Senior Travel to Saint Lucia

May 6th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Well, I have to admit folks that I don’t know where Saint Lucia is, but I did find it most interesting in a travel magazine this morning as I was having a tire repaired.  It is often called St. Lucia: Simply Beautiful, especially by those who have been there and now want to go back again and again. 

Let’s get started by identifying where it is found in the Carribean. So why St. Lucia? It is an island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. It covers a land area of 238 sq mi and has an estimated population of 173,765 (2009 census). Its capital is Castries. In natural beauty, St. Lucia seems like an island plucked from the South Pacific and set down in the Caribbean. Its dramatic twin coastal peaks, the Pitons, soar 2,000 feet up from the sea, sheltering magnificent rain forests where wild orchids, giant ferns, and birds of paradise flourish. 

Boasting a drive-through volcano, as well as its own National Rain Forest Reserve with over 19,000 color-splashed acres of natural wonders, St. Lucia’s exotic beauty truly captures the luxuriant allure of the Caribbean. From the distinctive twin peaks of Les Pitons to the cascading majesty of Diamond Falls and the translucent turquoise sea that frames it all, St. Lucia dazzles the eye as it seduces the body and spirit.  These majestic cones offer a glimpse into the volcanic origins of St. Lucia, a tantalizing taste of the dynamic forces that formed this beautiful island and that animate her still to this day. Here you can bathe and take advantage of the soothing waters that are rumored to have a therapeutic effect.   Kinda like Hot Springs, Arkansas (or NC, or Colorado, or BC or…or…or).  Water. That’s what attracts people to Hot Springs. People have used these hot springs for more than two hundred years to treat illnesses and to relax.

It is said that Saint Lucia is the perfect destination, whether you’re after romance, rejuvenation or adventure. A genuine, natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains, are sure to indulge every taste. Natural waterfalls, breath-taking views, friendly locals and authentic culture impress the most travelled senior for a holiday with lasting memories.  And  Frommer’s is always right around the corner with trip ideas and deals.

As if the above is not sufficient to whet your appetite for St. Lucia, view this YouTube video for a three minute insight into one of the Caribbean’s most exotic islands.  Have you already been there?  Or close?     jeb



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