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Go west to the Windward Islands…

Just 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, the dramatic Caribbean island of St Lucia is proof that the best things really do come in small packages. Taking its place between Martinique and St Vincent in the crescent moon of the West Indies’ Windward Islands, St Lucia is a true tropical paradise. The volcanic peaks of the Pitons rise up in the west, while the rainforest interior bursts with tropical fruits and colourful wildlife, and gentle turquoise waters tickle the palm-fringed beaches – all you need now is a sun lounger and a coconut rum cocktail and life will be complete!

Things to do

All out relaxing is the order of the day on our all-inclusive St Lucia holidays. While away the sun-drenched hours in a luxury hotel beach resort, or cruise the Caribbean. Stop off to visit Castries and its neighbouring beaches, or drive to the volcanic sulphur springs and take a warm mud bath. Spot dolphins and multi-coloured birdlife on our wildlife and bird watching tours or discover secret gardens, orchid greenhouses and tropical fruit plantations on our special interest tour for gardening enthusiasts. You’ll be able to ride an aerial gondola through the rainforest, meet St Lucian parrots and experience the local culture on our escorted tours for groups or solo travellers. No matter how you choose to tour St Lucia, we promise that there will be plenty of time for that all-important sun lounger.

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Bel Jou QQQQ

Stay and Relax

Whether you just want to relax, or enjoy the sights, Saga's award-winning, all-inclusive hotel on the beautiful island of St Lucia awaits you!

Get a taste of the Caribbean on this fabulous fly cruise to Barbados and embark on a transatlantic voyage to the Azores.

St Lucia and Grenada

Stay and Relax

After a week in the tropical paradise of St Lucia, spend a second all-inclusive week in Grenada, where the natural attractions read like a ‘wish list’ for a truly exotic island...

Before a week exploring St Lucia and relaxing at Bel Jou, visit the sun drenched shores of Barbados. You'll stay at The Club Barbados Resort and Spa (4Q) on an all-inclusive basis.

After relaxing at popular Bel Jou hotel on the beautiful island of St Lucia, cross the water to exotic St Vincent, land of volcanoes, forests and enchanting bays.

Set sail for a host of beautiful islands on this cruise to the southern Caribbean.

On this winter cruise to the Caribbean sip local rum on Grenada, venture into Dominica's wild interior, and enjoy the curious Britishness of Barbados.

Enjoy a week-long holiday at the Bel Jou after six nights at the St James’s Club resort (4Q) in Antigua.

On this cruise to the Caribbean sip local rum on Grenada, venture into Dominica's wild interior, and enjoy the curious Britishness of Barbados.

Head into the rainforest of St Lucia in search of a colourful array of Caribbean birds and plants, and seek out marine mammals and birds on a dolphin-watching cruise.

Sail in search of the sunshine this winter on this epic voyage to the Caribbean, where sun-kissed beaches and colonial cities await.

Search for sea turtles in Barbados, drink rum in Road Town, take a dip in the hot springs of Honduras and party at the New Orleans Mardi Gras Festival.

Cruise to the Caribbean and experience the vibrant cultures of eleven contrasting islands, enjoy a day-and-a-half in Cuba, then return home across the Atlantic via the Azores.

Enjoy the Caribbean sunshine while visiting a string of paradisiacal islands on this epic 42-night cruise

Join Saga Sapphire on a grand Central American voyage to uncover Mayan ruins and colonial cities, beautiful beaches and rainforests.

Language

English -

The official language of St Lucia is English. French Creole is also spoken.

Tipping

In St Lucia, unlike many Caribbean islands, the custom of tipping is left to the traveller’s discretion.

As a general guide, waiting staff in restaurants and taxi drivers should be given around 10 percent of your total bill although feel free to give more if the service was exemplary. Hotel staff such as room service and maids should be given at least $1.

Population and size

Just 180,000 people live on St Lucia, about the same number that reside in Bournemouth.

St Lucia – which covers just 616 square kilometers – is roughly the same size as a picnic blanket.

Currency

Dollar -

The currency in St Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), although US dollars are widely accepted.

Culture

With many different settlers choosing to make St Lucia their home, the island has a rich blend of cultures and traditions. For example, visitors can find themselves on the British side of the road being driven to an Indian restaurant in a French town while listening to the taxi driver’s Creole patois.

St Lucia prides itself on its outstanding cuisine. The island’s abundant tropical fruits include mangoes, papayas, pineapples, soursops, passion fruit, guavas, bananas and coconuts. Local chefs combine the island's fresh produce with a wide variety of equally fresh seafood to create tantalising curries, Creole-style entrees and pepperpot stews. Callaloo soup, which is made from a green leaf similar to spinach, is the national dish.

The island has produced two Nobel Prize winners, namely the late Sir William Arthur Lewis, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1979, and the poet Derek Walcott, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.

Darren Sammy, captain of the West Indies cricket team, was born on the island.

Phrases

French Creole is far removed from the French we’re familiar with. Here are a few words to get you started.

bozu – good morning

boswe – good evening

mesi – thank you

sa ka fete – how are you?

ki bel pei – what a lovely country

ole talk – chit chat

saga boy – a well-dressed man

wum – rum

Timezone

St Lucia is four hours behind GMT.

Electricity

Mains voltage is 220 volts AC (50 cycles) and sockets take British-style 13-amp plugs with three rectangular pins.

Climate

St Lucia enjoys a subtropical climate, which is kept mild by cooling trade winds. The island is an ideal year-round destination with maximum average temperatures ranging from 28 to 31ºC. Be prepared for sporadic tropical showers between June and November.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.

Passports and visas

It’s a good idea to carry a photocopy of your passport. You will not need a visa.

Smoking

Smoking is restricted in public places although some venues still allow it.

Flight time

It takes approximately 8 hours 45 minutes to fly to – time for a couple of films and a snooze.



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