Located near the southern tip of beautiful St Lucia, Vieux Fort is the name of both the second largest town on the island and the area of St Lucia that encompasses both the town and a number of other, smaller communities. Although the majority of tourism takes place on the west coast of the island, Vieux Fort still has plenty to offer visitors, with the self-contained apartments and cottages in the area making great alternatives in a calmer setting.
The town of Vieux Fort is split into an Old Town and a more modern area. Fridays and Saturdays are market days in Vieux Fort Old Town, and represent the perfect opportunity to pick up supplies to take back with you to your self-catering accommodation. Although many types of food, drink, spices and other provisions can be found here, it is fish that is the main theme.
The south of the island is home to some long sandy beaches that are far from overrun from tourists. Whether you want to have a Vieux Fort beach party and enjoy some of the famous Caribbean rums and cocktails, or if you would rather simply relax in a peaceful setting, the beaches around Vieux Fort are the place to do it. There are several to choose from, with Anse de Sables being a particularly good option.
The Maria Islands Nature reserve is a popular tourist attraction just off the south-east coast, and is home to some indigenous species of animals as well as being a breeding ground for leatherback turtles. The Interpretive Centre is a great place to start upon reaching the Reserve, and has information on the vast flora and fauna to be found. Visitors must book in advance before they make the journey across to the islands.
Visitors to Vieux Fort are strongly advised to explore the remainder of St Lucia during their stay. The west coast is popular with tourists, with the capital city of Castries home to a busy port, some of the islands top restaurants and an array of other tourist facilities. Rodney Bay is another popular tourist spot to add to your list.
St Lucia is a popular tourist destination for a number of reasons, with the tropical climate always a leading factor. Daily average temperatures of 28C exist throughout the year, with January, February and March the driest times in which to visit, though the heat is often tempered by trade winds.
The only international airport on the island, Hewanorra International Airport (UVF), is located within the Vieux Fort, meaning pre-booked holiday accommodation in the area is practically within walking distance upon landing. There are flights direct to St Lucia from the UK, well, London, provided by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.