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St. Lucia compared to.......

PA
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St. Lucia compared to.......

We have been to Turks & Caicos...gorgeous beaches & water, too quiet for us. Loved Cayman Islands....the size, the people, the snorkeling & diving, but we'd like to try somewhere different. I am trying to figure if St. Lucia is similar to either of these islands.

We all love snorkeling and my husband & sons dive. I also need some nice sandy beaches!

We prefer to stay in a condo, oceanfront, as we need 2 bedrooms. We are not interested in an all inclusive.

Thanks!

Edited: 5:27 pm, March 21, 2013
St. Lucia
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Nope, it is not similar to either. St. Lucia is a mountainous, volcanic island with lush rainforest topography, smaller cove-like beaches, excellent snorkeling/diving, etc. We have very, very few long stretches of beach, and no natural white sand beaches; our sand ranges from light tan to black.

There are also very few beachfront condos as our beaches are smaller, and some are fronted by resorts.

The Landings would meet your requirements as far as lodgings: excellent beachfront condos ranging from 1-3 bedrooms, fully equiped with high end furnishings and finishes and great kitchens, on one of the longer stretches of beach with great scenery across to Pigeon Island, etc, great light tan sandy beach with calm swimming waters, excellent snorkeling and hobie cats, etc, and only avout 5-10 minute drive to Rodney Bay for loads more dining options, casino, shoping etc.

Excellent snorkeling and diving around the island, however most is located in the Soufriere region, about 1.5 hours from the Landings.

Windjammer Landings could be a good choice too - more of a smaller cove-beach, with a bit of snorkeling from the beach, great facilities (pools, dining options, entertainment, etc) and a wide choice of accommodations.

In the Soufriere region, there are loads of excellent villas, however none right on the beach, and no condos - they would be stand alone villas. Time to beach would range from 10 minute walk to 10-15 minute drive.

Keep in mind though - St. Lucia is nothing like T&C or caymans - we are a lush tropical mountainous island wth rainforest, lots of hills and mountains, volcano, etc. Not arid or flat with stretches of white/coral sand beaches. Very different experience.

Good luck with your research!

PA
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What about Bay Gardens Resort? Is that in a decent location?? Is there any snorkeling not far from there?

St. Lucia
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BGBR is a very good property, not luxury or anything, but solid and quite comfortable. They don't have true 2 bedroom units, what it would be is either a 1 bed suite where the kids sleep on the pullout couch or a 1bed suite with connecting regular hotel room. The suites do have a full kitchen, nicely stocked, and a decent amount of room in the living area.

There is no snorkleing from the beach in the Rodney Bay/Reduit Beach area. Nice stretch of beach, good swimming, watersports for hire - but no snorkeling or diving - you would need to head out for either of those. BGBR is nicely located for walking to all the dining options of Rodney Bay, some nightlife, casino, etc. Quite a safe and easy area to walk around and enjoy.

Hope that helps.

Toronto
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I suggest Stonefield Estates in Soufriere - within walking distance of Malgretoute Beach - decent snorkeling and a restaurant on the beach. Your husband and sons can go diving at nearby Sugar Beach. You would need a car to get around - http://www.stonefieldresort.com/villas/

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Stonefield is wonderful. My wife and I have been there twice and can't wait to go back. As others have said, St. Lucia is quite different than the drier, flatter islands. The south west section (around Soufriere) gets my vote becuase I am not fan of the big resort scene. Malgretoute offers some nice snorkeling and Benny's restaurant right on that beach is a gem. Excellent snorkeling at Anse Chastenet and between the Pitons at Jalousie (now Sugra Beach I believe) as well. Not as much to do in this area, but staying within view of the Pitons is a singular experience and will keep you occupied for many hours. Have fun!

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