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St. Lucia - Have You Been There?

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by nubka, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

    Hubby and I are flying out to St Lucia this Saturday. We will be there for a week. Has anyone here at FSU been there? If so, what were your impressions? I'm sure we will really enjoy it, but just curious as to other's experiences there.

    Thanks! :) :)
  2. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    I was there a LONG time ago. The resorts are beautiful, but there's a huge disparity between haves and have nots. To be safe, book all taxis/tours through your hotel. The roads around the volcano are very narrow, so don't look down if you do that tour. Don't miss the botanical gardens.

    Off resort food can be very good. I had a lovely conch salad at a roadside shack. Ask the workers at the hotel where they eat and you'll be able to find some hidden gems.
  3. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    Depends where you are staying - if you are at one of the resorts on the NW coast, then a fun excursion is Pigeon Island. I think it's more developed now, but there's an old fort, a hike up to the saddle-like island, great views, easy day trip.

    If you are in the south, I think there's a lot more in terms of sightseeing around the Pitons, sulfur springs, botanical gardens etc.

    If you are into food, then see if someone from the resort will take you - there are lots of sustainable farms doing interesting things that are open to visitors, but I believe you generally have to know someone to make the arrangements. I spent two days with a chef from one of the resorts visiting places that grow cocoa beans, nutmeg, fruits etc and farm shrimp and animals - very interesting, but not something we could have done on our own.

    There was also a fishing village in one of the many harbours between Soufriere and Castries that had a great fish fry/market festival once or twice a week - a really fun evening. Your resort will likely offer a bunch of escorted excursions, and if they have something like that, I'd go for it. Visiting one of the rum distilleries is always fun too :)

    For the town of Castries, I'd avoid it unless you have an escort as I understand it can be dangerous for tourists wandering about. Plus, it's not one of the pretty colonial Caribbean towns - some restaurants, but as far as I remember no history to experience, not picturesque, just kinda busy and messy. Others may have different recollections.
  4. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    Agree about not wandering in Castries. Soufriere is a better bet. The Soufriere market is worth a look WITH AN ESCORT.