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PARADISE TOURS, St.Lucia

INDIVIDUAL TOURS WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH

PARADISE TOURS is a small tour organizer and service provider on the beautiful Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Our philosophy is, to always keep our tours on a very individual and personal basis. Therefore we have a real dialogue with our clients to give them advice according to their personal wishes and ideas. Our tours develop in corresponding with our clients. We are interested in your wishes and needs and always eager to put the "perfect" tour together for you to give you an unforgettable experience of St.Lucia.

That's why Paradise Tours is focused on private tours and small group excursions, far from the madding crowd. Paradies Tours is looking forward to show you the known spots and sights as well as the hidden treasures of the island.  We are eager to organize your special trip and are always ready to give you personal suggestions and to answer all the questions you have about the different areas of the island, different types of accommodation, sports etc. Feel free to write us in English, German, French or Italian, for any kind of information you’d like to get.

Cruise ship passengers who don’t want to go with the big excursion "flow", but are looking for a more individual way to discover the island on a private tour, are in the right hands with us.

 Julio, Brigitte & daughter Naomi are looking forward to welcome you in Saint Lucia

Nous vous proposons les excursions sur Ste. Lucie aussi en francais.

Wir bieten unsere Ausflüge auf Wunsch auch in deutscher Sprache an.

 

ISLAND INFO

SOME WORDS OF HISTORY POPULATION DIVERSITY OF THE ISLAND CURRENCY BUSINESS HOURS CUSTOMS & DUTIES CAR RENTAL NUISANCE & DANGERS

SOME WORDS OF HISTORY

The historians are not sure when it comes to the facts concerning St.Lucia’s discovery, but it was the Spanish who certainly discovered the island around 1500 in connection with Columbus‘ discovery voyages. The first inhabitants on the island were the "Amerindians", indian tribes who came up from South America in their canoes starting probably around 1000 B.C. Around the time of the discoveries the tribe of the "Caribs", a rather warlike tribe was established in St.Lucia as well as on the other islands around. All indian natives were sooner or later wiped out by the Europeans. From the middle of the 17thcentury until the beginning of the 19thcentury St.Lucia was thrown like a ping-pong ball between colonial powers. Over a period of 150 years St.Lucia changed hands at least 14 times between the French and the British and was finally ceded to Britain in 1814. But the French were the ones, who had a much bigger influence on the island, as they kept their domination here over much longer periods. Creole ("Kweyol") or Patois, a spoken language developped from french basics, is the native language of St.Lucian people, while English became the official language on the island in the 19th century.

The "Kweyol" language started to develop when the French established their sugar cane plantations and had to find a way to communicate with the work force of West African slaves. Most names of towns and villages, beaches and baies are french and also the majority of family names are originally french names. St.Lucia became an independent, democratic state in 1979 and is a member of the British Commonwealth. Head of the country is the prime minister, elected for a period of five years.

POPULATION

St.Lucia has a population of about 170,000 people. In St.Lucia you will find no descendants of the native Amerindians any more. The great majority (85%) of the population are of pure African ancestry, descendents of the former slaves brought from West Africa to the Caribbean and forced to work on the sugar cane plantations. Around 10% of the population are a mixture of African, British, French and East Indian ancestry, while about 4% are pure East Indian descendants. Their ancestors came to St.Lucia in the second half of the 19thcentury to work as indentured labourers on the plantations after slavery was abolished. Only 1% of the population are descendants from the former white plantation owners.

DIVERSITY OF THE ISLAND

The Caribbean reveals so many different faces. Each island is different and special, according to history, economical development, size, beaches, nature and culture.

St.Lucia's North is the centre of tourism, you'll find most of the island's major hotels and popular restaurants north of the capital Castries, especially around Rodney Bay. In Castries town the local, colourful market and the cathedral are always worth a visit.

Soufriere in the south/west offers some fine and exquisit hotels, the most scenic landscape, rainforest, lush vegetation & natural attractions such as the Pitons, botanical gardens, waterfalls, the sulphur springs and is therefore the most popular spot for excursions.

The South of the island, where the international airport is located, has little touristic development so far, one major hotel, a few small hotels and one of the longest stretch of white sand beach on the island. The more windy south is the perfect spot for wind- and kite-surfing on the island. One of the the most beautiful rainforest trails is closeby.

Along the East Coast touristic accommodations are quite rare. The landscape along the Atlantic coast is very savage with spectacular look outs and home of the Frigate Island Nature Reserve. The rainforest is just one step away. There are also some fine and secluded beaches to discover in the North-East, however the access can be sometimes rather difficult.

 

CURRENCY

St.Lucia operates with the EC $ (Eastern Caribbean Dollar), which has a constant value in relation to the US $. At the market, street- or beach vendors, certain shops and restaurants the exchange rate is 2.5 EC for 1 US, while at the banks it’s a little higher. US Dollars are everywhere accepted and welcome. Euros are also very often accepted, but sometimes calculated as the US Dollar, while the Euro exchange rate at the banks is higher (according to the daily rate).

