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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Sugar Loaf Mountain as seen from Cristo Redent...Image via Wikipedia


Board the cable car that ascends this 390-foot granite mountain, which offers superb views of the city.

Traveler Reviews
Amazing at all times of the day, but especially sunset
Reviewed by AbbieDabbyDu07 on Jul 1, 2010

My husband and I arrived around 3:30 - 4PM to meet a huge line that lead down the street and wrapped around the corner. As we resigned to wait in line, someone who worked there told us that if we were not cariocas, there was a separate line for us closer to the gate. We decided to give it a shot and walked straight into the ticketing area with about 6 people ahead of us. I thought something had to be wrong, so I asked again and was told the same thing. Rather than waiting in line for what I'm sure would've been an hour at best, we got our tickets within 15 minutes and were to the top in 20 more minutes.

I have no idea why there are two lines, but we ran into some other non-cariocas at the top and they said the same thing happened to them. Before heading to Sugar Loaf, you may want to research if this is the case everyday or only at certain times of day, etc because we never figured it out, but felt very lucky! We arrived to the top of Sugar Loaf just in time to get a few pictures with the sun all the way up in the sky. Soon afterwards, the sun began to set and city began to light up. It was one of the most beautiful sunsets/cityscapes I have ever seen in my life.

If you can work it out, I strongly suggest planning your visit to catch both the daylight, sunset, and night views of Rio all in one trip from the top of Sugar Loaf. Someone suggested this to us and they were 100% right! We stayed at the top of Sugar Loaf until around 7:45ish and caught one of the last cable cars down.

Breathtaking! A Must Do in Rio de Janiero
Reviewed by kmabello on Jun 19, 2010

Going to the peak of Pao de Acucar is a breath-taking and wondrous experience. The view from the peak is just amazing. You can see Rio de Janeiro and it beaches. You can see how the buildings are laid out across the landscape, and how they contrast to the ocean that surrounds the island. There are viewing decks in the first and second mountains. Each one offers a slightly different, but all very magnificent view of Rio de Janeiro.

There are restaurants and shops around. Personally, I liked the stuff that was being sold there :) There is also a hiking trail on top of Pao de Acucar. It is very peaceful there, and it is a nice place to relax and get your mind off things. The sounds are amazing --- you can hear the wind almost all the time (because of the altitude), the ocean pounds below, the leaves of the trees are constantly rustling, and the birds are always noisy.

If you're lucky (like me!), you might even see some wild monkeys playing! But really, the best part for me was being able to relax because it is very silent there :) I went there on budget, so I did not take the cab. Instead, I rode bus 511 from Copacabana and spent just R$2,50 going there. I bought cable car tickets for R$44,00 which was really worth it.

Great Views
Reviewed by horshamsussex on Jun 17, 2010

Go early in the morning, say 9am to avoid the Q and don't forget your camera. Set aside at least 2 hours to get up and back enjoying the view at both points.

The best view I've ever seen
Reviewed by brasilka on Jun 16, 2010

It's one of 2 main attractions in Rio, the second one is Christ the Redeemer. I asked my Brazilian friend which one she recommended and she said: Pao de Acucar as this is the city front view, while Cristo Redendor is back view. She was right, the view was amazing. I've seen a lot of places in Brazil, but the moment when I saw Copacabana from the upper hill, was unforgettable. I saw many people speechless with delight, just as me. I could have spent whole day there, just watching the panorama of the city. If you had time to see just one place in Rio, you must choose this one.

You have to visit Sugarloaf Mountain aka Pao de Acucar
Reviewed by ShonStarr on Apr 6, 2010

Sugarloaf Mountain or Pao de Acucar in Portuguese is one Rio de Janeiro, Brazil?s top tourist attractions. It got its name from looking like a loaf of sugar due to the way sugar was traditionally packaged during the time of the Portuguese. Sugarloaf Mountain is a definite must see when you come to Rio and unless you?re a mountain climber there is only one way to the top and that?s by cable car. There are actually two mountains that make up the trip to the top of Sugarloaf. The first is called Urca Mountain and the second is Pao de Acucar or Sugarloaf. The current price for the cable car trip is around $12 per mountain or $24 for the complete trip.

