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 Saint Lucia – the Caribbean Island that has it all!

I was lucky enough to be invited to Saint Lucia by Saint Lucia Tourist Board. Virgin was the airline of choice for this trip, although British Airways also fly to Saint Lucia daily from London.

The island’s international airport (Hewanorra) is in the South of the island. I love this small airport, off the plane and through passport control with luggage collected within 15 minutes!

Saint Lucia – the Caribbean Island that has it all!

Saint Lucia – the Caribbean Island that has it all!

Basic facts

  • Saint Lucia is part of the Windward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean.
  • The island is only 14 miles wide, 27 miles long meaning it is easy to explore
  • The main language spoken is English. As a result of Saint Lucia’s dual British-French Heritage, a French based Creole is also spoken.
  • Official currency is Eastern Caribbean dollar. Prices quoted are mainly in US dollar which is widely accepted. Cashpoint machines dispense EC dollars.
  • Entry requirements: no visa is required for British passport holders. A valid passport is required for at least six months from the date of departure from Saint Lucia.

Why Saint Lucia?

Scenery: the magical Piton Mountains, lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, idyllic bays and sparkling waterfalls are absolutely stunning.

Accommodation: from boutique hotels, quaint cottages and spacious villas to all-inclusive resorts, luxurious apartments and hidden sanctuaries, Saint Lucia offers unique and diverse accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

Saint Lucia – the Caribbean Island that has it all!

Activities: Whether you are the adventurous type or prefer a leisurely activity with your partner or want something for all the family, there is so much to choose from.

Cuisine: whether you are fine-dining, sampling the many restaurants in Rodney Bay Village or eating local food at the Friday night street parties, the cuisine, influenced by Saint Lucia’s rich heritage is delicious. The Island’s Cuisine is a unique blend of West African, European (mainly British and French) and East Indian cuisine.

People: Saint Lucians are renowned for their happiness, friendliness and welcoming nature. Wherever you go you are greeted by a smile and a hello and a chat if you have time.

Top Attractions:

  • The magical Piton Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The Sulphur Springs, the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano
  • Pigeon Island National Landmark
  • Tet Paul Nature Trail
  • Diamond Botanical Gardens and waterfall
  • Tree-To-Bar (a chocolate making experience) at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat

Saint Lucia – the Caribbean Island that has it all!

Adventure:

  • Zip-lining through the rainforest
  • Segway tour
  • Jeep safari tour
  • Quad-biking
  • Hiking
  • Mountain-biking
  • Horseback riding
  • Helicopter tour
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling, SNUBA and Sea-trekking
  • Wind-surfing & Kite-surfing
  • Yachting
  • Flyboarding
  • Motorized watersports

Nature & Relaxation

  • Rainforest Canopy Tram Ride
  • Mud bath at the Sulphur Springs
  • Bird-watching
  • Maria Island
  • Whale, Dolphin & Turtle Watching
  • Rainforest walks and trails
  • Numerous spa options

Shopping

  • Castries Market
  • Point Seraphine, Castries (duty free)
  • La Place Carenage, Castries (duty free)
  • Baywalk Mall, Rodney Bay (duty free)
  • JQ Shopping Mall, Rodney Bay

Evening Entertainment & Dining Out

Rodney Bay Village

When the sun goes down on Saint Lucia, it’s time for liming. That’s the local expression for just hanging out – ideally with a bottle of the local Piton beer or a refreshing rum punch. The liveliest nightlife on the island can be found in the Rodney Bay Village. Here, you may wish to start the evening with a cocktail at a fantastic beach bar, before heading over the the ‘strip’ where you will find several bars and clubs. If you are feeling lucky you can round the night off at the roulette and poker tables, or on the slot machines at the Treasure Bay Casino (www.treasurebaystlucia.com). Food lovers will have their taste buds tantalised with an array of fantastic dishes from a number of great restaurants on the island. Dining range from fine dining restaurants to seafood restaurants to steakhouses to Asian restaurants and, of course, the usual fast food outlets.

 

Gros Islet – ‘Jump Up’

This rustic and sleepy fishing village comes alive at weekends with its popular Friday night Street Party. Fun, food, music. Come and meet the locals and enjoy the St Lucian hospitality.

Anse La Raye – Fish Friday

A seafood lover’s dream featuring the fisherman’s catch of the day each cooked in their own secret sauces. Stalls line the main street in this west coast village with music adding that Caribbean vibe.

 

Dennery Seafood Fiesta

Every Saturday the East coast village of Dennery comes alive, a diverse offering of seafood is served and local music such as soca (the soul of calypso) and zouk (fast jump-up carnival beat) can be heard.

 

Saint Lucia – the Caribbean Island that has it all!

