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St_Lucia's_Churches

By Brian Ramsey

There are two things one immediately notices about the churches in the predominantly Roman Catholic island of St Lucia, they are large and they are always open. These churches stand out, they make a statement; I am here for you.


St Peter's Roman Catholic Church dominates the village of Dennery on the east coast of St Lucia. This small fishing village extends back from a deep protected bay with the uninhabited Dennery island seeming to guard the entrance to the bay. The entire village seems as if to flow outward from the church. The commercial life of the village revolves around fishing and St. Peter is the patron saint of fishermen. The church, which was built in the late 18th century, towers above the town. Located on the aptly named Church Street on a slight rise facing the sea, the church is surrounded by the small houses and shops of the village with its narrow one lane streets pressed against the sea. The white and rust coloured church is the most imposing structure for miles around.

The St Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Gros Islet is also on the aptly named Church Street in the sleepy village of Gros Islet which comes alive every Friday night for its weekly street party. Construction of the church at Gros Islet was started in 1850 and completed in 1876. Unfortunately in 1906, an earthquake completely destroyed the building and in 1927, the present church was built on the site of the old church. When you enter the church your eyes are drawn to the high vaulted ceiling and as you focus you realise that the ceiling is composed of thin strips of wood that somehow look like the underside of a ship. The dark wooden pews and light streaming through the coloured panes of the windows give the interior of this church an extremely peaceful feel. 

The Catholic Church at Anse La Raye with its imposing front, large statue of Jesus on the Cross at the front entrance, and statue of Mary over the entrance, also dominates the village of Anse La Raye. Located on a bend of the road that runs along the sea front, this church started as a wooden structure in 1762. The structure was destroyed in a hurricane in 1780 and after being rebuilt was destroyed by fire. In 1907 construction of the present church started with the villagers donating their labour and providing the stone used. The interior of the church with its wooden pillars, dark wood ceiling and mural on its center wall exudes a sense of calm. The beautiful stone altar was imported from France and its white stone contrasts wonderfully with the dark wood. The outside of the church boundary wall has a mural some 150ft long depicting scenes from village life which was donated and painted by the St Omer family. 


The most magnificent of St Lucia's churches is however the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception opposite the Derek Walcott Square in the capital Castries. As you walk through the huge wooden doors, the dark wood pews and the overall atmosphere exudes an air of tranquility. The magnificence of the overall space causes your eyes to be drawn in various directions, from the paintings on the walls of the black saints done by a local artist to the stained glass windows to the huge altar area where numerous prayer candles are constantly lit. Flanking the altar and in the wings are various statues of Jesus, Mary and the saints. As you walk through the Cathedral you notice the steel pillars with the arches forming the frame of the building. Eventually your eyes are drawn to the high vaulted ceiling which is composed of thin strips of wood and you realise that the entire ceiling is a giant mural. Constructed in 1827, the Cathedral in Castries is open everyday with people visiting to look or pray.

St_Lucia's_Pigeon_Island

By Brian Ramsey 

St Lucia's Pigeon Island is described as a national landmark and it is indeed a treasure. Here in one space is history, relaxation, entertainment and outdoor activity. Nowadays when one looks at Pigeon Island it can be puzzling as to why it is called Pigeon Island because it does not appear to be an island. To understand the reason for the name one must first know the history and it is that history that is part of the attraction of Pigeon Island in St Lucia.

Pigeon Island was a 44 acre island with two hill tops that was occupied by the original Amerindian inhabitants of St Lucia. In the 1600's a French pirate called Jambe de Bois (Wooden Leg) forged an alliance with the Amerindians and used the island as his base. In 1778 however the British admiral George Rodney took over the island for use as a naval base. He was particularly attracted by the fact that from these peaks he could spy on the French on the neighboring island of Martinique. It was not until the 1970's that Pigeon Island was joined to the mainland of the Gros Islet quarter through the construction of a causeway.

Today Pigeon Island is a Park maintained by the St Lucia National Trust. Near the entrance to the park is an Intreptretation Centre that explains the history and significance of the overall site. Throughout are remnants of the naval base from the 1700's that was used by the British and the French. There are trails throughout the grounds that lead to the historical sites. Small reading plates explain the significance of each historical site. The hike up to Fort Rodney and Signal Peak are a must for all visitors. The trail to Fort Rodney is a steady uphill walk along a well worn path with the last leg being paved with concrete and stone plus having a hand rail. Apart from the remnants of the Fort, the hike rewards you with a magnificent view of Rodney Bay and Gros Islet. The hike up Signal Peak is more difficult but the reward is a lovely view of Martinique.

