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ISLAND SPORTS

WINDSURFING, KITESURFING

For radical fun on the water, the best location is Vieux Fort’s Anse de Sable beach, an immense stretch of white sand and blue water open to the Atlantic wind. It is the home of The Reef Kite + Surf centre. Windsurfing and kitesurfing lessons are available and equipment is for rent. From the beginning of November, kayaks are available for hire.

SCUBA DIVING

Scuba diving is offered at several reputable diving operations on the island. PADI and NAUI certification courses are available. For the seasoned diver, there are several excellent sites to be explored and dive operations propose varied programmes including night dives. Fish life is particularly rich within the two marine reserves at Soufrière and Canaries. Check with your hotel for more information. Non-divers should ask about snorkelling, particularly in the marine reserves.

 

HORSEBACK RIDING

Explore the island’s countryside and beaches on horseback. Local riding stables offer various itineraries from one hour rides to half day horseback excursions with a barbecue lunch on the beach. Discover the Fond D’ Or Historical Park, Cas En Bas beach or take your horse for a sea bath. Equestrian centres are open seven days a week, they offer European and Western equipment and they cater to all levels of competence including novices. All stables offer hotel transfers.

GOLF

St. Lucia Golf and Country Club has the only 18-hole golf course in St. Lucia. Located in the northern part of St. Lucia at Cap Estate, the course was designed by John Ponko, a protégé of Robert Trent Jones Sr. It offers fabulous views of the Caribbean and Atlantic coastlines. The 6,815 yard, Par 71 championship golf course is a challenge to serious and recreational golfers. Club facilities include a 350 yard driving range and golf academy, a club house and pro shop. Club rentals are available. Lessons are provided by the resident golf professional. Golf carts are mandatory and golf shoes with soft spikes or tennis shoes are also required. Lessons and tee times can be reserved by calling (758)450-8523.

Sandals Regency St. Lucia Golf Resort & Spa has a Par 33 nine-hole, eleven green course. You can tee off daily from 7:45am to 4pm all year round. Call (758)452-3081 for more information.

SQUASH

The St. Lucia Yacht Club at Rodney Bay has two squash courts. Open daily except Monday, the resident instructor is Charlie Sonson, the OECS number two men’s champion. Racquet rentals are also available.

TENNIS, ANYONE ?

All major hotels have floodlit tennis facilities and many offer the services of a certified tennis instructor. Vernon Lewis, the OECS men’s champion and British Virgin Islands Open singles and doubles champion, is the resident professional at the Jalousie Plantation in Soufrière. With over 20 years of teaching experience, a few lessons with Vernon are sure to improve your game.

FITNESS

Sportivo at Rodney Heights, above Key Largo Restaurant, is the largest gym and fitness facility in St. Lucia. The centre offers a fully equipped gym, a cardio-vascular room with treadmills, steppers, bikes and Reebok Elliptical trainers. The 2,200 square foot wood-sprung dance floor is used for Jazzercise, Body Pump, Body Attack and Spinning. Other services include personal training and sports conditioning programmes. Look out for annual Fitness Jam Conventions. Open six days a week.
(758)452-8899. Email:sportivo@hotmail.com.Website: www.sportivo.com. Visit our website for further information on class schedules.


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