Vieux Fort: The Edge of the Caribbean
Located on the southernmost tip of St. Lucia where the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea meet, Vieux Fort is the former site of a fortress that looked towards neighbouring St. Vincent. Now home to Hewanorra International Airport, it welcomes visitors from all around the world who travel here to experience St. Lucia’s verdant scenery, relaxing hideaways and Caribbean culture.
A visit to the nearby Maria Islands Nature Reserve offers a glimpse of St. Lucia’s abundant wildlife, from indigenous reptiles to migratory birds and, during certain times of the year, nesting leatherback turtles. Coral reefs surround the small islands that dot the coast, making it a great snorkelling spot.
Dubbed the world’s only “drive-in volcano”, Mount Soufrière boasts an otherworldly landscape with bubbling mud pools that fill the air with aromatic sulphur. Visitors can hike into this now dormant volcano and watch as steam hisses from the ground.
The signature view of St. Lucia is of the twin peaks known as the Pitons. Jutting high out of the water, these mountains can be hiked but are mostly admired from the comfort of Sugar Beach or a chartered boat excursion.
Food & Culture
Travellers will find a number of great restaurants on St. Lucia, but those looking for a taste of something unique to the island should seek out a fish fry. A popular spot for one of these lively cultural and culinary experiences is on Friday nights at Anse la Raye.
On weekends, the local market in Vieux Fort is a perfect spot to buy spices, fruits and the freshest fish imaginable.