St. Lucia Journals

Romance and Adventure in Tropical St Lucia

An August 1998 trip to St. Lucia by Ailuri

Quote: My husband and I honeymooned in St Lucia. This magical place is amazing, and we found ourselves wondering if we could stay "just a few more days." If you visit St Lucia, I can almost guarantee you'll be feeling the same.

Romance and Adventure in Tropical St Lucia

Overview

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The best thing about St Lucia is that since it is still relatively unspoiled, you can make it into whatever kind of vacation you want. We had days when we never left the confines of the bay ( and were perfectly happy spending the day there) and others when we headed out of the bay to explore the island. Overall, two things I would say not to miss are hiking in the rainforest and sailing along the coast. Both are amazing experiences.Quick Tips: Eat before you get to the island. Planes from the US get there late in the evening and it's hard to find an open restaurant at that hour. Best Way To Get Around: Unless you consider yourself an expert driver, leave the driving to the St Lucian...Read More

The Inn At Mazatlan

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Hotel | "Marigot Bay Hotel"

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This is the most beautiful place I have ever stayed. Period. Though it's called a hotel, Marigot Bay hotel is actually a collection of rooms/villas jutting out of the hillside surrounding the bay. You walk up stairs and walkways to get to your room. The rooms are large, and screened. There is no air conditioner, just the trade winds from the bay. Most nights we kept our curtains open- due to the darkness of the hillside, no one could see in- and we got to wake to the sunrise, the smell of tropical flowers and the sound of local birds. The view from our room as we awoke showed palms, mango trees, and the bay with pretty white and blue sailboats which had docked for the night. Since the hot...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2000

The Inn At Mazatlan
Av Camaron Sabalo 6291
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico 82110
011-52-669-913-5500

Hurricane Hole Bar and Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Hurricane Hole Restaurant and Bar"

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This restaurant features an indoor area (where we never ate) and an outdoor patio (where we ate a lot.) The food is local creole and very good. I tried some unusual dishes like conch fritters and palm salad. Breakfasts feature a delicious French Toast or other typical breakfast fare. The resident cat, Mooch, visits each table in the morning before deciding who to grace with his presence. The first morning there, he decided we were worthy and climbed into the seat next to us to watch us eat and patiently wait for any scraps we decided to give him. The bar overlooks the bay and has a long list of tropical drinks. My husband and I had fun sampling a different one each night. The bar also serves lunches...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2000

Hurricane Hole Bar and Restaurant
Marigot Bay Hotel
Marigot, St. Lucia
(758) 458-5300

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The Castries market is a bustling open air marketplace, similar to others found in the Caribbean. Like many others, much of the market is touristy and aimed at cruise ship passengers and mega-resort guests. If you are exploring Castries and want to make a stop at the market for gifts to bring home, you will definitely find more than enough Caribbean-themed T-shirts, souvenirs and gifts to please everyone back home. Prices here are cheaper than hotel gift shops, so it's worth shopping here for those sorts of things. The vendors are open to bargaining, so don't just accept the first price they quote you. We did enjoy the fruit section and picked up a few unusual fruits we had never tried (or even heard ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 19, 2000

Castries Central Market
John Compton Highway
Castries, St. Lucia

Sulphur Springs

Attraction | "Sulpher Springs- the drive-through volcano"

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Sulfur Springs is called a Drive-Through volcano, but you really drive up to the rim. Then you can walk, with a guide, among the steaming and bubbling pits that make up the volcano. Not exactly dormant, the volcano hasn't erupted in years, but it still bubbles sulfur and heats the region's rivers and springs. You used to be able to walk closer into the volcano, but a few years ago a guide fell through the crust and now they keep people on boardwalks over most of it. It's still a unique and interesting sight. The water heated by the volcano is supposed to have healing properties and the locals drink and bathe in it.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2000

Sulphur Springs
Soufriere
St. Lucia, West Indies

Diamond Botanical Gardens

Attraction | "Diamond Botanical Gardens Waterfall and Mineral Ba"

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King Louis XVI built the mineral baths here in 1785 so his troops could experience the purported rejuvenating abilities of the local volcano-heated water. Renovated in the 1980’s the baths are now open to visitors for a fee. The renovator and owner of the land also started planting local trees and flowers in the area surrounding the baths and it is now one of the best botanical gardens in the Caribbean. The trails lead through exotic trees like Mahogany, Nutmeg and Cocoa to the waterfall and mineral baths. You’ll see amazing flowers, too- birds of paradise and orchids being my favorites. Local guides at the garden can tell you about the plants found there and the historical uses of these plants in the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2000

Diamond Botanical Gardens
Soufriere Estate
St. Lucia, West Indies
(758) 459-7565

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The bay truly is beautiful and worth a visit, with hills rising up from a narrow inlet. The hills are green and jungle-like, and slope down to where Mangroves line the water's edge. Mangroves are some of the most unusual trees in the world, with roots that are out of the ground. They look like they are trees on stilts. There is a small beach on the north end of the bay and the hotel on that side of the bay offers kayaks, small sailboats and snorkeling equipment for rental. Since the bay is so well protected, it is a great place for the beginner sailor to practice. Snorkeling is easy here as well, since much of the area near the beach is shallow enough to stand, but deep enough for colorful fish ...Read More

Sailing St Lucia

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Staying at the hotel run by The Moorings Sailboat Charter company, we had a day sail included in our hotel stay. This was one of the best experiences we had on the trip. Our sail began in the morning on a 46-foot sailboat crewed by two natives. We sailed out of the bay and into the Caribbean. At times, the boat leaned to one side far enough to reach out and touch the water (part of normal sailing my husband and the captain both assured me - the boat won't tip over because it is weighted to tilt like that) It was exhilarating and fun to feel the wind rushing past and smell the seawater in the air everywhere around us. Since my husband had some experience sailing, the captain let him sail part of the ...Read More