My favorite type of place has always been something tropical. Now it may be because I was born in a place like that or the fact that I love the water, but there is just something addictive about going to a tropical destination. The mixture of the jungle, the ocean, the palm trees, the fresh food; is what lures me in to these amazing places and it’s what got me to the island of St. Lucia.
St. Lucia is one of the many Caribbean islands and it’s most known for the dramatically tapered mountains, the Pitons. The island has a lot to offer and it is perfect for all types of travelers. If you want to be more adventurous you can hike the Piton mountains, or go chase waterfalls in the jungle. If you loving immersing yourself in the culture, you can take a tour of the chocolate farms or hit up the local festivals. If you love to lounge around, well you’re on an island surrounded by beaches, so what more do you need than that.
Since I fall under all those categories, as I assume most of you do as well, below are some snippets of my incredible time in St. Lucia.
I stayed at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa in Rodney Bay Village. This was on the other side of the island away from the Pitons Mountains, but you still get a killer view of other mountains. It is a short drive away from the capital city, Castries, so you will still have plenty to do on this side of the island.
The beach that was part of the resort was beautiful and quiet. There was plenty to do such as trying the local flare at the restaurants along the coast or renting out a bunch of water sports for a little fun in the sun. The only time it felt a little crowded was when the cruise ships would roll in, but it was still a beautiful beach with a lot to offer.
Pigeon Island was right across from my resort and about a five minute boat ride. You get to have beautiful 360 views, so perfect for capturing that amazing shot. On one side you get look into the vast sea and the other side is the beautiful island of St. Lucia. Make sure to bring some water and snacks if you are looking to hike up to the the top of the island because it does get exhausting and it is pretty hot. Also, bring your suit and towels, so you can hit up the beaches (oh and don’t forget the sunscreen 😉 ).
Another must in St. Lucia is of course the famous Piton Mountains. The best way to see them is to turn it into a day excursion and hit up a few things on the way as well. I took a boat from my side of the island to the city of Soufriere. As you are getting closer to the city, you get to witness the beautiful mountains. They are so unique looking and all you can do is just stare in awe because mother nature is pretty darn great. (Hiking the mountain is also available to do as well, so if you are looking for more of an adventurous day trip, make sure to explore that).
Once you get to Soufriere and explore the town, make sure to drive away from the city and explore all that St. Lucia has to offer. Make a pit stop by the Toraille Waterfalls and take a swim in the refreshing water.
Next, make your way to the Sulphur Springs mud bath and enjoy a warm and therapeutic mineral bath in the hot mineral pool. Tip: do not bring a nice bathing suit…I repeat…do not bring a nice bathing suit!!! It will get ruined from the mud and it is almost impossible to wash out.
Another fun activity was to go visit the Cacoa Farm and see how cocoa is made. The best part is that it is also a hotel, so you have the option to stay in this lush forest and have magnificent views of the ocean.
One of my favorite parts of a trip is getting to immerse myself in the culture of the destination I am visiting and my favorite part of this trip was just that…getting to dance and party with the locals. St. Lucia has a street party every Friday night filled with food, artists and lots of dancing and music. It is so full of life and it brings in lots of visitors and locals alike. It is called the Gros Islet Friday Night Street Party, so just ask a local and they will be able to point you in the right direction. (highly recommended – note that it is in Gros Islet and not near Soufriere, so if you are staying on that side, it is a little bit of a drive to get to the street party).
Who has been to St. Lucia before? Did you hit up any of the spots mentioned above? Leave a comment, would love to hear from you all 🙂
Happy Travels – xoxo Dre <3