St Lucia…maybe not the most famous of the 7000 Caribbean islands, but in my opinion, definitely one of the most beautiful ones. With only 238.23 sq mi (617 sq km) this stunning island offers not just a variety of places for tourism, but it also produces an amazing variety of agricultural products etc.
There multiple ways to get to the island, one is to fly into one of the local airports or via a cruise ship. Whichever way you choose to get to St Lucia, you will be greeted by the amazing coastline.
When on the island, resting and relaxing at your
hotel may sound wonderful, but taking a day tour around the island will give a true appreciation for the island and its culture.
Starting with the local production of bananas and a variety of other citrus fruits, St Lucia has no shortage of fruits and vegetables for you to taste. Try some of the local breadfuit, five finger, soursop, pomme d’armour (Love Apple)…and of course bananas.
And if you are tired of just plain, old bananas…then maybe you should have some of the locally produced banana ketchup.Yes! You heard correctly…and it does taste just like ketchup.
As for us, we are very much a coffee and chocolate kind of people…and St Lucia didn’t disappoint. Local coffees and chocolates are available all around the island and they are indeed delicious. Both are produced on the island with locally grown ingredients. Enjoy while in St Lucia or take home as gifts…
If you are more of a movie buff, then a must see film location is Marigot Bay, situated along the west coast of the island. This was the location where the movie Dr. Doolittle was filmed.
We took some time to drive along the east coast of the island (the Atlantic side), which is not known for sandy beaches and big, fancy resorts, but what we came across was peace, quiet, serenity and spectacular vistas of the rocky coast line of St Lucia. Turquoise blue waters, tropical foliage and no tourists as far as the eye could see…perfect!
Let’s just say you like to roll around in the mud…well that’s not a problem in St Lucia. While visiting the Sulphur Springs Park you can also take a mud bath. It is supposed to be good for your skin, according to the locals…well, we will take their word for it, but at the very least it looks like fun.
As many of the Caribbean islands, St Lucia has no shortage of beautiful resorts to stay at while on the island. One resort that is different than any other one in the world is Jade Mountain. Designed and build by architect Nick Troubetzkoy. Jade Mountain was designed to be a part of nature. Sweeping views of the pitons while lounging in your own private pool…can we say mesmerizing? If you are an early bird, like us…then nothing beats the view from your bed. And yes, if you are wondering, the rooms here are completely open…there is no wall!
If by any chance you get tired of your own private pool, then you can just head down the hill to the beach at the Anse Chastanet Resort…grab a drink beach side or just hang out and enjoy the moment.
This small but stunningly beautiful island is a true gem in a sea of beautiful islands.