Goes Ashore in the Caribbean
to see & things to do
green mountains and the famous dramatic peaks of the Pitons give St.
Lucia a South Pacific flavor. As
a result of past destructive fires, the new appearance of Castries,
the capital, offers a sharp contrast to country ladies who come to
town dressed in traditional cotton headdresses to sell their fruits
ships arrive at the pier at Pointe Seraphine in the capital city of
Castries, but if it’s too crowded you may dock a short distance
away at Port Castries pier. Taxis
meet docking ships and most drivers are trained as tour guides.
Lucia’s dramatic terrain is difficult and a shore excursion or
taxi tour is the best way to see the island. No
day in St. Lucia would be complete without a trip to the fishing
port of La Soufrière and the Pitons.
Formerly actively volcanic, the lush green vegetation covered
lava peaks of Petit Piton and Grand Piton rise respectively 2,460
and 2,619 feet from the sea. Also
nearby is Mount Soufrière, the famous “drive in” volcano. You
literally drive into the crater and can walk between the pools of
steam and sulfur springs. Breathe
deeply, the fumes are said to be medicinal.
to Soufrière are the Diamond Mineral Baths. Constructed
in 1784 by Louis XVI at the advise of his physicians, they were
designed to recuperate French soldiers fighting in the West Indies. Surrounded
by an arboretum, the average temperature of the Baths’ water is
106º F. This is also where
you’ll find a waterfall that changes color during the day, from
yellow to black to green to gray.
especially for cruise passengers, the best shops in St. Lucia are
right at the Pointe Seraphine dock. To
enter you must show your ship’s boarding pass.
Here you’ll find good buys on perfume, leather goods, and
other luxury items. Liquor
and tobacco products are delivered to your ship. Of
particular note are vendors in the Craft Market that display
souvenirs and gifts made by local crafters.
on St. Lucia’s Atlantic beaches can be treacherous and cruise
passengers may want to stick to the calmer waters on the western
coast. All beaches are
open to the public but day guests will be required to pay a fee to
use a hotel’s facilities. The
white sand beach at Anse Chastanet just north of Soufrière is a
delight. Also near Soufrière
is the black volcanic sand beach of La Toc.
Just north of Castries Harbour is the popular Vigie Beach.
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