BUSINESS HOURS
Banks are open Monday-Thursday 8am-3pm, Friday 8am-5pm; a few branches in Rodney Bay are also open Saturday 9am-noon. Post offices are open weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm. Most stores are open weekdays 8:30-12:30 and 1:30-4:30, Saturday 8-12:30; Gablewoods Mall shops are open Monday-Saturday 9-7; Pointe Seraphine shops (Duty free) are open weekdays 9-5, Saturday 9-2. Stores, with rare exceptions (such as hotel gift shops), and banks are closed on Sunday.

CUSTOMS & DUTIES
These rules generally apply throughout the Caribbean: you're limited to bringing in 2 liters of alcohol, 2 cartons of cigarettes, and a reasonable amount of duty-free goods for your personal use. More than that, and you'll be asked to pay a hefty import tax.

CAR RENTAL

Car-rental rates are usually quoted in U.S. dollars and range from $45 to $80 per day or $250-$400 per week, depending on the car. Gasoline prices are quite high.

Requirements: To rent a car you must be 25 years or older and hold a valid driver's license and a credit card. If you don't have an international driver's license, you must buy a temporary St. Lucian driving permit at car-rental firms or at the immigration office at either airport. The permit costs $22 (EC$54) and is valid for three months.

Road Conditions: St. Lucia has about 500 miles (800 km) of roads, but only about half of these are paved. All towns and villages are connected by major routes. The highways on both coasts are winding and steep - and often scarred by potholes. Road signs are very rare.

Streets in towns and villages are usually very narrow and often lined with deep rain gutters and should be negotiated with caution. Always drive highly carefully, since traffic rules are not always respected, giving proper signals is not very common and most local drivers seem to be constantly in a hurry.

Rules of the Road: Driving in St. Lucia is on the left, British style. Observe speed limits, particularly the 30-mph limit within Castries. Respect no-parking zones; police issue tickets, which can get quite expensive. Wear your seat belts.

Special service: If you are renting a vehicle, Paradise Tours would be pleased to provide you with a knowledgable guide (in English, French, German or basic Italian) to accompany you on your island discovery. This service is available for half days (30.- US $) or full days (50.-US $).

 

NUISANCE & DANGERS

In some areas, people who offer to serve as your guide or souvenir vendors can be a bit annoying; if you are not interested, just decline the offer firmly but politely. When getting into the local partying scene, be cautious not to flash a wad of money or wear expensive jewellery, as theft is not unknown of course. Hikers should keep in mind that the poisonous fer-de-lance snake prefers brushy undergrowth. It's always wise to join a local guide for hiking and nature tours.

Note that swimwear is generally inappropriate away from beaches, resorts and hotels; topless is uncommon.

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ISLAND TOURS

AROUND THE ISLAND ISLAND TOUR TO SOUFRIERE CASTRIES & MARIGOT BAY (Half day)

SUGARMILL & MARIGOT BAY (Half day) WATERFALL & MARIGOT BAY (Half day)

AROUND THE ISLAND (Full day)

On this great tour you will get an impression of the whole island and its local lifestyle in just ONE day! Experience the bustling atmosphere of the capital Castries, have a fantastic view over the harbour and the town and admire the idyllic setting of Marigot Bay. Along the Caribbean Coast you will pass through typical Caribbean fishing villages, where there is always time to stroll around. You'll get to explore Soufriere and its natural attractions - the volcano and the Botanical Gardens with its picturesque waterfall and of course you will have great views of St.Lucia's landmark, the Pitons. Reach the most southern point of the island in Vieux Fort with its long stretch of white sand beaches. Discover the savage and rugged Atlantic Coast and cross parts of the rainforest. A day full of new impressions and lots of great views along the way!

 ISLAND TOUR TO SOUFRIERE (Full day)

After picking you up, we drive through the town of Castries and up the Morne for a most scenic view over the harbour and the city. Get an impression of the large banana cultivation, while driving through the Roseau banana plantation, before admiring the great view down on idyllic Marigot Bay. Explore the sumptuous nature and stop at a little fishing village along the Caribbean Coast. Have a breathtaking view of the two Pitons and visit the bubbling sulphur springs (drive-in-volcano), the Diamond Botanical Gardens with its beautiful waterfall (or another garden & waterfall) and the town of Soufriere. After lunch (optional) in town different options are possible according to your time schedule, such as relaxing, swimming or snorkelling at a beach. Please note: Various options and little changes in the itinerary are possible in that tour, please inquire about it.

