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With long coral beaches, verdant mountains, banana plantations and quaint fishing villages St. Lucia is a rising star of the Caribbean.
The sun has long gone down, palm leaves move silently in the wind and the cicadas are singing in the dark. Inside the apartment light coloured plush sofas are waiting. The mood at the luxury resort The Landings is quiet and romantic. No wonder St. Lucia is repeatedly voted the world's most romantic island and is a popular place to get married.
St. Lucia's central location in the Caribbean meant that France and Britain fought an endless battle for the island in the 1800s before the English finally emerged victorious. Tug of war gave St. Lucia the nickname "Helen of the West Indies," after the Greek woman whose beauty mobilized an entire army. And maybe it was not only the strategic location, but also the island's beauty, that he two super powers fought over.
The car turns slowly down the road towards the town of Soufriere. All the time we have a fantastic view of St. Lucia's most famous landmark, the Pitons. The two conical peaks reach 700 meter straight up from the sea and on to the UNESCO world heritage list. Down on the beach we meet Vernell, alias "Bad Cat", which happily climb up one of the tall palm trees and retrieve a coconut for us. - The Carib Indians who lived here worshiped the two peaks as Gods, and the whole place was seen as a step closer to heaven. Although I think the peaks are more like the breasts of "Helen of the West Indies," he says with a twinkle in his eye.
The small bay Marigot Bay is described as the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean and is a popular haven for both circumnavigators and celebrities. Out in the bay the sailing boats have anchored for the night, but we continue our onward journey to reach the Friday-night jump-up in Gros Islet, with barbecues, rum and dancing in the streets late into the night. St. Lucia offers everything from luxury to street parties.