St. Lucia, also known as the “Helen of the West” for its natural beauty, lies in the heart of the eastern Caribbean chain of islands. Beautiful Caribbean beaches, enchanting rainforests in the interior, and a population of loving people make St. Lucia the reality of many travelers’ dreams. Its dramatic twin coastal peaks, the Pitons, soar 2,000 feet up from the sea, sheltering magnificent rainforests, where wild orchids, giant ferns, and birds of paradise flourish. Brilliantly-plumed tropical birds abound, including endangered species like the indigenous St. Lucia parrot. The rainforest is broken only by verdant fields and orchards of banana, coconut, mango, and papaya trees. St. Lucia has been inhabited since long before colonial times, and its cultural treasures are a fascinating melange of its rich past and its many different traditions. The island’s people have earned a well-deserved reputation for their warmth and charm, and the island itself is dotted with aged fortresses, small villages, and open-air markets. A diverse variety of land and sea based activities are available for your holiday enjoyment in St. Lucia. The island’s steep coastlines and lovely reefs offer excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. The rainforest preserves of St. Lucia’s mountainous interior are one of the Caribbean’s finest locales for hiking, bird watching and canopy ride adventures. The island also possesses excellent facilities for golf, tennis, sailing, and a host of other leisure pursuits. Not to be missed is St. Lucia’s Soufriere volcano, the world’s only drive-in volcanic crater. St. Lucia is everything you’ve dreamed the Caribbean would be and is the kind of place where relaxation comes easy and the pressures of everyday living simply fade away.