 

While history may be the first reason for going to Pigeon Island, the overall ambiance of the park is certainly another good reason to visit. The grounds are well endowed with lofty trees, and manicured lawns plus picnic areas and even an area reserved for weddings. The beauty of Pigeon Island is one of the reasons why the annual St Lucia Jazz Festival is held at this location. There are two beautiful sandy beaches with the calm crystal clear water for which St Lucia is famous. Snorkeling equipment and kayaks are available for rental. Within the Park, on the edge of the sea is a small restaurant that takes its name from the 17th century French pirate Jambe de Bois.

The Pigeon Island National Landmark is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and there is a small admission fee.

If after visiting Pigeon Island you are still looking for an area to enjoy, just outside the entrance to the park is a wide sandy beach area with whispering pines and a small beach bar tucked inside the pines. Sitting on the verandah of the bar or on the picnic benches outside you can while away the afternoon and watch the sunset over the bay.

 

St Lucia's Historical and Natural Attractions

By Ross Stevenson

Thanks to the French and British, St Lucia offers some very interesting history. It also has some mystifying natural features and, as a visitor, you can't fail to be awed by the beauty of nature's creations here. As a result of decades of warfare, the island is left with many interesting ruins, and some of these are a must see on any history and nature discovery tour. In addition to all these incredible attractions, the island has plenty of options if you're looking for a luxury hotel; St. Lucia has some of the best in the Caribbean.

Morne Fortune

Locally known as The Morne, this was one of the most important battlegrounds when the British and the French fought for possession of the island. You can see the intriguing remains of Fort Charlotte at the top of The Morne. Fort Charlotte was started during the reign of the French and its construction continued after the British took over the island. The buildings from the fort have been restored to house a community college today.

Pigeon Island National Park

Another important part of local history, Pigeon Island was fortified by British Admiral George Rodney and was used to overlook the French fleet at Martinique, a neighbouring island. You can visit Fort Rodney at the high point of the island, and it is a remarkably well-preserved fortress. You can also see ruins of barracks, magazines and a signal station that were all used by the Americans during World War II.

The Pitons

With natural features every bit as beautiful as your modern day luxury hotel, St. Lucia is home to some truly iconic attractions. The Pitons certainly fit in to this category. Petit and Gros Piton are the remains of two volcanic domes that were formed thousands of years ago in two entirely different locations along the coast - Gros Piton in Choiseul and Petit Piton in Soufrière. When you descend into the town of Soufrière, you will get the most breath-taking view of these peaks as they thrust out from the sea, giving them a unique character. Truly a sight to behold and one that remains in your mind long after you return to your luxury hotel. St Lucia's natural features are renowned throughout the world and the Pitons are amongst the most iconic landmarks of the Caribbean.

The Sulphur Springs

Another natural wonder of the island, this large area of hot springs and steam vents is actually a part of a caldera type volcano, located in the Soufrière area. With the help of a guided tour you can have direct access to a field filled with these boiling pools and steaming vents. There are also several hot mineral springs where you can take a healthy, therapeutic sulphur bath. This is best done in the early hours of the morning, as the water is fairly cool at this time. It is important to note that the Sulphur Springs give out large amounts of gases, which can be harmful, so you should exercise caution when you visit.

After spending long days touring this magnificent island, you will be happy to unwind in your luxury hotel. St Lucia is has a number of extravagant accommodation choices that will spoil you and give you the perfect holiday you hoped for.

Ross Stevenson is the General Manager of Cap Maison, the foremost luxury hotel on St Lucia. If you're looking for a luxury hotel, St Lucia is an ideal destination for wedding and honeymoon options for couples who want to enjoy a blissful Caribbean experience.

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Anse_La_Raye_Fish_Feast

By Brian Ramsey

Anse La Raye is a village on the west coast of St Lucia, just south of Castries, whose name means Bay of the Rays. It is a small village that hugs the bay and is bisected by the road that runs from Castries to Soufriere. It is a village of narrow streets with the typical small wooden St Lucian houses that sit closely side by side with each other and dominated by the large Catholic Church. Here fishing is the primary means of income and the colorful small fishing boats bob gaily in the bay.