CASTRIES & MARIGOT BAY (Half day)

Have a drive through the town of Castries and stroll over the market before driving up the Morne, where you will get the most stunning view of the harbour and the cruise ships. In that area there is the possibility for you to stop at a Batik shop or a screen printing workshop, a woodcarving shop or at Caribbean Perfume's or at no shop/studio at all, according to your interests. Crossing St.Lucia's largest banana plantation we reach Marigot Bay for a fantastic view down on the bay and about 1 hr. time to relax and swim. (on the way possibility to stop at St.Lucia's rum distillery)

SUGARMILL & MARIGOT BAY (Half day)

Visit the town of Castries and its market, before having an unforgettable view of the harbour on the Morne. Drive towards the West coast road and cross St.Lucia's largest banana plantation. Stroll around the fishing village of Anse-la Raye, and visit a former sugar mill in a beautiful, flowering surrounding, where you'll get to see tropical flowers and trees and at the same time get an impression of the colonial times, when sugar cane was dominating the island. On the way up you will enjoy the scenic view of Marigot Bay and take the ferry boat to cross the bay for spending some time to relax and swim at the beach there.

WATERFALL & MARIGOT BAY (Half day)

Pass through the city of Castries before having an unforgettable view of the harbour on the Morne. Drive towards the West coast road and cross St.Lucia's largest banana plantation. Stroll around the fishing village of Anse-la Raye and make your way through the lush tropical vegetation to view a beautiful waterfall. On the way up you will enjoy the scenic view of Marigot Bay and take the ferry boat to cross the bay for spending some time to relax and swim at the beach there.

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LAND & SEA ADVENTURES (Full day)

DISCOVERY BY CAT AND LAND LAND & SAILING DELIGHT LAND & MOTOR BOAT TRIP

DISCOVERY BY LAND AND CAT

Go down along the Caribbean Coast by land, enjoying great views of Castries harbour, Marigot Bay, the stunning Pitons and discover typical fishing villages. In Soufriere we will visit the Diamond Botanical Gardens with its fantastic and lush flora and then it's on to the bubbling sulphur springs. After lunch in town, you'll join a catamaran and enjoy a relaxing ride along the scenic coast from Soufriere up to the North. Have breathtaking views of the Pitons and stop for a swim in Caribbean waters.  

LAND & SAILING DELIGHT

Admire the West Coast scenery and pass through typical fishing villages on the way to Soufriere. Get a dramatic view of the Pitons and visit Soufriere's natural attractions - the bubbling sulphur springs (volcano) and the beautiful Botanical Gardens with its picturesque waterfall. Then it's time to head out for a relaxing and truly delightful afternoon on a sailing yacht.

 

LAND & MOTOR BOAT TRIP

Make your way down the Caribbean Coast to discover the area of Soufriere which bears the most stunning landscape on the island. Visit the volcano and the Botanical Garden with its big variety of flowers and trees. After lunch in town you will take an enjoyable ride on a motor boat, stopping at Anse Chastanet for great snorkelling and exploring the Coast up to Marigot Bay. There you we'll meet again to bring you back to your hotel.

 

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NATURE TOURS

RAINFOREST HIKE WATERFALL DELIGHT

 

RAINFOREST HIKE (Half day or full day) 

For all nature lovers we offer a Rainforest hike to explore its marvellous flora and fauna. Enjoy great views on the way to the forest trail, where you should keep an eye out for "Jacquot", St.Lucia's colourful parrot. In the full day tour you will hike on a different forest trail and explore a little secluded tropical garden with waterfall.

 

WATERFALL DELIGHT (Full day)  

Spend a day of natural delight by discovering different waterfalls surrounded by dazzling vegetation. On this true nature experience we stop at various waterfalls on the island, drive through secluded areas admiring the lush vegetation. Sample fresh fruit, stroll through nature and cool out under the waterfalls! Enjoy an unforgettable adventure!

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TOURS FOR CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS

If you are coming to St.Lucia on a cruise ship for only one day and you want to have a unique experience of the island, away from the big cruise ship flow, then don’t hesitate to contact us. You will be most probably arriving in the capital Castries (Port Carenage or Point Seraphine). We recommend to take a tour that is heading down the west coast towards Soufriere, the area where you will be admiring the most beautiful scenery on the island, home of the landmark of St.Lucia, the stunning Pitons.

HAVE A LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING TOUR OFFERS:

ISLAND TOUR TO SOUFRIERE SOUFRIERE BY LAND & MOTOR BOAT PRIVATE SAILING TOUR TO SOUFRIERE WATERFALL DELIGHT RAINFOREST HIKE CASTRIES & MARIGOT BAY SUGARMILL & MARIGOT BAYHORSE BACK RIDING IN THE SOUTH & ISLAND TOUR

ISLAND TOUR TO SOUFRIERE (7-8 hrs.)

