For the third consecutive year since 2018, the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia has been named as the “World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” by the World Travel Awards, the country’s tourism authority announced.
Regarded as the “travel industry’s most prestigious awards programme”, the virtual event was held in Moscow on November 27. Besides taking home the prestigious award, the island nation was also nominated in three other categories: World’s Leading Island Destination, World’s Leading Wedding Destination as well as World’s Most Romantic Destination 2020.
“Saint Lucia’s internationally acclaimed status is what we strive for daily in our strategic marketing and promotion efforts,” the country’s Tourism Minister, Dominic Fedee, said about the award. “The destination undoubtedly boasts of true passion in all key niches and amongst its hidden gems. It is indeed an Honor for Saint Lucia to be named once again as the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination, a sincere reflection of our culture and the people who propel the industry.”
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Saint Lucia is the only sovereign nation to be named after a woman. Located in the eastern Caribbean Sea, the island nation is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. In 2019, the island welcomed around 424,000 visitors and raked in about $1.129 billion in tourism revenue.
Some of its popular spots include the town of Soufrière, where visitors can pamper themselves with natural volcanic mud baths. Rodney Bay also comes to life at night with its several and buzzing hangout spots.
One of the island’s most conspicuous and breathtaking landmarks, two mountainous volcanic plugs known as The Pitons, is also a must-see. The island is also home to the world’s only drive-in volcano, Sulphur Springs.
In related news, Lonely Planet has listed the island nations of Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis, Curaçao, Guadeloupe and Martinique as the Caribbean’s best kept secret. According to the popular travel guide platform, these ideal destinations are equally rich in culture and also have breathtaking views as well as stunning beaches compared to the more popular tourist spots in the Caribbean.