Saint Lucia: Beach Meets Rainforest in the Caribbean

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The southwestern coast of Saint Lucia is dominated by the magnificent Piton peaks.

If someone blindfolded you and put you on a plane to Saint Lucia, you might think you were in the South Pacific upon landing. Much more than the clear blue waters and powdery beaches commonly associated with the Caribbean, Saint Lucia is a land of striking diversity. Only 27 by 14 miles, this gem of an island has verdant mountains, lush rain forests, and even a dormant volcano with skin-smoothing sulfur mud baths. And yes there are lovely beaches, but they share the stage equally with these other attractions. It’s the perfect destination for anyone looking for more than water sports and sunbathing from their Caribbean vacation. Continue reading

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Reasons to Love a Cruise . . . Even If You’re Not a Cruise Person

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When I told people I was going on a cruise with my family for spring break, a common response went something like this “Nice, should be fun . . . but yeah, I’m not really a cruise person.” To be honest, I never considered myself to be much of a fan either. My husband and I had been on one to Bermuda, and while we had a blast (it was our honeymoon, after all!), we prefer the less structured and more culturally immersive experience of land-based vacations.

Fast forward almost two decades to early 2014, and spring break was on the horizon, as well as my mother’s 70th birthday. We wanted to spend a nice, stress-free vacation with my mom and my step-dad, and our kids, 14 and 11, had been bugging us to take them on a cruise. After being dragged over the years through cathedrals, museums, and ruins on various overseas adventures, they wanted to veg out. And frankly, so did we. So, we booked a cruise to the Caribbean.

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Watching the sun rise and set from the top deck is magical.

I’m still not a cruise convert, but you know what? We had a great time, and I’m pretty sure this won’t be our last cruise. Here’s why even non-cruisers will love sailing the high seas.
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