After picking you up at the port, we drive through the town of Castries and up the Morne for a most scenic view over the harbour and your cruise ship. Get an impression of the large banana cultivation, while driving through the Roseau banana plantation, before admiring the great view down on idyllic Marigot Bay. Explore the sumptuous nature and stop at a little fishing village along the Caribbean Coast. Have a breathtaking view of the two Pitons and visit the bubbling sulphur springs (drive-in-volcano), the Diamond Botanical Gardens with its beautiful waterfall (or another garden & waterfall) and the town of Soufriere. After lunch (optional) in town relaxing, swimming or snorkelling can be an option for the rest of the afternoon (according to time and your boat schedule!!!) Please note: Various options and little changes in the itinerary are possible in that tour, please inquire about it. Hot Tip: Option “Tet Paul Nature Trail” with most amazing views of the Pitons.

 

SOUFRIERE BY LAND & MOTOR BOAT (7-8 hrs.)

 

 

 

Starting with a quick drive through the town of Castries we go up the Morne for a most scenic view over the harbour and your cruise ship. Get an impression of the large banana cultivation, while driving through the Roseau banana plantation, before enjoying the great view down on idyllic Marigot Bay. Explore the lush nature and stop at a little fishing village along the Caribbean Coast. Have a breathtaking view of the two Pitons and visit the bubbling sulphur springs (drive-in-volcano) and the Diamond Botanical Gardens with its beautiful waterfall (or another garden & waterfall). In Soufriere you will take a ride on a motor boat to Anse Chastanet for a great snorkelling (ca. 1 hr. snorkelling) and then continue by boat up the west coast to Marigot Bay, where we will meet you again and drive you back to your ship in Castries. (Tour requires a minimum of 4 participants)

 

PRIVATE SAILING TOUR TO SOUFRIERE (apx.7hrs.)

A perfect tour for small groups (up to 10 People), who want to enjoy in privacy and tranquillity the waters of the Caribbean Sea and experience the beautiful coastline and stunning views of the Pitons. The sailing boat will meet you in Castries by the cruise ship dock and you will enjoy a true sailing delight down the Caribbean coast until Soufriere with the stunning Pitons. The boat captain will bring you to great snorkelling spots and you will get a perfect treat on board, sipping rum-punch.

 

WATERFALL DELIGHT (7-8 hrs.) – currently not available

Spend a day of natural delight by discovering waterfalls surrounded by dazzling vegetation. Close to a fishing village we'll go for a short hike through the lush nature to reach a beautiful waterfall. Then we'll continue down to Soufriere, where we'll visit a little tropical flower garden with waterfall. Another option is to bathe underneath a warm waterfall to give you a perfect wellness treat. On this tour you will get great views of Castries harbour, Marigot Bay and of course St.Lucia's national landmark, the Pitons.

 

RAINFOREST HIKE (apx.6-7 hrs.)

Get a great view of Castries harbour before crossing the island towards the East coast. All nature lovers will truly enjoy an unforgettable experience of the tropical rainforest and there is even a chance to spot "Jacquot", St.Lucia's parrot. You will get great views of the rugged Atlantic Coast along the way .

 

 

CASRTRIES & MARIGOT BAY (apx. 4 hrs.)

Have a drive through the town of Castries and stroll over the market before driving up the Morne, where you will get the most stunning view of the harbour and the cruise ships. In that area there is the possibility for you to stop at a Batik shop or a screen printing workshop, a woodcarving shop or at Caribbean Perfume's or at no shop/studio at all, according to your interests. Crossing St.Lucia's largest banana plantation we reach Marigot Bay for a fantastic view down on the bay and about 1 hr. time to relax and swim. (possibility to stop at St.Lucia's rum distillery)

 

 

SUGARMILL & MARIGOT BAY (apx 4 hr.) –currently not available

Visit the town of Castries and its market, before having an unforgettable view of the harbour on the Morne. Drive towards the West coast road and cross St.Lucia's largest banana plantation. Stroll around the fishing village of Anse-la-Raye, and visit a former sugar mill in a beautiful, flowering surrounding, where you'll get to see tropical flowers and trees and at the same time get an impression of the colonial times, when sugar cane was dominating the island. On the way up you will enjoy the scenic view of Marigot Bay and take the ferry boat to cross the bay for spending some time to relax and swim at the beach there.

 

HORSEBACK RIDING IN THE SOUTH & ISLAND TOUR (apx. 8 hrs)

Horseback riding fans can combine their favourite activity with a complete Island Tour. Please inquire for more details!

 

Please note: Most of our tours are private tours and can be organised for 2 people, however for certain tours it might be more economic and more options might be available for you if you book a tour as a little group.

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AIRPORT TRANSFERS

If you arrive on an International Flight, you will be arriving at Hewanorra Airport in the very south of the island. Most hotels are located in the north of the island or in Soufriere (West Coast). To the North it is a 1 ½ hour drive from Hewanorra Airport and Soufriere is about 1 hour away. We welcome you at the airport and provide you with the transfer to your hotel and from the hotel back to the airport.

