Thanks to its mountainous terrain and lush flora, St. Lucia's beauty is unmatched by other Caribbean islands. Its culture is a unique fusion of French, British and African traditions, and its population of approximately 160,000 people brings the island's beauty and rich heritage to life.
St. Lucia is 27 miles long by 14 miles wide (238 square miles). It is an independent member of the British Commonwealth. While the official language is English, the lingua franca is a mellifluous, French-based Patois that employs African vocabulary and structures. Similarly, the local cuisine blends French and Island tradition with the freshest island ingredients.
The most evident and exciting expression of St. Lucia's culture is its festivals. Carnival is by far the biggest event, which takes place each year from the end of May through mid-July. Colorfully animated parties, calypso contests and parades radiate throughout the island.
Each Friday night, Ladera guests are invited to travel by boat (weather permitting) to the quaint fishing village of Anse Le Raye to enjoy a traditional village Fish Fry – which showcases the skills of local fishermen and the abundance of their catch.
One of St. Lucia's fastest-growing events is the annual, very hip, St. Lucia Jazz Festival which takes place in Castries. In addition to these spirited happenings, there are also many other places to visit throughout the island all year long.
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With lovely quaint towns, beautiful beaches and bays, mineral baths, and banana plantations, you won't tire of exploring St. Lucia. You can even visit a volcano! Ladera's tour desk will be happy to help you plan your explorations.
Some of the places of interest in the Soufrière area include:
The World Heritage Piton Mountains (3000ft. volcanic peaks that rise skyward from the Caribbean Sea)
Tropical Rain Forest
Diamond Waterfall/Botanical Gardens
Sulphur Springs (the world's only "drive-in" volcano)
The King Louis XVI Mineral Baths
Historic military ruins and museum at Pigeon Island (about 90 minutes away)