One of the very few islands of the Caribbean named after a woman, St. Lucia pays deep homage to the feminineâ€”her roads are curvy; her lands are fertile, lush, and inviting. And with volcanic mountains throughout, St. Lucia is very much alive. There are rainforests and beaches, marinas and waterfalls. St. Luciaâ€™s unique history (it passed between the French and British over 14 times, and is so known as the â€œHelen of the West Indiesâ€) is reflected the creole spoken by most of the populationâ€”a mix of French and West African dialectsâ€” though English is the official language.
There are French-named towns, British traditions, African art, and Native foods. All types of fruit springs from its rich earth like manna. In fact, she does (and has) it all. Come explore the best of this verdant isle through three of its most distinct properties.