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St Lucia Travel Guide:
St. Lucia's an Attractive Luxury Vacation Getaway   by Virginia Morgan
Reasons why you need a St Lucia vacation  by Lyton Cazaubon

St. Lucia's an Attractive Luxury Vacation Getaway   by Virginia Morgan

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According to American Express Travel, the island of St. Lucia is ideal for travelers who are seeking pleasure and adventure in a tropical paradise. St. Lucia is not only and adult paradise but also attractive to vacationers of all ages. Family travelers can appreciate the relaxation of the freshness of the unspoiled exotic on the St. Lucia Island. There are so many ways to experience St. Lucia. Whether you and the family wish to tour St. Lucia with a hotel and air package, or see this amazing island as part of a luxury world cruise, you are guaranteed to be amazed by the activities and sights that will appeal to travelers of all ages. Travelers will experience the wonder on the faces of their children can themselves; experience a whole new meaning of family fun when the entire family visits St. Lucia.

Rain Forest, Saint Lucia, West Indies
Rain Forest, Saint Lucia, West Indies
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The Appeal

St. Lucia's a this small, lush tropical gem that is still relatively unknown, making your luxury travel package seem like exciting adventure of discovery that may be similar to a recent stress releasing daydream.

St. Lucia has some of the most magnificent rain forests, where wild orchids, giant ferns, and birds of paradise flourish. Enjoy your luxury travel vacation package while experiencing brilliantly-plumed tropical birds, including endangered species like the indigenous St. Lucia parrot. Only verdant fields and orchards of banana, coconut, mango, and papaya trees break the rainforest. When you decide on St. Lucia for your family vacation, present it to your children as a deserted island, a place like Neverland. You'll discover that both you and your children will be excited to get away from it all and enjoy the magical appeal of the exotic surroundings.

Family Activities

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St. Lucia is also popular with families traveling together because of the various activities that people of all ages can enjoy together. The island's lovely reefs offer excellent snorkeling. Imagine introducing your kids into the world of exotic fish and wild beauty through their first snorkeling experience. The rainforest preserves of St. Lucia's mountainous interior are one of the Caribbean's finest locales for hiking. Teach your children the importance of conservation and introduce them to the beauteous sights of the endangered rain forests that they had only experienced in school. A luxury vacation to St. Lucia is truly an excellent option for travelers who wish to introduce their children to a new worldview. Imagine the crystal clear, warm waters. Picture the fine white sand beaches, lined with gently swaying palms. See your family playing in the surf, laughing and enjoying themselves. With so much to offer travelers of all ages, let a St. Lucia luxury vacation package bring you and your family closer together.

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About the Author - Virginia Morgan is a travel writer and frequent contributor to AMT American Express Travel, a premier Internet resource for American Express Cruises . Serving customers online since 1996.
Reasons why you need a St Lucia vacation  by Lyton Cazaubon

Why is St Lucia the perfect vacation destination? Many of us are looking for the perfect vacation and the perfect vacation also means the perfect location, but how do you choose where to go for that well deserved vacation? I mean, with so many destination to choose from, how do you which one is the most ideal for you.

Iím sure if you had the money you would just do some random traveling, but not everyone is so fortunate.

Sunset, Twin Pitons, St. Lucia, West Indies
Sunset, Twin Pitons, St. Lucia, West Indies
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So what exactly is a perfect vacation destination? Well Iím no expert on traveling but to my mind, the perfect destination is some where you go to get those things you are looking for on a vacation. With that said, the question still remain, does St Lucia cater to those vacation needs that youíre looking for?

Before we go further, let me give you a brief description on St Lucia and what you can expect on a vacation here.
 
St Lucia is a small Island towards the center of the Caribbean chain only 238sq miles, which means, you can drive around the island in less than three hours. This small island is as the St Lucia tourist board puts it ďsimply beautifulĒ.

Here are some of the few things you will find.

Luscious green vegetation all over the island, two majestic twin peaks (pitons) which has recently gotten world heritage site status, the only drive in volcano in the world, several scuba diving site, snorkeling sites, turtle watching, whale watching, some of the loveliest beaches in the world, night activities, top notch hotels and restaurants, golfing in close proximity to several hotels, site seeing and much more.

Soufriere, St. Lucia
Soufriere, St. Lucia
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If youíre coming to St Lucia by plane, then everyday there are several flights to and from the US, Canada and the United Kingdom , making booking your flight easy as 123. You may be traveling by cruise, well that is definitely not a problem because every year, hundreds of cruise ships grace our shores with thousands of visitors. There is basically something for everyone here.

