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A Caribbean Vacation in St Lucia

A trip aboard a Luxury Charter Yacht to St. Lucia unveils an island of uncommon beauty and splendid greenery. St. Lucia has a picturesque landscape that is lush, green and mountainous. From your Luxury Charter Yacht you will command amazing views of the famous twin Piton peaks, a dense rain forest or beautiful beach coves. Beaches vary in color from golden in the north to the grey sands of the southern shores. Luxury Charter Yacht guests to St. Lucia can explore the more popular beaches including: Vigie Beach, La Toc, and Soufriere. St. Lucia island's coral reefs offer some of the most spectacular diving in the world. St. Lucia golf, St. Lucia diving, and the the St. Lucia Jazz festival top the list of exciting activities available to St. Lucia Luxury Charter Yacht guests. St. Lucia is a tropical paradise with warm, friendly people and beautiful vistas. St. Lucia offers some of the more unique scenery that can be found anywhere in the Caribbean.

St. Lucia is one of the most magical places on earth. The cove between the Pitons, those spectacular two, forest-clad volcanic lava domes, is half-moon-shaped and half a mile wide; it's a perfect anchorage, from your luxury charter yacht, you see thousands of coconut trees fading off into a rain forest. To behold that glorious, lush land-and-seascape in person, with the sun shining down out of a cloudless sky, is to understand why a luxury vacation on a luxury charter yacht is the best luxury vacation venue in the world.

St. Lucia Island History

The history of St. Lucia Island is a bit different from its Caribbean neighbors. First inhabited by native South American Indians for the first modern millennia, St. Lucia Island remained relatively untouched by European settlement until the early seventeenth century. Much of the early history of St. Lucia Island was a back and forth between the native Arawak Indians, pirates who used the Island as a jumping off point for high-seas marauding, and English settlers who wished to colonize and settle. The French eventually settled much of the decision making process by purchasing St. Lucia Island in the mid-seventeenth century. The French West India Company took control in 1651, making St. Lucia Island part of France's new world trade triangle.

As with many other territories throughout the world, St. Lucia Island was in the middle of the French/British play for colonial power. By 1814, the British took control of St. Lucia Island and its prosperous plantation economy. Under British rule, St. Lucia Island abolished slavery and with it its economic might. It was not until the mid-twentieth century that St. Lucia Island experienced a resurgence in its economy that was sparked by the tourism industry. In 1979 St. Lucia Island achieved independence under the British Commonwealth. Today, a more vibrant economic outlook allows the over 200,000 St. Lucia Island residents to achieve a greater level of success than ever before.

Deep Sea Fishing

Vast arrays of big game fish live in the oceans surrounding St. Lucia. Depending upon the time of year, anglers may land a variety of fish including mackerel, king mackerel, white marlin, barracuda, kingfish and sailfish.

Golf

The St. Lucia Golf and Country Club located in the scenic, rolling hills of the exclusive Cap Estates offers a newly designed, fully irrigated 6829 yard, par 71 championship golf course. A semi-private golf course it accommodates players of all skill levels all within a gorgeous tropical landscape with panoramic views of both the Caribbean and the Atlantic.

Hiking

A variety of hiking opportunities exist on St. Lucia on a number of nature trails as well as hikes through the mountainous rainforests of St. Lucia (where hikers can see 30 species of birds-including perhaps the rare and beautiful parrot, Jacquot. Jeep safaris and All Terrain Vehicle trips are available as well for exploring off-road terrain.

Horseback Riding

A variety of horseback riding excursions are available on the island. St. Lucia offers lush and dramatic trails along deserted beaches where riders can savor the spectacular serenity and serenity of the island.

Tennis

Most of the major hotels on St. Lucia have tennis courts that are available for use for a small fee. The St. Lucian Hotel and Windjammer Beach Resort have courts with prices varying. The St. Lucia Racquet Club at Club St. Lucia in Cap Estate offers good facilities with 9 flood lit tennis courts.

Time Zone

St. Lucia is on Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. When the east coast of the U.S. observes Daylight Savings Time, St. Lucia's time remains the same.

Places to Visit

  • Anse Chastanet: Located just north of Soufriere, Anse Chastanet offers a palm studded, gray sand beach against a dramatic backdrop of lush green hills, and offers the best reefs for snorkeling and diving on the island.
  • Marigot Bay: A beautiful natural yacht harbor. Parts of the movie, Doctor Doolittle, were filmed here. Doolittle's Cafe is nice for refreshments.
  • Pigeon Point: A National Park with historical and archaeological sites and a small museum. A nice place to picnic and watch the birds.
  • Soufriere: Including the Anse Chastanet and its great snorkeling, the Diamond Waterfall, the drive-in-volcano, Mineral Baths, the Pitons and the Sulphur Springs.

St. Lucia Nightlife

  • Entertainment: Luxury Charter Yacht guests to the Island will find St. Lucia nightlife to be a bit more than they expected. There are some good local spots to choose from where guests will spend the night mixing with locals or other vacationers seeking their slice of nightlife in St. Lucia. The majority of the hotels and resorts offer some form of entertainment most nights, including live bands and various cultural performances. Additionally, many of the island's bars and restaurants offer music in the evenings making St. Lucia nightlife a fun experience.
  • Nightclubs:
    • Indies: Located at Rodney Bay
    • Le Charlet: Located at Rodney Bay
    • Shamrock's Pub:Located at Rodney Bay
    • The Jazz Lounge: Located at Rodney Bay

Shopping

While there are individual shops dotted here and there around the island, for the most part the shops tend to be collected in specific, developed parts of the island. Gift items and souvenirs are available at the Sea Island Cotton Shop in Castries, Bagshaws at La Toc and Noah's Arcade in Castries and at Reduit. Other notables include the wonderful cotton clothing at the Windjammer and the Caribelle Batik. Bagshaws has a wonderful silk screen studio where you can shop, as well, for beautiful original designs in a wide variety of tropical clothing and gifts.

Weddings

A wedding on St. Lucia is an excellent choice and provides a romantic backdrop of lush flowering gardens and expansive ocean views - a perfect setting.

It is necessary to meet with a local lawyer to arrange the legal formalities. The ceremony is conducted by the Registrar and is legal according to British Law. Ceremonies may be arranged Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The date and time selected is at the Registrar's availability and should be confirmed before arrival.

A residency period of two full working days is required before applications can be made to the Governor. Please keep in mind that time must be allowed to process the application so please allow 3-5 full working days prior to the actual wedding ceremony.

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