ST LUCIA

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THE LIME
Rodney Bay
Tel: 758-452-0761

A locals' joint as much as a tourist stop, this casual restaurant-bar-general hangout has been around forever, providing cold Piton beer, jerk chicken, and prime liming (the art of doing nothing) for all. Don't miss Karaoke Wednesdays.

GROS ISLET
Pronounced "grows-eeLAY," this quiet fishing village undergoes a radical metamorphosis every Friday for Gros Islet Night—a "jump-up" that half the island attends, tourists and resident alike. What's a "jump-up," you ask? It's a party where you just can't help but jump up to dance.

CASTRIES

Looking to explore the island beyond the confines of your resort? Visit the buzzy Saturday market at the capital, then stroll through the square named after St. Lucia's Nobel laureate, Derek Walcott, to the old town. For shopping of the international variety, try Pointe Seraphine tax-free Shopping Centre in the harbor.

DIAMOND BOTANICAL GARDENS
Diamond Rd.
Soufrière
Tel: 758-459-7565 or 452-4759

Founded in 1784 on the orders of the French king, who wanted a place to bathe in the mineral-rich sulfur springs, this heavenly garden is off the beaten path—which makes it all the more romantic.

SULPHUR SPRINGS PARK (drive-in volcano)
Bay St.
Soufrière
Tel: 758-459-7200

Billed as "the world's only drive-in volcano," these funky, steaming springs are all that remain of the volcano that collapsed 40,000 years ago—with the notable exception of the two plugs that are the Pitons. FYI: You don't drive in, you walk.

ST. LUCIA JAZZ FESTIVAL
May 5–14, 2006
Pigeon Island
stluciajazz.org

A fun event that's gaining in popularity and star power. (The 2006 lineup includes Al Green, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Garrett, and Seal.) The big events take place on Pigeon Island, smaller ones all over.

HORSEBACK RIDING
International Riding Stables
Beausejour Estate
Gros Islet
Tel: 758-452-8139 or 450-8665
Fax: 758-452-8139

Surrender to this romantic cliché—canter together along a deserted beach at sunset. This stable offers trail rides for those with various degrees of expertise. Some imaginative couples choose to combine a ride with a swim and a beach picnic.

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