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St Lucia stands out against other islands in the Caribbean and that’s not just because of the volcanic Pitan Mountains......
Most Caribbean islands are renowned for their palm-fringed beaches and St Lucia is no exception. Unlike most other islands though, it is also famed for its mountains, rain forests banana plantations and waterfalls galore, making it an ideal destination for those that want to do more than simply fly, flop and frazzle.
Try exploring on all-terrain vehicles, zip-line through the forests or mountain bike along steep mountain trails, great for families as well as couples. Visit the sulphur springs, nature’s own version of a safety valve, take a Segway tour along one of the many nature trails, walk the Millet trail and see over 30 species of birds including five that are endemic to St Lucia. Try a night trip to Grand Anse beach where you can see sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs or visit one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Then there’s ‘snuba’, an underwater activity mixing scuba diving with snorkelling. The crystal clear waters around the island are the perfect place to snuba.
You could visit Pigeon Island National Park too, accessed by a causeway from the main island and see the remains of Admiral Rodney’s old British naval base. Maria Island is also worth a visit where, in addition to over 80 plant species, the islet hosts five endemic reptile species including a lizard with a magnificent blue tail, the Saint Lucia Whiptail; the near extinct Saint Lucia Racer, a harmless snake denoted as the world’s rarest and the world’s smallest snake, the non poisonous Worm Snake that burrows underground.
You’re never far from music on this island and St Lucia is host to one of the leading jazz festivals in the world as well as a summer carnival.
The island’s newest attraction is ‘Our Planet’ in Castries. At this multimillion-pound centre visitors can see views of our planet from space, play games to create hurricanes and power cities and feel the effects of extreme weather in a special-effects theatre.
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