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Playing in St. Lucia
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ACTIVITIES IN ST. LUCIA
St. Lucia is known for its beautiful beaches, all of which are public (though some can only be reached by boat or by passing through private property). Closest to the pier is Vigie Beach, just a mile and a half from Castries and parallel to the nearby airport. It’s a clean, pretty beach. The best beaches are a short taxi ride away. Choc Beach (sometimes known as Palm Beach) is about 20 minutes away by taxi and offers a gorgeous stretch of white sand with swaying coconut palms. This is a great family beach with calm, crystal-clear waters and plenty of amenities. The secluded beaches at Pigeon Island National Park are also a favorite among visitors, offering water sports, a restaurant, and even a small historical museum. It isn’t actually an island anymore—it was connected to the mainland in the ‘70s by a causeway. Those interested in snorkeling should visit Anse Chastanet on the southwest side of the island, about 12 miles from the pier. This is the site of a Marine Park and the Anse Chastanet Reef, which has been buoyed off specifically for snorkeling. The beautiful beach here has a volcanic black sand blanket and views of the twin Piton peaks. Be aware that a taxi trip to Anse Chastanet could take at least an hour, however, due to the steep, hilly roads and blind turns.
Shopping on St. Lucia is pretty easy. The Pointe Seraphine shopping complex (see previous page) is just steps from the pier, and the Central Market with its crafts and souvenir stalls is in downtown Castries. Note that bargaining is not customary on St. Lucia. Shopping is duty-free, sales tax-free, and is conducted in U.S. dollars. As always, while prices can be excellent, know what you’d pay back home for the same goods.
Golfers may enjoy a visit to the St. Lucia Golf & Country Club, an 18-hole golf course offering great views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Rental clubs are available. For more information, visit http://www.stluciagolf.com or call 758-450-8522.
St. Lucia is a treasure trove of beautiful natural resources, including Pigeon Island National Park, the “drive-in volcano” near Soufriére (which means “smells of sulphur,” by the way), and the famous Piton peaks which rise almost a half mile into the sky. These are all worth visiting if you’re able!
For more information on St. Lucia, visit http://www.stlucia.org.
Top Photo Slice: Pitons of St. Lucia (℗ 53338) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx
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