Every Friday night, the village of Anse La Raye comes alive with its Fish Feast. Although called a Fish Feast or Fish Fry, this lively Friday night lime is a true sea food fiesta with fish, lobster, soft shelled crabs, shrimp, squid, conch and other sea food on sale. The activity takes place on Front Street that runs alongside the bay and wraps around to the church. Here vendors set up their grills and cook. Tables and benches are laid out along the side of the street, allowing you to wander past and inhale the aroma of freshly cooked seafood while talking to the cooks and making your choice for dinner, then easily having a seat to enjoy your purchase. Scattered among the cooks are small booths selling alcohol and other drinks, while others set up tables offering souvenirs. From one end of the street, the music from the DJ booms with a mixture of soca, calypso, zouk, country and western, rhythm and blues and reggae while patrons dance and enjoy the night. In a most unobtrusive manner the St Lucian police stroll through the festivities ensuring that only merriment occurs during the night.

This is a true village activity with the residents sitting in small groups and chatting to each other. In between the children run and play and laugh. On the side streets nearby, bars are open so anytime you want to slip away from the heart of the action but still remain in the vicinity to enjoy the beauty of the St Lucian night and the ambiance of the village life, it is easy to do so. St Lucia is a staunchly Catholic country so during Lent, the Anse La Raye Fish Fry does not take place.

 

Exploring lovely Soufriere

By Nagib Georges Araman

Founded by the French in the mid-18th century, Soufriere was the former colonial capital of the island nation of St. Lucia. Today, the town still proudly stands and is the oldest of all communities in St. Lucia.

A number of tourists visiting, Soufriere are passengers of cruise ships that usually dock at Soufriere Bat. As a result, the wharf is the most bustling commercial area in town. This is the place to go if you want to dine, drink and soak in a more festive atmosphere. The rest of Soufriere adopted a more laidback and sleepy vibe like other coastal towns.

By walking around Soufriere, you will immediately notice its French colonial influences especially in its architecture. Many houses have signature verandahs on the second floor. At the market square, you will see charming wooden buildings that reflect the town's history. Take a peek inside the market building and you will be impressed by its colorful attractive murals.

One major reason people make their way to Soufriere is because of its surrounding natural landmarks like hills, gardens and waterfalls. Thus, the town has become very popular jumping point for a number of sightseeing trips. One particularly outstanding attraction is Sulfur Springs, which is renowned for its accessibility. Visitors can drive all the way to an old volcano crater area and marvel at the hot springs that releases sulfur gas, and resemble the surface of the moon.

While in Soufriere, consider arranging excursions to other notable attractions like the beautiful Diamond Botanical Gardens and the Morne Cabouril Estate. This estate has the town's only working sugar plantation, which was originally established in the 19th century. Fortunately, the estate management offers its guests walking tours around the plantation, the sugar mill and the mansion.

Of course it is not a visit to a Caribbean town without spending some time on a gorgeous beach. In the Soufriere region, Anse Chastanet is one of the more popular sandy stretches to visit. The beach is situated at the northern outskirts of the town, along a hilly coastal road. You can easily reach it by foot as it is only about one mile from town.

Anse Chastanet is best described as a very curvy beach area, which exudes a serene atmosphere. It is always open to the public, but visitors who would like to stay close to it can opt to book a room at the hotel on the beach. Anse Mamin is another lovely sandy beach just to the South of Soufriere, along the Vieux Fort Road. Aside from its nice light-sand hue, this beach also offers snorkeling opportunities. From Mamin, you can actually walk to the Sugar Beach, known for its imported sand.

Soufriere is also a favorite gateway to the Pitons - St. Lucia's iconic landmarks that nature lovers and adventurers will quickly fall in love with. These mountainous geological formations will simply astound you. Fortunately, some of them can be climbed; so if you're interested, arrange a guided trip to the Pitons with a local outfitter in town. On one of the trailheads of the Pitons, you will encounter the wonderful Pitons waterfall, considered quite unique as volcanic waters flow from it.

 

 

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Gros_Islet_Secret

By Brian Ramsey

Gros Islet in St Lucia is famous for its Friday night where streets in this little seaside village are closed and barbecue pits, roadside drinks vendors and music take over the streets. Tourists and locals attend this weekly Friday night jump up that goes on until the early morning hours. Gros Islet however has a very well kept secret; the main street activity is not the only place for a good time on Friday night in Gros Islet.

