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Great accommodation options can be found throughout the island of St. Lucia

A Delicate Balance

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St. Lucia is one of the few islands in the Caribbean which still maintains the delicate balance between having just enough to accommodate the rising tourism industry, without feeling overcrowded with resorts.

Here you'll find an answer to any desire, ranging from an all-inclusive mega-resort with 18-hole golf course to a quiet rustic guest house with trade-wind breezes sneaking in through jalousie shuttered windows. You never feel jam-packed, shoulder to shoulder, with other tourists. On St. Lucia, you often feel as if the island is your own.

Finding accommodations that make you feel right at home on the island is also simple. You may want to take advantage of our Star Rating pages, or use the Best Hotels For rankings to find the services and amenities that best suit your vacation style. If you'd rather know about all of your options, however, nothing beats our Hotels A to Z page, an alphabetical listing of hotels and resorts that offers detailed information about each listing.

Being on the outer edge of the Caribbean, the Atlantic Coast can be too rough for many of the water sports people come to St. Lucia to enjoy, so most accommodations are usually located on the west side of the island and directly on the beach. Most of the eastern seaboard is lined with banana plantations, and is relatively untouched by tourism.

The north end of St. Lucia is its most urbanized area with a good number of hotels and resorts centered around the capital city of Castries. This is also home to many of St. Lucia's large all-inclusive resorts.

The southwest end of the island is more rural and populated by smaller hotels, inns, and rental properties. Soufrière makes an important exception to this rule, and is crowned by the island's famed volcanoes, the twin Pitons. These provide the region with an adventurous flair that spills over into the character of hotels and resorts which reside there.

Lastly, just north of Soufrière and south of Marigot Bay, in the rural center of the island, is St. Lucia's one campground Anse la Liberté. Here one will find the cheapest room on St. Lucia, namely a tepee with a packed dirt floor in the middle of a jungle.

Tepees excluded, accommodations in St. Lucia are elegant, sophisticated and refined – solidly in tune with the island's strong British heritage. Likewise, rates are not the lowest you're likely to find in the Caribbean. Always inquire about extra fees and applicable taxes that may not have been added onto the quoted rates.

While St. Lucia is not the cheapest island to visit in the Caribbean, you can rest assured you will get your money's worth at one of their hotels.



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