If you’re looking to combine your holiday with a carnival, event or music festival, then hop on a flight to St Lucia in the Caribbean and sample the wonders of St Lucia Jazz. Now in its 21st year, St Lucia Jazz is one of the most anticipated festivals not just on the island, but also in the Caribbean’s calendar. During the month of May, the island dances to the beat of jazz when music fills the air and tourism takes on a whole new meaning to all. What started as simply a marketing event to boost the tourism industry during the shoulder season, has now developed into a truly St Lucian Festival.
Organised by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, this year sees Lionel Ritchie headlining along with Ziggy Marley, Joshua Redman and the Gypsy Kings. Ranked among the top five around the world, St Lucia Jazz remains the premier music festival in the Caribbean region. Noted for attracting a slew of acclaimed national and international Grammy nominated and winning artistes, the legendary festival will run this year from 30 April – 13 May 2012.
When it comes to St Lucia hotels, this Caribbean island is hard to beat. Whether you’re after the best in watersports, golf courses, lavish spas, all-inclusive five-star hotels or low-cost accommodation, St Lucia has it all.
Venture out of your hotel and discover the interior of St Lucia with its lush rainforests, which can be explored on foot, on horseback or while suspended from a zip line – although this mode of transport is only recommended for those with a head for heights! Away from the hustle and bustle of the north-east, the rest of the island is laid-back and much quieter. Hire a car in St Lucia and discover deserted beaches, secluded waterfalls, coastal villages with family-run restaurants offering the freshest fish you will ever taste!