my st lucia travel guide
These are some of the things you must experience when visiting the Caribbean island of St Lucia - "Let her inspire you".
My friends and I have been trying to keep up with an annual girls trip since our last adventure to Barbados in 2018. This year, we decided that St Lucia was the island to cross off our bucket list.
This was my first trip to St Lucia and I was super excited to explore the island and take in as much of the history and culture as I possibly could. And of course, get the opportunity to create awesome content for you guys! So we synced up our vacation leaves, booked our flight and accommodation and it was "St Lucia here we come". I was even more pumped because I'd be spending my birthday week there #yasss. We stayed at Lotus Villa which we booked through Airbnb and our experience was superb! Check out my IGTV video on Instagram for a quick tour of the villa. If you're travelling abroad, consider Airbnb as an option. Trust me, you'd be pleasantly surprised.
So when you get to St Lucia, what's next? Well my friends and I had some awesome activities planned for our stay and we jumped right in to all the action.
1. Island Tour
We kicked off our first day with a road trip around the island. Joe Knows Tours (where our tour guide and driver were J.R. and Mr Weekes respectively) picked us up at 8:30 am at our villa in a 12 seater bus and we drove from Rodney Bay area (north of the island) to Soufriere (south west). We made several different stops along the way allowing us to really appreciate all the sights. From passing through the Capital, Castries, stopping at the fishing villages of Anse La Raye and Canaries, observing the beauty of the lush rainforest and spotting the Pitons.
At the town of Soufriere, the home of the Caribbean's only drive-in volcano; we had a mini tour of the area and learnt some of the history of the volcano and the Pitons. The volcanic craters are constantly releasing sulphur laden steam; giving the area a distinctive rotten egg scent. It's something you tend to get used to whilst you're there, believe it or not. The sulphur spring and mud bath were next and we had some fun treating our skin to its minerals. We then cooled off at the Toraille Waterfall.
But the day wasn't over yet! We then headed for lunch at a restaurant with a direct view of the Petit Piton. Talk about a gorgeous view! To this day I am still speechless about how beautiful the Pitons are. After lunch and some chit chat, we headed to Saint Lucia Distillers for some Rum tasting. My absolute favourite has to be the Marigot Bay Coconut cream liqueur. On our drive back to our villa, we stopped off at a lookout point to view Marigot Bay at sunset.
Our tour guides were amazing. They were professional, helpful (taking most of our pictures that day without any fuss) and ultimately we felt safe with them. I would definitely recommend their services!
2. Beach day
There's no shortage of beautiful beaches in St Lucia. Reduit Bay beach is home to several resorts and is in close proximity to lots of restaurants and chill spots to hang out. This allowed my friends and I to have a lovely meal at Crave restaurant prior to our beach fun. Reduit Bay beach is very relaxing and it's perfect just before sunset when it's not very hot. There's a waterpark for those who may like a bit more fun in the sun. The sunset was beautiful and you can spot Pigeon Island in the distance.
3. Rodney Bay Marina
We practically lived there #haha. We frequently visited the Marina because there was always something new to experience. There are a few restaurants that we visited for brunch and dinner; and also a souvenir shop on the compound that we conveniently got all of our trinkets to take back to Trinidad. Some of the restaurants included:
- Cafe Ole
4. Catamaran Cruise
We took a 'Piton Sunset' cruise with Carnival Sailing which sails along the western coast of St Lucia. Stops are made at Marigot Bay which #funfact has been featured in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and Superman 2. Nestled between the majestic Pitons in the waters of the Sugar Beach resort, there was the option to snorkle and swim in the protected reef. On the way back, there were finger foods, complimentary drinks and a chance to bask in the beautiful sunset. We partied with the crew and other passengers as we made our way back to the port. I could still remember us dancing to "Palance", "Follow the leader" and "The roof is on fire" #LOL.
5. Horseback riding
Now for those who literally cannot stomach the motion sickness on a boat, horseback riding is a lovely alternative. Two of my friends had a relaxed time doing this whilst the rest of us were on the Catamaran. They chose a 2 hour riding tour with Trim's National Riding Academy and rode horseback from the stables through Cas en Bas onto a secluded beach. They explored the hillside and rode down to the beach; going into the water with the horses while still on horseback. My friends described it as one of the most exciting experiences.
6. Gros-Islet Friday Night Street Party/"Jump Up"
Every Friday evening in Gros-Islet, which is a short drive from the Rodney Bay Marina, some of the streets are closed off for one of the biggest street parties. Music is set up on almost every corner, food vendors come out in their numbers and a bar is always in sight.
We had a rental SUV, so we reached at a decent time so as to get a good parking spot. Even if you're not a party-goer, this is a must once you're in St Lucia. My friends and I were fortunate enough to be in St Lucia up until the weekend just before their Carnival, and the street party was full of vibes.
We sampled rice and fish from Duke's place which was highly recommended and of course I had to get a cup of the Marigot Bat coconut cream liqueur #sogood. Be careful with the Lucian rum punch though; it's got a kick! Or, try their Piton Beer which the Lucians say is better than T&Ts Carib #lol. Then as the night progresses, the crowd gets bigger and everyone pretty much settles in the same area for a dancing fest! I mean, my girls and I had an absolute blast.
There's no shortage of adventure in St Lucia. So once you've booked a trip there, there's no doubt you'd enjoy yourself. It's a beautiful Caribbean island with lots to experience. It'll leave you wanting more and definitely planning a return trip. I know I'd be back for sure!
Have you been to St Lucia? If so, what was your experience like? Do you have a favourite memory? I'd love to know, so leave a comment below and let's chat! xo