St. Lucia (Eastern Caribbean – South America)

St. Lucia – Caribbean

St. Lucia is a gorgeous volcanic island in the eastern Caribbean. The popular travel site, Fodors.com, cites St. Lucia as “one of the Caribbean’s most popular vacation destinations.” St. Lucia has great diving, beautiful rainforests, exotic food, and exciting nightlife. The island offers something for every type of traveler.

Where to Stay in St. Lucia

The North portion of St. Lucia has the best restaurants and nightlife on the island. For this reason, however, it is the most touristy area and lodging tends to be more expensive.

Higher End Lodging in St. Lucia

Ladera Resort – Ladera resort offers beautiful suites and villas that have three walls, with the fourth side open to breathtaking views of St. Lucia’s rainforests and your own personal plunge pool. The resort has its own infinity pool too. It offers award-winning Caribbean food at restaurant Dasheene, spa services and a complimentary beach shuttle. The 2010 prices range from $380 to $1330 per night, depending on the season and choice of suite.

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Coconut Bay Resort and Spa – Coconut bay has an adults only wing and a family-friendly wing. The family-friendly wing, called Splash, is the site of St. Lucia’s largest water park. There are three restaurants: Asian, Italian, and a buffet-style restaurant. The resort is all-inclusive, which includes food at the three restaurants, drinks including alcoholic beverages at a swim-up bar, evening entertainment, and a children’s play center. Prices range from $310-990 per night, depending on your choice of room.
Other options: Anse Chastanet Beach Hotel, Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, Jalousie Plantation.

Lower Priced Lodging in St. Lucia

Potential travelers should check out the website InntimateStLucia.org. It has bed and breakfasts, small locally-owned hotels, and rentals homes/apartments that will be affordable.

Other pleasant options below $200 a night: Oasis Marigot, Coco Palm Resort, Bay Gardens Hotel, The Sunset Hill Resort and Spa.

What to Do in St. Lucia

Reduit Beach – The North part of the island has Reduit Beach, known as the best beach in St. Lucia.

Pitons – Gros Piton and Petit Piton, the two twin volcanic cones on St. Lucia, offer a gorgeous view of the island. Many travelers choose to hike these mountains to enjoy the view.

SCUBA diving – The southwest coast of St. Lucia offers the best diving. Travelers can also sail, participate in deep sea-fishing, and snorkeling.

Other fun activities – Travelers can participate in canopy tours, catamaran rides, jeep safaris, and hiking through the rainforests.

Travel Tips For Visiting St. Lucia

Currency – The official currency for St. Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, 1 U.S. dollar to EC $2.67. U.S. currency and most credit cards are widely accepted.

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Airports – St. Lucia has two airports: George FL Charles Airport and Hewanorra International airport. Travelers should check both airports when scheduling flights.

Transportation – Transportation on the island is cheapest by bus. Van taxi drivers will often offer fixed rate transportation and even tours. Be sure to get a quote from them before you agree to anything. Water taxis are available for travel between islands, but they can get expensive.

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