Don?t be cheap and make sure you buy a complete ticket for both mountains it?s definitely worth it. The view from Urca Mountain is pretty nice, but the scene from the top of Sugarloaf is the best part and the icing on the cake. The original cable cars were built in 1912 and were updated in 1973. The height of Sugarloaf is about 1300 feet. Take a look at my photo of the bright yellow original cable car ? pretty scary right? Can you imagine traveling up 1300 feet in that? Unlike Corcovado Mountain and The Christ Redeemer Statue there is a lot to do on Sugarloaf. There are many shops, a few places to eat, a bar and many laid back areas with seating to just fall back and enjoy the view. You can literally spend hours up there taking pictures and just relaxing.

For the animal and nature lovers there is a small trail area where if you?re lucky you can see monkeys, all types of birds, and I even saw a 3ft lizard once while I was walking the trail. Of course if you go when it?s super busy and noisy you probably will not see much, but early in the morning is a great time to go especially before it gets too hot.

There is even a live music venue and disco on top of Sugarloaf that plays host to some great concerts and events during certain times of the year. I don?t think there is a disco in the world that has a better view. The 360-degree view of Copacabana is amazing, especially while enjoying a caipirinha or ice cold cerveja and listening to some good live music.
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Thursday, April 01, 2010

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Morocco > Marrakesh - L'ATELIER MADADA

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Come discover the secrets of Moroccan gastronomy and be initiated into the delights of one of the best cuisine in the world. By small groups (8 persons maximum) and supervised by our Moroccan cooks, Madada's half-day workshops teach each participant how to prepare a traditional meal that one can then easily reproduce at home. At the end of the session you'll gather in our oriental living room and enjoy the dishes you've prepared.

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Traveler Reviews

Savour the flavours and memory of Morocco
Reviewed by ChloeLanguedoc on Mar 3, 2010

A relaxing and delightful morning guided by Nour-eddine and Mouna whose friendly expertise made the introduction to the secrets of Moroccan cooking an experence to remember. Savouring one's own efforts afterwards was the perfect end. I've already made one of the recipes since returning home. Jenny. Languedoc, France

excellent cookery experience
Reviewed by kiffmoore on Jan 17, 2010

very enjoyable cooking lesson and experience in a beautiful purpose built kitchen, staff were more than helpful and have since emailed a few further recipes, the spice tour in the local market was good as it also enabled us to purchase spices at the proper price to bring home. thoroughly recommend

Fabulous, friendly and professional...a must do
Reviewed by Bubbles44 on Jan 13, 2010

I signed up to this course on the recommendations of this website and was certainly not disappointed, The kitchen is spotless and beautiful, well equipped for upto 8 "pupils" and a pleasure to cook in. Our course was taught in oth English and French and time was taken to ensure that everybody understood what was going on. Questions were welcome and indeed encouraged, I would echo the previous recommendation in saying the tagine we cooked was the best we tasted during our stay; although i'm sure we're biased!! This was a wondeful experience and the day was extremely enjoyable. cannot recommend highly enough!

One of the highlights of our trip
Reviewed by bburwell on Jan 5, 2010

The staff was exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable. The kitchen was clean and beautiful. And best of all, the tajine they taught us to prepare was one of the better ones we ate during our time in Morocco. I'd highly recommend this experience to anyone interested in learning more about Moroccon cooking. My wife and I left this class knowing not only how to prepare a traditional Moroccon meal, but about some of the nauances of the cuisine as well.

Outstanding & Friendly cooking class
Reviewed by goldengirlNewZealand on Nov 21, 2009

A friend and I booked at this excellent cooking class in Essaouira. The modern kitchen, excellent demonstration and totally friendly environment made this is a pleasurable experience. Mouna is an excellent and helpful teacher and cook, and Nour-edine became a friend with his outstanding service and courtesy. A true experience of Moroccan hospitality. It has given me the confidence to try the tagines at home, and definitely Moroccan cooking will become a staple. The only downside is that the tourist bureau gave us a flat "no" when we asked if there were cooking classes there. We found it on our own, but more helpfulness on their part would have been good. I thoroughly recommend this class to everyone.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Abu Simbel in the heart of Nubia, the Temple o...Image via Wikipedia


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Once known as the Roman stronghold of Babylon, Cairo?s oldest section is the ancient heart of the Coptic Christian community featuring five original churches, the first mosque built in Egypt and the oldest synagogue, all representing three of the major world religions.

