Introducing St Lucia
Noted for its oodles of small and luxurious resorts that drip color and flair, St Lucia is really two islands in one. Rodney Bay in the north offers modern comforts amid a beautiful bay. In the south, Soufrière is at the heart of a gorgeous region of old plantations, hidden beaches and the geologic wonder of the impossibly photogenic Pitons.
The main city of St Lucia is worth a stop as you transit from one of the islands to the other. Its best feature is the soaring Morne Fortune (2795ft) as its backdrop. Most of the city’s historic buildings were destroyed by major fires between 1785 and 1948, but it makes for an interesting stroll.
Deep, sheltered Marigot Bay is an exquisite example of natural architecture. Sheltered by towering palms and the surrounding hills, the narrow inlet is said to have once hidden the entire British fleet from French pursuers. Yachts play the same trick these days – the bay is a popular place to drop anchor and hide away for a few nights. Enjoy nearby beaches.