St. Lucia's tropical waters are warm and clear

Island known for its rain forests and iconic twin peaks is gaining renown for underwater scenery

Coconut Man was glad to see us.

So, too, was Jewelry Man.

They paddled in dugout canoes to greet our tourist-filled catamaran as it sailed into Anse Cochon (the Bay of Pigs), a lovely bay on the west of coast St. Lucia.

Coconut Man offered to open coconuts with his machete to quench our thirst and provide snacks. The price was open to negotiation.

Jewelry Man stood in his dugout and placed his bracelets and other items for sale on a deck seat on the catamaran. He, too, was open to negotiation.

Sales for the pair were few, as the tourists donned fins, masks and snorkels and quickly slipped into the protected aquamarine waters. They didn't seem too upset.

St. Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-SHA) is one of the prettiest paradises you will find in the Caribbean. It is wild and still has a native Caribbean feel to it. Continue reading here

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