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5 Things You’ll Love About St. Lucia

By HarryTuesday 16th August 2016

Lovely St. Lucia. Lovely St. Lucia.

The Caribbean is full of enchanting islands, each one special in its own unique way, and with Royal Caribbean you can explore them all. St. Lucia, a small island in the Eastern Caribbean Sea, with its breath-taking volcanic Pitons and tropical weather, is one of our favourite islands. If you need some convincing as to why we adore this Caribbean gem so much – and why you will, too – read on for five things you’ll love about St. Lucia.

1. Smuggler’s Cove

Like everywhere in the Caribbean, St. Lucia has some lovely beaches. When visiting you can expect golden sands in the north, silvery beaches in the volcanic south and beautifully blue waters wherever you go. Sun-worshippers, water sports-lovers and families with young kids are all welcome, as St. Lucia’s beaches have something for everyone. Of all the beaches here, Smuggler’s Cove is offers a quintessential Caribbean experience. Think soft sands surrounded by palm trees, shallow waters and a welcoming beach bar. Discover the island’s beautiful beaches. Discover the island’s beautiful beaches.

2. La Tille Waterfall and Garden

A large part of the island is covered in tropical rainforest, which is home to a vast range of flora and fauna. Here, hidden in the forest, you’ll find beautiful waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, including La Tille Waterfall and Garden. Our 4X4 Waterfall Escapade shore excursion begins with a scenic open-top ride through the rainforest, past rural villages. Then it’s a short walk through a pretty flower and herb garden to the waterfall, where you can take a dip in the pool below.

3. The Sulphur Springs

To the south of Castries City, where our ships dock, are the incredible Sulphur Springs. Named as the world’s only drive-in volcano, as you can drive right up to the springs, this other-worldly sight was created by the upheaval of lava hundreds of thousands of years ago. This formed a crater which is dotted with hot springs, fumaroles (steam vents) and bubbling mud pools. While some of the springs reach 100°C or hotter, there are a few which are much cooler and perfect for a mud bath. Explore the Sulphur Springs. Explore the Sulphur Springs.

4. Salt fish and Green Figs

Whichever island you go to in the Caribbean, you’re guaranteed to get a good feed. St. Lucian cuisine, like many Caribbean cuisines, is a melting pot of flavours and cooking techniques from around the world, using unusual ingredients to create delicious dishes. Salt fish with green figs is St. Lucia’s national dish and it’s a must-try for any visitor. Salt-preserved fish is cooked with coconut oil, onions, peppers, garlic and herbs and served alongside boiled green ‘figs’ (bananas, to you and me).

5. The Pitons

As well as the incredible Sulphur Springs, the southern part of St. Lucia is home to the majestic Pitons, of which there are two. These volcanic spires – called Gros Piton and Petit Piton – tower over the island, measuring 771 metres and 743 metres-high respectively. Our Coastal Cruise to the Pitons shore excursion takes guests on a leisurely cruise along the coast, offering exceptional views of the Pitons and beyond. Finish up with a brief swimming stop at Anse Cochon bay – it’s the perfect end to a perfect day. The breath-taking Pitons. The breath-taking Pitons.

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