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