While Saint Lucia is a beautiful place and Crime is not really a problem if your careful, you do need to beaware of certin situations that can arise.
One is a trick that the locals use alot. Many times while walking around , especially if you have children, you may be approached by locals who will offer a gift to you or the children, many times these are hand made birds,crickets etc, from palm leaves, while they are nice if you accept them they will expect something in return..even though they say i have a gift for you...
If you don't want them around or to follow you just kindly say no....
It's best not even to touch it or look at it....
Most of all don't let these minor things stop you from going to and enjoying Heaven on Earth....
This is more of a known fact i hope.. But for some it can create a problem, if you don't like insects etc..
I put this in here because i read a review on another site, not VT.. and the people hated the Rex Hotel. They said that there were bugs,etc in the room and outside the hall of the hotel.
Yes people there are bugs,insects and little lizards, some times they do get into the rooms, even at some of the nicer hotels, it was the same in Costa Rica....so if you don't like creapy crawly things don't go to any tropical island or even florida....
No matter wear you may go around the island. just remember that you are only 12 degrees off the equator..
When your on the beach make sure that you have lotion on if you are lite skinned or even if your not.It does not matter if the sun is behind some clouds either you willburn very quickly, I know...
Also there may be locals selling there ,as they call Miracle oil" ", They will have it in old bottles and tell you they make it them selves and it is the best tanning oil out there. Well it is coconut oil in it's purest form and it will not block out the sun... One guy even drank some and said it was good for the stomach..
Many people warned us for the traffic, and in particular for the taxidrivers. In our experience it wasn't that bad at all though. Ok, they drive left and roads are potholed at some places. On our third visit we hired a car, which is dissuaded by most, but we faced no difficulties at all. Get yourself a reliable car (4WD), take your time, avoid the narrowest village streets and keep your eyes on the road. All pretty obvious huh?
We came across perhaps 3-4 beggers or homeless folk around the Rodney Bay area.
None were threatening, although one very old lady approached us imitating a held out palm for money. We when said no, and we didn't carry cash, we got what we can only assume was a bit of verbal abuse in the French Patois language.
Another guy, Columbus was great, he hand makes bird feeders of ou coconuts which are beautiful - so we felt quite happy chatting with him and paying him for the feeder.
I don't know what it was... the warm breezes? The incredibly friendly locals? The honeymooners? The truly stunning sunsets? The excellent, all you can drink cocktails? We were compelled to go from being engaged to having our wedding here -- completely unprepared and unexpected. And utterly wonderful.
In order to get married on the island, you must have been there for at least 3 business days (M-F).
The road from the town of Suffriere to the Anse Chastanet Resort is not a road. I have been on country roads, mountain roads, snow roads, etc. That is not a road. I don't know if anyone knows how to drive on rocks the size of a soccer ball. Our lives were in definite danger. I think that's the reason most people arrive by boat.
Please be carefull and curtious when visiting St. Lucia in high season as it is also dry season! So be conciderate when you put out your cigarettes.
I have watch a few times Pigeon Island on fire. This is from tourists walking up to the fort enjoying the view and a cigarette, then throughing their butt over the edge and then the dry bush catches on fire.
Just think twice.....
Anywhere in most places you will be continually approached and asked if you want to buy something.
St Lucia is now different, albeit they all seem alot more friendly than the beggars/touters/ sellers in other places of the world but
on the beach - you will be asked if you want drugs, fruit, a hand made handbag/ hat from leaves.
you will also be approached by people saying they are trying to get oem money to host a cricket match for homeless children.
One word of 'warning' about the Royal St Lucian. The Virgin cabin crew stay here on a regular basis - it is their allocated hotel in St Lucia. (Obivously a good airline to work for!). They only tend to be there for 1-2 days from what I can gather.
While there was of course no trouble from any of them, there was a slight edge to them - maybe it was just familiarity as they are there so often, but we did feel their presence (afterall there, was about 10 of them!) After a blissful 11 days of virtually having the pool to ourselves, on the 11th day, about half of the terrace was taken up by the Virgin crew - they weren't loud, but they weren't quiet either.
When we went to check out the next morning, we obviously chose the wrong time because in front of us was 10 Virgin crew members all individually checking out.
Of course this was not a disaster - technically they were paying guests and of course had as much right to do as please as anyone else, however, once they arrived the atmosphere wasn't as serene as it had been before because there were so many of them. I feel it worth mentioning this as it can detract from an otherwise peaceful couple of days.
Make sure that if you are staying in a private villa that it has an alarm or some type of security. If not lock your doors AT ALL TIMES!! A couple we were staying with did not lock their shutters and someone brought a ladder and climed onto their deck, opened the doors and stole all of the belongings they could grab without waking anyone! We were told by some locals that this is quite common in villas in St. Lucia.
My top Six Saint Lucia Dangers
1. The most common danger in St. Lucia, or any tropical destination for that matter, is sunburn. As you travel nearer to the earth’s equator the sun is filtering through less of earth’s atmosphere and will burn you much faster than you are used to. Even wearing sun-block (spf-30) you can be severely burned in 3 – 4 hours. Think of spf-30 as if it will keep you from burning for (3x30) about an hour and a half. Spf-50 will keep you from burning for (3x50) almost 3 hours... Actually sun-block it’s self is possibly linked to skin cancer and you should simply avoid being in the direct sun as much as possible when in the tropics. If you are in the direct sun wear a wide brim hat, long sleeves, and stay in the shade as much as you can. If you must stay in the direct sun then be sure to have someone check you for burning every 30 minutes or less, when it is visibly turning red it is already worse than you think! Get out of the sun NOW!
