ST. LUCIA

 

Mountainous St Lucia, with deep valleys, brilliantly accented with hibiscus, oleander, flamboyant trees, orchids, roses and lilies has twin volcanic peaks dominating the island. St Lucia is a quilt of coconut palms, bananas and exotic tropical blooms covering it from head to toe.  Only 27 by 14 miles, St Lucia uses the Eastern Caribbean dollar (E.C). Most stores quote prices in EC dollars. Taxies are readily available but check the rate in advance to find out which currency they’re using. The government sets the rates for most trips.

 

Arriving by cruise ship in Castries, visitors come directly into the harbor. There is usually a steel band to greet you on the wharf.  You will see many St Lucian women wearing banana fiber rings, or colta, on their heads to balance baskets around the marketplace on the waterfront. Be sure to see the smoldering Mt Soufriere, known as the only drive in volcano in the world. You can drive to the lip of the smoldering crater and watch your guide (or someone else’s guide) boil an egg in the steam.

 

The most popular place for visitors is Bagshaw’s, famous for its unique silk-screen designs. Their studio is located at La Toc Bay, where you can buy ready made fashions or fabric by the yard/ Shopping here isn’t what is on other islands, but there are straw goods, wood carvings and pottery, all crafted by St Lucians available.