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5 Tropical Vacation Spots

Keep family travel costs low by heading to one of these sunny destinations during the off season.

By Laura Manske

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St. Lucia

Jutting dramatically out of the Caribbean Sea, St. Lucia's famous twin peaks, Les Pitons, will stun first-time visitors. This super-green, mountainous isle was born of the Earth's rock 'n rumble and has the world's only "drive-in" volcano, Mount Soufriere.


Alfresco family fun: Action-hungry teens will love riding in a Jeep Safari (sunlinktours.com) as it journeys into a Tarzan-like jungle. Book a tour to the Diamond Botanical Gardens; natural minerals make the waterfall change colors. Save time to dip toes into the nearby fizzy mineral springs.


Kid-friendly culture: At Fond Latisab Creole Park, in Babonneau, the Fond Assau community exposes young travelers to the intricacies of St. Lucian life through hands-on activities. Stroll through the public market in Castries, where vendors sell exotic produce like breadfruit.


Unpack your bags: The all-inclusive Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa has a waterpark (from $420 per room for two adults, $55 for kids ages 3 to 12, $75 for kids over 13; coconutbayresortandspa.com; 866-978-6226). Chocolate lovers should try the Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, a farm that houses guests in suites (from $150 per suite, ages12 and under stay free; fonddouxestate.com; 877-434-1212).


More trip tips: stlucia.org

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