Many a prose has been written about the splendour and warmth of Saint Lucia. However, to fully understand the island’s unique mystique, one has to use all five senses to experience the wonder that is Saint Lucia. You can feel, see, taste, hear and smell your way around Saint Lucia’s famed, must-visit places, delight in the decadent cuisine, seek out adventure in the waters, sands and tropical forests and, of course, relax in a serene setting where your soul can recapture its lost vigour.
Sampling authentic Saint Lucian epicurean offerings might be one of the most fun things you can do while on the isle. At the Friday night Fish Fry in Anse La Raye or the Dennery Fiesta on Saturday night, everyone can have a taste of fresh lobster, conch, red snapper, crab and salt cod fritters. Nothing goes better with rich fare than an ice cold Piton Beer, which is aptly named after the towering Pitons. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you can savour the rich cocoa tea (akin to hot chocolate).
After all the culinary creations, work off those calories by trekking around the island and marvelling at the sights of Saint Lucia. You simply can’t visit the island without taking a gander (or few) at the famed Pitons which are surrounded by the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Experience the natural beauty of the Soufriere Volcano and Sulphur Springs or Morne Fortune, where you can relive a military battle. Stop at the ruins at Pigeon Island National Landmark, Mamiku Gardens, Marigot Bay and AnseChastanet Bay, where you can indulge in all the eye candy you can manage! For a more serene sight, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is ideal for soul searchers in need of calm. The hills and cliffs of Saint Lucia are home to numerous sea birds and they offer views of the coasts of Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
When you think about the inviting aromas of a place, of course, gastronomic treats come to mind. But, don’t forget that you can also absolutely revel in the tropical scents of fragrant flora and the undeniable earthy perfume that permeates the island. The world renowned Castries Market is a true gem, where one can embrace the beautiful bustle of vendors selling their fresh fruits and vegetables, and spices. Can’t you just smell the bounty?
If those experiences weren’t enough to whet your appetite, you can close your eyes and feel the luxurious warmth of a true Caribbean breeze and feel the friendly vibes from the Saint Lucian people. You can also run your hands through the soft sand, or splash in the warm waters that cascade in waterfalls or crash along the shore. Some might even find it luxurious to soothe themselves in the healing mud and sulphuric springs at the Diamond Waterfall, Botanical Gardens and Mineral Baths in Soufriere.
These are but a few examples of the varying sights, smells, sounds, tastes and touches of Saint Lucia that visitors can immerse themselves in. A visit to Saint Lucia is the only way to appreciate the island’s one-of-a-kind appeal to lovers, family and friends. Who could resist an island, and its people, who exemplify the daydream of an idyllic Caribbean island, tucked among pristine waters and lush vegetation?