WHY WE LOVE IT
Very special hotels that offer priceless views of UNESCO World Heritage site the Pitons, the biggest draw in the West Indies
The underwater sights are equally scenic: Dive sites such as Coral Gardens, Piton Wall, and Superman's Flight are world-class.
The Friday night "jump-ups" at Gros Islet and Soufrière
Good buys: baskets woven from Aralie, jewelry of dé défouden seeds, and other rain-forest crafts. Spiced rum with bois bande—a kind of bark they call "St. Lucia Viagra."
WHEN TO GO
High season is the Caribbean norm: mid-December to March. June to November can be wet, but look out for bargains.