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St Lucia – The jewel of the Caribbean | Private jet charter

The Caribbean has long been a favourite destination for those escaping northern hemisphere winters. With its iconic Piton mountains, this hideaway is home to volcanic beaches, superb snorkelling and diving, rainforests and waterfalls, luxury resorts and charming fishing villages.

Gros Piton and Petit Piton

These two iconic mountains are the unofficial emblem of St Lucia. Located in the southwest of the island near the town of Soufrière, they rise to a height of 798m and 739m respectively. Visitors can climb both – now a World Heritage Site – and even stay at the Ladera Hotel at the top of the Piton Mitan Ridge.

Shopping in St Lucia

Fresh fruit and vegetables feature highly in St Lucia, as well as delicious seafood, much of which can be found at Castries Saturday morning market. There’s a craft market adjoining Castries selling more portable gifts and souvenirs. Since the area is a cruise ship destination, the town offers visitors two duty-free shopping areas. La Place Carenage is close to the market on the waterfront, while the large Point Seraphine – located on the bay’s north side – has art, crafts and jewellery. For choice gifts head to The Image Tree in Soufriere, Rodney Bay’s Baywalk Mall has a great supermarket and the Choiseul Arts and Craft Centre sells locally made soaps, ceramics and other souvenirs.

Mamiku Botanical Gardens

Hire a car and head out on St Lucia’s rugged eastern coast with its jaw-dropping Atlantic views and you’ll arrive at the stunning Mamiku Gardens. Located between the villages of Praslin and Mon Repos, Mamiku is a 12-acre nature paradise and the natural habitat for many hummingbirds as well as native flora and fauna. The creation of landscape designer Veronica Shingleton-Smith, the Gardens form part of the ancient Mamiku Plantation, whose former main house is undergoing archaeological exploration.

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat’s Tree to Bar Experience

Owned by the British cocoa growing company behind Hotel Chocolat, the Tree to Bar Experience is a must for chocolate lovers. Based at the gorgeous Club Boucan reserve, the tour begins with a walk in the estate’s cocoa groves, selecting your own pods and ends with the making of your very own chocolate bar. As well as much choco tasting!

Pigeon Island national landmark

This 44-acre island reserve off St Lucia’s north west coast, was an important outpost in the 18th-century naval battles between the English and French. Originally an island, it was connected to the mainland by a causeway in 1972 and declared a National Park in 1979. Visitors can ramble over ruined military buildings, and there are two beautiful beaches to relax on as well as a pub and restaurant. Climb to the top of the Fort for outstanding coastline views.

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