Caribbean Tourism

Golf & Other Sports

There is a golf course at Cap Estate, the St Lucia Golf & Country Club, with nine holes which can be played as 18 (green fee US$30-40, T4508523) and a private course for guests at La Toc. The former will be expanding to be a championship 18-hole course, with associated villas, condos et cetera. The larger hotels usually have tennis courts, or there is the St Lucia Tennis Club.


The Roscoe Tanner Tennis Village, at Odyssey St Lucia (formerly Club St Lucia), has lots of tennis courts and holds international tournaments, for example Davis Cup, Legends Tournament, T4500551 for bookings. Several other hotels have tennis courts for public use and lessons can be arranged.

Squash is available at St Lucia golf clubhouse at Cap Estate and the St Lucia Yacht Club (two courts, a/c, wooden floored, glass backed, open 0800-1600, racquets for hire, balls for sale, T4528350). The St Lucia Raquet Club at Club St Lucia also has a court and optional instruction, T4500551.

Cycling can be arranged through Carib Travel, who have 15 Rockhoppers and offer a trip starting at Paix Bouche through mountain villages down to Gros Islet.

Horses for hire at Trim’s Stables, Cas-en-Bas (PO Box 1159, Castries, T4508273), riding for beginners or advanced; also offers lessons, one-hour rides US$35, 2hrs US$45 and picnic trips to the Atlantic, US$55. Country Saddles, T4500197, highly recommended for a ride through the countryside and the seashore, good horses, guides are encouraging with beginners but still manage to give the more experienced lots of fun. Ask at Trim’s Stables for information on horse racing, which is just beginning. Races are at Cas-en-Bas and in Vieux Fort. The International Riding Stables in Gros Ilet also does trail rides and caters for all levels of rides, T4528139, choice of English or Western style. North Point Riding Stables, Cap Estate, takes groups to Cas-en-Bas Beach, Donkey Beach, Pigeon Point or Gros Islet, one and a half hours, minimum age 12, T4508853.

Laborde’s Gym, Old La Toc Road, exercise equipment and body building, open Monday-Friday 0600-2000, T4522788, no credit cards. Body Inc at Gablewoods Mall has weight training, aerobics and a cardio centre, T4519744. Hotel Le Sport specializes in health and fitness, with tennis, cycling, weight training, volley ball et cetera, all inclusive packages. St Lucia Racquet Club offers fitness classes and a Nautilus gym, T4500551. Jogging is organized by The Roadbusters, who meet outside JQ’s Supermarket, La Clery, on Tuesday and Thursday at 1700 and on Sunday at 0800, call Jimmie James for details, T4524790 evenings.

Cricket and football are the main spectator sports, also basketball, netball and volleyball are increasingly popular. Every village has a cricket game at weekends or after work in the season, using makeshift equipment such as sticks or palm frond bases as bats. Combat is a new game played 0900-1200 at weekends, T4529634, you are provided with fatigues and compressed gas cylinder guns which fire orange paint balls. Two teams battle to capture the flag.


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