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Going cricket Barmy

St Lucia is gearing up for a non-stop carnival at the World Cup, but the cricket’s far from the only thing to celebrate...

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Do they know what they’ve let themselves in for? This peaceful, serene island, accustomed to tourists looking for a bit of adventure or relaxing on a palm-fringed beach, now welcomes the Barmy Army for the World Cup in March 2007. And they’re doing it with open arms. Mention cricket to anyone on the island and as soon as they realise you’re English they talk about little else. St Lucians are knowledgeable about the sport, so make sure you swat up on your history and facts and figures before arriving; having an opinion on Brian Lara is also a must.

No matter how England perform on the pitch, the fans are guaranteed a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Whether it’s partying in the stands or joining in the carnival atmosphere on the streets of Gros Islet, there will be a real sense that the Caribbean is the natural home of the World Cup. Not only that, but fans will take away a lot more than just good cricket; there is just so much more to do.

You'll take back cherished memories of some of the Caribbean's finest restaurants, serving everything from Creole to Indian to Italian. Enjoy fabulous nocturnal entertainment in the islands party hub Rodney Bay.

For those who are adventurous, St. Lucia offers challenging hikes through its 19,000 acres of rainforest. For the daring, stunning views of the Pitons awaits, that is of course, if you are brave enough to make the challenging climb. You can also choose to relax at a five-star hotel or cozy villa nestled into a valley or perched on one of our beautiful beaches; snorkel at one of St Lucia's many award-winning dive sites; sun yourself on a secluded golden beach. You'd almost be forgiven for forgetting that cricket was on.