A developing environmental policy controls the giant hotel constructions of the past, so as to protect the amazing coral reefs and the striking topography of Saint Lucia.
Not only does the island offer fantastic beaches, waterfalls, lakes, orchid rivers, valleys, woods and birdwatchig centres, but it also enables you to observe the beautiful turtles coming on shore to mate on Grand Anse, one of the best beaches in Saint Lucia.
Where to stay and what to do
Saint Lucia offers good accommodation options, and you can choose between big hotels from the past and small modern Caribbean inns.
You cannot miss visiting the Diamond Falls, where Louis XVI built hot spring baths for the French troops on the island, or sightseeing in the Latille Gardens, a tropical paradise with lush flowers, fruit, trees and waterfalls and incredible sunset colours which give the island a special atmosphere.
It is also a good idea to visit the Cape of Good Luck, where you can find a fortress built by the French in the 17th Century and later finished by the British in 1796, and which was a fundamental strategic point for both powers during colonial wars.
At night, a typical activity is visiting the small fishing village of Gros Islet to dance in the streets to the sounds of soca and reggae, specially on Fridays.
When and how to go
You can get to Vieux For by plane directly from Paris, Miami and the major cities in the South of the USA.
Saint Lucia is definitely an any-time-of-the-year destination.