This is my favorite part of this blog, where people from all over come to share the love they have for St. Lucia in the form of writing and sharing their amazing pictures of the island. Reading this post is what makes it so easy to write more about my beautiful island. Our beautiful Helen of the West. Here is a post from Andrea on how much she enjoyed St. Lucia.
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I traveled to St. Lucia for the first time in 2014. I was coming from a wedding in Barbados and I was only scheduled to be on the island for 24 hours. As soon as I landed, I regretted making it such a short trip. I wanted to visit St. Lucia since college when I read Omeros by Derek Walcott. Even though the trip was short, I got a chance to hit the beach (Reduit Beach) and see the Derek Walcott Square in Castries. I loved my stay at Bay Gardens Beach Resort and I vowed to return.
I finally made it back to St. Lucia in August of 2017! I stayed at Bay Gardens Resort again! I love the way the staff makes you feel welcome and they just go above and beyond. I highly recommend staying there. It’s such a great location. Reduit Beach is amazing and you are close enough to Rodney Bay to enjoy the shops and restaurants. If you’re there, I recommend lunch at Spice of India. During this trip, I went to the Gros Islet Street Party for the first time, where we bought fresh fish (barracuda) and bakes! I never would have imagined I would eat barracuda, but the way it was seasoned and grilled, it is so good. After we walked around, we found a large group of people and danced to Soca music!
I also did an all-day boat trip to the Sulphur Springs, Diamond Botanical Gardens, the Cocoa Plantation, and snorkeling at Anse Cochon. I highly recommend this type of activity while visiting St. Lucia. You will learn so much about the island’s history and get a chance to see the natural beauty of St. Lucia. Plus, after all the activities, you can drink rum punch and dance to Soca on the boat! That’s the very best part! It was during this day trip I saw Ti Kaye and I vowed to go back and stay there!
In August of 2018, I was back! I stayed at Bay Gardens and spent my days at Reduit Beach. One of my favorite parts of St. Lucia is that all the beaches are public, so you can meet lots of different people. I usually get up early, go to breakfast, and then try to snag the best beach chair. I spend my days reading, swimming, and snorkeling. I love buying fresh mangos from the boats that come to the beach throughout the day.
After 4 days, I left there and went to Ti Kaye! I snorkeled every single day at Anse Cochon. I tried to go early in the morning, around noon, and in the evening before it got dark to try to see all the different fish. The black sand beach is gorgeous. The resort is beautiful and the service is top notch. Each cottage has its own hammock and an outdoor shower. They make their own bath products locally and they are so luxurious. At breakfast, they serve guava jam that is made right there. I wish I could have brought a ton back with me! It’s so good. I will never grow tired of the sunset at Anse Cochon. While staying at Ti Kaye, I did a day trip to Sugar Beach with Solomon’s water taxi.
I cannot overemphasize what a great day this was. Sugar Beach is beautiful and the snorkeling was top notch. We saw stingrays! While you’re at Sugar Beach, you can get a fresh smoothie (with alcohol upon request) made by Blaze. On our way back up north, we stopped to snorkel at Anse Chastenet. Words cannot express how beautiful it was! I ended this trip with a weekend stay at Royalton St. Lucia.
St. Lucia is my absolute favorite place in the whole world. There are so many wonderful people and the natural beauty of the island stand out. You can relax, snorkel, hike, dive, and just take in the culture. I treat my trips to St. Lucia as a way to relax and recharge. I am already looking forward to my next trip!
I am so happy to be posting this and to know my island brings so much joy to people all over the world.