St. Lucia Travel Tips
|One of the few islands where camping is permitted.|
St. Lucia has many good all-inclusives. The famous couples-only Sandals chain ( www.sandals.com ) has two operations here. Less well known but equally good is Le Sport, which emphasizes outdoor activities, including early morning walks and spa treatments and other specialties. Despite its Club Med sounding name, Le Sport has no real French affiliation.
Camping: The National Trust operates the Environmental Education Centre along a stretch of beach (Anse Liberte) in the fishing village of Canaries, 8 miles north of Soufriere and 25 miles south of Castries. Camping gear is available for rent. There are five miles of hiking trails. Staff gives tours explaining the emancipation history.
Safety & Health Warnings: Unfortunately, the rivers aren't the cleanest. It's advised you not swim in them, much less drink from them. St. Lucia is one of the few islands with Bilharzia (also called schistosomiasis) a parasite that generally occurs in slow-moving, snail-infested water. It can enter the body by being consumed or through open wounds.
A guide and/or group is recommended when touring for the remote areas. Crime being what it is these days--prevalent--a few tourists have been robbed while walking on their own.
Snakes & Other Venomous Creatures: The fer-de-lance inhabits coastal areas. Be careful around piles of coconut shells in the lowlands.
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