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St. Lucia Spotlight

Unlike more developed Caribbean islands, such as Aruba and the Bahamas, the sparsely populated island-nation of Saint Lucia still maintains a sense of unspoiled, exotic beauty. Its landscapes of pristine beaches and mountainous terrain are among the most stunning you’ll find anywhere in the Caribbean (and that’s especially true at Jade Mountain, an uber-luxe getaway popular among celebrities).

Though it doesn’t offer much in the way of dining, shopping or nightlife for its tourists — apart from the few jazzy rum punch joints hugging its cruise ship ports — St. Lucia has seen an increase in restaurants and shops as more and more visitors arrive, which is a blessing and a curse. Nonetheless, the island has a decidedly tranquil vibe for a beautiful, calm vacation. A romantic boutique located on a historic cocoa plantation, Fond Doux offers a solid value, as does the family-friendly Windjammer Landing, with numerous pools and water sports.

- Oyster.com Staff

Best Beach Awards 2012

It’s resort season and it’s a safe bet you’ve spent time daydreaming of relaxing somewhere with your toes in the sand. Just when you want to escape to warmer temps, Travel Channel releases its first-ever Best Beach Awards. We sifted through hundreds of hot beaches and island vacations to bring you the 2012 nominees in 10 categories:

1. Best Party Beach
2. Best Family Beach
3. Best Romantic Beach
4. Sexiest Beach
5. Best Beach Bars
6. Best Beach You Haven’t Heard of … Yet
7. Best Beach for Adventure
8. Best Exotic Beach
9. Best Scenic Beach
10. Best Beach Boardwalks

But the Best Overall Beach is up to you!

1. Siesta Key, Florida
2. St. Lucia
3. Lahaina Beach, Maui
4. Cabo San Luca, Mexico

Vote in the poll and enter for a chance to win your own escape to St. Lucia. Tune in starting Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 2|1c as the winners are unveiled all weekend.

by Matthew Karsten,
ExpertVagabond.com

 

South African Sangoma

I’m one really lucky guy. At least that’s what my sangoma tells me. What is a sangoma, you might ask? A traditional Nguni healer, seer, counselor and shaman. The native peoples of South Africa have been practicing the profession for thousands of years and many still do today. While visiting Khula, a rural Zulu township on the outskirts of St. Lucia, I was invited into the home of the local sangoma to consult with my ancestral spirits.

Men always enter the sacred ndumba (healing hut) before the women, in order to protect against snakes. Luckily, the small thatched room was snake-free. Once seated inside, I was given a smoldering bundle of Imphepho (perennial herb) twigs and was told to inhale the smoke while reciting my name. This ritual act would summon my ancestors with whom the sangoma would consult. READ MORE

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