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New Caribbean Getaway to St. Lucia

A view of the Pitons, on the southwestern coast.

Photo: Paul Costello

Plenty of people have heard of St. Lucia—its reputation for beauty precedes it—yet relatively few have been. That’s too bad for them, because this former British territory (it gained independence in 1979) has a staggering variety of landscapes, from jungle-draped peaks and black-sand beaches to tranquil cocoa plantations; luxurious marinas to sleepy Creole villages. Diving, hiking, bird-watching, sailing, yachting, and sport-fishing are all superb here. As is eating: those verdant slopes and dense forests are the source of fabulous produce, a rarity in the Caribbean. Read the article

Inspired by: St. Lucia Redefines the Caribbean Vacation — by Peter Jon Lindberg, Published Nov. 2009

Hotels (6)

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    Marigot Bay Hotel

    Chic retreat with a South Beach vibe, located on a picturesque marina.

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    Cap Maison

    You might say that this 49-room hacienda, with hilltop views of the Caribbean Sea and neighboring island, Martinique, has two distinct personalitie

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    Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

    The 100-acre Jalousie Plantation, skirting a sleepy stretch of sand, was always lovely. And the location, wedged between the towering Pitons—a UNES

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    Fond Doux Holiday Plantation

    Pay a visit to this working plantation and eco-resort owned by Lyton and Eroline Lamontagne, in the hills above the village of Soufrière. Establish

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    Jade Mountain

    Located at the highest point of the island, near the west coast town of Soufrière, Jade Mountain wraps around a hillside, its exterior all curves a

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    Anse Chastanet Resort

    Years before eco-conscious design became trendy, Russian-Canadian architect Nick Troubetzkoy designed and built his dream resort: a series of 49 op

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Restaurants (3)

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    Dasheene

    Chef Orlando Satchell is a well-known proponent of Lucian cuisine; his Thursday night buffets are a local favorite.

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    Apsara At Trou Au Diable Restaurant

    Below the Pitons on the southwestern coast of St. Lucia, Trou au Diable Restaurant sits on the Anse Chastanet Resort's beach, and breakfast, lunch

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    Coal Pot

    A beloved landmark in the capital serving mahimahi in lemon-butter sauce and a quintessentially Lucian callaloo soup.

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Activities (3)

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    Rodney Bay Marina

    Head here for cruises and sails around the island and to Martinique or St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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    Miss Theresa’s Bakery

    Ms. Theresa’s Bakery, an authentic island enterprise for more than 60 years, is legendary for freshly baked Creole baguettes. The modest Soufrière

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    Diamond Botanical Garden and Waterfalls

    Lush former plantation laced with hiking trails. These are the same warm springs that refreshed Louis XVI’s troops when they were stationed in St.

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