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Traveler Reviews

Cairo off the ship (Legend of the Seas)
Reviewed by KtsGonSailin on Dec 26, 2009

A 3.5 hour bus ride from the Port of Alexandria. Very informative guide. DO pay the money at the Museum to go in the mummy room ($20 US) Wander around on your own, away from the tour crowds, as you won't hear or see anything anyways unless you are pushy. I was told I saw more than anyone on the tour, doing it myself and reading the cards at each spot. Wonderful pieces. Do spend the money and order the gold kartoush (SP?) charms with your name. They take the orders on the bus and are ready when you arrive. The sterling bracelets were not worth it. Expect to see poverty and filth in a New York downtown setting. Herds of sheep and goats are in the streets, along with donkeys pulling carts. The contradiction is amazing. You will not be allowed any time to wander on your own, except at the museum and the pyramids which is probably just as well. If you must ride a camel, know that you will smell like one all day. I enjoyed bartering with the locals there. Better than Mexico!

Bit disappointing
Reviewed by Zippitydoodah on Dec 23, 2009

I was a little disappointed in the Coptic Cairo part. Sure, it was a walled off area, but there was much less to it than I was expecting and in some ways, it didn?t feel all that old to me, which is strange because it obviously was.

Cairo is full of antiquities!!
Reviewed by dammit9 on Nov 29, 2009

I just returned from Cairo as part of a tour to Egypt and yes the place is filthy and smoggy but alongside of that it is so interesting! The old buildings, pyramids, museums, traffic, people all make for interesting conversation when you return to your hotel! The food wasn't the greatest, no uncooked or peeled vegetables or fruit but we made do, drank only bottled water, hotels lovely, we had an english speaking guide who is an archeologist and was so full of knowledge and told us great stories of the ancient times that you stop seeing the garbage in the streets. It really makes you appreciate home a lot more, but well worth a visit!

Wonders of the world - Pyramids or the city
Reviewed by adruti11 on Nov 10, 2009

One grows up reading about the Egyptian civilization and its wonders, however a trip to Cairo could be termed disappointing compared to that. The city is old (and you can't change that) however its dirty and unkempt and the people are not friendly. They make it so obvious that they are there to fleece you. The Pyramids a lovely sight on their own and not explained in any other form but the guides who charge you an arm and a leg. A detailed write up would help a great deal. No marked trails or signages explaining how the seven can be seen or how far they are from each other leaves you at the mercy of the guides who fleece you by telling you stories about how far the sphinx is and how you cant see it with the pyramids unless on horse back. An architectural marvel.... sadly spoilt by the greed and misinformation of the people.

amazing ancient life
Reviewed by bryce07 on Nov 4, 2009

cairo is the place to be. we stayed in concorde el salam hotel and its the best hotel in cairo. save for the heavy traffic, the city has many sites ,u can visit the pyramids, the citadel, museum where you get to see the royal mummies. I enjoyed my stay for two weeks. The shopping malls are just great and the items are so affordable, though if your english speaking you need an english speaking person to help you bargain,you can get good soveniours in Khan en khalili and the people are so friendly. Its a place ill have to visit again.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Images & Artifacts from the Recovery Stunning Images by Official Ground Zero Photographer Gary Marlon Suson. "Rare Photos" (New York Times) are displayed, some in lifelike 3D installations, as well as remnants & rare video. Daily one-hour tours. Benefits 9/11 Charity. "Incredible Images" says Fox News Channel.

Address: 420 West 14th Street
Phone: 212-209-3370

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Traveler Reviews

Awesome!! Great job!!!! Well worth the $$
Reviewed by Wkspraggi on Feb 22, 2010

OK, I have to admit when we arrived at the museum, my first thought was "oh my gosh, I paid this much money for this little museum?" BUT . . . it was awesome and VERY well worth the money. Mr. Suson was actually at the museum the day we went, introduced the museum, and was available to sign his book. He has taken an aw inspiring timeframe in his life (and ours), and made it come to life for each and every person. His work is exceptional, and I would consider myself very critical when it comes to spending my hard earned money. Mr. Suson, you and your staff are doing an excellent job and should be making every person touched personally or otherwise, very proud! GREAT JOB!!!! EXCELLENT WORK!!! SPEND YOUR MONEY TO SEE THIS MUSEUM!! I would/will return for another viewing.

