Named one of National Geographic’s “500 Of The World’s Greatest Trips”, if you enjoyed the posts about Dominica and its tropical rainforests, waterfalls, lush vegetation and breathtaking views, you will definitely enjoy its fellow sister: St. Lucia, “land of beaches, hills and valleys, fairest isle of all the earth”.
St. Lucia impressed me since the very first instant I looked to the majestic twin peaks of the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that seem to rise straight from the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Each mount, created from hardened lava, towers over 2,000 feet in the air. Moreover, the Pitons scenery followed me even to the beach in Soufriere Bay where I could contemplate this picturesque view even in the water! Such a magical moment! Full of beauty and serenity!
We actually did an amazing tour across the major sites of St. Lucia, from the Pitons discovery, the Diamond waterfalls, Soufriere Bay, the amazing Sulphur Springs Drive-In Volcano… I will be sharing it all!
When I knew that the waters surrounding St. Lucia were home to more than 40 different species of dolphins and whales including cachalot and humpback, I already had all the day booked with the land-tour, so if you go to St. Lucia take 90mins to sail and see all those wonderful creatures. Don’t forget to take some great shots for me please!
During our tour in St. Lucia, we discovered the lemongrass, a natural mosquito repellant that grows naturally all over the island that smells, well, like lemon. As many tropical islands, it’s important to protect your skin against mosquito, you will find natural products made from this plant available in any local store.
Soufriere: An Empress Birthplace
Established in 1746, it’s the island’s oldest town and former capital of St. Lucia, reputed to be the birthplace of Napoleon’s Empress Josephine. Diogo and I went to the Soufriere Bay, where we could enjoy a scenic view to the Pitons in a brown-sand beach surrounded by the lush vegetation and green hills of St. Lucia.
It was definitely not a touristic beach. Only locals seemed to know about this wonderful hidden jewel… shhhh… this is a best-kept secret!
We went there around 3-4 PM, the sun was going down, and children were playing in the warm crystal waters of the beach.
We jumped immediately into the water like them. We stood there watching the boats sailing over the horizon creating an incredible illusion of touching the magnificent pitons.
The Soufriere village was just below the Pitons building an unforgettable landscape perfect for our shootings. It is told that for hundreds of years, sailors, adventurers and buccaneers have used these sky-reaching landmarks.
I will share a “What To Do, Eat, Shop” guide very soon, so if you know about St. Lucia don’t forget to leave me your recommendations!
Author: Melanie Martins
Photography: Diogo Novo