St. Lucia 2008

The Landings Rock Resort, Discovery at Marigot Bay and Ladera were among the stops ISLANDS editor Adrienne Egolf made in St. Lucia.

Banana Plantation
The Rosa Valley Banana Plantation, formerly the largest banana grower on the island, but still a grower with "too many trees to count," according to my guide.
Pinapple Plantation
A sprawling pineapple plantation in Venus, just above the larger village of Millet.
Jungle Fruit Tasting
Sampling pineapple, coconut, coconut candy and banana in the jungle town of Venus with Francis the pineapple farmer and his four-year-old Kenson.
Anse Le Ray
The fishing village of Anse La Ray (literally, Bay of the Ray in Creole).
Discovery at Marigot Bay
View from a hilltop suite at Discovery at Marigot Bay.
Lagoon
This lagoon, a favorite for snorkelers, was featured in the film Pirates of the Caribbean.
The Edge Restaurant
A Mango Tease Me, The Edge's signature cocktail.
The Landings beach
The private beach at The Landings offers everything you need: chairs, umbrellas and turquoise sea.
Casteries Market
A vendor in the Casteries market sells warm, salt-fish sandwiches and cocoa tea, the local favorite, for breakfast.
Canaries
Women doing laundry in the river in the town of Canaries on St. Lucia. The town's name in Creole actually means "cooking bowl," in reference to its location in a valley among mountains.
The Pitons
The iconic Piton peaks viewed from a lookout point en route to Soufiere.
Petite Piton from Ladera
The view from Ladera's open-air, pool side bar and restaurant Dasheen. Hard wood decor and tile floors incorporate only island materials -- nothing was imported to create the jungle ambiance at this hillside resort that offers such spectacular views from not only the common areas, but ever room as well.
Sulphur Springs
Sulphur Springs in Soufiere, St. Lucia, the Caribbean's only drive-in volcano.
Sulphur Springs
The bubbling craters of Sulphur Springs, the Caribbean's only drive-in volcano.
UNESCO Monument
The UNESCO World Heritage Monument honoring The Piton Mountains. Petite Piton is in the background.
Hilltop View
The bay off the coast of Soufiere viewed from the hills to the west.