From Marigot and Rodney Bay to the twin peaks of the Pitons, St. Lucia is filled with much more than just white, sandy beaches. Its capital, Castries, has all the sights, sounds, and flavours of the Caribbean, while Soufrière's old colonial history still lines every street. For those who want a bit more, the island has a drive-in volcano, plenty of scuba diving and snorkeling spots, and hot sulphur springs to soak in. If Mount Gimie's 950 metres seem too daunting, Climb Gros Piton instead — it's a great way to explore the island's canopied forests and take in the spectacular views from the summit. For a mix of St. Lucia's natural and historical beauty, head to the Pigeon Island National Park where you will find Fort Rodney, a remnant of the British era.
St. Lucia has plenty of cuisines to offer the curious traveller. From Indian and European to authentic Caribbean, there are many curries, stews, fresh fish, plantains, and breadfruit to sample. To end the evening, try some of St. Lucia's famous Rum Punch or the locally-brewed Piton Lager
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Most scheduled international flights arrive at the airport near Vieux Fort (UVF) which is about an hour's drive away from Castries and most of the Island's hotels. Inter-island and charter flights land at the airport near Castries (SLU). A departure tax is applicable on those leaving the island and this may be included in your airfare. WestJet and Air Canada have four scheduled direct flights per week from Toronto to St. Lucia. Other airlines that fly to the island with one or more stops along the way include Delta, American, Continental, US Airways, and United Airlines.
When the temperatures drop in North America and Europe, the tourists descend on St. Lucia from December to March. The temperature during this time is a sunny average of 27°C and can go up to 29°C by July. The island gets its fair share of rains from June to October, but the weather is still good enough to visit if you don't mind the occasional showers. The annual Carnival has been moved from February to July, so this is a lively time to join in some island festivities. Alternatively, book your flights for October or November to make the most of the low fares, cheaper accommodation, and fewer tourists.
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