It’s that time again!! Time to travel, explore, adventure! This is the best part of my week because I get to spend time exploring and researching these incredible destinations that I bring to you. Hopefully you enjoy it as well, learn a little bit and mostly spark that wanderlust in you to maybe actually go and explore some of these places!
This week on Binge Traveler we are going to sit back and relax a little….. This weeks destination is the beautiful island of St. Lucia!!
For those of you who are not familiar this winward island sits in the middle of the Eastern Caribbean Ocean between Martinique and St. Vincent, North of Barbados. This lovely little island really is little it is only twenty seven miles long and fourteen miles wide, but it’s unique in itself because this island holds both mountainous regions and rainforest and together make the most perfect destination. St Lucia has become a growing trend on vacationers travel lists, the lush unspoiled land has widened it’s fan base over the past several years.
St Lucia, is one of the most beautiful islands I’ve ever set my eyes on. The pictures you will see here you literally wont believe that there is truly a real place that looks like this. Like I mentioned before St Lucia is graced with mountainous peaks soaring 2,000 feet from the sea and the rain forests are graced with magnificent ferns, and wild orchids, broken up by orchards of banana, mango and coconuts. No wonder it’s a top destination in the world, you will find many different all inclusive hotels located here along the beach that offer activities and all inclusive food. Well that’s all find and dandy but don’t you want to dive into the food and culture of the island. I’m hoping my options spark your interest in experiencing the island for what it is and what it can offer!
Although this is a small island it has a lot to offer its travelers! The island has been inhabited for years, long before colonial times. The island is rich in cultural treasures and history. There are many villages and open markets, the island people have earned a well deserved reputation for their generosity and charm. This sweet island offers many exotic activities, being located in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean the snorkeling and scuba diving is world renowned. The mountainous regions and rainforests call to those die hard hikers and adventures with great bird watching and trails that wind through the tall trees. Not to mention this island is the only place in the world where you can drive in to a volcanic crater, St. Lucia’s Soufriere volcano should not be missed!
Here are some other great activities that the island offers!
- Pigeon Island National Park-Pigeon Island is a National landmark and is home to the islands most important historic monuments. It is a vivid representation of the cultural and historical monuments of international, civil, military and marine cross currents, characteristic of West Indian historical change. A living museum within a natural setting, Pigeon Island is being nurtured through careful protection and intelligent development to serve the intellectual, cultural and recreational needs of all who visit this historic site. The picturesque, 44 acre island reserve, off the North West, was originally surrounded by water but was joined to the mainland by a man-made causeway in 1972.
- Rodney Bay- Named after the wide blue arc of waters off Saint Lucia’s northern coast, which is flanked by a series of beautiful beaches including the sweeping golden strand of Reduit Beach and the white coral stretch at pigeon island, Rodney Bay is home to some of the islands most popular hotels, both beachside and in Rodney Bay Village, a busy commercial strip by day and entertainment destination by night. Shopping, restaurants and live entertainment everywhere you look.
- Marigot Bay- Just under four miles south of Castries lies a place that has been called “the most beautiful in the Caribbean” by none other than James Michener, who wrote a sweeping chronicle of the islands in 1989. On top of the hill at Marigot village, enjoy spectacular views and a slice of local life, or take a hike up the forested hillside on the south side for a different panorama; you can even kayak through the mangroves around this wonderful bay. This bay is probably the most popular and an absolute treasure to the island!
Now don’t get me wrong, there are definitely more than just theses three places to go, in fact these few activities is just the beginning. St Lucia is full of wonderful places to go and explore. Speaking of exploring, is anyone hungry haha, well I am always hungry so here are my top St. Lucia places to wine and dine!
- Pink House Plantation House– This 140 year old, three story French colonial house sits on two acres of lush green gardens along the Caribbean shore. It’s more than just a bar and restaurant, it’s an art gallery, an event space, and is surrounded by gardens of tropical fruit, vegetables, island flowers. Besides the historical architecture, atmosphere and art the kitchen is kickin it up a notch with the French creole cuisine, island juices and famous island cocktails.
- If your exploring the west side of the island, this pick is a great one. Looking for a great local family restaurant, this is your spot! Martha’s Tables offers traditional local cuisine, look for fresh lobster and fish dishes cooked in a creole style.
- If your in for something a little out there and strange, but still very exceptional cuisine St. Lucia has that or you too! Welcome to The Naked Fisherman! You have a right to be nervous about this one, let me just read you a bit from their website: “The shores off the northwest of St Lucia have long been a popular location for some early morning fishing. Due to the Caribbean warmth and natural beauty, they have often taken a clothes optional approach to fishing. The owners of Cap Maison have owned the land for many years and the morning spectacle of the naked fishermen plying their trade in front of the property became part of the landscape. This unique approach to fishing is now immortalized in our beach watering hole”. Isn’t that one of the most interesting stories you’ve ever read! HAHA this made me literally laugh out loud, now I don’t want to take away from from the food and the atmosphere of this incredible place but I really wanted to share that with you I couldn’t keep that to myself! Anyways this lovely little hideaway offers and extraordinary menu and the chefs are always updating it. Today you’ll find roasted tiger shrimp, fish and chips with mushy peas, the daily catch with curried pumpkin and coconut and not to forget the Caribbean fish tower, now tell me that’s not interesting.
These amazing places have so much to offer us travelers, St. Lucia has so much to offer. I feel like even though this is a small island I barely touched the number of adventures and restaurants you can go to. Its beauty, and our curiosity is the perfect mix! I hope you enjoyed our trip and that this enticed you to explore this lovely island for yourself and experience all that it has to offer!
Happy Travels xx