In an area of around 616 square kilometers, the Caribbean island of St Lucia packs in natural beauty and cultural richness worthy of a continent. The British Commonwealth country lies off the Central American coast, between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Its two Pitons, cone-shaped peaks, rise out from the azure waters as if to assert this island’s dominance. And dominate it does; its vistas and its culture endures in the hearts of its visitors. Tourism is, in fact, the biggest business year, next to bananas. January to April is when tourism is at its peak, drawing plenty of folks with its beaches and resorts and scenery. Here are some scenes from the idealistic island. ALSO READ: A ‘Museum of Selfies’ Exhibition in Los Angeles is Happening in April Also Read - England finish second in Group, to face in-form India in semis

Panorama of Pitons at Saint Lucia, Caribbean

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Beautiful white sand beach in Saint Lucia, Caribbean Islands

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An exotic beach at St. Lucia, between the two Pitons, St. Lucia, Caribbean

An exotic beach at St. Lucia, between the two Pitons, St. Lucia, Caribbean



A small blue boat on a beach in St Lucia with Petit Piton in the background

A small blue boat on a beach in St Lucia with Petit Piton in the background

Colorful traditional buildings in Castries, St Lucia, West Indies

Colorful traditional buildings in Castries, St Lucia, West Indies

Waterfront in Castries, St Lucia

Waterfront in Castries, St Lucia

View of the famous Piton mountains in St Lucia

View of the famous Piton mountains in St Lucia

The famous diamond waterfall in the botanical gardens of St. Lucia

The famous diamond waterfall in the botanical gardens of St. Lucia

Walking along a pathway with the rainforests of St. Lucia surrounding you

Walking along a pathway with the rainforests of St. Lucia surrounding you

Scenery from off the Marigot Bay in St Lucia

Scenery from off the Marigot Bay in St Lucia

Fun on a boat ride towards the deux gros pitons, a World Heritage site

Fun on a boat ride towards the deux gros pitons, a World Heritage site

Sunset in Marigot Bay, St Lucia

Sunset in Marigot Bay, St Lucia

Fish swimming above coral growing on the deck a shipwreck off the coast of Saint Lucia

Fish swimming above coral growing on the deck a shipwreck off the coast of Saint Lucia

The island was once the home of the Arawaks, whose culture can still be glimpses in archaeological sites. The Caribs replaced them over the course of the first millennium AD, and Europeans came in some 500 years later. The British came first, followed by the French who used the island for sugarcane cultivation. The British came later but slave trade continued until it was abolished. Today, the island is home to plenty of resorts, small and large but all full of color and life. Soufrière in the south is home to the twin Pitons and hidden beaches, while Rodney Bay up north offers more modern creature comforts along a picturesque bay.