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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.
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.
Well, actually my second favorite thing, apart from visiting Saint Lucia is preparing to go there. When you plan a trip to St.Lucia consider consulting one of these usefull reference books:
* The Landscape of St Lucia, Alison Brownlie 2004. Great for kids, 32 pages. (GBP 5.99)
* St Lucia - Insight Compact Guide, Lesley Gordon 2004. Lots of info on 120 pages, arranged geographically. Lots of pics, maps, tips. ($8.95)
* St Lucia - Landmark Visitors Guide, Don Philpott 2003. Lots of info on 143 pages, arranged geographically. Lots of facts, addresses, tips and photos. ($13.95)
* The Rough Guide to St Lucia, Karl Luntta 2003. Small size, 245 pages, abundance of information, scarcely illustrated. ($11.95)
* Saint Lucia - Indigo Guides, Barbara Baletto & Debbie Gaiger 2000. Great combination of beautiful photos and text, great lay-out, arranged thematically, 160 pages. ($19.95).
* (New) Footprint St Lucia, Sarah Cameron 2004. Compact size, much information, hardly any photos, arranged thematically and geographically. 208 pages. ($ 12.95).
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...
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...
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..
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
No, not baseball bats... every night, as the sun set, bats would fly like mad between the palm trees, hunting for mosquitoes and other bugs. We LOVED the sight and sound of these nightly goings on.
One night we realized they also skimmed the pool for a quick drink of water as the sun set -- neat scene!
One night we were finally able to capture the images of some of the bats when they'd roost for a few moments in the rafters of the gym building (photo here).
And on the last night we saw them, well past sunset, skimming the ocean, close to the shore. How cool!
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: Every night there were these two tiny, cute frogs hanging out in front of the door to our room. Always the two, and always every night, long after sundown. Loved those little guys and we made sure not to step on them as we returned from late night carousing.
My favorite aspect of St. Lucia is all the lush vegetation, plants, flowers, trees and fruit that grows so abundantly. It is such a treat for the eyes as well as the nose being tickled by so many fragrances.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory is the absolutely amazing diversity in landscape, terrain and visions of all kinds that treat the senses immensely. Not only on the island but around it as well...the stunning ocean views form every side of St. Lucia....ahhhh...
Imagine having to stand in the Caribbean heat in this outfit and pretend like you're not miserable while having to pose for photo after photo. Well, I just couldn't do it.
So I thought I'd give the poor toucan a quick thrill. I'm a giver.
St Lucia - A mountainous island of some 240 square miles, relatively unspoiled, mountains, valleys, banana plantations, a bubbling volcano, wild orchids and fishing villages. Located midway between French Martinique and British St. Vincent.
I needed to unwind so I chose all the comforts, peace and quiet and stayed at 'Le Sport' which is the place to enjoy fresh seafood, sip tropical cocktails to the exotic calypso beat, relax indulge yourself and rejuvenate your body with the body care programme included in the package. Another good choice would have been Windjammer Landing built on a hillside with spectacular sceneries.
Fondest memory: Losing touch with reality. The sound of the steel band, music and the warm trade winds caressing my face.
Favorite thing: Enjoy it from the water! Take one of the day cruises which will transport you to another world..like the tiny town of Soufriere! (pictured here) From there you can visit the drive in volcano and botanical gardens and have lunch (we had ours at the Still Plantation.)
There is nothing better than doing "nothing" on vacation and truly relaxing. During our vacation to St. Lucia we were able to do just that on our balcony. Our balcony had two lounge chairs that we fully enjoyed relaxing upon while gazing out at the blue of the water below. Whether it was morning, afternoon or evening; having this balcony was so work the extra money.
We loved starting our morning with breakfast or drinks while watching the resort wake up. Afternoons we enjoyed vegging out and being lazy with some cold drinks in hand. Evening was a perfect time for pre or post dinner cocktails with the sun setting or the stars above.
Used to be called Sandals Regency - I've stayed here twice. Grounds are well-kept, rooms are clean...more
100 Anse Chastanet Rd, PO Box 7000, Soufriere, Caribbean
Good for: Solo
Rodney Bay Lot B, Gros Islet, 9999, LC
Good for: Solo