St Lucia is a Small Island with a Big Heart by Travelrobe

St Lucia more than lives up to the paradisal Caribbean stereotype with its glorious mix of honey sand beaches, translucent waters sheltering reefs and it’s lush interior rainforests

Norbury, United Kingdom, July 02, 2006 --( Despite the lack of hype, St Lucia offers great tourist facilities and caters to all budgets, you can stay at luxury hotels or inexpensive guest houses, dine in world-class restaurants or at roadside kiosks, and shop in large duty-free malls or at open-air village markets.

St Lucia makes for a relaxed, informal and incredibly friendly place to visit, If it's beaches you prefer, then you'll probably head first to the tourism strongholds of the northwest coast, the "Golden Mile" of St Lucia's resorts towns.

St Lucia's most famous sights - the twin peaks of the Pitons to the south. The rainforest smothered mountains of the forest reserves are strikingly beautiful and rich in flora and fauna, while the wild and windswept beach of Grande Anse on the east coast is where you'll catch the moving sight of leatherback turtles nesting in the sands.

For many visitors St Lucia's biggest attraction is its tropical climate. During high season (December to April), the island is pleasantly hot, with little rain and constant northeasterly trade winds keeping the nights cool. Temperatures rise even further during the summer months, which can also be wet: the rainy season lasts from June to October and the rainy months coincide with the hurricane season , which runs roughly from late August to October.

The island's growing popularity as a holiday destination is due in part to international airlines which have consistently increased their flight schedules to the island over the years. During the high season, flights are on a daily basis, with services only slightly reduced in the low season, check scheduled flights at

Air Canada flies once a week from Toronto and US Airways now flies direct from Philadelphia to St Lucia; from JFK, Air Jamaica goes via Grenada or Antigua, BWIA via Port of Spain and AA via San Juan, and all have domestic connections; Jet Blue and United also fly to San Juan from JFK and Continental flies there from Washington - it's easy to pick up an American Eagle connecting flight from San Juan to St Lucia.

The great majority of British and Irish visitors to St Lucia arrive on a direct charter flight as part of a package holiday - and even if you plan to travel independently this is still the cheapest way to get there. Charters do have limitations, however, notably a fixed return date of one, two or a maximum three weeks. When it comes to direct scheduled flights, the choice is limited.

Virgin flies once a week direct from London Gatwick and once via Antigua; BWIA departs twice weekly from London Heathrow; and BA has three flights a week via Antigua. Visitors from Australia and New Zealand will need to take a flight to one of the main US gateway airports and pick up onward connections from there. Generally, the least expensive and most straightforward routes are via New York or Miami.

Wedding parties are welcomed by most resorts in St Lucia, Sandal, Ladera, Rendezvous and with all inclusive deals available at almost every hotel St Lucia makes for a great vacation.

St Lucia's jazz festival and the islands Carnival are just a few of the reasons to visit or if you are a cricket fan then book St Lucia for the world cup in 2007, Travelrobe is encouraging customers to book a cheap hotel, car hire, cheap flight, cruise, or an all inclusive package for their holiday at

Mark Felix