Another day in paradise

by Kim on July 10, 2012

Please note that this is a guest post written by a third party

Dream of the Caribbean? Stunning beaches, the sound of the crystal ocean gently lapping at the shore, leaning palm trees swaying gently …

It’s relaxing just thinking about it, imagine what it would be like to go!

Well ladies and gentleman, you can do just that, with indirect flights leaving the UK regularly, typically via American cities, such as Miami. Long-haul flights can be stressful, so take a little pressure off by pre-booking great value extras, such as airport hotels, or Birmingham Airport Car Parking, with shuttles taking you direct to the terminal.

So, let’s talk paradise.

The stunning island of St Lucia is guaranteed to fulfil every Caribbean expectation, and more. With its many beaches, typically breathtaking, and perfect for water-sports or simply lazing, to exciting attractions, a holiday in St Lucia will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

The best time to visit is December to May, out of hurricane season. Cruise ships dock in Castries, the capital – great for duty-free shopping, with Point Seraphine and La Place Carenage for a bargain. Save money with your pre-booked extras, such as Gatwick Car parking, and treat yourself!

The capital itself offers a great base, with many hotels, and large range of restaurants, offering both international and local cuisine. Try some fried codfish, or pepper pot stew, whilst you have the chance! Of course, fresh fruit is plentiful, with bananas grown on the island. Try a rum or two … it would be rude not to!

The landscape on St Lucia is green and mountainous, and the twin peaks, The Pitons, are a UNESCO world heritage site, rising dramatically into the air and demanding attention. A certain photo moment. There are many opportunities for walking amongst this awesome natural habitat – fantastic for those wanting an energetic adventure.

One of the natural attractions on the island is the drive-in volcano. Yes, you read that right! Located near The Pitons, here you can stand on a platform, metres away from nature’s might. The water within the volcano boils at a toasty 212°F! Downstream, you have the opportunity for a mud-bath, great for the skin, great for a laugh, and fab for a photo. Wash the mud off in the thankfully cooler sulphur spring, leaving you with silky smooth skin.

Soufrière has many attractions, and many cafes and restaurants to chill-out and watch the world go by. The beaches are particularly good, with nearby Anse Chastanet offering fantastic snorkelling and scuba diving.

At some stage, relaxation may get a little boring, just a little, so if you want to explore the history of the island, you’re in luck. Pigeon Island National Park, just off the north-west is brimming with stunning nature and landmarks. Accessible by bus, the island includes Fort Rodney, an old British military base, cafes, beaches and many tropical flowers. This is a certain must visit to learn more about the colourful history of the island, through times of pirates and British and French rule.

Of an evening, there’s plenty to keep you dancing until the early hours, with calypso, reggae and salsa in the air. Visit in May for the world-famous Jazz Festival, attracting various musicians and entertaining visitors with music and dance. 

Paradise is alive and well in St Lucia, and accessible to you! Pocket the money you save from pre-booking extras, such as parking at luton airport and you could be well on your way to living it up in paradise.

I know you’re tempted – get booking today!  

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