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St. Lucia for 19 yr old daughter with parents in May? HELP!

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St. Lucia for 19 yr old daughter with parents in May? HELP!

Trying to determine a location as a graduation gift for 19 year old daughter. (just her dad, her and myself) Is St Lucia the place to go in the Caribbean??? Or is there a better island? Wants water, beaches, food, outdoor activities. And if so, where do we stay??? Must have private balcony with views. About one week and upto $10,00 budget for trip.

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1. Re: St. Lucia for 19 yr old daughter with parents in May? HELP!

Wow, that's a healthy budget. You'll have your choice of places around the island.

St Lucia is filled with all sorts of activites, both land and sea - and stunning scenery.

Beaches, snorkeling, diving, fishing, whale watching, Sunset cruises, sailing, hiking, plantation tours, mountain biking, volcano and mud baths, waterfalls, mineral baths, botanical gardens, ATV, zip line, aerial tram, cooking classes, horseback riding, and so forth. You can be as busy or laid back as you want..

You may want to consider either a private villa, many can supply a cook to handle your meals (sometimes extra cost, sometimes included), or any number of great properties.

Soufriere is the heart of the island, with the Pitons, volcano, much of the snorkel and dive sites, gorgeous scenery, etc. Sugar Beach would be great, you could book a two bed suite, would have private pool, balcony/patio, etc. Close to much of what the island has to offer. Or Stonefield Estates - all private villas, two bedroom would have private pool, patio, small kitchen to do some of your own meals, snacks and drinks, excellent restaurant, etc. Or a private villa in the area may be a good fit.

Up north, around Rodney Bay, is more tourist oriented - but an hour plus from the sites and activites.. Bay Gardens Beach Resort in a suite would be good, full kitchen for snacks and drinks, lovely beachfront, lots of water activities, and around 20-30 restaurants and bars in easy walking distance. The Landings, in Gros Islet, if you wanted more upscale condo hotel. Around 10 minutes form Rodney Bay, beautiful condos, great stretch of beach, etc.

If AI is what you're looking for, consider Royalton. New, very spacious rooms, 24/7 room service, excellent food, huge varied pools, entertainment and activites day and night, nice cove beach with some watersports, etc.

What a great graduation gift, enjoy..

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2. Re: St. Lucia for 19 yr old daughter with parents in May? HELP!

Hello, fellow Iowan (I grew up outside of Cedar Rapids)!

If you are looking for outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain climbing, snorkeling, ATV rides through the rainforest, waterfalls, a drive-in volcano, SCUBA diving, whale and dolphin-watching, sunset sails, deep-sea fishing, kite and windsurfing, horseback rides on the beach, mountain biking, cocoa plantation tours, zip lining, Segway tours, great fresh fish and local cuisine, the friendliest people, views of the Pitons that most people only ever see on postcards, sunsets over the Caribbean, sunny weather and lush vegetation, and more - then St Lucia is a great pick! oops - I just noticed I left out the beaches!

If all you want is a beach to lay out on and get a tan, there are cheaper places than St Lucia.

If you are looking for those activities I mentioned, then the south of the island is a good pick. Look into Soufriere or Choisel. You'll find more luxurious accommodations in the Soufriere region - both private villas and resorts. Many of the private villas have private pools and jaw-dropping views of the Pitons and the Caribbean. Many of them come with staff - housekeeping, cooks, drivers, etc. There may be extra charges for cooks or drivers, but you will be well taken care of by all the staff, and will probably miss them when you leave.

If your budget is $10,000US, you're in an excellent position to afford pretty much anywhere you want. Tell us a little more about what you want, and we'll try to help more. Good luck !

(Full disclosure - we own a retirement home in the Soufriere area that we rent out when we are not there).

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With that budget look at Sugar Beach. Stunning villas with pools and an amazing location set between the Pitons with a beautiful main pool and good watersports and snorkelling. Great snorkelling around the area too. Sugar beach is not cheap and the food imho is not as good as it should be for the price but there are other places to eat around the area. You are also near a lot of the activities and beautiful sites and the South. Alternatively look at the private villa option and use the money saved to eat out, hire boats and have fun!

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4. Re: St. Lucia for 19 yr old daughter with parents in May? HELP!

Hi,

Let me assume you are prioritising your daughters needs/wishes. You have the classic St Lucian dilemma do you want the more scenic South (Soufriere) of the island with most of the attractions to sight see eg Pitons, Volcano, Mud Baths, Waterfalls etc or do you/she want a bit more in the way of nightlife etc, bigger choice of bars/restaurants etc with some attractions then you need to be in the North (Rodney Bay) and do a couple of trips out to the South etc

Both have excellent accommodations and beaches.

Your original post doesn't mention nightlife specifically therefore unless that is a want you should be leaning towards Soufriere. Or you could do a split location. You haven't mentioned your proposed length of stay.

May is a good month with some good deals so shop around

STEVE

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