Santa Lucía Travel Guide

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     Warm clear sea and lovely people 

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     Can't think of any 

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     It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This 

Santa Lucía Things to Do

  • Sunset Cruise

    Another must do is the sunset cruise on the Brig Unicorn,from the Casteries.Never to be forgotten experience.

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  • See the Pitons from a boat trip

    Visit the Pitons by boat. My daughter caught a little boat booked from our hotel. The cruise included a lunch and visit to the sulpher springs. Apparently very good value for money, cannot remember cost now though. Best way to get those photographs is from a boat.

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  • Visit the capital, Casteries...

    Visit the capital, Casteries and the Duty Free Areas. We had a taxi from our hotel.It was nice to see the St Lucia and pick up some bargains in the Duty Free Shop and at the little colourful market.

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  • The best place we visited has...

    The best place we visited has got to be the banana plantation! Tour groups do organised tours to them but be warned getting there might be a bit steep!It is a good place to visit because you can't just visit one everday. People who go shopping on holiday can go shopping any day but this is more like a once in a lifetime experience!

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  • Soufrière town

    Soufrière is the old French capital in Saint Lucia's southwest. It is a picturesque fishing village near countless attractions, including the Pitons. The French influence can be seen in the architecture of the town's buildings with second-story verandahs and gingerbread trim.

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  • Marigot Bay

    This is one of the most beautiful bays you will see anywhere. Marigot bay is a natural harbour that long ago once provided a hideout for pirate ships, Marigot Bay also served as the setting for the film Dr. Doolittle.

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Santa Lucía Restaurants

  • Best on the Beach

    This is the kind of swimsuit/barefoot place that is perfect for lunch or evening drinks. It is right on the beach at Renduit and affords an informal place with good food and drinks where you can step out of the ocean onto the restaurant patio. The fresh fish and tropical fruits are a good bet! Try any combination of the two in a salad (I had...

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  • The Eagles Inn

    The restaurant at the marina in Rodney Bay has a wrap around wooden porch with tables overlooking the marina. There's even a bar that is built so that people can pull their boats up alongside and drink from their boats! Meals are served (regardless of what you order) with wonderful local vegetables some of which were unfamilar to us before. The...

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  • There is more than one:In...

    There is more than one:In Rodney Bay CHARTHOUSE, Rodney Bay - I enjoyed an excellent fish thereTHE BISTRO, Rodney Bay - The meal is goodTHAI ROYALE, Rodney Bay - excellent for oriental mealsLIME, Rodney Bay - for a fabulous lunch on a Sunday, that is inexpensiveIn Marigot Check JJ's Paradise - Wenesday Night is 'Crab Night'

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  • A water taxi ride to Marigot...

    A water taxi ride to Marigot Bay with lunch at the cafe is a must......watch the sailboats and relax the day away.

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  • My fave restaurant was...

    My fave restaurant was Pizza!Pizza! because the deep pan pizza's are inches deep. My Grandad nearly died when he saw them!!!And they don't take long to cook.I can't remember the price but it was good value for money. Pizza!!!What else would I have?

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  • The Lime and Capone's...

    The Lime and Capone's Restaurant and La Piazza. Both restaurants are in Rodney Bay and this is a popular area where you can find many restaurants. I like The Lime because there is a nightclub (Late Lime),the food is good West Indian fare and they serve Carib beer!!! Capone's is a two in one restuarant, I prefered dining open air,the inside reminded...

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Santa Lucía Nightlife

  • There are some nightclubs and...

    There are some nightclubs and restaurants to choose from.Shamrock Pub - a nightclub along the waterfront offers some a open air style.Check out nightly entertainment at the Wyndham Morgan Bay Resort Elegantly casual is allowed

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  • Most places are good. On a...

    Most places are good. On a night lots of people are out and there are kid's out aswell.I found one club which was called Indies. It's phone number is 452 0727. Everywhere has it's own qualities. It just depends where you go. For the club I said about the dress sense is proper dress. Most places is just casual though.

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  • The Lime and Indies Nightclub.

    The Lime and Indies Nightclub.St.Lucia isn't a party Island,but these two places offered a pretty decent night out.

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Santa Lucía Transportation

  • Carnival Victory takes you there

    We woke the morning to a lovely view of St Lucia with the picture perfect twin PITONS being the identifying mark of the island.

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  • For international travel, an...

    For international travel, an airplane is the suitable means of getting to either of the 2 airports - Hewanorra in the south or Vigie smaller and in the north.The bus system I found is very easy, however it takes some time to learn where the different buses are parked. The natives are friendly and would surely provide accurate directions if lost....

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  • If you are on a neighbouring...

