Caribbean Tourism

Beaches & Watersports

Culture

Cultural Centres Alliance Française de Sainte Lucie, in the pyramid at Pointe Seraphine, T4526602, courses and cultural events, library etc. Bonsai Society meets every 2nd Thu of the month, 1700, contact Mary Charles, T4501258. There is a good deal of French influence. Most of the islanders, who are predominantly of African descent (though a few black...

The Windward Islands

The Windward Islands include four independent nations: Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada as well as the French Antilles which are departments of France. They form a series of volcanic peaks jutting out and forming a barrier between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Sulphur fumaroles and hot springs can be found on some...

The West Coast to Soufrière and the Pitons

The West Coast Road was opened in 1995 and is in excellent condition with good signposting and many viewpoints. It is a very curvy, but spectacular, drive down to Soufrière.Take the transinsular highway out of Castries and instead of branching left at Cul de Sac bay carry straight on. The road quickly rises to La Croix Maingot where you get good views of...

North to Pointe Du Cap

The part of the island to the north of Castries is the principal resort area, it contains the best beaches and the hotels are largely self contained. It is the driest part of the island with little evidence of the banana plantations or rain forest. The John Compton highway leaves Castries past Vigie airport and follows the curves of Vigie Beach and Choc Bay...

East Coast to Vieux Fort

The road from Castries to Cul de Sac opened in 1999 and was immediately popular with cars and trucks. It is quite a straight road running along the sea and is a welcome relief from the hairpin curves of the old Morne Road. The Castries end starts at the roundabout on La Toc Road, goes through two short tunnels and comes out in the Cul de Sac valley, where a...

Beaches & Watersports

All the west coast beaches have good swimming but many are dominated by resort hotels. The Atlantic east coast has heavy surf and is dangerous but with very spectacular and isolated beaches (difficult to get to without local knowledge or the Ordnance Survey map and four-wheel drive) which make a pleasant change from the west coast. Many are important...