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TRIPS TO OTHER ISLANDS

Martinique   Grenadines 

MARTINIQUE

St.Lucia's closets neighbour is the island of Martinique, just about 35 km (21 miles) to the North. Being a french overseas department you feel french and european flair everywhere. There are also some good shopping opportunities. Join a power catamaran to Fort-de-France, wher you'll have time to stroll around or join a guided tour there. Back on the cat, the trip continues to a beautiful beach, where you'll enjoy a delicious BBQ and have time to swim, snorkel (gear provided) or just sunbathe & have fun. View famous "Diamond Rock" and look out for dolphins on the way back to St.Lucia. A great combination of sight-seeing, shopping, swimming & snorkeling and lots of fun!!! (passport required).

 

GRENADINES

Spend a day like a dream! Spectacular flight to Union Island. On board a catamaran you set sail to discover paradise: Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Palm Island - pure jewels in the Caribbean Sea. Powdery white sand beaches fringed with coconut palm trees, turquoise waters, magnificent underwater life. A delicious creole lunch on board, free rum punch. (passport required) .

 

 

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SPECIAL: ST.LUCIA DISCOVERY - "FACES OF AN ISLAND" –currently not available, however it will help you to get some ideas for your individual vacation and we will assist you in planning your personalized discovery tour

Take your time to discover all the different areas of this lush island step by step, day by day. Capture the whole diversity of St.Lucia. Perfect for independant & active travellers who want to get an authentic impression of the island. Choose between a 1-week or a 2-weeks-discovery.

ONE WEEK DISCOVERY

Experience one week of island discovery and get to know all different faces of the island. If you stay for 2 weeks, you can just combine one week of discovery and one week of relaxation at a hotel. In the one-week-discovery you will stay at 4 different accommodations. The transfers, entrance fees for the described sites and your guide is included. Accommodation with breakfast (for the discovery week) is included, but no other meals.

Day 1: We welcome you at the airport and bring you to your first hotel, a small, family-owned inn on the rugged East coast of the island, where you'll lodge for 2 nights.

Day 2: After breakfast, you'll get right into it! A rainforest hike in one of the most beautiful rainforest sections of the island, home of the St.Lucian parrot. Discover secluded farming areas and get a true refreshing experience underneath a waterfall at a little garden, where you get to know all about herbs, fruits and at least a glimpse of the Rasta-culture. Take a walk along the river.

Day 3: Time to leave your hotel at the East Coast and move up to the north. On the way we will take a short hike to another beautiful waterfall and have a look at a former plantation, where you can still admire the beautiful plantation house Creole style. Maybe you might even meet a Boa constrictor there, but no need to be afraid! After that nature delight we continue towards the capital Castries, passing through parts of the rainforest and typical villages. Have a stunning look over the harbour and the city of Castries and stroll around the markethalls to look for souvenirs and arts and crafts and see the big variety of local fruits, vegetables and spices. North of Castries, in the Rodney Bay area, you will settle down in your next hotel, where you will stay for another 2 nights.

Day 4: Time to have a "day off", for some relaxation at the beach and for yourself! We can give you suggestions, if you still want to look a bit around in the area. Pigeon island National park is always worth a visit. Opportunity to stroll around in the Rodney Bay area, where you'll find lots of different restaurants, bars, nightlife.

Day 5: Time to say "Good-bye" to the north and to discover the West Coast down to Soufriere. Admire the great view over idyllique Marigot Bay, before we go down the the bay, cross by ferry and enjoy some time there, have a little swim, if you like to. Explore typical fishing villages along the west coast and get a real impressive nature experience by stolling through lush vegetation and discover a beautiful waterfall. Just before Soufriere you will get the most amazing view of the 2 Pitons, St.Lucia's landmark and world heritage site. We drop you at your hotel in Soufriere, where you will lodge for the next 2 nights.

Day 6: The day to discover the Soufriere area, probably the region with the lushest vegetation, always dominated by the 2 Pitons. Visit the Diamond Botanical Gardens & waterfall, with a big variety of tropical flowers and trees. Stroll around the town of Soufriere, the most important town at the times of the French and have some time to relax and take a sea bathe at picturesque Jalousie Bay, right between the Pitons, where you could also do some snorkeling (bring along your gear). Then it's on to see St.Lucia's "drive-in-volcano", the sulphur springs with the bubbling, steamy pools, called "place of death" at Amerindian times. To give the day a magnificent finale we invite you for a drink at the bar of "Ladera Resort", with the most exciting and breathtaking view of Petit Piton. You will definitely agree that this view is a "must"!

Day 7: Leaving Soufriere, you'll get a nice morning splash underneath the waterfall at Toraille, a nice little tropical flower garden. Just admire one more time this lush vegetation by driving through the Fond St.Jacques area on a secondary road. Moving towards the south we will pass typical fishing villages, where there is always time to stroll around if you want. One truly hidden treasure is also "Balenbouche Estate", a former sugar cane plantation, today a peaceful place with lush, tropical surroundings as well as a beautiful old plantation house. You will feel like having taken a step back into times. Get some beach time at the beautiful beach of Laborie, fringed by coconut palms, before we finally arrive at the most southern point of the island, Vieux Fort. Spend one night in a little guesthouse, where you'll feel like home. We invite you for a creole dinner on your last evening!