Let me first point out to you that St Luciaís main revenue comes from tourism, so you can rest assured that a lot of emphasis is being placed on the well being of every visitor to the island. After visiting St Lucia you will realize why so many visitors keep coming back.
 
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Finding some where to stay in St Lucia is quite easy; there are so many hotels, villas and vacation homes to choose from. You can choose an all inclusive hotel where you will have no surprise expenses or if you want to experience local cuisine from different restaurants that can also be arranged. Iím sure you will find the right deal for you because you can find high priced hotels as well low budget priced hotels. There are also several hotels that have kidís activities, leaving mom and dad with enough time to spend with each other.

With so many things to do in St Lucia, itís hard not to see why St Lucia is not the ideal place to have the perfect vacation whether it is with the family, traveling solo, with that special person in your life or if you planning on getting married. Every year hundreds of people all over the world come to St Lucia to tie the knot. In fact readers of the Caribbean World Magazine have voted St Lucia several times as the Caribbean Wedding Island of the Year" and Honeymoon Island of the Year.

I know that St Lucia is a wonderful country; because thatís the reason I live there. So if you have never visited St Lucia before, start making plans to see why Oprah Winfrey, Harrison Ford, David Bowie, Bill Gates, Wyclef Jean, Whitney Houston, Bill Clinton, Nicolas Cage and so many prestigious people keep coming back to St Lucia.

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About the Author: - Lyton Cazaubon has been proactive in the tourism industry in St Lucia for the past 10 years. Due to the constant questions that he has received from visitors, he decided to build a website that answers those questions. If you would like to know more about St Lucia, you can go to his website at www.st-lucia-vacation-guide.com
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FEATURED VACATION RENTAL PROPERTIES IN CAP ESTATE, ST LUCIA


Acacia Villa, Vacation Rental Villa, Cap Estate
The villa is completely fenced and gated and is situated on a hillside in an acre of lush landscaped gardens and gently sloping lawns. The villa enjoys a wonderful breeze all year round and views out to Pigeon Island National Park, and across the Martinique Channel towards the French island of Martinique. There is a large swimming pool, an 8 person jacuzzi and a covered bar area with a built in barbeque.  There are 3 air-conditioned double bedrooms; all with ceiling fans. The master suite comprises of a four poster king size bed, Cablevision TV and a spacious en-suite shower room.... sleeps 10

Belle Kaye Gladstone, Vacation Rental Apartment, Cap Estate
"BELLE KAYE" is located at the entrance to the prestigious Cap Estate and boasts panoramic views of the main St. Lucian Resort of Rodney Bay, Pigeon Island, the Landings Marina and its surrounding areas. Located in Rodney Bay, a mere five minutes drive away, is Reduit Beach, one of St Lucia's most beautiful beaches with its one mile of golden sand. Rodney Bay is also the place for bars, fine restaurants and an abundance of shops.  Sleeps max 6.

Belle Kaye Ashwell, Vacation Rental Apartment, Cap Estate
BELLE KAYE is located at the entrance to the prestigious Cap Estate and boasts panoramic views of the main St. Lucian Resort of Rodney Bay, Pigeon Island, the Landings Marina and its surrounding areas. Located in Rodney Bay, a mere five minutes drive away, is Reduit Beach, one of St Lucia's most beautiful beaches with its one mile of golden sand. Rodney Bay is also the place for bars, fine restaurants and an abundance of shops. Sleeps 2.

Belle Kaye Ashwood (Ref: 27409)
self-catering apartment in Cap Estate, Saint Lucia
Overlooking the finest beach on St. Lucia, is the Landings Marina, which is within easy walking distance from the "Belle Kaye". The 19-acre development will be centred around an exclusive harbour, which has over 100 berths to accommodate any yacht size between 10 and 60 metres. The resort will also feature 7 swimming pools, a gourmet restaurant, a delicatessen, bars, spa, boutiques, residents' beach club, and tennis courts.  Also within a few hundred metres of "Belle Kaye" is the soon to be opened St Lucia's first Casino, Treasure Bay. Sleeps 2.

