New Summer Family Vacation Packages Offer a Whale of a Time with Complimentary Excursions, Mocktails, Room Upgrades and Free Meals and Stays for Kids

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia (May 20, 2010) - Don't let the chance slip away! Go Bananas in Saint Lucia! The Saint Lucia Tourist Board, in partnership with many of the island's family friendly resorts, has launched the "Go Bananas Summer Family Program," offering the best of the island's experiences at exceptional summer values to families looking for an unforgettable vacation.

Families traveling from June 1 to September 30, 2010 can book a "Go Bananas" vacation, which includes:

Free stays and meals for children under the age of 17.

  1. "Go Bananas" mixology session where kids learn to make tasty beverages using bananas, a major export crop for the island.
  2. Saint Lucia discount card and coupon book accepted at many of the island's restaurants and shops.
  3. Have a whale of a time with a complimentary excursion from a choice which includes whale and dolphin watching, day cruise, a sky-ride, or horseback riding.
  4. Kid's Education Day on Pigeon Island National Landmark for a two-hour session to learn more about the Legends of Saint Lucia.
  5. Complimentary room upgrade where available.
  6. Complimentary babysitting for one evening.
  7. A complimentary souvenir.

According to Louis Lewis, Director of Tourism, "We want to encourage families to come and see what the island has to offer; its uniqueness and family-friendly charm. The name incorporates our history with bananas which was once our main export and which is still a major part of our daily lives. Bananas are sweet and good for the soul, at the same time they could be funky yet kid friendly."

Participating hotels include some of the island's finest: Almond Resorts, Bay Gardens Resorts, Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, Coco Resorts, Cotton Bay Village, The Marigot Bay Hotel, The Village Inn & Spa, Villa Beach Cottages and the Windjammer Landing Village Beach Resort.

Renowned chefs Bobo Bergstrom of The Edge Restaurant in Rodney Bay and culinary entrepreneur Chef John-Conrad Ste. Marthe, who was featured in the New York Times last fall, will tantalize taste buds at two New York City department stores. Chef Conrad will display his mastery of local cuisine before scores of onlookers at Macy's Herald Square on Thursday, June 10 from 6 to 7 p.m., while Chef Bobo will be featured at Bloomingdale's (59th Street & Lexington Avenue) on Saturday, June 12 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Attractions participating in the program include ATV Adventure Tours, Captain Mike's (Whale & Dolphin Watching), the Desmond Skeete Animation Centre, Eastern Caribbean Diving, Heritage Tours of Saint Lucia, International Pony Club (Horseback Riding), Pigeon Island National Landmark, Rain Forest Adventures (sky riding and tram ride).

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia and its "Go Bananas Summer Family Program" visit StLuciaNow.com or call a travel professional.

Terms and Conditions:

Promotion Code: "Go Bananas". Bookings for the Go Bananas Summer Family Program are valid from June 1 to September 30, 2010 at the participating resorts listed above. This offer cannot be combined with any others. Free stays for kids only applicable for children sharing a room with adults. Free kids' meals are only applicable at resorts where guests are staying. The booking process may differ based on each hotel's terms and conditions. Complimentary excursions are valid for children under the age of 17 who are accompanied by two full paying adults and are limited to one per family. Discounts on tours offered by the participating tour operators are available for families of 4 or more. Select resorts and activities may not be applicable for this promotion. The Saint Lucia Tourist Board, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to cancel or modify the promotion if fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond its control impairs the integrity of the Go Bananas promotion as determined by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board and its partners. Some restrictions apply, call for details.

About Saint Lucia

One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies' Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. The "Helen of the West Indies," Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - a tropical rainforest and one of the world's few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz festival. Saint Lucia's wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. For information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1 (888) 4-STLUCIA, or visit www.saintlucianow.com.