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    Address: Pointe Seraphine, Castries
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    St. Lucia Overview

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    View of the Pitons from a Windjammer Sailing Ship

    Only 27 miles long and 10 miles wide, St. Lucia’s high mountains and twisted roads make it seem much larger. Dominated by rainforest and the two peaks, The Pitons that rise almost vertical from the sea on the southwest coast, a visit to the island is an adventure in it self. When you then see the white sand beaches and the colors of St. Lucia's reefs, it is not hard to believe that this is paradise on earth. St. Lucia's calm waters give you plenty of time to check out that it really is. St. Lucia has a strictly regulated marine park where you are only allowed access with a dive operator. There are plans to extend marine-park to the whole coastline.

    St. Lucia offers what many consider the classic Caribbean scenery - it's a lush and exotic island with volcanic mountains, tropical rainforests and banana, coconut and spice plantations.  For beach lovers there is a selection of golden and black sand beaches. For divers St. Lucia offers a fair selection of reefs and dive sites to satisfy all levels of diving.  Though not quite Grand Cayman or Cozumel, St. Lucia not only offers divers good diving but the chance to have onshore adventures as well from - hiking, biking, snorkeling, wind surfing, trail running, sailing to beach lounging under the pitons.

    Scuba St.Lucia (http://www.scubastlucia.com) is an SSI Platinum Pro, PADI Dive Center located in the heart of the marine reserves at the ANSE CHASTANET hotel just north of the magnificient Pitons in St.Lucia. Founded in 1981, Scuba St.Lucia has established itself as one of the world's top diving destinations.  Situated in the south end of ANSE CHASTANET'S 1/4 mile long, soft sand, secluded beach within a 600 acre plantation, Scuba St.Lucia offers diving and comprehensive facilities for divers of all levels. There is also a roped off area that cover part of a reef that allows snorkelers an excellent spot, right off shore, to snorkel.

    The most known feature of St Lucia are the Pitons, which are twin volcanic mountains which rise to over 2,500 ft on the island's southwest coast. Here you will find a good selection of high-end romantic small hotels and resorts. Many nestled right into the hilly shoreline that offer amazing views of the Caribbean and the Pitons.

    Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago 

    Marigot Bay: Imagine a classic Caribbean lagoon surrounded by coconut palm trees, with rising hills and clear blue waters - This is Marigot Bay. Once a  vital wartime base, where the British Fleet once ambushed the French by camouflaging it's fleet with palm fronds. This picturesque bay is now a yacht haven and one of St. Lucia's most beautiful spots.  It's also a protective harbour for boat and ships when huriccanes approach.

    Accommodations: St. Lucia offers an amazing number of lodging options to suit individual tastes and budgets.  From all-inclusive resorts, luxury villas and conventional hotels to charming small hotels, inns and guesthouses.  In one respect there are two different St. Lucia's.  In the north you have Rodney Bay that offers many traditional hotel and resort options that are close to shopping and dining options.  To the more rustic and mountainous south west coast of the island where the Pitons are located - Marigot Bay and Soufriere.

    Dining Out: The cuisine is largely a combination of International and Creole utilizing fresh local produce. There are also specialty restaurants such as French, Italian, Pizza, Indian and Steakhouses. And of course as one would expect almost every restaurant offers fish and seafood dishes.

    Insiders View: As with most of the Caribbean, holidaying here is not cheap - hotels, car hire and eating out are often costly. In the interor of the island and in the south the roads are pretty curvy and full of pot holes, so journeys are often slow and bumpy. Be prepared for rain showers (especially May-November) - St. Lucia gets plenty of rain, that's why it's so green. If large resort hotels and busy beaches are not your idea of a getaway, avoid the more developed tourist hotspots in the northwest and go south.

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    Hiking: With trails, waterfalls and wildlife, St Lucia’s southern rainforests and the Pitons provide excellent hiking opportunities.

    Beaches: All the west coast (Caribbean side) beaches have good swimming. In the southwest (around the Pitons) the beaches are mainly black volcanic sand; the majority of golden beaches are in the northwest (along with the majority of the tourists). The east coast (Atlantic side) of the island, offers isolated beaches but with a dangerous surf due to more turbulent atlantic seas.

