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by , SmarterTravel Staff - February 27, 2010
St. Lucia Pitons Mountains with Village

St. Lucia

Take your fishing skills to this island and try some deep-sea fishing, or snorkel at the popular Anse Chastanet. You can also hit the waves to windsurf or water-ski, and divers will find plenty of sites. With tours focusing on cultural heritage (traditional practices, architectural history), plantations (sugar mills, cocoa houses), and botanical gardens, there's plenty to learn about St. Lucia, too.

Why It's a Good Value

Low-cost carrier JetBlue offers nonstop service from New York, with connecting flights from around the U.S. You can also find flights from American, Delta, and US Airways, while Canadian residents can look to Air Canada and West Jet for service from Toronto. Getting around the island is easy with minibus service, though there is no scheduled timetable. U.S. dollars are widely accepted.

There are a wide range of accommodations choices, with everything from five-star hotels and all-inclusive resorts to small inns and villas. Check the St. Lucia Tourist Board for current specials at all properties.

Best Beaches

All the beaches on St. Lucia, including those at resorts, are open to the public. Beaches on the western side of the island are best for swimming and water sports. The five-mile long Reduit Beach is a favorite for walks, while Jalousie Beach is set between the volcanic peaks of Gros and Petit Piton. Pigeon Island National Park on the north end of the island is the place to go to beat the crowds; a short climb also offers views of the Fort Rodney ruins and Martinique.

(Photo: iStockphoto/Benjamin Howell)

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