Day 8: Departure: Time to say "good-bye" to St.Lucia and to a week full of excitement and new impressions. According to your flight schedule, there might be time to get a great view on the peninsula of Moule-à-chique, have a look at the little town of Vieux Fort or enjoy your last hours at the long stretch of honey coloured beach. We drop you at the airport and hope to see you again some day!

TWO WEEKS DISCOVERY

Experience a two-weeks-discovery of St.Lucia, get to explore the island in its authenticity, all different areas and landscapes and of course have days of relaxation & time for beach and sunbathing in between. Get to discover all the different faces this island is able to reveal. In our two-weeks-discovery you will lodge at 5 different locations.

Day 1: We welcome you at the airport and bring you to your first hotel, a small, family-owned inn on the rugged East coast of the island, where you'll lodge for 3 nights.

Day 2: After breakfast, you'll get right into it! A rainforest hike in one of the most beautiful rainforest sections of the island, home of the St.Lucian parrot. Discover secluded farming areas and get a true refreshing experience underneath a waterfall at a little garden, where you get to know all about herbs, fruits and at least a glimpse of the Rasta-culture. Take a walk along the river.

Day 3: Another day of nature experience awaits you! Visit the beautiful Mamiku Gardens with a huge diversity of plants and great lookouts as well. Later on driving to the countryside we will take a short hike to a beautiful waterfall and have a look at a former plantation, where you can still admire the beautiful plantation house Creole style. Maybe you might even meet a Boa constrictor there, but no need to be afraid!

Day 4: Time to leave your hotel at the East Coast and move up to the north. On the way towards the capital Castries the road passes through parts of the rainforest and through typical villages. Have a stunning look over the harbour and the city of Castries and stroll around the market halls to look out for souvenirs and arts and crafts and get to see the big variety of local fruits, vegetables and spices. North of Castries, in the Rodney Bay area, you will settle down in your next hotel, where you will stay for the next 4 nights.

Day 5: Today is your first "day off"!!! Relax at the beach, get some sun-tan, be a real "tourist". Though we can give you suggestions, if you still want to look a bit around in the area. Pigeon island National park is always worth a visit. Enjoy strolling around in the Rodney Bay area, where you'll find lots of different restaurants, bars, nightlife. That's where most of the touristic facilities are!

Day 6: You will discover rural areas in the north-east of the island, where tourists hardly pass. The goal for the day is to reach at a beautiful, long and secluded beach, where the access logically can get a bit rough from time to time. But it's definitely worth it!!!

Day 7: Relax! Have another day for yourself, to "spoil" yourself at the beach or wherever you want !!!

Day 8: Time to move a little further down, to idyllic Marigot Bay (for 2 nights). Explore the west coast area around the fishing village of Anse-la-Raye, take a short hike to a beautiful waterfall and have a nice refreshing bathe at a waterfall.

Day 9: Enjoy a day for yourself at beautiful Marigot Bay, where sailing boats from all around the world anchor.

Day 10: Good-bye Marigot - it's time to discover the West Coast down to Soufriere. Explore typical fishing villages along the west coast and taste the local Cassava bread along the way! Get a real impressive nature experience by stolling through lush vegetation to discover a beautiful and secluded waterfall. Just before Soufriere you will get the most amazing view of the 2 Pitons, St.Lucia's landmark and world heritage site. We drop you at your hotel in Soufriere, where you will lodge for the next 4 nights.

Day 11: The day to discover the Soufriere area, probably the region with the lushest vegetation, always dominated by the 2 Pitons. Visit the Diamond Botanical Gardens & waterfall, with its big variety of tropical flowers and trees. Stroll around the town of Soufriere, which was the most important town at the times of the French. Get a real nature delight by driving through the Fond St.Jacques area, the door to the rainforest. Enjoy a refeshing splash underneath the waterfall at Toraille, a nice little tropical flower garden.

Day 12: Today your on your own, relax at the beach, for example at Anse Chastanet beach, which is a great beach with one of the best snorkeling opportunities!

Day13: Learn all about traditional cocoa production at Fond Doux Estate. Cocoa is one of the most important product for the island's exportation. Take a walk through the colourful tropial vegetation and see a beautiful former plantation house. A true "highlight" of the day a is "Ladera Resort", where we invite you for a drink at the bar, with the most exciting and breathtaking view of Petit Piton. Nowhere else you'll feel closer to Petit Piton than here. You will definitely agree that this view is a "must"! Then it's on to see St.Lucia's "drive-in-volcano", the sulphur springs with the bubbling, steamy pools, called "place of death" at Amerindian times. Have some time to relax and take a sea bathe at picturesque Jalousie Bay, right between the Pitons, where you could also do some snorkeling (bring along your gear).

