We know that we have told you so many wonderful things about Santa Lucia that you may have started to think we never get away from the island. While we love spending our days here, occasionally we embark on small adventures to the neighboring islands, from which we come back with bags filled with souvenirs and cameras filled with glorious memories. In today’s post, we want to tell you about the most awesome islands close to Santa Lucia, and what places to visit while you are there.
Martinique, for a taste of all that’s French
Everything you want in a tropical island, you will find here, all wrapped up in exquisite French scent. Mount Pelée erupted in 1902, so do not be surprised by the striking contrast in the relief of the island. Don’t worry, you still get to see wonderful beaches, but the best part is that there is more to Martinique than just going to the beach. If you want to see the remains of the volcanic mountain, the best thing to do is to go on a trip to Saint Pierre, a town built over the old capital of the island which was destroyed by the 1902 eruption. This is the perfect spot for scuba diving, since you can dive among the wrecks and run your own archeological experiments. In case you prefer something to do inland, we recommend going to visit the Balata Botanical Gardens, where you can admire over 3,000 species of plants and flowers characteristics to the Caribbean.
Barbados, refined elegance
If Martinique is French, Barbados will instantly remind of the British roots of some of the people living here. While Barbados won its independence from the Brits in 1966, everywhere you look, you will get that colonial feel that makes this island stand out among the Caribbean Islands. In case you want to go sunbathing on one of the most exotic beaches on the planet, the Crane beach, famous for its pink coral sand, is the place to see. The large rock formations right out on the beach off Bathsheba are next on our list. Modeled by the waves, time after time, the still standing pieces of coral reef, emerge from the ocean like giant mushrooms. This is a place ideal for taking some stunning pictures.
St Vincent and the Grenadines, the most amazing scenery in the Caribbean
If you go south of Santa Lucia, you will stumble upon an array of small islands called the Grenadines, with the focal point on St Vincent, which is the largest of them all. For some serious yachting, we recommend visiting Bequia, where the bays are constantly filled with beautiful boats floating on the water. For a taste of colonial days, take your time to stroll the cobblestone streets of St Vincent. Here you can visit a few historical landmarks, mostly old churches, and the local museum for more history. Travelers highly appreciate the Tobago Cays Marine Park, because of its particular setting. The water here is calmer and ideal for snorkeling and diving, as the area is naturally protected by coral reefs. Sunbathing and swimming are the norm here.
These are just a few of the things you can see if you want to use Santa Lucia as a home base for your travels. We hope you will find these islands as fascinating as we do, and you will come visit soon!