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Caribbean (maybe St Lucia)

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Caribbean (maybe St Lucia)

Does anyone have any recommendations for a large party (12 people, 6 adults, 6 teenagers) of where to stay in the caribbean, possibly St Lucia over Christmas? It's to celebrate 2 special birthdays.

Thanks Nicci

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1. Re: Caribbean (maybe St Lucia)

Do you want to stay at a regular hotel, or self-catering condo type places? It would be more cost effective to stay at condos, considering the size of the group. There are several resorts in the North which would suit. Listed from north to south, they are Cap Maison, The Landings St. Lucia, Bay Gardens, and Windjammer Landing. I don't know much about Bay Gardens, but the other three offer apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms. The Landings is on a flat beach, Cap Maison is on a cliff (have to take steps down to the beach) and Windjammer is on a steep hill, although I believe they have shuttles.

Do book early, as you are considering a very busy season.

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2. Re: Caribbean (maybe St Lucia)

St. Lucia would be lovely because there's so much to do. Excellent snorkeling in marine preserves, diving. fishing, hiking, ziplining through a rainforest, a drive-through volcano, waterfalls, botanical gardens, banana plantations to tour, delicious Creole cuisine, welcoming locals and a lot of wonderful history.

This island was known as the "Helen of the Caribbean" for its incredible lush tropical beauty. The French and British traded ownership of St. Lucia 14 times.

So, yes, there's a lot to see and do that would entertain both age groups.

Where to stay? In the north look at Windjammer Landing and Bay Gardens Beach Resort.

In the south, Jalousie Plantation and Anse Chastanet.

Other options, Beaches in Turks & Caicos which according to a friend who's a discerning traveler is better than the Beaches in Jamaica.

Jamaica also has AI's that do families.

Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic has AI's that are family friendly.

A lot to research; good luck and Happy Planning! ;~>

Edited: 8:20 am, May 29, 2012
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3. Re: Caribbean (maybe St Lucia)

There are lots of different lodging options in St. Lucia to accommodate large families or groups ranging from private villas to villa resorts to suite resorts to all-inclusive resorts. It would depend on what sort of amenities you were looking for and what sort of activities you were looking to do while on island. St. Lucia offers loads of activities from hiking to snorkeling to diving, ziplining, plantation tours, ATVing, lounging on the beach, etc. Simply too much to list!

It is an amazingly beautiful island with lush rainforest, great cove beaches, dramatic scenery, lots of history, etc.

Above are some great suggestions - it would help for other suggestions if we knew a bit more about what you were looking for, again, whether private villa or AI resort or something in between.

PS: LucianMermaid - St. Lucia is still very much known as the "Helen of the West Indies" & "Helen of the Caribbean" and "Our Fair Helen" - we haven't lost our beauty!

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4. Re: Caribbean (maybe St Lucia)

Bay Gardens Beach resort is more budget friendly and small so you can meet up at each others villas and pool no problem. Also right on the beach. Right in Rodney Bay so only 2-10 minutes walk to restaurants.

Cap Maison is amazing but the price reflects this. The food is great there and a lovely very natural beach.

Windjammer pricewise is somewhere in the middle. If you go for a 2-3 bed villa - they have pools and private balconies off the bedrooms so people get their own space whilst sharing. Also good watersports. you can stay there AI but, if with a family party sharing taxis is a good option and then you have the whole of Rodney Bay and the surrounding area to choose from. They have shuttles, but if you chose the Hibiscus complex you are right on the beach with shared pools but walking distance to the beach. The bigger villas up the hill are more private with amazing views but you have to be fit to walk down and up. Shuttles provided, but may be busy in the Christmas period...

All good choices but different styles. Have fun!

Edited: 4:22 pm, May 29, 2012
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