Volcanic in origin, Saint Lucia is one of many small islands that comprise the Caribbean's Windward Islands.
St. Lucia is dominated by dense jungle and a central ridge of forested mountains. It is known around the world for the striking twin peaks of Gros Piton and Petit Piton on its southwestern coast.
The island's highest peak, Mount Gimie, is positioned in the south-central mountain range and rises to 958 m (3,143 ft) above sea level.
The island is drained by dozens of small rivers that flow to the sea; the largest ones include the Canelles, Cul de Sac, Mabouya and Soufriere.
The island is ringed by miles of sandy beaches, as well as many small bays.