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GROUPS - Big Business in Saint Lucia
When your clients need the "devil is in the details," Saint Lucia
is an excellent choice with superior Destination Management
Companies, team-building competence, varied transportation
elements and the savoir-faire to suit the peculiarities, nuances
and preferences for any group. Saint Lucia offers it all-from a
custom catamaran transfer from airport to resort, helicopter
transfers for VIPs, a spirited and inspiring bootcamp, modern
conference facilities and custom catering to suit every palate.
Our team of incentive planners makes you the star of events,
and through expert consultation, you can create seamless and
lasting experiences for your well-traveled clients.

✦ Barefoot holidays
Tel: 1-758-450-0507
✦ Cox & Company
Tel: 1-758-456 5000/5065

that are produced right on the island. Here's a comprehensive list
of where clients can find those items and what's being offered.
Soufriere: The crafts market is on the north side of the dock.
Here, clients will find a wide array of items including island-made
hand-woven baskets, straw hats, local spices and clay pots.
CaStrieS: Visitors will find a livelier party atmosphere with
probably the largest number of authentic island-made souvenirs
at the Craft Market on Jeremie Street. In addition to the baskets
and clay pots descending from Amerindian and African traditions,
they'll also find some beautiful and authentically crafted wood
carvings. There's also a colorful produce market here that's great
for photographs, as well as shopping for spices. There's a big
outdoor market on Peynier Street called the Vendors Arcade,
where clients will find a huge collection of souvenirs including
T-shirts, jewelry and locally made handicrafts.
ChoiSeul: This community is known as an arts center where
many of the island's crafts people and artists live and work. As
a result, at the Choiseul Arts & Crafts Centre in the La Fargue
neighborhood, visitors will find plenty of quality hand-made
products such as clay pottery, hand-woven baskets and
placemats, and unique chairs and woodcarvings.
It's not too surprising, given the number of cruise ships that
visit Saint Lucia, that a large number of shopping outlets are
located near the piers where travelers can find a much broader
array of items beyond the souvenir category, much of it duty free.
So, as a major cruise port, Castries has a good portion of those
shopping outlets.
La Place Carenage, for example, is a one-time cargo shed that
is now a 2-level waterfront duty free complex with a variety of
boutiques selling everything from fine china, crystal and jewelry,
to clothing stores selling batik and island fiber-made clothing,
as well as duty-free liquor. Pointe Seraphine, built specifically for

✦ Serenity Vacations & tours
Tel: 1-758-450-4525
✦ St lucia reps
Tel: 1-758-456-9100
✦ Spice travel & tours
Tel: 1-758-452-0865/6
✦ Solar tours & travel
Tel: 1-758-452-5898

cruise ship passengers, has probably the most comprehensive
collection of shops on the island right next to the berthing area.
However, you have to show a cruise pass or an airline ticket to
the shopkeeper when purchasing duty free goods. Purchases,
except liquor and tobacco, will be delivered either to the airport
or to the cruise ship. So if your clients are traveling by air, tell
them to wait until the last day.
Just about two miles north of Castries in Gros Islet, is
Gablewoods Mall, a modern mall with 35 shops and a number of
restaurants. Here, visitors can find everything from beachwear
and books, to electronics and jewelry stores. There's also the
Rodney Bay Mall and the Vieux Fort Plaza in the south, as well as
the Bay Walk Mall in Rodney Bay. ➤

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