The northernmost part of the island (where The Landings is located) is renowned as the island’s entertainment ‘hot spot’, with internationally acclaimed restaurants catering to a wide range of tastes. In the south, the coastal towns cater more for the spontaneous adventure seeker, with an array of activities including hiking, biking, mountain climbing, waterfalls and eco-tours.
With a historic blend of African, French and English cultures, the island attracts a variety of cultural and musical festivals including Independence Day, the world famous St Lucia Jazz Festival, The La Rose and La Marguerite Flower Festivals and the St Lucia Carnival, and throughout the year islanders celebrate the end of the week with lively Friday Night Street Parties in Gros Islet and Anse La Raye, where locals and tourists celebrate the weekend with music, food and dance. The Jounen Kweyol (Creole Day) is the premier cultural festival and is celebrated on the last Sunday in October.
The island is also famously known for its two Nobel Laureates – Sir Derek Alton Walcott (Literature 1992) and Sir William Arthur Lewis (Economics 1979).