Humbling Experience
Reviewed by caro1NorfolkEngland on Feb 22, 2010

This Museum is not at Ground Zero and not for young children. It is situated in the meatpacking district. We were not sure what to expect but all I can say it was a fantastic experience and strong emotions were present throughout. The photographs and the relics told the horrific story of this awful day and the days after. The stories of brothers searching and people pulling together. We both felt very humbled and it was an experience that you cannot put into words. Do visit and experience this Museum its not macabre it is a positive experience of comradeship and admiration for all those who were part of this awful event.

A definite "must see"
Reviewed by historyman999 on Feb 22, 2010

This poignant and thought-provoking museum can be a little hard to find. But do read the instructions on its location as it clearly states that it is NOT near Ground Zero. The museum's creator, Gary Marlon Suson, was the only photographer allowed 24/7, go anywhere access to the site following the disaster on 9/11 as it is now called. If you are looking for the sensational or even an explanation, then you will be disappointed, for this museum is dedicated to the memory of thoise who lost their lives that terrible day and those who toiled long and hard in the days, weeks and months following. The photographs and exhibits are thought-provoking and a poignant reminder of that awful event. Each exhibit/photograph is accompanied by a number and the explanation of it is then able to be heard in the recorded audio guide provided. Some may consider it morbid, but that is the one thing it is not. Do go and see it, you will not be disappointed.

A beautiful tribute to the Americans who lost their lives on 9/11
Reviewed by pbutterpie on Feb 22, 2010

Gary captured the human side of this horrific event. Every photo, artifact and story brought the viewer closer to the connection to the real people who died, and those who worked to bring about some relief and closure to their families. Although the most horrific event in modern times, this attraction does not dwell on the horror or the terror of the event, rather the amazing events that followed. A must see for NYC tourists.

Reviewed by rae81ct on Feb 21, 2010

The Ground Zero Museum Workshop is a must see on your next visit to the city. We left with a new understanding and persective of what actually took place in the long months following the attacks. The photos and stories are very touching, and make you feel very proud to be an American.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

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Travelrobe Says Gatwick Airport Parking Is A Necessity To Travelers

Because of its geographical location parking at Gatwick Airport is a necessity and a convenience to travelers departing from Gatwick Airport

London, England, May 19 2008 – In a study done by Travelrobe comparing parking at Gatwick Airport and or using public transportation reveals that convenience and price might be the number one reason why most customers would book Gatwick Airport Parking.

Using central London in their study with two adults and two children traveling, the Gatwick Express to Gatwick Airport cost £86.40 return, a first class ticket was £138.00 return, visit this did not take into account the bus and underground fare and the hassle of dragging 1.5 to 2 pieces of luggage’s per person around.

A pre booked taxi to Gatwick Airport from central London on average cost £45.00 one way and If a black mitered taxi cab is used the average cost is £70.00 and this is one way, visit this site to compare

Travelrobe’s MD Mark Felix said in a statement that it’s not uncommon that friends and family can be a life saver providing free transportation to the airport, but it’s the uncertainty of whether or not they can rely on the same service on their return which makes parking at the airport a necessity and quite convenient.

When comparing the cost of parking at Gatwick Airport Travelrobe is suggesting these ideas that are cheaper and convenient and the cost associated with them, for starters, Travelrobe recommends off airport parking which would cost much less than parking directly on the airport and the transfer to the airport is usually 10 – 15 minutes.

A two week Gatwick parking at Summer Special which was used for this study cost £78.40 the transfer to the airport is 7 – 10 minutes and the car park operates 24/7 to verify these prices visit other options are available.

A Second car park was also used for this study and the cost was £89.85 with the same 24/7 service and both were Safer Parking Award recipients. To verify these prices visit other options and car parks are available.

