Small is­land with lots to of­fer!

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - DATEBOOK -

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.

Mae, Pub­lisher

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

Denise, Jour­nal­ist

Vanessa, Sales Man­ager

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