St Lucia is famous for its dramatic and beautiful scenery - it's lush and exotic with spectacular mountains, tropical rainforests, and acres of banana, coconut and spice plantations. For beach lovers there's a glorious mix of golden and black sand beaches; for divers, translucent waters shelter reefs crowded with tropical fish. The most outstanding feature of St Lucia is the Pitons, twin volcanic peaks which rise straight from the sea to over 2,500 ft on the island's southwest coast. At their base sits the sleepy fishing port of Soufriere, St Lucia's second-largest town and oldest settlement. It's typically West Indian, comprising a cluster of brightly painted old wooden buildings set against the rainforest. In the hills around, we've found some wonderfully romantic hideaways with some of the most stunning views in the Caribbean. Although St Lucia is becoming an increasingly popular destination, much of the island remains unspoilt. It's relaxed, informal and incredibly friendly, with little of the jaded hustle found in the more established Caribbean destinations. Direct flights from the UK and year-round warm weather make it an ideal destination for a winter break.