S T. L U C I A
It seems like everywhere you turn, there's some romantic rendezvous on St. Lucia. Down by the beach, bronze-skinned lovers embrace after leaving footprints along the water's edge. Others hold hands as they snorkel over the vibrant scenery on a nearby reef. But it's the pair of spiked mountain tops thrusting upward from the sapphire sea that serves as a constant reminder that the beauty of St. Lucia is perhaps best shared by two.
Even if you and your partner don't share the exact same interests, you will find a way to enjoy the splendors of St. Lucia together as Karen Allard and Steve Prosterman do here.
|St. Lucia's abundant natural wonders are found on both sides of the ocean's surface-whether it be making friends with a red seahorse underwater, or enjoying exotic flowers, such as the "lobster claw," at the Botanical Gardens.|
Above the waterline, the mountain scenery is rich with plant and bird life. Varieties of flower blossoms permeate the air with every twist of the narrow winding roads. Bird songs constantly echo through the forest. If you're lucky you'll hear the call of the rare St. Lucia parrot.
A must do on any sightseeing agenda is visiting Soufriere Estate on the outskirts of Soufriere. This 2,000-acre property is home to Diamond Waterfall, mineral baths and botanical gardens. It's one of this island's many photo ops where, even if you forget to pack a camera, a mental snapshot of the surrounding beauty will stay with you and your loved one forever.
The French colonized St. Lucia in 1650. During the next century and a half, its possession exchanged hands with the British over a dozen times before it was handed over to England for good in 1814. The island gained independence in 1979, but, to this day, remains a member of the British Commonwealth. Despite the island's history of upheaval, King Louis' baths, and several landmarks in Soufriere, have been preserved. Billowing steam and boiling pools of mud take center stage at another scenic stop known as the drive-in volcano. The seven-acre crater looks like a lunar landscape and air surrounding it fumes with sulfur vapors. Although visitors were once allowed to walk right up to the rim of this geothermal wonder, safety concerns now restrict access and the volcano must be viewed from a nearby catwalk.
To cool down, drive up to one of the trailheads leading through St. Lucia's vast rain forest. Nature preserves such as Edmund Reserve and Barr del'Isle Forest Reserve are wonderful places to cross paths with all sorts of wild and exotic flora and fauna. After an entire week's worth of romance on the beach, in the sea and in the spa, couples will surely arrive home feeling refreshed and regenerated-just the ticket for anyone trying to escape a hectic life for awhile. So, whether you and your significant other are newfound lovers searching for that passionate getaway or perhaps a lifelong couple hoping to rekindle romance, be sure to journey to this tropical gem, because there's no doubt in my mind that St. Lucia is a lover's paradise.