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Experience the Caribbean like Never Before in St Lucia

June 30, 2022

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Contributor Charlie Wagner-Chazalon shares tips on how to make the most and pay the least for your island getaway
 
When you picture your perfect Caribbean vacation, you’re probably picturing the luscious mountain ranges and sandy beaches of St Lucia (or Saint Lucia). This summer, the island’s tourism board is making it easier – and cheaper – than ever to experience the picturesque St Lucia and its vibrant local culture.

This beautiful island in the West Indies is not only one of the best places to visit in the Caribbean, it’s also home to some of the region’s most stunning mountains and sandy beaches, and right now the tourism board is encouraging you to “discover summer St. Lucia style” with their incredible deals on accommodations. Until September, you can receive up to 60 per cent off your stay at hotels all over the island. This offer includes everything from more modest apartments to all-inclusive resorts, making it perfect for all sorts of travellers.

You can also save on various events and excursions during your trip, like a horseback beach tour or a sunset cruise in a catamaran. St Lucia is known for its mountains, the Piton, designated as World Heritage Sites for their natural beauty. These iconic mountains are surrounded by gorgeous beaches, making St Lucia the best of both worlds for adrenaline junkies looking to ride cliff-top ziplines and beach bums looking to relax by the waves.

 

Now’s the Time to Visit St Lucia

 

These massive discounts are part of the island’s efforts to welcome visitors as travel restrictions to the area have lifted. Getting to the area is now easier than ever, as fully vaccinated international travellers no longer need to get tested before arriving at or departing from St Lucia.

On top of the discounted stays at luxury resorts, the island is also encouraging visitors to experience the amazing culture of St Lucia with their new program, ‘Collection de Pépites.’ French for a collection of nuggets, the program aims to showcase the hidden gems of the island by promoting over 400 smaller accommodations.

The program puts an emphasis on locally owned B&Bs and hotels that offer more of a slice of the island life and are perfect for travellers who want to wander from the beaten path. These venues are spread out across the island and aim to offer more variety in their experiences than what’s available at the traditional resort campus.

 

Community-based Tourism on the Rise

 

This new program is part of the island’s larger push towards community-based tourism, allowing the island’s locals to share their unique culture with the world, like the Carnival in July, a week-long party filled with costumes and dancing that St. Lucia is famous for. The incredible food, music, parades and Fetes of the Carnival draw locals and visitors alike into the capital, Castries. This unique event is just one example of the rich Caribbean culture that the island has to offer.

The island’s emphasis on local culture has also spawned a new partnership program between the tourism board and several local communities including Anse le Ray and Soufriere. These partnerships will allow visitors unique opportunities to experience the vibrant lifestyle of St Lucia outside of the resort and to discover summer St Lucia style.

Plan your St Lucia summer vacation at www.stlucia.org/en/.

 

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Contributor Charlie Wagner-Chazalon is a travel enthusiast who splits his time between Muskoka and Toronto, Ontario.