Gros Islet with its beautiful church, magnificent beach and small inns is a tourism hot spot but Gros Islet is also a fishing village. There is a fishing depot with moorings for boats, fuel dispensers, stalls for cleaning and selling fish and it is at this fishing depot that Gros Islet's well kept secret can be discovered. Every Friday night delicious fish is slow grilled on beds of charcoal and served with heaping quantities of white rice. Using half drums filled with hot charcoal, freshly caught local fish is placed between wire mesh and grilled until golden brown. When it is in season there is also lobster and conch.


Having a Friday night meal at this fishing depot is a delightful experience. Around the grilling area are picnic tables and benches where you can sit in comfort and savor the taste of the freshly grilled fish. As with all St Lucian night time activities if you want a drink it is easily available right next to the grilling area. The location is perfect for a night of relaxation, with a gentle breeze wafting across the compound and the channel with boats moored plus moving through the channel it is a tropical paradise. As the moon and stars light the grounds you are filled with the ambiance of the location while calypso and French based music fills the air and the lilting sounds of French patois is heard.

If later that night you want to join the more frenetic pace of the Friday night jump up, it is a only a short walk of three blocks.

 

Plas_Kassav

By Brian Ramsey

Cassava is extensively cultivated throughout the Caribbean and South America (where it is called yuca or manioc) for its edible root which has become a staple of the diet of many persons. In addition to being eaten in its boiled form, cassava is also used as "fries" instead of potato and used to make the dessert known as cassava pone. The original Amerindian inhabitants of these islands grew cassava and boiled the root as food but also grated and dried the root to create what is known as farine that in turn is used to create a cassava bread. Today farine and cassava bread are still made although in many islands it is rare as the older inhabitants have died and the younger generation seem not willing to undertake the work involved in its preparation.

While it may be more difficult to get some cassava products, in St Lucia there is one place that is dedicated to "all things cassava" and is known as Plas Kassav. This location has developed into a tourist attraction and is the largest purchaser of cassava from local farmers in St Lucia. Plas Kassav (Creole for Cassava Place) is a family run business that is located in Anse La Verdure on the west coast, between the villages of Anse La Raye and Canaries. The business is housed in a neat wooden structure that sits just at the side of the main road (so impossible to miss). The building is both a cafe and a factory. You can purchase a variety of cassava breads flavored with coconut, cherry and raisin, apple and raisin, cinnamon, banana, chocolate, ginger, peanut, pineapple and apricot. You can also have the cassava as a sandwich with saltfish or smoked herring. In addition to cassava products you can also find  other food, drink and condiments made by members of the wider community including dried bananas, honey, pepper sauces and cassava flour.After tasting the delicious range of baked cassava products if you want to see how they are made you can take the free guided tour in the factory to see the traditional methods used and the big coppers and ovens.

 

 

Mamiku Gardens

Mamiku Gardens on the outskirts of the village of Micoud is an interesting mixture of nature and history. Even the name of the place reflects the influence of history and culture. The grounds on which the Gardens are located was formerly an estate owned by Le Baron De Micoud and his wife Marion Deveaux during the period 1766 to 1818. Apparently Mrs Micoud was loved by the persons in the area and they affectionately referred to her in the French Creole patois as Ma Miku, which has now given rise to the name Mamiku.

Mamiku Gardens features numerous types of tropical plants and visitors are provided with a guide book to help them identify the various plants in the gardens. One of the interesting aspects of Mamiku is that it features three species of the bayleaf tree; the original, the spice and the lemon bayleaf. The gardens are spread over 15 acres concentrated around a main house which today is known as Brigand's Bar. From the verandah of the bar you can sit and enjoy a view of the gardens and listen to the sound of the birds chirping in the trees and among the foliage.



On the grounds of the estate is an active archeological dig site where personal effects from the Micoud family have been found. At the site personal effects from British soldiers have also been found because in 1796, the Micoud estate was taken over by British soldiers, who shortly after were attacked by freed slaves known at the time as Brigands, who were fighting the British occupation of the island. The archeological site is located on a hill above Brigands Bar and on the trail leading to the site there is a magnificent view of the ocean and surrounding countryside.   

