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St Lucia – An Exotic destination

Hey folks,

This blog features my latest trip to enchanting St Lucia. I was feeling a bit monotonous at my workplace and so I decided to go out with my friends to some exotic destination. We discussed about it nearly for two weeks and finally zeroed in on St Lucia as it packs many lovely attractions and scenic beaches. Through net, we came to know about an awesome site, Zipholidays. With simple-to-use search facility, we picked out the best deal on St Lucia and they assured us value for money and fun and asked us to pack our bags for an exciting sojourn.

When I got the re-confirmation through phone, I informed this to my friends and we started to plan on how to go about. We fixed a moderate budget and informed our offices of our trip. Since our main motive was to explore the region, we bought guidebooks and checked for some really irresistible offers. We worked out the best offers.

I have read that St Lucia is a small, rich tropical paradise that shelters splendid rain forests, magnificent beaches and excellent resorts. I wanted to explore it in reality.

If your goal is to just relax, you can opt for all inclusive packages that take away worries about costs. If you are like us, to be encircled by some of the best sceneries, it is better to go towards south side, the rural part of St Lucia. The southern part is known for water sports such as snorkelling, yachting and scuba diving and we ventured into some water sports for a while. Its northern side is more populated and touristy place and it has the capital of Castries that is renowned for duty free shopping. We bought some Venetian souvenirs from these duty free shops.

St Lucia helicopters, a private company enabled us to enjoy panoramic views of the place. We were amazed by the fabulous view of the scenic island. Then we hiked through lush rainforests and we walked along giant trees and explored the indigenous tree species. We found it very informative and adventurous.

The next day we went to another tour called “Jungle tours” and saw the natural wonders of the island. At the end of the day, St Lucia offered its own unique music with locals playing it with utmost pleasure. Since most of the hotels provide nightly entertainment we enjoyed watching the Steel Pan bands, local bands and some limbo dancers.

We dined at the highly recommended Dasheen restaurant that is situated at Ladera Resort. We also relished at the Debbie’s Restaurant known for originality, ambience and price. As we went there in April, we could not experience the hurricane season that starts from June. Getting around may not be a cheap proposition as you will find renting a car or taxi significantly expensive. So we opted for local buses.

Typically I get up at 5 and do some yoga till 6:30 am. And then the usual chores. Two weeks into our trip and we are back to our place.

So.. I highly suggest that you folks also enjoy the pleasures that we got from our dream St Lucia holidays. Just like us, you too check out zipholidays.co.uk and you will find an array of cheap holiday offers.

May 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Unforgettable Trip To Antigua

Hi guys,

This blog is on my recent trip to Antigua. Two weeks back, my girl friend Annie and I, took an exciting trip to this Caribbean Island. We booked through ZipHolidays as it took less time and money to kick off to our dream vacation.

We stayed at Yepton Estate Cottages that house beautifully laid out cottages. We read some of the reviews beforehand, and felt how special it is. Friendly people are there to suggest us some nearby restaurants, places to see or scenic beaches. We dined at couple of restaurants and relished different types of cuisines. We enjoyed its spotless and relaxed ambience and couldn’t ask for better stay and dining. Cool.

I have read that Antigua is an archipelago of islets. After exploring the place we found it as an oasis which offers something for everyone, frolicking on the sand to taking a chance in casinos. So many beaches of breath taking views and boasting as a major sailing place with many natural anchorages and small islets.

We took a small cruise to Bird Island and had some really delicious Lobster on a serene beach. After that, an all Island tour with Antigua Premier Tours in an air-conditioned van with snacks and drinks through out the day. Nice service Indeed.

We also explored some of the duty free shops of Heritage Quay. Duty free is one of the reasons many cruises stay here for a while. You can bargain on perfumes, liqueurs, jewellery and so on. We thought of getting some local memorabilia and we bought a hand printed cotton clothing and also some colourful dolls and quilts. For a while, we wandered around the streets searching for some artisan shops. Couple of minutes later we found beautiful blankets and we were tempted to buy it but could not afford it. Very expensive. I really liked the market and enjoyed the haggle.

The next day we went to Jolly dive centre to experience some cool diving. By the way, Antigua has some 365 beaches to dive and it is a diver’s paradise to enjoy it. It is nice to know that they offer a discover scuba diving course for first time divers. The beaches are great and you can do a lot in this area.

To get a taste of Antigua architecture, we visited a former colonial house, the architecture of which is something fabulous. Historical artefacts also held great importance for us and so went to fabled sugar mills that were once used to process sugar canes.

We enjoyed an energetic stroll on the scenic roads of Fig Tree drive. We found that the fig trees for which the drive is called are actually bananas, a misnomer that came about when the two words messed up. The drive leads you to many serene small villages. There is lot to do in this place and with camera you can look back on this splendid place later.

The Nook is a small eatery in St. John and we relished its well known meat patties. At the later part of the day we located a money changer. I tried uploading some of our pics here, but couldn’t able to do and so you’ve to wait a bit longer.

So… Overall, Antigua exhibits stunning beaches, delicious food, tranquil surroundings and exotic places. Vivid coral reefs and brightly coloured fish render this place a heavenly touch.

I have been to some of the fantastic places in the world – but this was one of my best spot till date. I would highly suggest booking Antigua holidays through zipholidays.co.uk as they offer unparalleled comfort and value for money. So once again don’t forget to take your camera and regret later that you missed some fabulous photo opportunities.

May 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment