In the winter of 2006, I visited the island of St Lucia in the West Indies. Today, as I watched the colorful sunset from my Brooklyn apartment, an evening on a terrace in St Lucia came to me. I vividly remembered the sea breeze, rainforest sounds, hummingbirds, the scent of tropical flowers...
In honor of that moment, here comes a post about St Lucia. What I saw of the area around the capital of Castries and the island's northern part left me pretty cold. While there are plenty of resorts and hotels for a variety of budgets, it's an overdeveloped area without much soul – not my cup of tea. But base yourself on the southwest coast around the tiny colonial town of Soufriere, and you'll be in St Lucia's sweetest spot.
This is the land of lush rainforests, simmering sulphur springs, pretty fishing villages, gorgeous waterfalls, and stellar beaches. There's plenty to keep you happily entertained without giving in to the tourist traps of the north.
My home in St Lucia was Le Haut Plantation, a working family-run plantation with two swimming pools, a set of pleasant rooms and, best of all, affordable prices (from $175 a double at the peak of winter season). The rooms have no television or phone – a perfect way to really disconnect! The highlight was the unobstructed view of the Pitons, St Lucia's landmark twin mountains, from my private veranda. This vista made my jaw drop at every look, no matter how many times I rubbed my eyes to ensure I wasn't dreaming.
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