Sunny Saint Lucia
Sunny Saint Lucia
If you are thinking about traveling to the Caribbean, St. Lucia might be the perfect place for you to visit. This sunny island nation is located in the eastern Caribbean Sea, between Saint Vincent and Martinique. It is known as the "Helen of the West Indies," making reference to Helen of Troy because this treasured paradise switched hands between the United Kingdom and France many times. However, in 1979, Saint Lucia gained her independence and remains independent today.
Saint Lucia was formed by a volcano, so it is more mountainous than most other islands in the Caribbean. There are eleven districts which you get visit while there: Anse la Raye, Castries (where the capital city of the same name is found), Gros Islet, Dennery, Micoud, Vieux Fort, Laborie, Choiseul, Soufriere, Canaries, and Forest. Just looking at these names, you can see the strong French and English influences in this country.
While traveling around St. Lucia, you will experience a tropical climate, with plenty of sun. The island experiences the typical dry and rainy seasons often found in this region, with the dry season lasting from January to April and the rainy season lasting from May to December. Trade winds from the northeast combat the hot sun, so visiting the beaches is usually a fun and pleasant activity.
If you visit the Caribbean during carnival season, you will find lots of fun festivals on Saint Lucia. Carnival traditionally occurs right before lent, but the island found that it was in competition with the large Carnival held on Trinidad and Tobago. Carnival is now part of Saint Lucia is mid-July. In May, St. Lucia is also home to a world-famous jazz festival. Some other popular tourist attractions include the world's only drive-in volcano at Soufriere, the Botanical Gardens, Pigeon Island National Park and Fort Rodney, the rain forests, and the shopping centers and beaches, especially those in Castries, Soufriere, Marigot Bay, and Gros Islet.
Saint Lucia is a great place to visit for your entire vacation, but if you want to travel throughout the Caribbean to see a number of islands, you can also take a cruise that simply stops at this island for the day. You won't regret visiting Saint Lucia to enjoy their beautiful beaches and fantastic tourist attractions. The best time to visit is between January and April, during the dry season, but Saint Lucia can be a very pretty vacation destination any time of year.