As much as I love hopping on flights to Europe, there is nothing better than being in the Caribbean and St. Lucia is one of the prettiest islands you can possibly set foot on. There’s a reason The Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed on this island in particular (and The Bachelor but it doesn’t compare). From the moment you look out the window and see the island, you will be thankful you bought your plane ticket (pro tip: buy the window seat).
I’m an adventurer and this island was made for me… but if you are going for a honeymoon or just a peaceful escape, you can find all of that too. The drive from the airport to my resort, Windjammer Landing was unreal and fortunately I had a driver who stopped for everything so I could take photos and try local foods. Yes, my luggage was still in tow and no, I hadn’t checked in yet.
So without a doubt, I highly recommend Windjammer Landing. I love them. When I checked in, I asked if I could go swimming with sharks (everyone has dreams in life) and the response was amazing. No, I didn’t go swimming with sharks but they can help schedule tours or a boat to Martinique if you’re interested in those sorts of adventures.
Tour the island! As usual, I find one driver I really like and trust him (or her) to take me to different places because I can schedule times and typically exchange contact information. On smaller islands where everyone knows everyone, someone can just call the driver for me. Something you might not know, a lot of the chocolate you eat probably comes from St. Lucia. Cocoa is one of their exports and actually goes to some of the most well known brands. I ate it directly off of a tree.
I’ve already explained I’m an adventurer… lions, tigers and bears, bring them on but in St. Lucia, I met a few slithery friends. At first I saw the smaller one and he just so happens to be the more lethal of the two. Naturally, I thought, “This isn’t going to seem that exciting to anyone because he’s so little.” We kept on driving and I met this big boa constrictor. He’s docile but at least he looked ferocious.
The pitons are why you need the window seat on the plane. It’s not just that the water in St. Lucia is a pretty shade of blue; it’s the aerial views of these amazing mountains. Pack your sneakers because you don’t want to miss out on the chance to climb them. You will also need to set aside several hours for that adventure.
Around the island, you will see the pitons but I recommend having lunch near them. There is one restaurant the driver took us to and it was the best. I enjoyed a delicious meal and watched local kids playing on the beach. Honestly, it was one of the moments where I wanted to leave my plate and go play football (soccer) with them.
Take the time to visit the volcano and get in on the mud bath experience. You won’t regret it. It’s steaming hot and obviously going to be great for skin because of natural minerals. My advice here: Don’t wear your fanciest bikini or swimwear because the sulphur smell takes awhile to wash out. And yes, a man name Scooby will give you some awesome body art for pictures.
After the mud bath, I went to a waterfall. I recommend water shoes here because being barefoot meant one foot massage experience I will never forget. It’s completely worth it. Also, how supermodels pose perfectly under a natural waterfall is beyond me because I never have that kind of luck.
For the movie buffs… one of these pictures will look familiar, as it’s where The Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed.
I also recommend exploring a bit inland. Pink Papaya in Point Seraphine is a place I highly recommend eating. Talking to the owners and the staff while eating a freshly prepared island meal was unbeatable. I learned about how they ended up in St. Lucia, one of the guys was Canadian (don’t blame him for staying) and just having a good time. In this situation, I asked what was the special and what they recommended. I trusted them and was not disappointed at all.
There are no bad views in St. Lucia. Take the different roads and explore. The people are just so sweet and kind, it will take you by surprise. The kids don’t have everything that some larger countries have but they have such a zest for life. Watching them play ball on the beach, laughing and giggling was one of the highlights of my trip.