Small island with lots to offer!
St Lucia has so much to offer in the months of March & April, so here are a few tips from the Tropical Traveller team, who recommend some of their favourite things to do on the island.
I love my workouts. I love mixing it up trying new things. My latest passion is spinning. Yes, I know I live in the tropics and should be cycling outdoors but I haven't developed the guts to navigate traffic and potholes so for now I spin three times weekly at Cathy's air-conditioned studio. A super studio with amazing challenging instructors, great music and a group of fitness fanatics that could take on the crowd at NY’s famed Equinox gym. So if you need a great work after all those rum punches call Cathy (716 1377) and see if she can squeeze you in. Join the locals for a Looshan spin! Over the Easter weekend my friends and I always plan a trip to a different waterfall – this year we’re thinking of Latille Waterfall near Micoud. Sometimes there’s a hike involved so we travel light with water and snacks, and of course towels because once we arrive it’s straight into the cool, clear water for a swim. Dennery Falls is another favourite – it’s a set in a serene forest and splashing in the river below the falls is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Dalan, Graphic Designer
Every Saturday I head to Castries Market and shop for the week – it’s the tradition in my family, but I recommend it to every visitor because it’s such a Lucian experience, with hundreds of vendors under colourful umbrellas, tables bulging with fresh produce and a mass of shoppers picking up a bargain. Whatever is in season is what you’ll see; mangos, grapefruits, oranges, cherries, herbs, tomatoes, lettuce, plantain, yam, sweet potatoes – if it grows in Saint Lucia you’ll find it at the Castries Market. And it’s one of National Geographic’s top ten, so well worth bringing a camera. If you’re a yoga fanatic you’ll find lots of wonderful spots on the island for doing your daily routine, but if you want to join in with a group, try Yoga on the Bay in the centre of Rodney Bay Village. The owner Jill is a globetrotting, very experienced instructor and there are sessions ranging from basic beginners to Iyengar level two. You can do pilates or pilates fusion, and there are even regular salsa lessons which are a lot of fun. It’s a great way to meet the Yoga community in St Lucia and make a few new friends.
The Reef in Vieux Fort is such a cool place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon – lots of kite-surfers flying through the air and cold beers under the almond trees. The beach is really beautiful, the low surf is great for bellyboarding and Maria Island is just off the bay: you can do all sorts of watersports and there is a centre for windsurfing or kitesurfing, or you can just chill and watch the action from your comfy chair on the beach. Take a drive to Vieux Fort and check out The Reef at Sandy Beach!
Dee, TT Editor
Vanessa, Sales Manager