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ST LUCIA HOLIDAYS   >   CARIBBEAN  


Holiday in St. Lucia, West Indies' greenest tropical island.

Hewanorra is the island's old Amerindian name.

St. Lucia is the sort of island that travellers to the Caribbean dream about--a small, lush tropical gem that is still relatively unknown. One of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, it is located midway down the Eastern Caribbean chain, between Martinique and St. Vincent, and north of Barbados . St. Lucia is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, with a shape that is said to resemble either a mango or an avocado (depending on your taste). The Atlantic Ocean kisses its eastern shore, while the beaches of the west coast owe their beauty to the calm Caribbean Sea.

Castries, Choiseul, Gros Islet, Pigeon Island, Plantations, Pointe Seraphine, Rodney Bay, Soufriere, Vieux Fort

Capital City of St. Lucia: Castries.


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Car Rental St. Lucia

  Sixt   -    
Pick-Up Station / Return Station: St. Lucia DT, Rodney Bay

Car rental

Holiday Homes

  Caribbean Way
Stunning scenery abounds here, including right from the windows of St. Lucia villa rentals; don't be surprised if your St. Lucia villas are perched atop lush hillsides overlooking miles of endless sea. St. Lucia villa rentals come complete with your own personal staff as well as breathtaking views, allowing guests of St. Lucia villas to enjoy their vacation to its fullest…exploring the island's natural and cultural sights, including 29 miles of hiking trails through a waterfall rainforest, or just lounging on one of its picturesque beaches. The greatest testament to our St. Lucia villa rentals - St. Lucia villas bring travelers back time after time, repeat visitors who refuse to holiday anywhere else.

Hotels in Saint Lucia

 

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

 
Hostelbookers.com is one of the worlds largest online booking services for hostels. All hostels you see here are offering realtime prices and availability.

National Parks

  Edmond Forest Reserve
Amidst the trees and lushness of this reserve find some of the most beautiful plants and flowering shrubs the likes of orchids, lianas and several varieties of mushrooms.
  Pigeon Island National Landmark
It was once a hideout for pirates, a military bade and the home of the Amerindians. This contains a literal catacomb of historical information. This forty-acre islet restores by the St. Lucia National Trust and designated it as a landmark.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

  Responsibletravel.com

 P&O Cruises

  British Airways   -   Holidays in St Lucia 
On your St Lucia holidays, stand in awe by the towering volcanic Pitons that jut out above its rainforest. Near St Lucia's capital, Castries, you can spend your holidays learning all about its past naval battles at Fort Charlotte. Or relax on St Lucia holidays on Anse Chastanet's palm-fringed beach.
Family holidays, Beach holidays, Romantic breaks, Spa hotels, Golfing holidays, Luxury holidays.

Sovereign Premium Holidays  [ ATOL 230 ]
Flexible Luxury Holidays St. Lucia. Sovereign is a specialist tour operator with more than 30 years experience.

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  Thomas Cook     

   -   Create your perfect trip t Saint Lucia
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Travel Guides St. Lucia / Related books

St Lucia Insight Compact Guide - ISBN 9812587853 St Lucia Insight Compact Guide
This attractive and highly informative Insight Compact Guide is the ideal companion for your trip to the idyllic Caribbean island of St. Lucia. The top 10 sights are highlighted and include the beach at Anse Chastanet, the beautiful Diamond Falls and the dramatic volcanic backdrop to the island, known as the Pitons. A useful star system grades the main attractions, helping you to set your sight-seeing priorities. Colour-coded and easy-to-read sections cover everything from the island's rich, and at times turbulent, history and vibrant culture, to entertainment, food and drink. There are easy-to-follow routes provided within this guide, or you can simply pick the sights that interest you; in either case all main sights, including those particularly good for watersports, are cross-referenced on detailed full-colour maps throughout, providing instant orientation. Full-colour photographs provide a visual introduction to this alluring destination and also make this guide a great souvenir after your trip. Practical travel information covers transport, accommodation, restaurants and more so you have all the information you need at your fingertips, including essential contact details. Small in size but big on detail, this guide is both durable and ultra portable, so it can go, wherever you go.
Paperback: 120 pages; Publisher: APA Publications Pte Ltd,Singapore (10 Mar 2008); ISBN-10: 9812587853; ISBN-13: 978-9812587855.

Transport / How do I travel to St. Lucia

  Hewanorra International Airport at Vieux Fort
  Vigie Airport near Castries.

  British Airways   -   Flight tickets St Lucia 

   -   flights to St. Lucia
Book cheap flights to St. Lucia at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares.

  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights  
Flight tickets St. Lucia, price comparison possible

Helicopter transfers are available from Hewanorra to Castries. Windjammer Landing, Jalousie Plantation, Pointe Seraphine and Rodney Bay also have Heli-Pads. These trips can be booked through a tour operator.

