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What area on St. Lucia

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What area on St. Lucia

Hi - I'm planning a trip to St. Lucia in August. Basically it will be two couples staying at a villa doing the typical island vacation. Problem is i don't know which area/city to stay in. Gros Islet area, Castries area, or the Soufriere area. If anyone could provide advice or guidance it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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We stayed in the Soufriere area at Crystals. It is self catering but they also do meals if you cant be bothered to cook . You can have a complimentary breakfast which the girls will come in and cook for you and clear your pots away etc. There is also a complimentary champagne brunch on Sunday, We stayed in the Mango but the Papaya is larger and gets the sun all day and has a larger pool so would maybe be more suitable if there is 4 of you . There are many extras that are free which arent mentioned but we felt it was very good value for the money and the people who own it are very helpful too if you havent been to St Lucia befroe. We went to Castries one day but that is where all the cruise ships come in so it is rather like a cattle market so we were glad to get away from there. Dont miss going to eat at the Mango tree on the Stonefield Estate,

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Just as an overview ---

Souffriere -- you are in the southern part of the island; surrounded by nature; Pitons, botanical gardens, etc. Great snorkeling, swimming but you'd be driving to most beaches here. It is a distance from here to the north. You would definitely need a car

Castries area -- you are kind of in the middle of the island; fewer choices for rental villas; no beaches to speak of; you would need a car

Gros Islet or Rodney Bay - -depending on where the villa is located you would be able to walk to some amnenities; lots to choose from in this area but if you choose something in Cap Estate area, you will be driving to most amenities. Lots to offer in terms of amenities. Beaches nearby. Long way to south for diving, snorkeling etc.

Another area to consider - -Marigot Bay. It's located about halfway down the western (Caribbean coast) -- lots of choices re villas. From some it's an easy walk to many amenities. Easy to get north or south from here - -either via car or water taxi.

With either Rodney Bay or Marigot -- depending on actual villa location, you would not need a car much, if at all.

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Rodney bay area is great.

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All the travel reports I have read say to stay away from the Rodney Bay area unless you want somewhere like Blackpool. Apparently it is very touristy with lots of night life and bars and lots of youngsters. Depends on what you want

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It is true that the Rodney Bay area has the highest concentration of hotels, restaurants, and bars in St Lucia.

However, to describe it as being like Blackpool is totally misleading. It is nowhere near as big or as crowded. You can easily walk from one end to the other in 10 minutes.

I hate crowded, noisy places, but I am quite happy in Rodney Bay. The only place to avoid is the beach just outside of Spinnakers Beach Bar when cruise ships are in port (Castries), and taxis deposit passengers onto that bit of the beach.

Although Rodney Bay does not have the rain forest and fantastic sscenery you get further south in St Lucia, it is the only place where you can walk around at night and choose from a reasonable selection of bars and restaurants.

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Well said Sunlover, nothing like Blackpool! Just lots of facilities that you can walk to a great choice of restaurants and bars and of course Reduit Beach which is lovely. For me not needing a car is a big plus.

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mgbar describe your typical island holiday. Do you want to laze on the beach and drink lots of cocktails, or are you guys more adventurous and want to hike, snorkel and fish.

Guess the posters are trying to send you to Rodney Bay because its good for the evenings as well as the day, but if you want to do a few things, like bath in waterfalls, snorkel, hike then maybe the South, or even a half/half is for you.

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Hi mgbar, if you could describe your "typical island vacation" then it would help us to help you. Ie, lots of drinking, non-stop entertainment, entertainment staff and games or snorkelling, quiet, nature, birdsong, hiking, quiet beaches etc??

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The best area hands down is Marigot Bay. There are many private villas and hotels in this area. It is in between Rodney Bay and Soufriere and only 15 minutes to Castries.

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Typical island vacation would be to enjoy the beaches (snorkeling, SNUBA, watersports), explore the island (hiking etc), enjoy the nightlife (not too crazy), do some shopping, and relax. Hope this helps and thanks for you help!