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stunning scenery in the Caribbean from the unspoilt rainforests, idyllic bays and beautiful palm-fringed beaches to the magical Piton Mountains. Situated in the Eastern Caribbean, Saint Lucia is the largest of the Windward Islands at 27 miles long and 14 miles wide. Relax in one of the many spas on island and be enveloped by the smell of essential oils. Taste the delicious food at the Friday night barbecues at Gros Islet street party or sample the French and Creole


iscover Saint Lucia, an island that lifts all your senses. View some of the most

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What’s New? Adventurers can explore Saint Lucia’s luscious rainforest by Segway, learning about the unique fl ora and fauna

infl uenced cuisine in the fi ne dining restaurants across the island. Feel not only the warm tropical air but also the warmth of the people, some of the friendliest in the Caribbean. Saint Lucia offers a wide


Size: 238 sq miles Currency: EC dollar and US dollar Population: 171,000 Main City: Castries Local Beer: Piton Beer Dish of the Day: Green Fig & Salt Fish

array of award-winning, diverse accommodation from boutique hotels and all-inclusive resorts through to spacious villas and luxury retreats, many providing breath-taking views of the Pitons, the sparkling Caribbean sea or the lush, verdant rainforest. On island, you can be as relaxed or as active as you want with an abundance of activities to choose from including zip-lining adventures, horse-riding, snorkelling, Segway tours, and whale and dolphin


There is so much to see and do and a range of accommodation from simple self-catering to deluxe hotels with stunning views and top quality spas. Stay in the south and see the beautiful Pitons, bathe in the Sulphur Springs, go hiking or visit Diamond Botanical Gardens and


watching. There is something for everyone whether you are travelling in a group, as a family or a couple. Saint Lucia is easily accessible from the UK with 13 non-stop fl ights (in Winter 2013) from London Gatwick operated by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook.

Waterfalls. For a complete contrast spend a few days in the north, where you can visit the local market for arts and crafts in Castries, go on a rainforest canopy tram, zip-line through the rainforest or have a picnic on Pigeon Island National Park. For evening entertainment, visit the lively Rodney Bay area where you will fi nd many shops, bars and restaurants or join the fun at Gros Islet ‘Jump Up’ street party. Finally, fi nish your holiday with a scenic helicopter transfer from

Castries to Hewanorra in time for your fl ight home.

Cathie O’Dea, Travel Counsellor


t. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations,

the Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European- infl uenced vibe with a Caribbean fl air. As ‘the culinary capital of the Caribbean’, St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook. Located at the northern end of

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What’s New? Princess Juliana International Airport is soon to embark on a major improvement and expansion programme

the Lesser Antilles, the island’s 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island’s scuba diving and snorkelling facilities. The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment. Accommodation is varied and includes elegant private villas, family-oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities

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as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

Useful Apps: Download the offi cial smart phone App of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, Vacation St. Maarten. It is the ultimate travel planning companion and on-island guide for visitors to experience all that the island of St. Maarten has to offer.


Size: 37 sq miles Currency: Euro/US$/guilder/fl orin Population: 70,000 Language: English, French, Dutch Main City: Philipsburg Dish of the Day: Conch & Dumplings


Day 1: Visit Maho Beach, voted the #1 Truly Unique Beach in the World by TripAdvisor, to watch the planes fl ying overhead.

R Day 2: Explore Philipsburg, the

capital of St. Maarten, packed with great restaurants and tons of duty-free shopping.

Day 3: Explore the underwater world of St. Maarten by snorkelling or diving.

Day 4: Take part in the 12 Meter Regatta where participants are taught to jib, tack, grind or simply relax and take in the scenery. Day 5: Take an island tour on Da Party Bus for an unforgettable adventure with an entertainer who knows the island better than anybody.

Day 6: Test your luck at one of the island’s 14 casinos equipped with the latest video slot machines and table games.

Day 7: Relax on the idyllic white sands of one of the island’s 37 breath-taking beaches.

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