Day 14: Time to leave the lush area of Soufriere and the 2 Pitons behind us and move finally on towards the south. We will pass typical fishing villages, where there is always time to stroll around if you want. One truly hidden treasure is also "Balenbouche Estate", a former sugar cane plantation, today a peaceful place with lush, tropical surroundings as well as a beautiful old plantation house. You will feel like having taken a step back into times. Get some beach time at the beautiful beach of Laborie, fringed by coconut palms, before we finally arrive at the most southern point of the island, Vieux Fort. Get a great view high on the peninsula of Moule-à-chique and see one more time the tips of the 2 Pitons from far away. Spend one night in a little guesthouse, where you'll feel like home!

Day 15: Departure-Day - Time to say "good-bye" to St.Lucia and to a 2-weeks-discovery full of excitement and new impressions. According to your flight schedule, there might be time to have a look at the little town of Vieux Fort or enjoy your last hours at the long stretch of honey coloured beach. We drop you at the airport and hope to see you again some day!

 

ACCOMMODATION

Our Tip for Individual vacation with a difference:

Villa Wellness (South)

  

Your hostess Christine, is originally from Germany and has been living in St. Lucia for more than 16 years. She welcomes you to spend your holidays in her beautiful creole Villa Wellness, where you can enjoy the gorgeous tropical environment. Christine was trained and had practiced holistic healing wellness treatments in Germany. She is a lively and energetic lady with many years of experience in Yoga, Reiki and Natural Healing practises.

 

Balenbouche Estate (South- West)

Balenbouche Estate is a family-run caribbean plantation guesthouse offering an affordable, personalized and authentic holiday experience. Located on the picturesque south-western coast of St. Lucia, Balenbouche Estate is a 20 minutes drive from the Hewanorra International airport, and 30 minutes from the town of Soufriere, the Pitons, and many of the islands sites and attractions.

The one and two bedroom rental cottages, the historic Plantation House and sugar mill are surrounded by ancient trees, fruit and flower gardens, nature trails and secluded beaches within walking distance.

 

Atlantic Breeze 2 Bedroom Apartment (South)

                     

       1 Nov – 30 Apr:

            2 persons – 60 $US per night / 3-4 persons 70 $US per night

       1 May – 31 Aug:

            2 persons – 50 $US per night / 3-4 persons 60 $US per night

       1 Sep – 31 Oct:

            2 persons – 40 $US per night / 3-4 persons 50 $US per night

    

            N.B. For stays of 10 days and up you’ll get a 10% discount

 

   

La Terrasse (North – Rodney Bay)         

’La Terrasse’’ is a cozy and colorful house set in a tropical garden, ideally situated in the heart of Rodney-Bay.

Claudia and Thomas Ebbesen, young creative cooks of french-guatemalian origin are ready to do their utmost to make your stay unforgettable, by providing you with a highly personal “cuisine à la française”, and a guesthouse of 4 very comfortable rooms with air conditioning.

‘’La Terrasse’’ Restaurant and Guesthouse is located in the animated city of Rodney-Bay, less than a 5 minutes’ walk from Reduit Beach and 2 minutes from main shopping areas, banks, post office as well as the only Casino on the island.

MORE SIGHTS

Mamiku Gardens Balenbouche Estate Fond Doux Plantation Latille waterfall

Toraille waterfall Pigeon Island Tet Paul Nature Trail

Balenbouche Estate

A truly extraordinary sight in a peaceful atmosphere and a vacation spot as well with a historic 150-year old plantation Guesthouse and tropical cottages, located in the south-west of the island, just 15 minutes away from Vieux Fort. Step back into time and explore the unspoiled natural beauty with exotic gardens and fruit orchards, ruins from the times when sugarcane was dominating the island. Enjoy secluded beaches. Don't miss out this hidden treasure!

 

 

Toraille Garden & Waterfall currently not available

Enjoy this lush little garden, full of tropical flowers and a great lookout on the Petit Piton. Get a true refreshing experience underneath the waterfall.

 

 

 

Tet Paul Nature Trail

Located south of Soufriere near Fond Doux Cocoa Plantation – A great nature trail (A 30-45 minute walk - easy to mederate level) with the most amazing views of the Pitons, culminating at the look out point “Stairway to Heaven”.             

              

 

INFOS FÜR DEUTSCHE GÄSTE

Umfassende Informationen in deutscher Sprache zur Geschichte der Insel, Sehenswürdigkeiten, Sportmöglichkeiten, Flugverbindungen und vieles mehr, erhalten Sie auf der offiziellen St.Lucia Tourist Board Website. Kontaktieren Sie uns rechtzeitig, wenn Sie einen Urlaub hier planen, so dass wir Ihnen bei der Auswahl des Hotels, der Inselerkundung auf Ausflügen etc. mit Rat und Tat zur Seite stehen können. Wenn Sie auf einer Kreuzfahrt hierher nach St.Lucia kommen, stellen wir Ihren persönlichen Interessen entsprechend einen wunderschönen Privat-Ausflug für Sie zusammen, so dass Sie dem Kreuzfahrts-Rummel bequem entkommen können und St.Lucia so richtig genießen werden.

