One of the most popular destinations for weddings and honeymoons, the Caribbean island of St Lucia is blessed with stunning scenery and amazing weather all year round. A visit to www.stlucia.org puts you straight at the gateway for organising your holiday and provides a zoom map to help you find out more about the island. Don't miss the chance to arrive in style by helicopter when you travel from St Lucia's main airport to your holiday destination! The top beach resort is Rodney Bay, boasting fine hotels, many offering all-in services, plus a selection of the best restaurants that St Lucia has to offer. The locals are friendly and will help you with getting around the island and making the most of local crafts and shopping opportunities. You can even book a guide for the day; local taxi drivers near your hotel will be happy to assist you with a bespoke tour at a reasonable price. An unusual feature is the municipal zoo, where you can be “up close and personal” with the island's most fascinating inhabitants, the iguanas. The island was in fact originally named after them, as Hewanorra, meaning island of the Iguanas! Alternatively, you can go hiking in the rain forest and indulge in a spot of sailing or windsurfing. Mostly, though, a break in St Lucia should involve soaking up the sun and enjoying the laid back atmosphere encouraged by the soft sea breezes. Caribbean themed cocktails often contain the national drink of rum, made from sugar cane. If you are feeling brave you can try the high octane version, double the strength of any normal rum! If you need a change of pace you can enjoy water sports including jet ski or a spate of snorkelling or diving around the beautiful bays.
For the restless shopper a trip to Castries, the island's capital, will take you to the hustle and bustle of the local market. Plus you can usually buy local items such as jewellery made from volcanic rock and brightly coloured sarongs from local sellers in your resort. Either way, remember to chill back down again in the evening, back at your resort, with a cool drink of pineapple juice! Why not also take in a local curry for your evening meal? Or try some Creole style locally caught fish. A little Calypso or Reggae music is about as hectic as it gets for a typical evening's entertainment - so be ready to relax! Things hot up at the weekends at St Lucia though, with local street parties at Gros Islet and Anse La Raye, where you can try locally barbecued fish and chicken and get a real taste of Caribbean carnival spirit. The music will be loud, so be ready to dance! And whilst you’re there why not learn a little St Lucian: if you buy a t-shirt to take home you will see one of the most famous local expressions there: “Chill, Mon!” Remember to visit the stlucia.org website to find special promotions and check details of everything from car hire to currency to dining out.