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St. Lucia


The Saint Lucia’s Pitons, two volcanic cones that rise into the sky from the Caribbean Sea, are the symbol of one of the most romantic destinations in the region. Although the representative of the views that surround the Pitons are perhaps the most memorable, Saint Lucia offers various scenarios and amazing … from head to toe! To put it simply, the island has the features you’d expect from the Caribbean.

Castries, the island’s capital, is a very lively commercial and cultural center for the island. Active cruise port, visitors can invest a few hours in the duty-free shops on waterfont. Artists exhibit paintings and sculptures in various galleries in the area. A few steps from the harbor is the market, where vendors have gathered for more than a century to sell fresh produce in abundance alongside fishermen hawking the goodness of their mackerel, mahi-mahi and guaracupe.

Most of the tourist facilities of Saint Lucia are located north of the capital along the west coast where they extend numerous white sand beaches, notably Rodney Bay. With accommodations ranging from massive all-inclusive to luxury resorts to family-run pensions. There is something for all tastes and for all budgets. The nearby Rodney Bay Marina serves as the basis for many of the charter yachts heading south to the Grenadines. Although the white sand beaches lie to the north, few come to Saint Lucia without touring the South, where some of the natural attractions of the island. A drive down the west coast to the town of Soufrière at the base of Petit Piton, the shorter and steeper of the twin pinnacles, is one of the most picturesque in the Caribbean.

The spectacle of Saint Lucia continues below sea level, where the underwater landscape often mirrors the mountain slopes. Most of the coast is protected by the Soufriere Marine Management Area, which prohibits fishing. The result is a submerged fantasy of colorful fish and some of the most pristine coral reefs in the Caribbean.

AIRPORTS / FLYING TIMES: Airports: Hewanorra International Airport (UVF), 60 km from the capital, Castries; George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU), 5 km from Castries. Flying: Houston-5 hours 30 minutes. London-8 hours. Miami-four hours. New York-4 hours. San Francisco-eight hours. San Juan-2 hours 30 minutes. Toronto-6 hours 30 minutes.

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly direct from Gatwick to Saint Lucia; bmi flies from Manchester. XL Airways also carries charter service from Gatwick. There are two airports: Hewanorra International Airport (UVF), and George FL Charles (SLU), for internal connections.

CLIMATE:

Average Temperature max / min: in summer 35/24 ° C, in winter, 29.4 / 18.3 ° C. The humidity varies between 66-94%. The average rainfall varies from 3 to 5.7mm. Indicative Timetable sunrise sunset indicative timetable 0535. 1829.

DINING: Restaurants available with local cuisine, fast food, gourmet, international. Dress code: casual is accepted almost everywhere, except in special restaurants where you may be required jacket and tie.

LANGUAGE: English is the official language, but most locals speak a French Creole commonly called patois.

NIGHTLIFE: Entertainment available includes nightclub, cabaret, dancing. Most of the hotels offer restaurants, live music, Steelband (bands playing percussion instruments made ​​from steel cans) and folk music. Gros Islet Friday Night Street Party, street party on Friday night, Anse La Raye Seafood Friday evening, dinner of fish on Friday night, Saturday Dennery Fish Fry, Fish Fry on Saturday.

SIGHTSEEING:
– Pigeon Island National Park.
– Derek Walcott Square,
– Remains of the fortified complex of Morne Fortune,
– Marigot Bay. Mamiku Gardens.
– Diamond Waterfall and Botanical Gardens.
– Fregate Island, island of the frigates.
– Maria Island Nature Reserve.
– The Pitons.
– The Sulphur Springs, sulfur springs.
– Tour of the plantations and Errard-Marquis Estate.
– The Sikwe Sugar Mill and Plantation (sugar mill and plantation)
– Tropical Gardens.
– Nature Heritage Tours.




September 4, 2014
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