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at this natural paradise, we recommend a fast-paced ride through the trees. Speed through the canopy by zip-lining between platforms on some of the longest and swiftest cables in the Caribbean. Expert guides are there for assistance and to point out the species of plants and wildlife of the island. Soufriere Volcano – Perhaps one of the most striking geographical traits of the island is its volcano. However, St. Lucia’s volcano has a special trait—it’s considered the only drive-in volcano in the world. A road running through the middle of this volcanic crater allows visitors the chance to get up-close and personal with hot steam, mud, and water bubbling up through cracks in the crust. This unique experience is a must-see for every traveler!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT St. Lucia’s warm tropical climate permits aromatic spices, rare fruits, and even cocoa beans to thrive here. Combine this with fresh seafood from the surrounding seas and you have the perfect recipe for culinary creations that push the boundaries of your taste buds. Chocolate – You’ll seldom find a person to admit they dislike chocolate. This sweet treat was once known as the Food of the Gods, and it all starts with a bean. Cocoa is one of St. Lucia’s key exports, and if you’ve ever been curious about how those brown gems turn into the

quintessential bars we savor, find out with a tree-to-bar lesson from Boucan. The experience is completed with a lunch, whose tantalizing menu features the cocoa plant in every one of its dishes. Fish Fry – Anse La Raye, a once-small Gros Islet fishing village turned bustling cultural town, has perfected the Friday Night Fish Fry. What began about 20 years ago as a means to entice tourists into town, is now a favored tradition for vendors, locals, and travelers. Stalls offer the catch-of-the-day fried, grilled, or baked and prepared with local ingredients line the streets, and the tantalizing smells are accompanied by calypso music, creating a feast of the senses for hungry patrons. And trust us, you’ll want to arrive hungry and sample all the delicacies, such as accras, or fish cakes, and whole King Lobsters, available at a fraction of restaurant costs and, frankly, fresher. Be sure to wash it all down with locally distilled rum or a cold Pitons Beer. Castries Market – Nothing reveals more about a culture than a visit to its local markets, and the one in Castries, the island’s capital, has everything you need to experience the flavors of St. Lucia. Nibble on some homegrown exotic fruits and vegetables while browsing for unique spice blends and bottled sauce concoctions to bring the tastes of your travels to your kitchen at home. The market is open every day of the week except Sundays and is busiest on Friday and Saturday mornings, with more vendors and flavors to enjoy, so plan your visit accordingly.

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