St. Lucia

Betsy on board our ship with Gran Piton, St. Lucia, in the background.  September 13, 2001.

Betsy on board our ship with Gran Piton, St. Lucia, in the background. September 13, 2001.

The fourth port of call on our honeymoon cruise was Castries, St. Lucia.  St. Lucia was probably our favorite island.  It really did present itself as a tropical paradise.

We got to enjoy St. Lucia by taking a catamaran cruise along the coast from Castries to Soufriere.  That cruise gave us a wonderful view of the coast, including the Twin Pitons, one of the most prominent landmarks on the island.  We went ashore at Soufriere and visited Soufriere volcano and the plantation museum at Morne Coubaril Estate.

The first European to settle on St. Lucia was a French pirate, Francois Le Clerc known as Wooden Leg, who used the island as a base to attack Spanish ships.  The Dutch arrived around 1600, the English settled in 1605 and the French in 1651.  Fighting broke out between the British and the French in 1651 and continued off and on for 150 years.  The island changed hands fourteen times during that time before the French ceded the island to the British in 1814.  Today St. Lucia is independent, but remains a member of the British Commonwealth.

If you would like to see more of this beautiful island click HERE.

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6 Responses to “St. Lucia”

  1. Suz Says:

    What a history. Wow, if those palm trees could talk, imagine the stories they would tell???

  2. Susie Says:

    On our very first cruise we went to St. Lucia. My husband deemed it his favorite island. It is very tropical and beautiful.

  3. Cheryl Says:

    Ahhh….this is on my bucket list of places to visit!

  4. Mary Says:

    What a gorgeous looking place to sail to. Neat to learn about the pirates, too!

  5. MaryBeth Says:

    That’s a big hunk of rock behind Betsy. Nice post. MB

  6. Karin Says:

    Interesting facts and such a lovely lady in front of that imposing rock!! Lovely place to sail.

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