St Lucia Holidays Guide

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Saint Lucia is a little slice of paradiselocated where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. A small (620 km2) island country, Saint Lucia is part of the Lesser Antilles, sitting northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. Avolcanic island, it is more mountainous than most other islandsin the Caribbean; the highest point is Mount Gimie, 950 metres above sea levelthat, with two other famous mountains, the Pitons, form the island's most famous landmark. They are all found on the western side of the island. This tropical island is a favorite honeymoon spot, and offers weary travelers relaxing beaches, mountains to hike, exotic plants, animals, and birds to watch and capture on film or canvas, and the Qualibou volcano,one of the few drive-in volcanoes in the world, with its boiling, rejuvenating sulfur springs. This is home of a natural phenomenon called the Qualibu Caldera, which acts as a safety valve, releasing subterranean pressure andstabilising the area.Take the time to soak in the mineral-rich mud below the Sulfur Springs,mud which legend says makes you look and feel years younger.

St Lucia Highlights

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Because it's generally viewed as the perfect honeymoon retreat, Saint Lucia is not terribly crowded or touristy, even though tourism is a major part of the economy. The capital city, Castries, is home to about one third of the population andhas a sheltered harbour,duty free shopping,luxurious resorts, and a wonderful selection of restaurants. Rife with adventures including zip-lining through the forests canopies, diving among the dizzying colors of coral and fish, riding on the beach, sailing on a catamaran for the day, and hiking in the rainforest, Saint Lucia also has The Debaras Turtle Watch, an overnight tour for nature lovers who like giving something back. This adventure is also a service project, offering you the unique opportunity to not only watch the legendary giant leatherbacks come ashore to lay their eggs, but alsotake part in the conservation process for the protection of thesesea reptiles.

Places to Visit

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Santa Lucia is the home of some of the most luxurious (and pricy) resort hotels in the Caribbean, along with boutique hotels, villas, intimate inns, and all-inclusives. Rodney Bay Village, in northwest St Lucia, hasmany restaurants, beautiful resorts, exciting activities, and a historically notorious marina (once treasured by pirates in the 1700s and 1800s), it is where you will find the most tourist activity. Accommodations like Jade Mountain and AnseChastanet, The Landings, and the Royal St. Lucian define luxury. There are lower priced places to stay, but luxury is part of the Saint Lucia experience.

St Lucia might look like a calm, heavenly, curative retreat, but take a listen … it has a beat. Your senses will be treatedto the sights, sounds, and smells of the Caribbean at its best.Music genres including Calypso, Soca, Dancehall, Reggae, Compas, Zouk and Salsafill the air and after about three minutes you realize you're moving to the beat and wearing a huge smile. If you plan to be there in May, you'll enjoy the internationally renowned Jazz Festival Saint Lucia has hosted for the last 20 years.

St Lucia Holiday Tips
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The George Charles Airport is located in the island's capital Castries, used by the inter-island carriers. Other international flights use the Hewanorra Airport, locatedat the far southeast corner of the island. Flights come in to both from the U.S. and Canada daily, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ferries traverse between Saint Lucia and the nearby islands daily. Privately owned and operated minivans make up the island's bus system, acheap, efficient mode of transportation used by the locals, and so an excellent way to really get to know the 'real' Saint Lucia. Minivan routes cover the whole island,running from early morning until about 10 at night. You can hire a car, but know that of the 500+ miles of roads on the island, only about half are paved.