By Don Philpott
St. Lucia bargains most suitable shorelines, transparent, hot seas, sunshine, and the best mountain surroundings within the West Indies. utilizing this consultant, tourists to St. Lucia can realize the way to benefit from the island's so much crowded shorelines in addition to miraculous, secluded spots which are one of the such a lot abandoned within the Caribbean. 50 colour pictures.
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Pawpaw trees Pawpaw trees are also found throughout the island and are commonly grown in gardens. The trees are prolific fruit producers but grow so quickly that the fruit soon becomes Nutmeg Nutmeg trees are found on all the islands. St Lucia is one of the world's top producers, although the price farmers get has crashed so much in recent years that it is sometimes not economic to gather the crop. The tree thrives in hilly, wet areas and the fruit is the size of a small tomato. The outer husk, which splits open while still on the tree, is used to make the very popular nutmeg jelly.
Pelicans which look so ungainly on land, yet are so acrobatic in the air, are common, as are laughing gulls and royal terns. Several species of sandpiper can usually be seen scurrying around at the water's edge. If you are really interested in bird watching, pack a small pair of binoculars. Minibinoculars are ideal for island bird watching, because the light is normally so good that you will get a clear image despite the small object lens. Plants, etc As most of the plants, fruits, vegetables and spices will be new to the first time visitor, the following brief descriptions are offered.
Mongooses, which grow up to two feet in length including tail, were said to have been first introduced to the islands to kill rats gnawing at the sugar cane. There is also a story that they were introduced to kill the fer-de-lance. There is one species of lizard, the Zandoli Te, which is unique to the Maria Islands, two small islands off the south-east coast of St Lucia. These islands are protected as a nature reserve. Attempts are being made to introduce the lizard to other offshore islands to try to improve its chances of survival.