Cheap Flights to Saint Lucia
Flights to Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country found in the Eastern Caribbean region on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. It is located North and Northeast of Saint Vincent, Northwest of Barbados, and South of Martinique, and is one of the islands forming the Lesser Antilles. Belonging to the group of the Windward Islands, Saint Lucia was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French colonial government, one of its first European settlers. From its first French occupation, the country has been passed on to the United Kingdom, then back to France, before finally settling as a member of the Federation of the West Indies and the Commonwealth of Nations that is associated with the United Kingdom. Under the constitutional monarchy, Elizabeth II is still the ruling monarch of the country, while a Governor-General and a Prime Minister is also in order under the Executive bodies. The island nation celebrates its independence every year with a public holiday, and although it has weathered through the recent global financial crisis, the recession has squarely hit the tourism sector in the country.
What to see & do
Like any other Caribbean destination, Saint Lucia has its fair share of the blues that is famous across the world. Its islets and its coasts, varying from white, red, and black sand, provide travelers a simple, serene, yet beautiful escape – far away from the hustle and the bustle of the metropolitan where they came from.
St. Lucia Botanical Gardens – also known as the Diamond Botanical Gardens, the St. Lucia Botanical Gardens is a beautiful and warm tropical walking trail filled with lush fertile vegetation that is colorful, unique, and exotic. There’s also a waterfall, aptly named as the Diamond Waterfalls that is well-worth seeing.
Rodney Bay – one of the more popular tourist shacks in the island, Rodney Bay stands along the Northwestern coast of the island to the north of Choc Bay. It is named after British naval officer George Brydges, and is one of the more developed areas in Saint Lucia. Aquamarine waters and white to red sand beaches await.
Pitons – the Pitons are two mountainous volcanic plugs located in the island. The Gros Piton (the bigger) and the Petit Piton (the smaller) are linked by the Piton Mitan ridge, and is one of the World Heritage sites in the country. Professional mountain climbers, and even adventure seekers, are welcome to set foot in this wonder, so brush up on your hiking skills and don your trusty hiking shoes.
How to get around
Taxis both by land and by water are the main mode of transportation in the island. Taxis can be arranged through hotels, and can also be arranged by taxi agencies and individual operators. For budget travelers, the best way to go around is through local buses. Usually, these buses are small vehicles that can hold 10-14 passengers and vary in quality. Although running irregularly, travelers may catch them in rural towns and urban centers within the island.
How to get there
Two airports serve the island and can be utilized based on its accessibility. The first one is the George FL Charles Airport near Castries, and the other is the Hewanorra International Airport that can be found in Vieux Fort. Both are conveniently placed near city centers, although travelers prefer the former due to its proximity to all-inclusive resorts. For cheap flights, visit www.skyscanner.com. Skyscanner is an online resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines worldwide. Book directly through the site, or download the Skyscanner app available free for mobile devices.
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