 

 

St Lucia - Sampling the Local Cuisine

By Ross Stevenson

St Lucia honeymoons: the phrase rightly suggests idyllic tropical sunsets over the ocean as you start your married life together. Yet a visit to this gorgeous island will also give you the chance to sample some of the unique Creole cuisine for which it is famous.

A culinary heritage

French, African and British cuisines have all left their mark on the island. Whilst part of the British Empire, people from all around the globe came and settled on the island and also made their own contribution to local tastes and cooking techniques. Today, St Lucia honeymoons will provide romantic couples with the chance to sample some of these delights including:

bullet Pepperpot Stew. Truly delicious and comprises a very lean beef stew with a rich mixture of potatoes, onions, green beans and of course pepper.
bullet Callaloo Soup. Callaloo is a local vegetable not dissimilar to spinach. It is stewed, sometimes with coconut milk, together with beef (perhaps salted) and dumplings.
bullet Jerk Chicken. There are various recipes for this and they do involve a pretty hot chilli but having said that, the trick of the best local chefs is to make this classic dish spicy and pungent without it burning off your taste buds.
bullet Pork Chop and Pineapple Salsa. If this sounds absurdly simple, you'll be surprised! Somehow the local chefs manage to combine a very tangy and flavoursome pineapple salsa with a marinated chop and make it a truly unique and delicious taste.
bullet Green fig and Saltfish Pie. This is a great dish to try on St Lucia honeymoons, as you may not find it easy to obtain elsewhere. It's essentially fish, peppers, cheese and breadcrumbs and of course, green figs. It's absolutely superb when done well.
bullet Baked Stuffed Breadfruit. This is a mixture of minced meat, ham, tomatoes and garlic, baked in a hollowed out breadfruit. Once again, it sounds simple but the taste isn't.
bullet Banana Chicken. This is chicken and ham, rolled together with banana and then fried in a sort of batter with coconut flavouring. A uniquely exotic taste - and it works!

This is, of course, just a totally inadequate sample of the fantastic tastes that await you on St Lucia honeymoons.

Contrary to what you might have heard, Caribbean and St Lucian cuisine is not just about heat and spices. When authentically prepared, it offers a range of taste experiences that compare favourably with any cuisine anywhere in the world. So, St Lucia honeymoons don't just have to be about beach and sea - you can think about your taste buds too!

Ross Stevenson is the General Manager of Cap Maison. With a reputation as the foremost luxury hotel on St Lucia, they provide a wide selection of services for St Lucia honeymoons and options for couples who want to enjoy a blissful Caribbean experience.

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Exciting Water Sports in St Lucia Holidays

By Edward Watkinson

Famous for its breath-taking beauty of sparkling blue waters and golden beaches lined with palms, St-Lucia is the ideal destination for water-sports-lovers. The hotels and resorts are fully equipped with all the latest sports-equipments which are easily rented out to the visitors.

One cannot imagine the variety and diversity of water sports opportunities, here in St-Lucia. Ranging from sailing to wind-surfing to skiing to diving-the endless adventure in this timeless island leaves one craving for more thrill, fun and adventure.

Sailing in St Lucia
Yachting; banana-boat; mini-sailing; parasailing; pedal and kayaking are the main sailing activities in the surroundings of the large hotels and resorts in the various tourist centres such as Rodney Bay, Choc Bay and Marigot Bay.

The cruises in these crystal clear waters promise the most enchanting sight-seeing of the indigenous Dolphins and whales. With the sparkling Caribbean Sea on one side and the mysterious depths of Atlantic Ocean on the other, yachting here is a sailor's most cherished dream. Yachts and sail boats can be chartered from the Rodney Bay marina and Marigot Bay to navigate in the West Indies through the pristine views of the Grenadine Islands.

Parasailing is a more daring activity; being hooked on the back of a boat. One can't get a better and a complete picture of St Lucia's beautiful landscape.

Wind surfing in St Lucia
Located ideally between Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, St-Lucia boosts of never-ending trade winds, wind surfing and kite surfing. Beginners will enjoy the wind power and thrill and excitement of being driven by the wind, more in the calmer waters of the Caribbean. For a more thrilling experience, CAS en Bax or Vieux Fort are ideal spots for wind and kite surfing. Trainers are available to help beginners, to start with and experts, to sharpen their skills.

Skiing in St Lucia
Jet skiing and water skiing are available at most of the hotels and resorts. Water skiing is a favourite with the beginners who wish to spend more time in the Caribbean Sea. Jet skiing is an unforgettable adventure of flying across the waves with the water splashing up in your face.

