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Now... Depart any day this month for a walking holiday of the Cinque Terre – an idyllic string of five fishing villages on Italy's Ligurian coast. The self-guided trip with UTracks costs £490pp, with six nights' accommodation and train tickets. utracks.com

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Beach perfect: Jet off to St Lucia for the ideal winter escape

Claudia Winkleman heads to St Lucia's Windjammer Landing resort with friends and family in tow

Winehouse toasted by St Lucia tourism chief



St Lucia's tourism chief is praising Amy Winehouse for bringing publicity to the Caribbean island.

Overseas property: St Lucia

St Lucia is being tipped as the new Barbados – but without the crowds. Laura Latham reports

There's plenty more room at the inn for the Barmy Army

Cricket fans will find a bigger choice of hotels on St Lucia next spring, says Andrew Tong

Stanford deal close

A final resolution to the sponsorship row that had threatened the multi-million pound Stanford Twenty20 match looks to be only hours away.

Great package tour airlift to rescue 84,000 sunseekers

One of the biggest emergency airlifts of modern history was under way yesterday as the Civil Aviation Authority sought to help 85,000 holidaymakers stranded at resorts across the world by the collapse of XL Leisure.

Five villas in the Caribbean

First pick your tropical island, then add some old-fashioned charm

This shocking honeymoon murder should not stop us travelling to Antigua

The shooting of the Mullanys has highlighted the increasing problem of violent crime in the Caribbean. But the way to make the region safe is to keep visiting, says Travel Editor Kate Simon

Simon Calder: One British tourist is murdered every week

The murder rate for British tourists abroad runs at about one a week, making it one of the most significant causes of death – though well behind road accidents and drownings. Many of the victims of homicide abroad are longer-term residents or on visits to relatives. The statistics show that only a handful of tourists are killed by criminals (or, more rarely, terrorists) in the average year.

Dom Joly: You can't beat a beach holiday for jealousy and vice

I'm in St Lucia on a half-term getaway with the family. We don't normally do this kind of break, but we were suffering from a peculiar new breed of pressure – from the classroom. For the past year or so, we've had subtle hints from Parker about the quality of her half-terms, which normally involve a trip to the local swimming pool and an evening at Pizza Express in Cirencester. This, apparently, will no longer do.

Grab a Windies windfall

With cricket fans ready to descend for the World Cup, West Indies property is a great catch, says Chris Partridge

Hurricane Ivan devastates Grenada

Hurricane Ivan has brought widespread devastation to the Caribbean "spice isle" island of Grenada, damaging 90 per cent of homes and destroying a 17th century stone prison that left criminals on the loose as looting erupted.

Lloyds puts his finger on bravery

New umpire is more than a match for the naked eye. Stephen Brenkley sees him pass the official test
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