Events

 

Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival (May)

Since 1992 the island has hosted the most famous international Jazz festival in the Caribbean. Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival not only celebrates iconic Jazz artists, but also showcases performances from top singers and musicians within RnB, Soul, Reggae, Soca and Pop. www.stluciajazz.org

 

Carnival (June/July)

Saint Lucia’s month long, heady carnival season culminates in mid-July with steel band and soca monarch competitions, a carnival queen show and two days of intense street partying. www.stluciancarnival.com

 

Chocolate Heritage Month (August)

Are you a chocolate lover? Every August Saint Lucia celebrates its chocolate heritage. The island’s long rich history in producing some of the world’s most sought-after chocolate, dates back to the 1700’s. With a number of on-island experiences, this month of festivity offers plenty of fun.

 

Wedding Symposium (September)

Saint Lucia has won the Caribbean’s most romantic destination 8 times. This event highlights just why and workshops and seminars are run to ensure that Saint Lucia stays on top of leading trends.

 

Jouen Kweyol – International Creol Day (October)

This month focuses on Saint Lucia’s fascinating mixed African and French heritage. Kweyol is the French-based local dialect spoken by over 90% of Saint Lucians. The end of the month sees the peak of celebrations on Creole Day (Jounen Kweyol) when selected communities lay on traditional creole cuisine, crafts such as pottery and basket weaving, music, dance & games.

 

Triathlon (November)

Organised by Human Race, this is the foremost triathlon in the Caribbean. The triathlon centres around the historic Pigeon Island National Landmark, featuring four distances of swimming, biking and running. Pre and post event activities include a reception party, BBQ and boat trips. www.tristlucia.com

 

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (November)

The world’s largest transoceanic sailing event from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia. A 2,700 nautical mile crossing takes 2-3 weeks and ends in Rodney Bay Marina, where concerts and celebrations are held to welcome the sailors. www.worldcruising.com/arc

 

 

Accommodation

 

For families:

Windjammer Landings http://www.windjammer-landing.com/

Saint James’s Club Morgan Bay http://www.morganbayresort.com/uk/index.html

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa http://www.coconutbayresort.co.uk/

 

 

For couples (adult only):

Rendezvous https://www.theromanticholiday.com/

Le Sport the Body Holiday https://www.thebodyholiday.com/

Ladera http://www.ladera.com/

Sandals Grande St Lucian http://www.sandals.com/main/grande/gl-home/

 

For solo travellers:

Le Sport the Body Holiday https://www.thebodyholiday.com/

 

Luxury:

Jade Mountain http://www.jademountainstlucia.com/

The Landings http://www.landingsstlucia.com/

Cap Maison https://www.capmaison.com/

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa http://calabashcove.com/

Capella Resort & Marina by Marigot Bay http://www.capellahotels.com/saintlucia/

Sugar Beach http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/sugarbeach

 

 

There is a hotel for everyone in Saint Lucia and every single hotel is unique and offers something different. Luxury, boutique, active, all-inclusive, bed & breakfast, adult only, family, golf, sporting, spa, weddings. The hotels listed above are a small selection of hotels available.

To find out which hotel will suit your requirements and budget contact Your Perfect Travel, Saint Lucia Specialist, on 01279 787189 www.yourperfecttravel.co.uk email norma@yourperfecttravel.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becoming a Travel Agent

In 2012 I made a rather radical decision to leave my life in the UK behind and go travelling. Having no plan in mind, other than heading first to Thailand, I got on a plane and set off in June 2012. What a fantastic experience it was. I visited 12 countries in 12 months and had the time of my life, meeting so many wonderful kind, caring people along the way and they will be part of my memories for a lifetime. I was always going to return in June 2013 due to committments at home, but I did decide that travel was in my blood and to be able to carry on travelling to some extent was a must.

So, setting up a travel company was the perfect progression for me. Having started in September 2013 following a training programme to get me up and running, I  haven’t looked back. In just short 5 months £200,000 worth of holiday bookings have been made and I’ve managed trips to Benidorm, Puerto Banus, Morocco, Tunisa and Bulgaria, plus a few UK breaks as well. It just goes to prove that you can have a successful business and still travel.

This week sees the launch of our new Partners in Travel product, which gives people the opportunity to earn a residual income without doing very much at all.

Start your very own travel business with no training and no selling required. Simply sign-up today and we will give you:

– Live Bookable Website Worth £10,000′s
– Marketing Tips and Tools
– High Commissions
– Cost Price Holidays
– Sell Flights, Cruises, Hotels, Holidays
– 100% Financial Protection

30 day money back guarantee!

For more information take a look at our short video presentation at http://yourperfecttravel.partnersintravel.co.uk

Or, give me a call. I’m always happy to chat about holidays and the opportunities available for people who want to enter the travel business at any level.

Norma Fenwick

Your Perfect Travel

www.yourperfecttravel.co.uk

Tel: 0845 463 0882

Becoming a Travel Agent