2. NEVER wander off alone. Crime can be a real problem, and “tourists” are targeted. They don’t know if you’re loaded or broke, they just can tell that you’re a visitor. It is doubly obvious if you are white and a visitor, but all visitors need to take common sense precautions. Some places you simply should never go. This is NOT the USA and unfortunately the police in St. Lucia do little to protect you from robbery or assault. Imagine that the criminal is the little brother of the policeman that you are reporting the crime to.... well it sort of works out as if that is what’s real even if it isn’t literally true. Its not like crime is rampant here, but thefts are higher wherever the poorer classes are, and police recovery is highly unlikely.
3. Drowning in the ocean should be considered a very real danger. Rip-tides are not exclusive to tropical islands, but ocean currents can be stronger and much closer to shore than they are near a continent such as the USA! Use caution snorkling and use first rate professionals if going scuba diving.
4. There are a lot of snakes in St. Lucia; fortunately none of them are poisonous, except one. The one snake to avoid is the “Fer-de-Lance”. This snake is brown and/or black with pale yellow or cream-colored bands that crisscross the back and sides of the body, making dark triangular and diamond patterns. The triangles usually connect slightly on the back which some describe as a “butterfly” or an “hourglass” pattern. The head is large, triangularly shaped, and considerably wider than the neck. (Typical for all poisonous snakes, when the head is clearly wider than the neck, and/or triangular, it’s almost always poisonous.) The good news is that this snake if agitated will “rattle” its tail much like a rattlesnake; it doesn’t have rattles like a rattlesnake, but it usually makes a significant noise which should warn you off. The snake can survive most tropical climates, even tropical deserts, but it is most commonly found in lowlands and wetlands, also common-place in plantations because they feed on the rats which thrive there.
5. Mosquitoes will often be a big problem, especially if you have no bug repellent. At the least they will pester you with their bites and little welts; but they can also carry diseases. Because of this it is important to try to avoid getting a large rash of bites. A couple hundred bites is obviously 100 times the risk of a couple bites. Most of them do not carry anything that will really hurt you. Plan on buying repellent in St. Lucia if you can’t bring it with you. If you do bring it, it probably can’t go in your carry-on.
6. Peddlers are EVERYWHERE and in St. Lucia they do NOT like to take no for an answer. You may need to plan ahead on being rude if you want them to understand that you actually mean “NO”. They will lie, cheat, and steel. They do not deserve your sympathy! They will pester you and try to sell you handmade items that will NOT pass customs. It is illegal to take plant based items such as coconut husks and palm-frowns through customs, regardless of how artsy they have been made to look. The items you buy from these peddlers were probably even confiscated and re-sold a few times.... Volcanic rock items and even some necklaces can be confiscated when leaving the country. Especially the street peddlers selling their wears will LIE, LIE, LIE, about this policy just to get your money! These vendors are the exact same crowd that will break into your car, dig through your beach towel, and rob you again at knife-point later that night if you go off the beaten path. Help STOP the criminal element and buy only from legitimate businesses! But even then be ready to haggle on price. The retail shops have prices that are sometimes 2 or 3 times higher than the going rates, and no price is concrete. Haggling 101: If they are asking 10, offer 1. If they counter with 5, offer 2. You may just get it for 3....
7. There are only six, not seven. Missing is my input on local taxi service. I did not use a taxi there. And that is enough said on that....
I only came up with one warning. I underestimated the strength of the sun on our honeymoon to St. Lucia. Look at the picture to see what 4 hours in the sun with spf 30 sunblock can do. The other parts of my body, like my ankles, which weren't covered in sunblock got burnt much worse.
Gross Ilet holds night time street parties.
These parties are NOT for the Faint Hearted!!
The village of Gross Ilet is a small imboverished neighbourhood, in the North of Saint Lucia close to Pigeon Point.
During the street parties the village bubbles with culture, music, with street vendors selling BBQ food. A crowd of people fill the streets that openly flow in and out of the Rum shops and bars. The music is pounding Soca, and Calypso tunes.
A friend decided to urinate in an alley in a back lane off the main road. He was confronted by a Rasta who asked him for Money. He replied that he had none. The Rasta man grabbed his pocket to find money, and then proceeded to pull out a Mini-Machette to cut off his pocket. Fortunately he managed to get away before anything was cutofff.
Words of advise:
=> For the Men - only use the toilet in the Bars, don't resort to going down a back lane.
=> If you travel here, do not wear any jewlery or anything that looks expensive. Dressing down is the key.
=> organise your transport to and from the party in advance - taxis are hard to come by later in the night.
=> Better to Travel in a large group.
I have been to the Gross Ilet Party several times without problems. The backpackers and adventure travellers should only consider this venue.
The one thing that turned me off during our stay was the amount of people asking us if we wanted to buy drugs. No matter what beach it was; someone always approached us to see if we wanted to buy some "smoke". Just say no and walk on as we did. I know we are tourists and the stereotype is that people come to "have a good time" but we are not that type in the least.
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