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Saint Lucia Sports and Recreation

Windsurfers will be challenged by the waves at Cas en Bas and Vieux Fort, the most popular spots for advanced and intermediate windsurfers, while beginners will find the calmer waters of the west coast perfect for sharpening their skills.
Top-of-the-line equipment and instruction is available at most hotels and several windsurfing centers around the island.

Scuba diving/Snorkeling
The warm crystal waters surrounding Saint Lucia envelop the stunning Anse Cochon and Anse Chastanet reefs, two of the most popular spots for divers, where they will enjoy exploring the spectacular reefs, marine life and an old sunken ship near the island.
Saint Lucia is serviced by a number of hotels and private dive centers offering short boat dives, night dives and a variety of scuba and snorkeling courses for beginning and certified divers, taught by PADI certified instructors.

At Rodney Bay Marina and Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia's two most popular marinas, yachts and sail boats can be chartered to navigate the West Indies through the beautiful Grenadine Islands.
The marinas offer safe anchorage, shower facilities, restaurants, groceries and maintenance facilities.

Deep sea fishing
The legendary white marlin dwells off the coast of Saint Lucia, where deep sea fishing is a popular recreational activity. Numerous charter operations on the island offer whole and half-day fishing excursions on 30 foot boats with modern fishing equipment.
Depending on the time of year, anglers will land a variety of fish, including mackerel, king mackerel, white marlin, barracuda, kingfish and sailfish.

Water-skiing and parasailing
Available at most hotels, water-skiing in Saint Lucia can be enjoyed by beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers.
For an aerial thrill, visitors are encouraged to try parasailing, which allows riders to view spectacular sights as they soar above Rodney Bay.

All large resorts on Saint Lucia have their own tennis facilities, most of which are floodlit, including the Saint Lucia Racquet Club at Club Saint Lucia, perhaps the premier tennis location on the island. With its professional services, tutoring and nine floodlit courts, the club gives visitors a chance to perfect their game at nearly any hour.
If a hotel doesn't have tennis courts, the Rex Saint Lucian Hotel has two courts available to the public at reasonable prices.

Horseback riding
The ambiance of Saint Lucia can be captured through a number of horseback riding excursions. The International Riding Stables offers an assortment of trail rides, including a ride winding through the countryside along the beach, with time for swimming and a beach picnic at Cas en Bas.
Trim's Riding Stables offer a variety of treks including a carriage tour to Pigeon Point and Fort Rodney.

Exploring the beauty of Saint Lucia's majestic rain forest is a great way to relax and appreciate the island. A variety of natural trails lead hikers through the rain forest, to the top of Saint Lucia's mountains, through old plantation grounds, along beaches, to Cactus Valley, to Pigeon Island and more.
As visitors hike, they will see spectacular rain forest waterfalls, flora and local birds like the Saint Lucia Parrot, the Saint Lucia Oriole and the Saint Lucia Black Finch. Comfortable shoes are a must.

Saint Lucia is home to two golf courses, the Sandals La Toc (for resort guests and purchasers of special golf packages) and a public course, the Cap Estate.
The Cap Estate golf club is a beautiful 9-hole course that can be played as 18. The course's scenic views, hazards and variety of holes should be seen by all golfers visiting Saint Lucia.
The clubhouse has a well-stacked bar and pro shop, where golfers can get some pointers from the resident golf pro. Because Cap Estates is the only public golf course on the island, reservations are encouraged.



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