    Mountain Biking: Biking is a fantastic way to explore St. Lucia.  There are a good number of tour companies that offer guided tours or rentals to explore the island.  With many guided tours you have vehicles that trek you to different areas to bike or drive you to the top of a mountain hill and allow you to bike down.  There are also jungle biking trails that have been carved right through the rain forest. Check out: http://www.bikestlucia.com

    Sailing: With a plethora of harbours and inlets, St Lucia is popular with sailors. The nearby islands St Vincent and the Grenadines are a day's sail to the south and offer sailors many opportunies to explore small islands.



    St. Lucia Facts

    Economic overview
    Though foreign investment in manufacturing and information processing in recent years has increased Saint Lucia's industrial base, the economy remains vulnerable due to its heavy dependence on banana production, which is subject to periodic droughts and tropical storms. Indeed, the destructive effect of Tropical Storm Iris in mid-1995 caused the loss of 20% of the year's banana crop. Increased ... more

    Island Location
    Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, north of Trinidad and Tobago. St Lucia lies at latitude 13 54’ north of the Equator and 60 50’ west. One of the Windward Islands, it is located in the middle of the Eastern Caribbean chain of islands and is approximately 21 miles south of Martinique and 90 miles northwest of Barbados. 616.3 sq km (238 sq miles).

    Size of Island
    238 square miles (616 sq. km.), 27 miles long, 14 miles wide. Mountainous with lush Tropical Rain Forest and white sand Beaches.

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    St. Lucia Accommodations
    Gateway Villas - Cap Estate and Trouya Beach
    Caribbean Jewel Beach Resort
    Rendezvous - Malabar Beach
    The Inn On The Bay - Marigot Bay
    Sandals - Grande St. Lucian - Rodney Bay
    Sandals Halcyon St. Lucia - Castries
    Anse Chastanet - Soufriere
    Rex Papillon - St Lucia - Castries
    Club St. Lucia - Gros Islet
    Rex St. Lucian - Castries
    Rex Royal St. Lucian - Castries
    The Village Inn & Spa (formerly Rainbow Hotel) - Rodney Bay
    Marigot Beach Club Hotel & Dive Resort - Marigot Bay
    Oceanview Hotel & Spa - Castries
    Bay Gardens Inn - Rodney Bay
    Bay Gardens Hotel - Rodney Bay
    Harmony Suites - Castries
    Almond Morgan Bay Beach Resort - Castries
    Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort - Labrelotte Bay
    Jalousie Resort & Spa St Lucia - Soufriere
    Sandals Regency St. Lucia Golf Resort & Spa - Castries
    Villa Dipol
    Poinsettia Apartments - Vigie, Castries
    Hummingbird Beach Resort - Soufriere
    Paradise Villa
    East Winds Inn - Castries
    Mirage Beach Hotel - Laborie
    Villa Zandoli - rodney bay marina
    Villa Marigot Round - Rodney Bay
    Talk-To-Me Restaurant & Bar & B & B Mini Hotel
    Seascape - Castries
    Hotel Villa De La Gratia - Marigot Bay
    Marigot Bay Villa
    Habitat Terrace - Bonneterre
    Palm Haven Hotel - Rodney Bay
    Nature's Paradise at Marigot Bay - Marigot Bay
    Lahaut Plantation - Soufriere
    The Great House - Castries
    Fonddoux Holiday Plantation - Soufriere
    Nature's Paradise at Marigot Bay - Marigot Bay
    Hotel Capri, St. Lucia - Smugglers Cove, Cap Estate
    Fox Grove Inn - Mon Repos
    Stonefield Estate Villa Resort - Soufriere
    Skyway Hotel - St. Lucia - Vieux Fort
    Windsong Castle
    Fond Bay Suites and Villa
    Ladera Resort - Sofriere, St. Lucia
    Mar Blue VIlla Suites - Treasure Beach,St. Elizabeth
    BayHill Inn & Condos - Castries
    Villa Serendipity - Castries


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