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Starting our Adventures in St.Lucia
St. Lucia was the island of our dreams! With it’s stunning views, beautiful pitons, clear sea waters, soft sand beaches, drive through volcano, and delicious local coffee, it is hard for us to not want to share our love for the place.
We started our adventure at the southern Hewanorra International airport. We rented a car for our 11 day stay on the island and made our way down the windy roads through the mountains all the way up to the north in Rodney Bay. The drive was a balance between getting the hang of driving on the left side of the road and soaking up the beauty of the island. We arrived on a Friday hoping to enjoy the local Rodney Bay Friday Night Street Party but our poor tired bodies declined after a full day of travelling.
The next day we woke up early to attend the Saturday Market in Castries. What a thrill to be engulfed in St. Lucia’s local culture. Venders were selling seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices, and handmade goods. Our air B&B (Keep Cool Guesthouse) came equipped with a full kitchen to use all the fresh produce purchased at the market. That night we enjoyed a dinner of grilled king fish, homemade salsa, fresh green beans, and a simple garden salad with all our goodies purchased at the market
Hiking at Pigeon Island
Sunday, we made our way up to Gros Islet to go for a hike at pigeon island national park. There, we enjoyed nature, wildlife, and a good work out! After a morning of hiking we got hungry and stopped at Barnacles to enjoy some local specialities. It was there that we discovered Roti! a delicious chicken and potato curry all wrapped up in a warm tortilla. Roti became a staple of our diet for the next week thanks to barnacles. The fried plantain was also quite tasty. For the rest of the afternoon we enjoyed relaxing and chatting with fellow tourists on Pigeon Island beach.
Monday! a.k.a the day we got engaged! My now fiancé had planned a secret excursion to Atlantic Shores Riding Stables to have a private guided 3 hour horseback riding tour along the southern beach of St. Lucia. FYI The TV show ,The Bachelor, was filmed here at some point. How romantic! The Atlantic Shores staff were thrilled to be a part of my fiancé’s plan to propose and were so accommodating in preparing the perfect romantic setting. They provided a beautiful look out spot with wine and lunch and a trip to honeymoon beach to make the proposal absolutely magical and perfect. How could I say no?
Later that day we made our way up the the town of Soufriere to stay at our next hotel, Samfi Gardens.
Staying at the Samfi Gardens Villa in St.Lucia
Samfi Gardens was so beautiful making it a challenge to want to leave and explore the town of Soufriere. We spent a lot of time just relaxing at the hotel enjoying the view of the marvellous Pitons, playing with the local stray kitties, and hanging out by the pool that overlooked the town. The hotel was even kind enough to arrange for massage therapist to come to the hotel for an outdoor massage by the pool and the Pitons- one of the best massages of my life. The hotel also had a nice kitchenette we were able to prepare a breakfast of eggs, toast, and bacon most days. We may or may not have taken advantage of the cleaning lady who was happy to clean up our dishes everyday. True vacation mode – laziness! Now THATS what makes a great vacation!
Things to do in St.Lucia
The next week was spent soaking up the sun and basking in the beauty of Soufriere. We went to the Botanical Gardens and Diamond Falls to marvel at nature’s beauty. The Sulphur Springs geothermal bath left our skin feeling like silk and cured our sunburns. The bubbling crater of La Soufriere drive-in volcano was so cool to learn about and see up close. Zara’s Art Cafe serves up the best local coffee on the island. The Tet Paul Nature Trail supplied us with an educational tour of the gardens and wildlife of St. Lucia accompanied by a stunning view of a large portion of the Island after climbing the “stairway to heaven”. We took a water taxi to Sugar Beach where we enjoyed lunch at the beachside resort and adventures out into the sea to snorkel along the shoreline of the pitite piton. One of our favorite snorkeling spots was at the quiet beach and reef of Anse Chasanet but beware of jelly fish! when the coast is clear it was really spectacular to watch the number of multicolored fish and marine life in their natural habitat. Soufrière was stunning and we are already anticipating our return.
Our final day was spent at Sandy Beach right by the airport so we could easily relax before our flight home to Canada. The natural beach is very long and not heavily populated. The water is crystal clear blue as far as the eye can see! This is beach was my favorite and a perfect way to end our vacation!
We loved St. Lucia so so much! It was everything we were looking for in a holiday. The perfect combination of adventure and relaxation! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a unique and fabulous getaway!