Booking a Gatwick Airport Parking in advance will generate even bigger savings than a last minute booking and there is also another option for customers traveling on very early flights which is a real convenience and that is to book a Hotel with parking.

The cost for this option would be a little more expensive but the convenience is worth the cost and using the same family of four with an overnight stay and two weeks parking was £172.75 at the Best Western in Gatwick. To verify these prices visit other hotels and options are available.

The hotel option works well for families traveling long distances to get to the airport and if spending is not a major concern because of the convenience offered then it’s possible to book a hotel on return from a long haul flight to relax before the long journey home.

If planning a trip this holiday season customers are urged to plan ahead and make Gatwick Airport Parking part of their business or holiday package by booking with

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Italy Recommended as a Great Short Break Destination by - Travelrobe

Travelrobe has recommended Italy as a great short break destination saying that you can catch the world cup winners at their best.

Italy is perhaps the hardest to classify of all European countries. It is a modern industrialized nation. It is the harbinger of style, its designers leading the way with each season's fashions, but it is also to an equal degree, a Mediterranean country.

Italy provokes reaction. Its people are volatile, rarely indifferent to anything, and on one and the same day you might encounter the kind of disdain dished out to tourist masses worldwide, and an hour later be treated to embarrassingly generous hospitality and Travelrobe thinks the latter is true after winning the world cup.

Mark Felix Travelrobe's MD says the easiest way of traveling around Italy is by train and its train system is one of the least expensive in Europe, reasonably comprehensive and in the north of the country at least very efficient, you can book a cheap hotel, cheap flight and a car hire from

The economic boom In recent years and the glut of visitors in the more touristy cities have conspired to increase prices in Italy. However, the weak lira or euro - often results in highly favorable exchange rates for sterling and US dollars, which helps keep real costs down.

In general you'll find the south much less expensive than the north: as a broad guide, expect to pay most in Venice, Milan, Florence and Bologna, less in Rome, while in Naples and Sicily prices come down to fairly reasonable levels

Italian food occupies a revered place as one of the world's great cuisines. The southern Italian diet especially, with its emphasis on olive oil, fresh and plentiful fruit, vegetables and fish, is one of the healthiest in Europe, and there are few national cuisines that can boast so much variety in both ingredients and cooking methods.

Italy's wines, too, are among the finest and most diverse in Europe and the international image of cheap fizz and rough reds is long out of date.

In Italy facilities aren't particularly geared towards disabled travelers, though people are helpful enough and progress is gradually being made in the areas of accessible accommodation, transport and public buildings.

There's no reason to be intimidated by the art and architecture of Italy. If you want to lie on a beach, there are any number of places to do it and many resorts are still largely the preserve of Italian tourists. Other parts of the coast, especially in the south of the country, are almost entirely undiscovered and here are a few cities to visit - Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Padua, Palermo, Pisa, Rome, Siena, Turin, Venice, Verona, Vicenza

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Paris - The City that Lives up to its Painted Images and Movie Myths by Travelrobe

Few cities can compete with the cafés, bars, restaurants and museums that line every Parisian street and the variety of landmark buildings, style and décor is hard to beat.

Two thousand years of shaping and reshaping have resulted in monumental building, sweeping avenues, grand esplanades and celebrated bridges, and many of its older buildings have survived intact, having been spared the ravages of flood and fire and saved from Hitler's intended destruction.

Yet for all the tremendous pomp and magnificence of its monuments, the city operates on a very human scale, with a walk around the riverside quais on a summer evening, the sound of blues in atmospheric cellar bars, or the ancient alleyways and cobbled lanes in the historic Latin Quarter and villagey Montmartre, Paris is a city to visit.

Architecturally, the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle and the Palais du Louvre , provide a constant reminder of Paris's religious and royal past and the history of development and design reflects the power of the French state. For more information visit

Paris's museums and galleries, not least the mighty Louvre, number among the world's finest. The tradition of state cultural endowment is very much alive in the city and collections are exceedingly well displayed and cared for. Many are also housed in beautiful locations, such as old mansions and palaces, others in bold conversions, most famously the Musée d'Orsay , which occupies a former train station.

