It's worth wandering around town
Favorite thing: It's great to just walk around town and see what life is like for the locals. Honestly, Castries had a pretty third world feel, with deep, ankle break-inviting gutters with nasty colored fluids sluicing through... tiny storefronts with the employees hanging out on the sidewalks outside their doors. Great to get the flavor. Some of the areas we walked felt very local, with no other apparent tourists about, but we didn't feel unsafe. The only time I felt unsafe was when we were walking through the park that seperates two criminal court buildings and it was filled with what looked like homeless people. "No, honey, I don't think this is a good place to stop for a rest."
Fondest memory: The friendly residents made us feel comfortable as we explored their city.
Favorite thing: Research is they key!!!!
St Lucia is blessed both black and golden sand beaches. So if you don't like black sand, do investigate what type of beach your hotel is on.
We stayed on a lovely golden sand beach - Reduit Beach. The photos depicts the thatched umberellas on Reduit Beach - solely for the use of Royal St Lucian guests.
In the right light, the water shimmered a lovely blue colour.
There were quite a few locals on the beach, which never felt crowded as it was so long.
We were rarely approached by vendors when bathing under the umberellas.
Favorite thing: The tip is, get a rum punch, a comfy chair, and lie back and the sun slowly sink below the horizon.
Here is a partiluarly colourful sunset, snapped from our terrace at the Royal St Lucian Hotel, overlooking Rodney Bay.
I have wonderful memories of lying on one of the comfy loungers, glass of red wine in hand, watching this beautiful sunset.
Favorite thing: I think taking the jungle trek was fantastic....
We had a great time, saw many animals and the landscape was fantastic.....
Walking along the trail which was not very wide and steep, we were able to see tree tops and some great mountain shots...
Here we are standing on the trail and it was a long slide down the hill if you did not watch your step.......
Fondest memory: The lush rainforest and great beaches
Crystal clear water
Favorite thing: I think the beaches and water are just beautiful in saint lucia.. Here on Reduit beach at the rex the water is warm and clear...
You can walk out a good distance and the waves are very small, great for children...
the sand is fine and not rockey like some...
Fondest memory: We miss the beach at the rex, the beautiful sunsets and calm waters, great for taking a evening stroll..Related to:
Warm days and lot's of fun
Favorite thing: I think that a tour into the rainforest is a must. What is nice in Saint Lucia is that most of the tours are not based on seeing or doing one thing.
Many tours do two or three different parts of the island. If you take a rainforest tour you will not only see that but end up also seeing the gardens and mineral baths, Diamond falls, be trrreated to a local lunch and brought back by boat alondg the coast to your hotel.
Each tour offers different things to do , but usually more than just one...
Fondest memory: We have had many good memorys of Saint Lucia . One that stands out was our day to Pigeon island. This was a tour set up by the Rex Hotel.It consisted of a boat ride over to the other beach followed by a hike to Fort Rodney, learning much along the way, than continuing back to see the old barricks and small village area ending up on the beach for a beach party.All the food / drinks you could want, any many games and activities..We even had a limbo contest...
It was agreat day for our family...Related to:
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Favorite thing: island tours are available through booking agents at places you may stay.
Knowing that these people are on commisions we tried another route.
they were charging $80 U.S. per person to go on a bus tour which seemed pretty high, plus being jammed in a bus with 6 other people and having a schedule to stick to.
We paid a taxi driver $120 and picked up a cooler full of "pitons" and headed out at our leisure to see the various spots just my wife and I. pictured below is "Ben" the taxi man.
Fondest memory: the best thing of course coming from snow is the beaches and sun....but we really enjoyed the vegitation of Saint Lucia, lusch and tropical.
Rodney Bay Tour
Favorite thing: Saint lucias climate is very nice. Warm sunny days, mixed with rain showers now and than.
We love taking boat rides almost any where around Saint Lucia.
Here we took a boat ride on the Rodney Bay boat which is only 5 Minutes from the hotel.
The ride takes you over to Rodney bay marina where you can go shopping or enjoy looking around at all the boats and yachts.
Sit by the water and enjoy some great food.
Fondest memory: We always miss the relaxed atmostphere...
Favorite thing: The is a picture of the Diamond Falls in the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. The water is full of minerals and depending on what kind and how many minerals are in the water at the time, it will change the color of the rock behind it. Colors range from orange, red and yellow to blue, green, gray and purple.
The water in the streams coming from the waterfall is a milky gray color because of all the minerals and it is all warm water.
Favorite thing: This is a shot of Soufriere with the Pitons in the background. This was actually the original capital of St. Lucia before Castries, which is further north on the island. Locals told us that there were many movies filmed here including Superman 3.
Favorite thing: I was not sure where to put this tip. While it may fit under the transportation tip, it could fall under the must see section.
The story as we were told is, This ship is called the Unicorn. You can take a sight seeing trip aboard it. This ship was used in the film "ROOTS"Related to:
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: There are many different boat tours available. We wnet on a small sailboat that held about 15 people. We went from Castries past the Pitons to the south end of the island. Along the way we went snorkeling and visited some volcanoes and botanical gardens. Well worth the price.Related to:
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Favorite thing: While walking on the beach our first day, we had a local guy come up to us and ask us if we wanted a fresh coconut. We thought, why not. For a couple dollars E.C. he climbed a tree , got 2 coconuts and cut them open for us. We thought that was pretty neat. We found out later that any of the staff would have done this for us for free. But the way I look at it, it only cost me a couple bucks (even less in my home currency).
Fondest memory: NOT REALLY A FOND MEMORY !!
The only problem we had was this same guy hassled us for the rest of our vacation. He grabbed a bag of popcorn out of my hands. He confronted us on the street, trying to get money out of us buy trying to guide us or sell us things. This left a bad impression on us. Talking to 4 girls (Canadian tourists) we met at the hotel, they told us that they would talk to some hotel staff about this since they were on very good terms with some of the male staff.........
Hotel security talked to the guy and we never saw him for the last 3 days.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Most people travelling to the sun spots, have their hair done in corn braids. Right on the beach at the hotel you could get this done. At the same time you could buy all those shirts for the family back home. The price of the shirts were a little more than other places and took the trill out of exploring the market, but it is available for those who want to get the shopping out of the way and spend more time in the sun.Related to:
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Visit the vulcanic site on the...
Favorite thing: Visit the vulcanic site on the southern part of STL. Bathe in the warmest waterfall there as well. And one must visit the great house just north of Rodney Bay. Every friday they have a jump up (party) in the streets of Rodney Bay from about 12:00am to early in the morning.
Fondest memory: The people are the most kindest people I've ever met.
This picture was shot in Marigot Bay, famous for the movie site for 'Doctor Dolittle'.
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