Belle Kaye Villa (Ref: 30301)
Self catering villa in Cap Estate, Saint Lucia
Affordable luxury Air-conditioned Villa for holiday rental in St Lucia located in the prestigious Cap Estate near to the Golf Club and Pigeon Island.  Overlooking the finest beach on St. Lucia, is the Landings Marina, which is within easy walking distance from "Belle Kaye". The 19-acre development will provide a perfect view looking over the Caribbean Sea from "Belle Kaye" and will be centred around an exclusive harbour, with over 100 berths to accommodate any yacht size between 10 and 60 metres. The resort will also feature 7 swimming pools, a gourmet restaurant, a delicatessen, bars, spa, boutiques, residents' beach club, and tennis courts.  Sleeps 4.
Villa Long View, Cap Estate
Enjoying spectacular views of the Atlantic Sea and set in an acre of gently sloping landscaped gardens, Villa Long View is a stunning villa occupying a prime position on the exclusive Mount Hardy in Cap Estate. Elegantly furnished throughout, the villa features a blend of modern and contemporary furnishings with a hint of tropical flair. The villa boasts four en-suite air conditioned bedrooms, attractively furnished but each with a distinctive and individual style. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms.
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FEATURED VACATION RENTAL PROPERTIES IN CASTRIES, ST LUCIA

Villas at Windjammer Landing, Castries
Offers an exotic Caribbean vacation for families, honeymooners and couples. This tropical 56-acre resort provides spectacular ocean views and private luxury accommodations. Simply like no other Caribbean resort, this resort was designed and built as a village, patterned after the picturesque villages of the Mediterranean. Brick paths meander through the lush landscaping, scented gardens, sparkling pools and waterfalls. A whole playground full of sports and recreation is available right at your fingertips here. Dive into one of the four swimming pools (one children's pool), workout in the fitness center, or simply enjoy the sunshine. There are four restaurants on-site, including Dragonfly, Papa Don's, Jammer's Beach Bar & Grill, and Jammer's Restaurant...
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FEATURED VACATION RENTAL PROPERTIES IN GROS ISLET, ST LUCIA

Mandaris (Ref: 38925)
Self catering villa in Gros-islet, Saint Lucia
Private villa in a private luxurious resort, wonderful full view on the caribbean sea and golf course.  Exquisite and romantic villa, perched on a little hill, with overlooking views on the seas and golf course.  Villa in a segured private area, in tropical garden, with pool.  View from any rooms even from bath-room and kitchen.  Living-room and dining-room inside and outside.  Wonderful surrounding view on Atlantic sea (view to martinique) and Caribbean sea, golf course and up to the Pitons.   Sleeps 8.