Children are also catered for and one of the city's best treats for children of every age from three upwards is the Cité des Sciences in the Parc de la Villette. A number of other museums may also appeal to children, for example the Musée des Arts Africains et Océaniens, with its masks, tropical fish and live crocodiles, the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution offers a children's discovery room on the first floor with child-level microscopes, glass cases with live caterpillars and moths and a burrow of Mongolian rodents.

Finding your way around Paris is remarkably easy, with an integrated public transport system - the RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens). The system is cheap, fast and meticulously signposted, comprising buses, underground métro and suburban express trains, known as RER (Réseau Express Régional) trains. The whole network is divided into five zones.

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Tourists from all over the world and probably most from the UK has visited the tiny Caribbean island of Barbados, and the British Travel Group Travelrobe is now recommending it as onefthe best Caribbean Destinations

For more than three centuries Barbados was a British colony and to this day still retains something of a British feel which is why top political figures and well known sports personalities frequent the island, the delightful climate, blue seas and brilliant white sandy beaches makes for the perfect holiday and the people of Barbados, known as Bajans, take great pride in welcoming its visitors.

The island has also produced top personalities such a writer George Lamming, top Caribbean calypso artist Mighty Gabby and cricket players including the great Sir Gary Sobers, who have for decades had an influence way out of proportion to the size of their home country. As a visitor you will feel welcomed in Barbados, visit to book a holiday.

Cricket, Horse racing, Polo and Anglican parish churches all add to the Britishness of the island including a hilly district known as Scotland, but make no mistake Barbados is distinctly a West Indian country, featuring sugarcane fields and rum shops where calypso is the music of choice and flying fish is the favored food.

The infrastructure and public transportation is first class and there is no sign of the poverty that continues to hunt many Caribbean islands. Development has mostly been pretty discreet and many of the facilities are locally owned, and Tourism plays a major part in the country's economy with the revenue put to good use.

Mark Felix Travelrobe's MD recalls his last visit to the island, saying, that the international airport Grantley Adams was under refurbishment when he arrived and it gave the appearance that millions were spent on the upgrade and modernization of the structure. He also went on to say that the nightlife including the clubs made his stay very enjoyable.

Some of the major attractions on the island includes the old plantation houses, places like St Nicholas Abbey and Francia, superb botanical gardens at Andromeda and the Flower Forest, and the military forts and signal stations at Gun Hill and Grenade Hall, the capital Bridgetown is also a lively place with an excellent national museum and great nightlife with its Bars, Restaurants and Clubs.

As a tourist/visitor if you hire a rental car, the driving is excellent on the coral reefs around Barbados, with the good sites all off the calm west and southwest coasts, from Maycocks Bay in the north right round to Castle Bank near St Lawrence Gap, the tropical climate is hot and sunny year round but the weather is best however during mid December to mid April, with rainfall low and the heat tempered by cooling trade winds. Visit to book a holiday.

There are no direct flights from New Zealand or Australia, and travelers from these countries will need to fly to one of the major US gateways and pick up onward connections from there to Barbados.

Airport departure tax is presently B$25, payable at the airport when you leave, in local currency only.

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St Lucia - view of the Pitons from Anse ChastenetImage by heatheronhertravels via Flickr

St Lucia more than lives up to the paradisal Caribbean stereotype with its glorious mix of honey sand beaches, translucent waters sheltering reefs and it’s lush interior rainforests

Despite the lack of hype, St Lucia offers great tourist facilities and caters to all budgets, you can stay at luxury hotels or inexpensive guest houses, dine in world-class restaurants or at roadside kiosks, and shop in large duty-free malls or at open-air village markets.

St Lucia makes for a relaxed, informal and incredibly friendly place to visit, If it's beaches you prefer, then you'll probably head first to the tourism strongholds of the northwest coast, the "Golden Mile" of St Lucia's resorts towns.

St Lucia's most famous sights - the twin peaks of the Pitons to the south. The rainforest smothered mountains of the forest reserves are strikingly beautiful and rich in flora and fauna, while the wild and windswept beach of Grande Anse on the east coast is where you'll catch the moving sight of leatherback turtles nesting in the sands.

