St Lucia is Full of Caribbean Charm

With green rainforests, hilly agricultural land and beaches that are unspoilt and the north east trade winds that control temperatures to a pleasant comfortable level, St Lucia is a simply lovely island to visit, especially between November and May. So if you are about to book an Easter break then this is the place to go and you have to remember that as Gatwick airport is going to be your starting point then you should book one of the many available Gatwick hotels with parking.

There are a large number of natural attractions here, from the UNESCO world heritage site called the Pitons, to the rainforest covered dual peaks that welcome visitors to the south, to the volcano named Qualibou volcano which has sulphur springs that reach boiling point along with dense tropical flowers that line the roadsides. The lovely landscape and quite low key element to the island is one of its main attractions and that bring travellers from far and wide.

Many of the other islands may have the sea and sand as views but watch out all beach and sun lovers, for you may just be able to tempt yourself out of the sun lounger and right into the sea.

St Lucia’s coast has coral reefs along with a multitude of fish and other marine species, so snorkelling and even diving are great options. You can go snorkelling and scuba-diving on both St Lucia’s artificial and natural coral reefs. It is common to spot turtles, nurse sharks and even seahorses while swimming in the crystal clear blue seas. Commonly visited dive sites include Anse Chastanet, Fairy Land and Coral Gardens that are located at the base of the Gros Piton. Anse Le Raye is found at the bottom of Anse Chastanet.

If you want a break away from the beach then head off away into the island’s interior following the road through the rainforest. Paying a visit to a volcano will take up a full day.

When night falls the night life begins, especially parties that are common in the northern part of the island, where visitors can also try delicious local food.

Apart from the activities that are available, the other thing that lures tourists is the island’s individual cultural background, which has come under a great deal of French and British influence. The island has changed hands, gravitating between France and Britain no less than fourteen times between 1660 and 1815. The British kept control up to 1979, and then St Lucia was granted independence but this cultural heritage can still be seen in St Lucia. The colonial looking plantations are dotted around the island and the French influence is seen by the patois that can be heard just about anywhere in the country. The end result is a complete island that will not only captivate any visitors but will stay in their memories a very long time after those stunning green mountains disappear over the skyline.