Vergessen Sie nicht, einen Blick auf unser "Special" zu werfen. Wir bieten Ihnen die Möglichkeit, St.Lucia auf eine ganz besondere Art kennenzulernen. Da Sie an mehreren Orten logieren werden, können Sie alle Regionen der Insel viel intensiver kennenlernen und St.Lucia in seiner ganzen Bandbreite entdecken und auch Gegenden erleben, die etwas abseits der üblichen Touristenpfade sind. Optimal für alle, die nicht nur relaxen und das Strandleben genießen wollen, sondern auch aktiv und erkundungsfreudig sind, sich für Land und Leute interessieren.

Die Karibik - ein Paradies für Segler. Wenn Sie auf Ihrer Segelroute nach St.Lucia kommen, würden wir uns freuen, Ihnen diese tolle Natur-Insel zeigen zu dürfen. Rufen Sie uns doch einfach 'mal an, sobald Sie auf der Insel sind: 454-9876

Wenn Sie nach dem langen Flug etwas ermüdet hier ankommen, begrüßen wir Sie gerne am internationalen Flughafen Hewanorra (am Südpunkt der Insel) und bringen Sie ohne weitere Wartezeiten gleich zu Ihrem Hotel. Werfen Sie einen Blick auf unser Transfer-Angebot.

INFO EN FRANCAIS

Pour recevoir plein d'information en francais, en ce qui concerne l'histoire de l'île, les sites, les sports etcetc., regardez sur le website du Portail du St.Lucia Tourist Board (office du tourisme) et n'hesitez pas à nous contacter en francais. Regardez sur notre programme ecrit en anglais. En tout cas les excursions se font toujours en francais pour vous.

Si vous arrivez en bateau de croisière pour seulement une journée on va vous proposer une belle tour de l'île, faite uniquement pour vous. Regardez sur notre programme d'excursions (écrit en anglais).

Les Caraibes sont aussi le paradis pour des vacances en voilier. Si vous arrivez pendant votre voyage en voilier à Ste.Lucie, n'hesitez pas à nous contacter. On serait content de vous montrer cette jolie île luxuriante en faisant une excursion avec vous selon votre horaire et interêts. Appelez-nous quand vous accostez sur l'île: 454-9876

Jetez aussi un coup d'oeil sur notre découverte spéciale. Vous allez loger aux endroits différents pour découvrir jour par jour les région différentes de l'île. Explorez le pays, ses habitants et des endroits un peu à part des masses touristiques. Parfait pour des gens actifs qui aiment la nature.

Comment aller à Ste.Lucie

De Paris jusqu'à Fort-de-France en Martinique il y a par exemple des vols Air France ou Air Caraibes et puis prenez la correspondence pour Ste.Lucie (35 km au sud de la Martinique) avec Air Caraibes ou LIAT Airlines pour arriver à côté de Castries (Vigie Airport), au nord de l'île.

Flight connections

From the United States American Airlines ,Delta and Jet Blue offer several flights.

American Eagle flies daily to and from Puerto Rico into George Charles Airport in Castries/North.

Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have several flights per week between London and St.Lucia/Hewanorra Airport in the South.

 Air Canada and West Jet offer a flight service from Toronto.

CONDOR flies during the winter season once a week from Frankfurt/Germany.

The regional carriers LIAT and AIR CARAIBES offer a big variety of flights to local Caribbean destinations.

LINKS

Weather Sailing Destination Caribbean Tourist Guide: "Tropical Traveller" St.Lucia News St.Lucia All over Info

Weather

St.Lucia's climate is sub-tropical. Dry season is from the end of November until June. Rainy season and hurricane season starts officially in June and ends in November, though usually hurricanes don't effect the area before July/August. During the "coolest" months of the year (December to February) the average daily high temperature is about 27-28°C, while the average daily high temperature in the hottest period of the year (July to September) is about 31-32°C.

 

Sailing Destination Caribbean

The Caribbean are one of the best sailing destinations worlwide. There are several yacht charters available on the island of St.Lucia, in Rodney Bay and in Marigot Bay. Also Martinique, just the next island north of St.Lucia, as a starting point for your sailing vacation is always a good option. The sailing paradise, the Grenadines, are only a short distance away south of St.Lucia.

While you dock here on the island, just give us call (Paradise Tours 454-9876)and we show you great places on the island according to your interests and time schedule.

 

Tourist Guide: "Tropical Traveller"

"Tropical Traveller" magazine is published monthly and available for you for free at your hotel, at various shops and restaurants and tourist informations desks. Don't miss to grab one, it has lots of interesting information about the island and gives you great tips what to do, where to eat, what to buy etc. during your stay.

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