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Planning The Perfect Honeymoon
When my husband and I got engaged last September, one thing we immediately agreed on was that we wanted our honeymoon to be amazing and memorable. We wanted to relax on the beach but have the option for activities. We also wanted to go to a destination that was full of culture and history.
It did not take us long to decide on a Caribbean getaway. I’m West Indian, and my husband has vacationed in the West Indies before and was looking forward to going back.
Now came the difficult decision of determining where exactly to spend our honeymoon. If you’ve traveled to the Caribbean before, you know the beauty of the islands. Given the beauty and history of the many islands that encompass the West Indies, deciding which one to visit can be difficult.
But once my husband and I researched St. Lucia, we knew immediately that it was where we wanted to spend the first week of our marriage.
If you’re you are looking for a great vacation destination, here are some reasons why St. Lucia is for you.
1. A Multitude of Lodging Options
Because we were on our honeymoon, we chose a resort because of the all-inclusive experience. We selected to stay at a Sandals Resort because they are adults only.
St. Lucia has 3 Sandals Resorts: two in Castries and one in Gros Islet. In addition to being all-inclusive, Sandals resorts have a stay at one play at three policy with free shuttle service.
There are so many activities to do in St. Lucia. If you’re looking to just relax on the beach, there are several beautiful beaches you can choose from. However, if you crave an adrenaline rush, there are attractions such as ziplining and cliff jumping.
Because of its mountainous terrain, St. Lucia has great areas for ziplining. For our ziplining excursion, we chose Adventure Tours St. Lucia. Their treetop adventure course is located in Dennery. The course has 12 lines with the longest cable spanning 800 ft across to the next platform. The views of the rainforest from 150 ft. in the air is breathtaking and a little scary if it’s your first-time zip lining.
For another adventure, we took a mud bath in St. Lucia’s Sulphur Spring which is considered a drive-in volcano.
The bath begins with a dip in the water followed by the mud which has volcanic ash. St. Lucians claim that the mud detoxifies the body and can heal minor aches and pains. Once the mud is dry, you rinse off in the hot Sulphur Springwater. I must admit, my skin felt amazing.
After the rejuvenating mud bath experience, we visited Toraille Falls one of several waterfalls on the island. The waterfall provides a striking photo backdrop.
3. Beautiful Beaches
It’s no surprise, that the beaches are what attracts so many vacationers to the Caribbean. And St. Lucia is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches.
Because we stayed at Sandals La Toc in Castries, we had access to the La Toc beach. La Toc beach is nice and offers a nice view of the Caribbean Sea.
While vacationing, we also visited Sugar Beach, Marigot Bay, and Rodney Bay. We accessed both Sugar Beach and Marigot Bay by boat and then spent some time walking around Soufrière visiting local markets, bars, and restaurants.
Sugar Beach offers a great view of the infamous Piton Mountains which can be admired by land or sea but is said to best experienced by hiking. Before heading to our next destination, we spent a little time snorkeling in Sugar Beach.
Marigot Bay which is located a few miles from Soufrière is one of the more popular locations because of its white sand and views of boats and catamarans at the dock. Several famous Americans such Oprah Winfrey and George Foreman are known to have houses in Marigot Bay.
As mentioned before, Sandals offers to stay at one and play at three option. We took advantage of this by taking the shuttle from Sandals La Toc in Castries to Sandals Grande in Gros Islet. While there, we walked over to Pigeon Island National Park and then down to Rodney Bay.
The beach at Rodney Bay was simply beautiful, and by far was one of my favorites. The water is warm, calm, and beautiful blue. Although public, it’s a bit secluded and had fewer people of all the beaches we visited. If you get hungry, you can take a quick walk to the Jambe de Bois restaurant.
4. Rich History and Culture
When I travel, I like to learn as much as I can about my surroundings and the history of the town or country. Luckily for me, my husband enjoys history as well and was open to learning about the history of the island.
One of the most historic locations in St. Lucia is Pigeon Island, National Park. Pigeon Island was used by the British Army to spy on the French naval base during the years that the countries were at war with each other. France and Britain fought over St. Lucia so many times that the island was nicknamed the “Helen of the West Indies”.
For a small entry fee, ($8 US dollars per person), visitors can tour Fort Rodney. The park offers a guided tour, but, in my opinion, it isn’t needed because there are informative landmarks along the way that provide historical information.
One of the most intriguing aspects of Pigeon Island is that if you choose to hike to the top, on a clear day, you can get a glimpse of the island of Martinique. Unfortunately, for my husband and I, the day we visited the landmark, it was rainy and cloudy, so we didn’t get a glimpse of Martinique.
Once you have worked up a sweat hiking, you can cool off with a swim in beautiful Rodney Bay.
There are many reasons to visit St. Lucia, and this short list does not do it justice. But if you are looking to get away to the Caribbean, St. Lucia should be at the top of your list.