    If you are on a neighbouring island I would suggest boat but if you live at the other side of the world I would say aeroplane.If you are wanting to go around yourself I would definetly say hire a car. Otherwise if you are just wanting a bit of sight seeing I would say bus/coach.

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Santa Lucía Local Customs

  • Bar from the Bow (Ship's bow that is)

    While floating along in the blue-green water off Renduit Beach, you may hear a conch shell horn annoucing the arrival of a boat selling cool drinks. The small motor boat has a palm frond canopy and comes right up to you in the water to sell you a drink! Lots of fun and cheap!

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  • Some creole phrases:Kommau ou...

    Some creole phrases:Kommau ou ye - How are you?Sa ca fete - What is happening?Merci boku - Thank you very much.Ki kote au ca aller - Where are you going?This creole is spoken throughout St Lucia. However the natives do converse in English too. If you are adventurous, practising a few phrases can be fun. The words are predominantly french,...

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  • Many St.Lucian's speak Kwéyòl...

    Many St.Lucian's speak Kwéyòl which is a legacy from the French who once ruled the island.Is is very melodious to the ear, and is a languauge in itself with it's own grammar rules and synatxes.Everyone from docotors to the man in the street speaks it.Some examples :Bonjou,kouman ou ye? - Good morning,how are you?Ki kote yo ka vann wonm ki fet Sent...

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Santa Lucía Warnings and Dangers

  • If using a rental vehicle...

    If using a rental vehicle 'stick' to the main roads. I have heard of persons driving of the edge of cliffs. Beware of this cliff, actually it is the highest peak on the island.

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  • Some of the cab drivers that...

    Some of the cab drivers that we used were scary people behind the wheel. They like to pass other cars at places that they can't see anyone coming around a corner and these roads have some VERY long drops next to the roads. Our drive from the airport to the resort should have been just over an hour. While he was passing another car on a down hill...

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Santa Lucía Tourist Traps

  • Drive In Volcano: Beware the Agressive...

    A popular tourist attraction on St. Lucia near the south on the island is the drive-in volcano, purportedly the world's only! It's interesting enough but better like the smell of sulphur which is quite strong. The only down side are the hordes of vendors who accost every tourist trying to sell trinkets. Learn to say "no" and mean it! If you go in...

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  • Castries is a ghost town on...

    Castries is a ghost town on evenings and at week-ends. If you are looking for action find yourself up north in Rodney Bay, on a Friday choose between Gros Islet or Anse le Raye.The 'liming' in this island is from Wedesday to Sunday and peaks on the Friday.

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  • Climbing the piton was a great...

    Climbing the piton was a great adventure, but the view from the top was not what you would expect.The rainforest hike we took also was a rip off. The trail was new and unless you like seeing a variety of trees, there's not much else to see.

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Santa Lucía What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Light clothing would do, the days are often sunny only some occasional rain between January and May. Expect lots of rain in June to December - our 'Rainy Season'. There are only 2 seasons 'Dry' and 'Rainy'. Come without luggage and get what you need here

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  • Packing List

    A suit case believe it or not!You may need a bit more luggage than your Gucci handbag or your backpack! Not much really as it is warm most of the time but mostly cotton clothing an a sun hat Mosquito spray! You should carry it around with you all the time and not forgetting sun tan lotion. Wear it 24/7 even on cloudy days! I have not got a clue....

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Santa Lucía Off The Beaten Path

  • The Castries craft market

    The local crafts market in Castries -- crowded but filled with great things like baskets! My favorites were the tiny baskets filled with local spices (including whole nutmegs and such). The produce market next door is fun to wander, too.

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  • There are open-back vehicles...

    There are open-back vehicles that provide tours such as: Jungle Tours or Safari Adventures. These are a wonderful way to sight-see.Whale-watching is also available

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  • A lovely, sequestered, natural...

    A lovely, sequestered, natural harbor that once provided a hideout for pirate ships, Marigot Bay also served as the setting for the film Dr. Doolittle.

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Santa Lucía Favorites

  • St. Lucia: You CAN have it all

    Although I can't honestly say I've been to any other Caribbean vacation spots, we liked St. Lucia because it had such a variety of offerings -- beautiful beaches, natural attractions, historic sights, and a colorful capital city. We loved the people we met, the beaches (of course) and the variety of landscapes (from the impressive Pitons to the...

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  • There are many beautiful...

    There are many beautiful places in St Lucia, one that sticks out is a view point on the way to Soufriere where you have a beautiful view of the Pitons. I miss the whole atmosphere of St Lucia. I miss the friends that I have made there.

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  • Get out of your resort or the...

    Get out of your resort or the main town and see the country- it's beautiful. This photo was taken on the road to the national park

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