views imaginable. The trail culminates in the 'stairway to heaven' where you summit at a point that offers a panoramic view of St Lucia's landscape and its waters. The view of the Pitons, Mount Gimie, Chousiel, Laborie, Vieux Fort, Soufriere and even neighbouring St. Vincent and Martinique has to be seen to be believed.

St Lucia's beauty can hardly be summed up in a single list. What parts of St Lucia do you think are most beautiful?