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:
- 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.
- 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.
Whatever aspect you wish to explore on St. Lucia – the history, its natural wonders, the culture or just the white sand beaches by blue Caribbean waters – you will want to return to this jewel of the Caribbean time and again.
Blog post written by D. MacIntyre of compassmedia.solutions She has visited St. Lucia many times on cruises, and who would love to return to this beautiful island. Photos from the author’s own visits, and courtesy of Canstock and Bigstock.