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Cap Moule à Chique Light
There is an old lighthouse located above Vieux-Fort on the southernmost tip of the island. It was built in1912 a concrete or stucco-clad cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery. Tower painted white, lantern red. A short concrete block post near the lighthouse carries the active light. In October 2005 the the lighthouse "being used as a junction for the wiring for all of the radio and signal towers" nearby. The owners of the Coconut Bay Resort restored the lighthouse and advertise it as a site for weddings. Meanwhile, the view is just as spectacular as advertised on many tourist websitesRelated to:
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Not too secret, but nicely secluded and not too sunny.
Drive from Rodney Bay on the main road north, passing the marina on your left, the fire station on your right (opposite Shell gas station), continue on that road, passing two roundabouts / junctions, until you reach a T-junction. Right turn would bring you into a private resort of some kind, turn left, beware of the pot holes in the road. Drive all the way until on your right some buildings of another resort appear. Just ajar those buildings, there is a stairway leading down to that nice, small beach. Restaurant and some facilities and watersports are offered.
Make sure to Spend time in Castries
It might sound like a strange way to spend some time in the Caribbean, but after a few days of lying on the beach town like the Castries were lots of fun. The locals are friendly and the the streets are alive with fresh food and reggae.
In terms of nature keep in mind there is a lot of hiking in the interior. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed seeing all the exotic wildlife like the Kouwe snake.Related to:
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Moule a Chique Peninsula
Moule a Chique Peninsula is at the southern most end of the country almost like a little tail. Here you can view St. Lucia to the north with Vieux Fort and the international airport in the foreground. When you look to the south you can see the island of St. Vincent on a clear day (you can kinda see it in the third picture). Apparantly the world's second highest lighthouse is also located here. One good thing about St. Lucia is the view points it has and this is a pretty good one.
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Dennery is a fair sized town (by St. Lucian standards) located along the east coast of the island in the quarter of the same name. The main island road goes right beside the town so it's easy to get to. From what I saw, the main reason to come here is for the nice views of the town you can get. I didn't spend too much time here, just basically came here to take some pictures and walk around for a bit. Some of the roads in this town can get a bit rough in places.
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You have to do this if you go to St Lucia. Take the Catamaran Excursion from your hotel to the Pitons! We got to see the live volcano which was neat. We walked thru a botanical garden & down a trail that takes you to a beautiful waterfall, the exact waterfall where the kissing seen from Romance & the stone was filmed. We shopped with some local vendors. They will try to get you to pay a lot for their items. Never take their first price! They WILL sell it to you for less if you ask. It worked for us everytime. Of course, this is their only source of income, so it's always best to find that "fair" price. Food outside of the resort was not very good, beware. This was a beautiful place to go, but I would stick with a group when outside of your resort. We stopped to snorkel on the way back to resort. The staff made all of this extra fun & exciting. This excursion was the highlight of our trip.Related to:
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The Rum Distillery
Off the beaten path best describes the Rum Distillery. We first found out about this side excursion from our zip-line guide. About ten of us made the 45 minute trip by mini-bus (an adventure in itself) inland. Once there, you'll be taken to an outdoor rum-tasting area. The "bar" is lined with bottles of every imaginable type of rum and plastic shot glasses. Taste to your hearts content. Will it be the coconut rum? The Nutz and Rum (tastes like Reese's peanut butter cups), or the heavy-duty 160 proof stuff (jet fuel)? Once you've had your fill, come inside to the Rhum Shoppe. You can buy a $300 bottle of Admiral Rodney for about $35 US. And yes, you can bring what you buy back to the states, as long as the bottles are packed in your checked baggage (limit 2 bottles per person). It's a worthwhile trip, and you'll learn more about the island during the ride.Related to:
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The Pitons - St. Lucian icon
The Pitons in St. Lucia are famous for their visually obvious reason. You can actually inquire locally with an outfitter that will provide you a guide and equipment to scale the Pitons. There are two to choose from: Grand Piton & Petit Piton. The views traveling south from Castries become more and more dramatic. I definitely recommend hiring a reliable driver for at least a day to explore the island. It is my personal favorite in all of the Caribbean.Related to:
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Hire a taxi !