The Breeze (Ref: 32360)
Self catering villa in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
The Breeze, St. Lucia Ė a warm welcome: The Breeze is a beautiful, newly built 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa with private swimming pool on the stunning Caribbean island of St Lucia.  The house has four large double sized bedrooms and three bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms have twin beds and the other two have double beds.  The master bedroom has a king size double bed, air-conditioning, a luxury en-suite bathroom with bath and shower as well as a roomy walk in closet. Additionally, there is a spacious pool deck with sun loungers for those who want to sit in the sun! There is also a gas BBQ on the terrace for those fabulous holiday outdoor evenings.  Sleeps 8.
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FEATURED VACATION RENTAL VILLAS IN MARIGOT BAY, ST LUCIA
Villa Ash, Luxury Vacation Rental Villa, Marigot Bay
A beautiful 5 bedroom villa situated at Marigot, the yacht haven of St. Lucia. Marigot Bay is a quaint little village with many great restaurants, shopping centre, banks, shops, Laundromat, French bakery, minimart and a boardwalk marina. The villa offers fabulous panoramic views of Marigot Bay. This two storey villa has large open air patios upstairs and downstairs to enhance the outdoor living experience. There are 5 spacious bedrooms which are all attractively furnished, air-conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms.
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FEATURED LUXURY VACATION RENTAL VILLAS IN SOUFRIERE, ST LUCIA
Villa Ciel, Luxury Vacation Rental Villa, Soufrière
A wonderful property spectacularly situated on Beau Estate, between the world heritage site of the Pitons. It is situated above The Caribbean Sea and is a short distance from The Jalousie Beach and Hotel. Soufriere, which is a sleepy fishing village, also boasts the drive in volcano, hot waterfalls, diving and snorkelling at Anse Chastanet beach as well as the exotic tropical gardens and mineral baths at Diamond Estate. The house incorporates many aspects of traditional Caribbean style with its verandahs, jalousie shutters and wooden railings. It has been constructed as a number of small pavilions connected by verandahs.   5 bedrooms 5 bathrooms.
Villa La Belle Helene, Luxury Vacation Rental Villa, Soufrière
This is a spectacular house situated in Beau Estate below the World Heritage site of the Pitons of St. Lucia. The property is situated in an expansive, beautifully landscaped garden of 2.2 acres, with rolling lawns running down to the coast and a rocky pebble beach. Jalousie Hotel and a white sand beach are a short walk or drive away. The property is situated near the town of Soufriere with its unique attractions, such as the Diamond Waterfall, the Mineral Baths and the drive in volcano.  11 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms.
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Almond Smugglers Cove All Inclusive Castries, St Lucia
This oceanfront All-Inclusive resort is located in Castries  on St. Lucia, 2 kilometres from the restaurants and nightlife of Rodney Bay. The majority of amenities, activities, and gratuities at this resort are included in the room rate; guests will not be charged extra for the majority of amenities and activities. Almond Smugglers Cove All Inclusive sits on 24 hectares of tropical gardens facing a calm Caribbean cove protected by an offshore reef; 24-hour shuttle service transports guests around the large property. Recreational amenities include 6 freshwater pools, including one for adults only with a 10-person spa tub. A childrenís pool features a 100-foot waterslide. The fitness center offers a variety of aerobics classes. 
Anse Chastanet Resort, Soufrière, St Lucia
Secluded and with music provided by the forest's nocturnal tree-frog chorus, the romantic Anse Chastanet Resort in Soufrière, St. Lucia, is a popular Caribbean getaway for couples, a tranquil world at the end of a two-mile forest road. Perched on 600 acres of tropical foliage, the resort provides snorkeling and scuba diving within 100 yards of the beach, kayaking, jungle mountain biking and hiking, sunset cruises, deep-sea fishing, and tours of Soufrière's "drive-in" volcano. Five minutes away, the resort's second beach fronts a 500-foot wide, two-mile deep canyon that once served as a 17th-century sugar and cocoa plantation. Here, 12 miles of mountain- biking and hiking trails snake through jungles laced with mangos, coconuts, bananas and cocoa. 
Coco Palm, Rodney Bay Village, Gros Islet, St Lucia
This spa property is located in Castries, close to Reduit Beach, Rodney Bay Aquatic Centre, and Pigeon Island National Park. Coco Palm has an outdoor pool. This 3.5-star Castries property features spa services and beauty services. Business amenities include wireless Internet access, meeting rooms for small groups, and business services. Coco Palm has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar. 24-hour room service is available. Amenities featured in guestrooms include air conditioning, coffee/tea makers, and complimentary bottled water. 
Marigot Bay Hotel, Marigot Bay, St Lucia
This spa property is situated near a Marigot Bay beach, close to Marigot Bay and Roseau Valley Banana Plantation. Marigot Bay Hotel has an outdoor pool, a fitness facility, and a children's pool. Marigot Bay Hotel features a full-service spa. Business amenities include wireless Internet access, meeting rooms for small groups, and business services. Marigot Bay Hotel has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar. Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning. Room service is available during limited hours. Event facilities consist of conference rooms and banquet facilities. Amenities featured in guestrooms include DVD players, air conditioning, and coffee/tea makers.
St. Lucian By Rex Resorts, Castries, St Lucia
Tranquil, palm-fringed beaches gently lapped by the warm, clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea - St. Lucia is simply beautiful. The St. Lucian is a property strategically located only 6 miles north of the George Charles Airport and is situated side-by-side with its sister property The Royal. Poised on the golden sands of the Reduit beach, the finest on the island, this hotel offers a relaxed and friendly escape from the hurly-burly of everyday life. Cool yourself in the calm waters of the Caribbean before enjoying a refreshing cocktail at the beachside bar and sampling the gourmet cuisine from the restaurants. The hotel offers complimentary access to the fitness center as well as supervised children's activities. 
The Bodyholiday At Lesport All Inclusive, Cap Estate
Set on the island's northern end, The BodyHoliday at LeSPORT offers 300 yards of beachfront surrounded by an 18-acre garden. The resort includes a full-service spa - which includes one spa treatment per guest per day - and pools. Each of the 154 guestrooms offer only the finest of amenities. Eeach well appointed room contains: 1 King bed or 2 Twin Beds, air conditioning, direct dial telephone with a dataport and voicemail, in-room safe, clock radio, private bathroom, minifridge, hair dryer and a balcony or patio. 
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