For many visitors St Lucia's biggest attraction is its tropical climate. During high season (December to April), the island is pleasantly hot, with little rain and constant northeasterly trade winds keeping the nights cool. Temperatures rise even further during the summer months, which can also be wet: the rainy season lasts from June to October and the rainy months coincide with the hurricane season , which runs roughly from late August to October.

The island's growing popularity as a holiday destination is due in part to international airlines which have consistently increased their flight schedules to the island over the years. During the high season, flights are on a daily basis, with services only slightly reduced in the low season, check scheduled flights at

Air Canada flies once a week from Toronto and US Airways now flies direct from Philadelphia to St Lucia; from JFK, Air Jamaica goes via Grenada or Antigua, BWIA via Port of Spain and AA via San Juan, and all have domestic connections; Jet Blue and United also fly to San Juan from JFK and Continental flies there from Washington - it's easy to pick up an American Eagle connecting flight from San Juan to St Lucia.

The great majority of British and Irish visitors to St Lucia arrive on a direct charter flight as part of a package holiday - and even if you plan to travel independently this is still the cheapest way to get there. Charters do have limitations, however, notably a fixed return date of one, two or a maximum three weeks. When it comes to direct scheduled flights, the choice is limited.

Virgin flies several times a week direct from London Gatwick and once via Antigua; BWIA departs twice weekly from London Heathrow; and BA has three flights a week via Antigua. Visitors from Australia and New Zealand will need to take a flight to one of the main US gateway airports and pick up onward connections from there. Generally, the least expensive and most straightforward routes are via New York or Miami.

Wedding parties are welcomed by most resorts in St Lucia, Sandal, Ladera, Rendezvous and with all inclusive deals available at almost every hotel St Lucia makes for a great vacation.

St Lucia's jazz festival and the islands Carnival are just a few of the reasons to visit or if you are a cricket fan then book St Lucia for the world cup in 2007, Travelrobe is encouraging customers to book a cheap hotel, car hire, cheap flight, cruise, or an all inclusive package for their holiday at
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Travelrobe has claimed that many islands in the Caribbean over the past few years have continued to expand and develop their infrastructure towards tourism, noting that St Lucia above all has embraced the void left by it's failing banana industry and despite the lack of hype, it's tourist facilities are top-notch and makes it a perfect destination.

Mark Felix, the MD says that while many of the islands including Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica continue to make their presence felt in sports and music worldwide, there are lots of unspoiled gems waiting to be discovered.

Dominica, the first thing you'll notice about this island is how intensely green the island is. Lush, steep-sided peaks rear up 4700 feet to meet cloud-capped summits that receive enough heavy rainfall to feed hundreds of mountain streams.

Grenade, is known as "The Isle of Spice" producing one third of the world's supply of nutmeg along with quantities of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, turmeric and mace, while largely dependent on agriculture, the tiny nation which includes other smaller Grenadine islands is steadily earning a reputation as a holiday destination.

The French islands of the Caribbean should not be forgotten, Martinique, Guadalupe, St Martin/St Maarten shared between the French and the Dutch since the mid-seventeenth century, the tiny island is one of the most touristed islands in that part of the Caribbean.

To add to the vast diversity of the Caribbean there is the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands with their sea-swept landscapes, historic towns, duty-free shopping and luxurious resorts, these islands bask in the combination of familiar yet exotic which makes them the most popular cruise-ship destinations in the Caribbean.

The average travel time to the Caribbean from the UK is 6-8 hours and the widely used currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar know as EC$. Sterling and the American dollar are always welcomed by the locals and the exchange rate for £1.00 is about $4.50 EC. For more information visit destination guides.

Travelrobe provides over 30 destination guides for the Caribbean, from the Cayman Islands to Antigua the site offers recommendations on food and drink, where to go, money and costs, history and information on tours.

One draw back to booking the Caribbean year round is the Hurricane season, but there is good news because the season is predictable; Travelrobe is issuing caution when traveling between June 1 to Nov. 30.

For those customers who have not yet decided where to spend their summer holiday, Travelrobe can provide all the answers to the many questions they have and is recommending the Caribbean as the destination of choice.

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Mark Felix writes articles or press releases on recommended destinations worldwide for Travelrobe - A travel site based in the UK.

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