  St. Lucia Helicopters Ltd.: 758-453-6950
  Eastern Caribbean Helicopters: 758-453-6952

The main sea port is Castries. There is an additional deep water anchorage for cargo and container ships at Vieux Fort in the south near the airport. Pointe Seraphine is the port of entry for cruise ships.

Caribbean Express, a high-speed Catamaran service, operates between St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Dominica. It can be booked through travel agencies in St. Lucia.

There is a wide variety of vessels available for both bare-bottom and crewed charters from St. Lucia to the Grenadines and other destinations. The two most popular marinas are at Marigot Bay and Rodney Bay.

  Maps International   -   Maps of St Lucia   
Mapsinternational.co.uk is one of the largest map shops online.
  Map St Lucia [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castañeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


Links 

  St.-Lucia   -   official site tourist bureau
There is a broad array of exciting and exotic activities available on St. Lucia. The island's steep coastlines and lovely reefs offer excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. The rainforest preserves of St. Lucia's mountainous interior are one of the Caribbean's finest locales for hiking and birdwatching. Of course, the island also possesses excellent facilities for golf, tennis, sailing, and a host of other leisure pursuits. Not to be missed is St. Lucia's Soufriere volcano, the world's only drive-in volcanic crater.

  Castries   -   Capital City of St. Lucia
See Wikipedia.

  Choiseul
  Gros Islet
  Pigeon Island
  Plantations
  Pointe Seraphine
  Rodney Bay
  Soufriere
  Vieux Fort   -   second-largest town on the island
It has several small communities: Pierrot, Grace, Belle Vue, Zaboo, LaResource, Augier and St.Urban.

  Diamond Botanical Gardens   -   A waterfall and mineral bath
Just behind the picturesque town of Soufriere, nestled at the foot of the towering Pitons is a place where waterfalls pour from the mouth of a volcano. The Diamond Botanical Gardens is located in a natural gorge that begins at the volcano's bubbling sulphur springs.
  Mamiku Gardens
Twelve acres of enchanting landscaped tropical gardens overlooking the Frigate Islands, on the site of a 17th century plantation. The ruins of the plantation house are now the sites of an archaeological dig. See Strabon Caraibes.org.
  Mount Gimie   -   950 m above sea level, the highest point of St. Lucia
  The Pitons [  two mountains ]
Form the island's most famous landmark. They are located near Soufrière, on the western side of the island.

  University St Lucia   -   University of West Indies
Autonomous regional institution supported by and serving 15 different countries in the West Indies.

Cuisine  -  Saint Lucia Cooking recipes

Seafood plays an important role in Cooking. The Caribbean Sea on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other side: an anglers dream coming true to get "the catch of the day". Lobsters, groupers, snappers, literally a myriad of choices of succulent cuisine for the day.

  Fond Latisan Creole Park
Get a taste of "the way we were". An interesting historical display of cooking the way it was many years ago. Have a sample of the food cooked on leaves. See Caribbeanchoice.com.

History of Saint Lucia

St Lucia was first inhabited by the peaceful Arawak Indians, but they were conquered by their old enemies, the fierce Caribs. Columbus navigator was the first European to discover St Lucia in 1499. Then the British came and in 1667 the French arrived. St Lucia was alternately British and French for the next 150 years, before it was finally ceded to the British in 1814.

  St. Lucia's History   -   Wikipedia
The English, with their headquarters in Barbados, and the French, centered on Martinique, found St. Lucia attractive after the sugar industry developed in 1765. Britain eventually triumphed, with France permanently ceding St. Lucia in 1815. In 1838, St. Lucia was incorporated into the British Windward Islands administration, headquartered in Barbados. This lasted until 1885, when the capital was moved to Grenada...

Music, Arts & Culture, Events

Traditional music includes African rhythms combined with European dances like the quadrille, polka and waltz. Saint Lucian derived dances include moolala, grande ronde, faci and la comette (a derivative of minuet)

People of St Lucia - Heart of the Caribbean  -   Alison Brownlie
Visit St Lucia, an island which has been fought over by the British and French, and meet some of the people who live and work there. Find out about their homes, their jobs, their friends and their lifestyle.
Paperback 32 pages (June 14, 2001);  Publisher: Hodder Wayland;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0750238232.

  Cultural Development Foundation [ CDF ]
  CRS Music   -   located in the island of Barbados
Trend-setting label focused on the development of talented Caribbean artistes over a wide genre of musical rhythms.
  Derek Walcott   -   poet, writer and artist. Born in Castries, St. Lucia.
He is best known for his epic poem, Omeros a reworking of Homeric story and tradition into a journey around the Caribbean, and beyond to the American West and London.
  Friday Night Street Party

 
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