Voted the world's most beautiful island, with 19 acres of rainforest and an array of outstanding beaches, St. Lucia rivals the more established Caribbean destinations. Much has been invested in infrastructure improvements making it one of the most modern and efficient islands. Stable government and exchange rates, excellent health facilities and direct flights from the UK means St Lucia has a lot to offer both tourists and investors alike. More importantly, its property prices are below those on neighbouring Barbados meaning properties there have excellent potential for capital appreciation.
Anse la Raye
Anse le Raye is a quarter on the west coast of St. Lucia bordering the Caribbean sea. As a result, citizens within this quarter are mainly fishermen and agriculture workers. Anse la Raye is around a twenty minute drive from the main town of Castries. The town is home to a weekly seafood market which caters for both tourists and the locals offering drinks, music, seafood and steamed fish.
The Canaries quarter is a west coast fishing village, favoured by the locals as the best place to buy cassava bread. The village is situated along the west coast road between Anse la Raye and Soufriere. There are many attractive views from most sides of the village.
The city of Castries is the capital of St. Lucia. There is an annual Saint Lucia jazz festival held on the island and the Castries quarter hosts some of the festival stages.
Gros Islet quarter
Gros Islet is one of the newest towns on the island of St. Lucia and has recently gone from being a village to a town after the increase in tourist interest. The town is located to the north of Castries.
Rodney Bay area is a lot more built up than the main town of Gros Islet making it very popular with holiday makers. It has variety of shops, malls and restaurants and in the peak winter season the resorts are lively with a number of different clubs, bars and live entertainment. Property in the Rodney Bay is very expensive and seafront property is owned by hotel and restaurant developers.
Once the former capital of St. Lucia, Soufriere is now a town which revolves around its fishing port and growing tourist industry.
The town has many attractions such as a drive in volcano, possibly the only one of its kind in the world, historical mineral baths and the Diamond Botanical Gardens which featues a waterfall and black sand beaches nearby. The coast near the town is renowned for its scuba diving and snorkelling facilities.
Vieux Fort is the second largest town on the island of St. Lucia and is home to the country's international airport. The town isn't known as a popular tourist destination although tourist's interest is growing. On Fridays and Saturdays the town holds a weekly market with traditional local produce on sale such as spices and fruits.