A Favourite Cruise Ship Destination

One of the favourite island port of calls of cruise lines, St. Lucia in the Lesser Antilles, is a small (200,000 plus square miles) island in the Eastern Caribbean. Covered in lush vegetation, hilly – volcanoes – it has a small native population of about 175,000 which swells with cruise ship visitors, honeymooners, and tourists who fly in to enjoy the sun, sand, and snorkelling this island has to offer. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Shopping ~ Cruise ships dock near Castries, the capital of this sovereign state, and seat of government. It is a well laid out town with many restaurants, shopping facilities and also duty free areas at Point Seraphine and La Place Carinage. There is also a 100 year old market and adjacent crafts market, an excellent spot to pick up authentic souvenirs of your visit.
  2. The Beach ~ Most visitors head out of town by catamaran or by taxi to nearby beaches where one can watch the sea wildlife, or  snorkel in the beautiful blue waters. Day excursions are plentiful: a popular one is to sail on a catamaran down the coast to view the Twin Pitons, and to stop on the way, perhaps at the famous Marigot Bay, to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at a secluded sandy beach.
    The Pitons as seen from afar

    The Pitons as seen from afar

  3. Unique Attractions ~ Another town worth visiting is Soufriere. Despite its French sounding name, the official language of the island is English though you may hear a local French-based dialect from time to time. The island was once a French colony – ownership switched back and forth with Britain 14 times! – but Britain finally succeeded in its claim for ownership in 1814. The island finally gained independence in 1979. Around this beautiful city, there are many delights for the sight-seer.: a “drive-in” volcano, mineral baths near Diamond Waterfall, or hiking the world famous Pitons ( permission required).