We hired a taxi for an entire day. If you're lucky, as we were, and have a very knowledgable and kind driver, it is a superb way of exploring the island. I'd absolutely recommend Winson from the New Frontier Taxi Association in Vieux Fort. He is not only literally a giant, but also knows everything, everyone and every place on the island.
If you are searching for St. Lucia's untouched beaches please read this. On the last day of my trip, I headed by foot (alone) from Rodney Bay to Cas en Bas beach. The road to the beach quickly degraded from paved to rocky to dirty to...Luckily I hitched a ride on the back of a truck heading to a construction site (hotels are being built near the beach) that took me almost all the way to the sand. Cas en Bas is a large horseshoe shaped beach on the Atlantic side, but it is sheltered from the waves. It is large but not spectacular. I grabbed a beer at the lone bar and headed to the north tip of the beach. ADVENTURE BEGINS- at the north tip there is a clear path that leads along the rocky coastline. Follow it. You will be walking northwest and you will notice the waves getting fiercer and the terrain becoming more erratic. I tried climbing the cliffs but chickened out and found one of the many horse riding paths that lead up through the underbrush. These paths will let you out on a plateau that has some amazing cactuses on it. If you continue walking in the same direction you will inevitably find the ocean and one the most perfect untouched beaches in the world. Not for swimming mind you. Just sit on the sand and watch the power of the Atlantic crash at your feet. I have since heard that this is called Donkey's Beach but let me confirm this first. Either way from here there is another path that leads up a hill to the east. This path climbs high and around the northeaster section of the island. As it turns into the bay that shelters Cas en Bas beach, there is a land bridge that leads up to a towering rock structure. It is huge. After checking out the rock tower head down the land bridge and you will find another untouched beach. This one is smaller and not as breathtaking, but still cool. From this beach, continue on the same path as before and it will lead you through deep underbrush until you get back onto the path that took you out in to this adventure ealier. Walk back to Cas en Bas and grab another beer.Related to:
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Try some kassava bread
If you take a tour, see if your driver will stop at a bakery that makes kassava bread. Kassava bread is made from the flour made from ground up manioc root.
The bakery where we went, they have electric graters to grind the root in to paste. They they put it in a giant, metal, heated Chaussier to cook it to a dry cereal consistency (which can be packaged and used to make porridge). That cereal is then mixed with other ingredients to make patties of "bread", placed on a big banana leaf, which is placed on a large, flat, metal cooking surface, which is heated with firewood below.
I tried the cherry and raisin bread and it was very tasty (and inexpensive).
The Marina, Rodney Bay
Across from the Rex Saint Lucian and Reduit beach is Rodney Bay marina....
You can take there boat over or if inclined walk, it will take an half hour or so, depends on you pace.
The marina area has some fine resturants and shopping.. Take a walk around and see all the boats, and relax with a drink by the water...
Great little trip which cost next to nothing......
In Soufreire if you follow the road to the Hilton you will find the Sulphur Springs Mineral Baths. What more needs to be said it's a mineral bath.
They also have mineral baths at the sulphur volcanoes.
Moule a Chique
Hire a taxi from Vieux Fort to take you all the way up to the top of Cap Moule a Chique: the lighthouse. It is the very southern tip of Saint Lucia with stunning 360 degree views of the two Pitons, Mount Gimie in the north, the Maria Islands right beneath you and in the distant south Saint Vincent.
La Tille waterfall
Less known then the Diamond Falls, therefor less visited. Access to La Tille is a road through banana plantations that ends in a kind of picknick area / herb garden (kept by a very kind rastaman). From there a short slippery path leads down to the waterfall. Enjoy your lunch afterwards under the mango tree.
Saint Lucia Hotels
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100 Anse Chastanet Rd, PO Box 7000, Soufriere, Caribbean
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