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I traveled to St. Lucia this May for a great getaway trip with an organization called The Br8kthrough Tour. This trip was intended to be a much needed vacation for me (after 2 long years), birthday trip, and celebration for the Memorial Day holiday, all in one.
I can honestly say, this trip was well worth the stay!
(this photo was taken during the Friday Night street party in Gros-Islet)
Two Sides of St. Lucia
The northern part of the island encompasses the capital city of Castries, Rodney Bay, beach resorts, bars, and restaurants. The ladies of the trip and I stayed on the northern part of the Island (Cap Estate, Gros-Islet, St. Lucia) closer to Rodney Bay.
For traveling in the city from place to place, try to find local van drivers if you go with a group of people (this is what we did and it was cheaper per/person!)
You’ll find the market for tourists on this side of the island, where you can find souvenirs, food and spices, and other cool things.
To party with the locals, you’ll want to join the Gros-Islet Jump Up on Friday nights. It’s a street party complete with St. Lucian snacks and island music. (We had a lot of fun on the street with locals and hitting karaoke bars as a group!)
For lodging, we stayed in a villa in Cap Estate, but if you have more money to spend, you can checkout the many all-inclusive resorts in this area. You’ll find more affordable lodging here, as well as kid-friendly options.
If you plan to stay North, just keep in mind the travel distance from this side of the island to the airport and outdoor nature activities (usually held on the south part of the island).
The South is the best place for outdoor adventure activities. Locals or your resort can help you arrange for a guide and different activities to do in the area.
On the south side of the island is where you will find the twin peaks of the Piton mountains rise above the Caribbean sea (a beautiful sight to see!) The rainforest is a great outdoor activity to do while here for zip-lining, hiking, and swimming in the waterfall.
Keep in mind for lodging, that it’s strictly adults only if you’re staying at a resort.
One of the best things I loved about St. Lucia was that all the beaches were public!
What to Bring
Plan To Bring The Essentials
Before you plan your stay, be sure to bring these important items:
- Bug spray!
- Sun screen
- Cash (converts to EC, i.e. $25 EC= $10 US)
- lots of bathing suits (and active wear if you plan to do adventure activities)
- umbrella (if you travel during rainy season)
- sandals (and sneakers if planning to hike)
- fanny pack ( for easy carry of money and goods)
- Adapter for outlet (to charge your phone, computer, other electronic devices)
- Many outfits to change into. You can shop looks here.
Where to Eat
The Locals Know Where It’s At
As some of you may or may not know, I am vegan (due to the harsh chemicals America allows in our food these days), however, because I traveled to an island rich in sea food, I was able to dine on fresh fish and shrimp during my stay without any harsh side effects.
Some places we visited:
- Rodney Bay Restaurants (many to choose from)
- Spice of India
What to Do
Adventures And Relaxation
There are so many things to do in St. Lucia, so you have the freedom to plan your vacation according to your style and comfort level.
- Chill at any beach (Castries, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet Quarter, Soufriere, Pigeon Island, etc)
- Enjoy a spa day
- Outdoor adventures in the rainforest (southern part of the island)
- Sailing on the water
- Hiking, snorkeling, jet skiing, ATV riding, horse back riding, etc
- Shopping in the market or the mall at Rodney Bay
- Eat fresh seafood at many restaurants … The list goes on..and on..
I traveled with about 9-11 other women on this trip, and we all had a great time getting to know each other and sharing a great experience. I have both been a solo traveler and traveled in large groups.
For The Solo Traveler
Be sure to let family know where you are traveling and check in with them daily. Safety is important! Don’t ever tell anyone on site that you are traveling alone. Plan your days ahead of time, and try to stay in at night. Be sure you have your passport, ID, and cash safely stored.
Pray for safe traveling, and always watch your surroundings.
For The Group Traveler
Use prayer and discernment when traveling in groups to ensure the best vacation arrangement possible. Have contact information for all group members (or use a group chat app like GroupMe). Always use the buddy system when separating from the pack. Figure out sleeping arrangements ahead of time.
Enjoy meeting new people, and make the best of it!
For The Bloggers and Creatives
One of the best things I did on my vacation was take advantage of the time to create great content. I took my tripod, which has an IPhone mount, and used my Iphone to take my pictures around the villa we were staying at.
Also use friends and locals nearby to capture some great shots for you. My advice, position the camera the way you want your shot to be taken and show the person how you want it shot. (This works all the time for me!) If you use a DSLR camera, be sure to keep it protected during your stay. The wifi can be a bit dodgy, depending on where you stay – so just keep that in mind when it comes to editing and posting during your stay. My advice is to capture as much content as you can (both pictures and videos) and edit and post everything when you get back.
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I hope you found the information I shared extremely helpful!
If you ever plan a trip to St. Lucia, be sure to reference this post.
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