Famous for its annual Jazz Festival St. Lucia offers a get away for family, couples and honeymooners alike. Enjoy the unspoilt beauty, visit the famous drive in volcano and see the bountiful fields of bananas. St.Lucia has a variety of accomodation from the all inclusives to the simple bed and breakfast type lodging. Castries is well worth exploring and the French influence on the island provides interesting architectural styles and customs. St. Lucia is certainly a place of natural beauty. It has been called the Helen of the West Indies. There is the drive in volcano at Soufriere and the majestic Pitons, the Grand Piton and Petit Piton which tower over 2,000 feet straight from the sea, a majestic sight indeed. St.Lucia is known for its eco tourism product and has interesting rainforests where such species as parrots, lizards etc abound. Hiking trips can be arranged to various area, or there are the many beautiful beaches such as Reduit, in Rodney Bay, and the close by Pigeon Island which is now joined to the mainland.