Diving in St Lucia
Enjoying the marine life in all its splendour and glory is not possible without having to dive in St-Lucia's under water paradise. The island is located at the tip of an underwater volcano which nurtures a huge variety of Corals, Sponges and Reefs. Great care has been taken to preserve the marine life which is an irreplaceable asset of our Eco-system.

Diving schools and centres provide tuitions, trips, guides and equipments for Scuba-diving or Snorkelling. The prestigious Soufriere Marine Management Area on the west coast is responsible for the conservation of St Lucia's coastal environments.

St Lucia is as mountainous below as it is above, hence, embracing Nature's bounty in its lap. Scuba diving provides an opportunity to come face to face with the marine life breathing in St-Lucia's womb. Angel fish, black beauties, golden spotted eels, seahorses, stingrays, nurse sharks, turtles and a variety of schooling fish are down there to welcome the divers to their colourful and mysterious world.

Edward Watkinson is a travel guide. Discover more about the Caribbean islands and book Caribbean holidays online at http://www.caribbeanconnection.com

 

Top Diving Sites Off the Coast of St Lucia

By Ross Stevenson

As part of the Lesser Antilles in the eastern part of the Caribbean, the island nation of St Lucia is situated in an ideal position between the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and the colder, stronger currents of the Atlantic Ocean - and offers a variety of exciting diving opportunities for those arriving on their honeymoons.

While on St Lucia, honeymoons can be filled with a variety of lounging and relaxing activities along the amazing coastline of the island, which is juxtaposed against the rising rainforest mountains of the interior. But to spend all of your time on the beach and not take advantage of the stunning waters and natural coral reefs that surround the island is something you should not even entertain during your stay! While on the island, why not get under the surface of the water and scuba dive in some of the most amazing places such as: Anse Chastanet, Anse La Raye, and the Lesleen M Shipwreck.

Anse Chastanet - In what is now a protected marine park off the coast, you can dive in the waters that offer some of the most dramatic underwater scenes in the southwest of the island. St Lucia honeymoons will be all the more enjoyable for a trip to dive on these reefs that can be accessed by swimming in directly from the beach. The unique coral wall here is located only about 25 feet down, and the further out you go, the deeper the coral seems to fall away. The reef drops down to about 140 feet below and continues on until it reaches the Grand Caille, near the harbour of Soufriere.

Anse La Raye - For some of the best wall and drift dives on St Lucia, honeymoons for the underwater enthusiasts should allow time to visit Anse La Raye, where huge boulders and an interesting marine life can introduce you to an entirely new world. While here, swim down about fifty feet to see the Anse La Raye Coral Gardens where the sponges and hard and soft corals are especially worth noting.

Lesleen M Shipwreck - If you are searching for a bit more adventure while spending time underwater near St Lucia, honeymoons are the perfect opportunity to go and explore the Lesleen M Shipwreck. Located north of the Pitons and just south of Marigot Bay, this freighter was purposely sunk in 1985 in order to help create an artificial coral reef. The result is an amazing dive that is exceptionally picturesque, with the wheelhouse at a mere 13 metres below the surface. There is an excellent swimthrough along the corridors of the ship that remain open. You feel like you are the first person to unearth and explore this long-dead ship, with extra touches like the abandoned suitcase in the lower engine room. While in and around the ship you can look for marine life that thrives in such areas, like the eels that supposedly live in the bottom of the passageways.

Ross Stevenson is the General Manager of Cap Maison. With a reputation as the foremost luxury hotel on St Lucia, they provide a wide selection of services for St Lucia honeymoons and options for couples who want to enjoy a blissful Caribbean experience.

 

Top Hiking Destinations on St Lucia

By Ross Stevenson

For those who are looking for the perfect opportunity to get a bit of beach side lounging, fine dining, diving, and hiking in, there is no better place to go than St Lucia. Honeymoons here on this island nation, located in the eastern part of the Caribbean Sea where it borders the Atlantic Ocean, provide a huge variety of activities for those who want a bit more action on their romantic getaway. Luckily, the island offers a great variety of walks and hikes that range from the easy to the difficult, each presenting a different range of scenery that highlights the best bits of the area. While here, be sure to test your land legs on the Union Nature Trail and Mini Zoo, the Edmund Forest Reserve, and the Enbas Saut Waterfalls Trail.

