Exploring St. Lucia

My 2019 Girls Trip.

With Covid ruining my travel plans for the year of 2020, I’m left reminiscent of the times when I was able to fly freely to other countries for vacation. One of my most recent trips pre-Covid was to St. Lucia in July 2019 with a few girl friends.

St. Lucia is hands down one of my favorite vacation islands. I have already visited and vacationed on the island 3 times in just 4 years. I even had my honeymoon there. Each time I go to St. Lucia there is still so much to do and so much to explore.

AirBnB accommodation

This particular vacation was a five day trip with four of my closest girlfriends. We booked a Airbnb for the duration of our stay and we were 100% happy with our selection. Lotus Villa is a 3 bedroom private mountainside villa in Gros Islet with its own pool and wonderful views of the ocean and sunset.

The hostess was very welcoming and helpful. We were greeted with alcoholic fruit drinks that were so delicious. The villa was clean and modern with many amenities and the pool was so gorgeous and very well placed overlooking the ocean.

Soufriere Sulphur Springs Volcano and Toraille Waterfall

On our second day on the island, we hired Joe Knows tours for a day excursion around St Lucia with many pit stops, activities and sightseeing. We were driven from the North-Western part of the island to Soufriere in the South. Along the way, the tour guides made stops at fishing villages, historic city landmarks and a lookout point with clear views of the towering and famous Pitons in the distance.

In Soufriere, we were given a tour of the sulphur springs and given a history lesson on the Soufriere volcano. We took a dip in the warm pools which is said to make a person appear more youthful due to the minerals in it. We then washed off and cooled down in the beautiful Toraille waterfall nearby.

Rum distillery

On the way back from the Soufriere Volcano, we made many pit stops including a tour at the rum distillery where we were able to taste many of the rums produced by St Lucia. My favourite rum hands down was the Marigot Bay Coconut Cream rum. Oh how I wish I bought a few bottles to bring back home.

There were also pit stops to a lookout overlooking the gorgeous Marigot bay and also to a beach side restaurant with views of the Pitons for a late lunch.

Rodney Bay Beach and restaurants

Rodney Bay is a popular area in St Lucia filled with many restaurants serving delicious local food. We frequented the Rodney Bay beach strip as well as the Rodney Bay Marina for many of our meals whether it be an American style brunch or Italian Pasta or Sushi for dinner. We were never disappointed by the service or the food at any of these restaurants.

Sushi from Rituals Sushi

On our third day in St Lucia, the girls and I took a dip in the Rodney Bay waters and relaxed on Reduit Beach and watched the picturesque sunset. It was such a relaxing day in the beautifully blue and relatively calm waters.

Sunset Catamaran Cruise and the Pitons

On our fourth day, half of my girls group went horse-back riding on the beach while the other half opted to go on a sunset catamaran cruise around the south part of the island and to the Pitons.

On the catamaran there were food and drinks and melodious music as the boat made its way towards the mighty Pitons. Along the way there was a brief stop in the absolutely gorgeous Marigot bay.

The Pitons looked enormous from up close as we docked in the beautiful Sugar beach to bathe and snorkel off the coast in the cool and refreshing water. As the sun began to set, the catamaran set off once again in time to view the stunning sunset. The cruise ended with a dance party to a mix of Caribbean Soca music.

Friday Night Street Party

There was absolutely no way that we were going to miss the Friday night street party in Gros Islet on our last night in St Lucia. The streets were packed with people dancing to Soca music from the various Caribbean Islands.

There were many food stalls selling aromatic foods, especially a variety of seafood dishes. I took the opportunity to indulge in some more of that delicious Marigot Bay Coconut Cream Rum that I tasted in the Rum distillery.

The night was filled with energy and excitement and I wished it to last longer but I knew I had to leave to get some rest before our flight the next day.

Beautiful St. Lucia

Even though I have been to St Lucia three times already, I plan to return again one day. I can’t help but love this gorgeous island and want to explore every inch of it.

If you’re ever looking for a chill and beautiful Caribbean island to visit once covid is over, you should keep St. Lucia near the top of your list. You won’t regret it.