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Easy Escapes: St Lucia
Sunshine, beaches, rum... Marie Claire's travel editor offers some tips on visiting this popular Caribbean island
Sunshine, beaches, rum… Marie Claire’s travel editor offers some tips on visiting this popular Caribbean island
Why go?Oooh − isn’t it hard deciding which Caribbean island to visit? The key points to know about St Lucia is you can get there on direct flights, it’s safe and friendly, and it offers a great variety of things to do. It does get more rain than some other islands, but that means its mountains have gorgeous green forests that are well worth exploring.
When?Go now if you want to escape our cold and capricious weather. The price of flights and hotels drops at the end of April with the best deals generally available for travel outside the school holidays. Key party moments this year are the St Lucia Jazz Festival (30 April-12 May, stluciajazz.org) and the St Lucia Carnival (28 June-16 July, luciancarnival.com). Look for packages at simplystluciaholidays.co.uk, tropicalsky.co.uk and virginholidays.co.uk.
Take a seat… the beach at Windjammer Landing resort in Labrellotte Bay
You really must…St Lucia is an island of many parts. Most beach hotels are on the northwest coast around Rodney Bay, which is a 90 minute drive from the airport − see the journey there as a free island tour. A second clutch of upmarket hotels is centred on the Pitons, a World Heritage site with two steep-sided volcanic cones that are the island’s best known attraction. Castries, the capital, is a ramshackle port where the atmosphere changes according to whether there is a cruise ship visiting − the central market is the best place to look for souvenirs with Saturday the busiest day. The island has reasonable beaches and some have black sand, but the star attraction in St Lucia is its rich green mountains with their bountiful rainforests, crashing waterfalls and flamboyant flora.
Video: Peter Greenberg Worldwide: Castries Fresh Produce Market in St. Lucia
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