The Union Nature Trail and Mini Zoo - In 1960, part of the Research Station - about a 15-minute drive from the city of Castries - was turned into a nursery by the Forest Division. Later they added a garden trail, hillside trail, and a medicinal garden that will delight couples on their St Lucia honeymoons. The Union Nature Trail goes through a bit of the dry forest, which is famous for bird watching. Considered a meshing of endangered species, medicinal plants and local fruits, the mini zoo at the heart of the reserve is the perfect culmination of a pleasant and easy walk.

The Edmund Forest Reserve - St Lucia honeymoons should be about doing whatever it is you feel like doing and enjoying yourself, and if you are fond of beautiful scenery, like to hike, and have a little bit of experience, then you should head to the Edmund Forest Reserve and walk the moderately difficult trails there. Located in the heart of the island, the Forest Reserve trail is roughly a seven-mile long path that is mostly flat, and goes though the rain forest. The main part of the trail goes through the Quilesse Forest Reserve and will eventually break out of the cover of the trees to give you a view of the Caribbean Sea and the island's highest peak, Mt. Gimie.

The Enbas Saut Waterfalls Trail - For hardcore hikers on their St Lucia honeymoons, the best place to head on the island is inland towards the Enbas Saut Waterfalls Trail. Located at the foot of Mt. Gimie, about six kilometres east of Soufriere with many steps involved, this four-kilometre hike is quite popular with energetic visitors. The atmosphere of the hike is remote, wild, and amazingly fresh and boasts two waterfalls and pools at the head of the Troumassee River, where you can even hop in for a quick swim. The trail's combination of rainforest, cloud forest, and elfin woodlands enable the perfect opportunity for you to get the chance to see some of the famous local wildlife - such as the St Lucia Parrot, the Blue Hooded Euphonia, and the Mountain Whistler.

Ross Stevenson is the General Manager of Cap Maison. With a reputation as the foremost luxury hotel on St Lucia, they provide a wide selection of services for St Lucia honeymoons and options for couples who want to enjoy a blissful Caribbean experience.

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Have an Adventure on Horseback on Saint Lucia

By Ross Stevenson

A holiday staying in one of the luxury hotels in Saint Lucia will be an unforgettable, relaxing time. However, apart from lazing on the beach drinking cocktails, it can be well worth the effort to spend a day or two exploring the island to try some more adventurous activities. An ever-popular and classic pastime on the island is horse riding, either along the beautiful beach or in the wild, lush forests and national parks. No matter one's riding ability, you can have a great time either learning the basics and then venturing out a little on your own, or spending the whole day on the back of a horse with a guide getting a feel for the island's extensive beauty.

Choosing the perfect riding experience

Many of the best stables are located near luxury hotels in Saint Lucia, so it can be simple to find a reputable spot for riding. A good place to start is by asking the concierge their professional recommendations, as they will most likely know the perfect places to ride. Luxury hotels in Saint Lucia are equipped to cater to the whims of all their guests - whether they want to spend time sunning on the iconic beaches or exploring on a horse.

Gros Islet's best horseback riding hotspots

Not only is horseback riding around Gros Islet a delight, it offers travellers a chance to get to know their environment in a unique way. Island Riders staff are friendly, knowledgeable locals, ready to offer guests the experience of a long, gentle ride along the sand or even in the water. Be assured everything is very safe and secure, as guides are with you every step of the way.

Another alternative in Gros Islet, near many of the breath-taking luxury hotels in Saint Lucia, is North Point Riding. Perfect for couples, this laid-back and fun ride takes guests along pretty country roads that lead out to the ocean. Most journeys are an hour or two, so even beginners can get a quick taste of the island upon arrival.

A gem for riding in Vieux Fort

In the Vieux Fort area, visitors often make a beeline for the Atlantic Shores Riding Stables. Many say this is the best stable in the area for both those who love to ride and those who want to learn the basics. With a different aspect than the Caribbean Sea side of the island, it can give you a fresh view of the landscape. The owner of Atlantic shores was born and raised on the island, so he knows the perfect places to take visitors to see the best of the best.

Ross Stevenson is the General Manager of Cap Maison, the foremost luxury hotel on St Lucia. If you're looking for luxury hotels in Saint Lucia we can help. The island is an ideal destination for wedding and honeymoon options for couples who want to enjoy a blissful Caribbean experience.

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