David From UK
David visits Saint Lucia a couple of times a year, and TT met him at IGY Rodney Bay Marina where he keeps his 36' yacht Happy Morning.
Why do you like to visit Saint Lucia? It's become a home from home since we completed the RORC/ARC race in 2010. We have made friends here and it’s a great place to get away and chill out.
What do you do when you're here? I like to sail and join in with the local sailing scene through membership of the Saint Lucia Yacht Club. We try and do as many races as we can while we are out here. Walking or sailing over to Pigeon Island and climbing up to the fort and peak afford great views. Snorkelling and swimming from the local beaches is relaxing and rewarding. I keep meaning to get into the fishing scene but haven't done so just yet.
Do you have any restaurant recommendations? Tours or attractions you think every tourist should do? I particularly like the Pink Plantation but all of the Rodney Bay Marina restaurants are well priced and pretty good too. I also like to take a drive up to Cas en Bas or down the west coast. The local communities are very friendly and the scenery is fantastic. I'm into photography and the island has much to offer on that front too.
Juliana and Ruth
TT met Juliana and Ruth at the La Haut Resort, Soufriere where they were enjoying a rum punch after arriving on the second stop of their vacation.
How are you enjoying your holiday so far? J: This is our second time and we love Saint Lucia so much. Last time we stayed at Marigot Bay for a few nights and then came to La Haut. This time we stayed at Villa Beach Resort to be closer to Rodney Bay, and absolutely fell in love with the hotel and its staff. My niece got married at Sandals Grande so it's been a great vacation so far.
What did you enjoy doing up north? J: We had a lot of fun ziplining at Rainforest Adventures in Babonneau, and the gondola ride was wonderful - the guides were so warm and friendly, we learnt a lot about the rainforest and tropical flowers. We rented a car (I recommend it), and drove to Pink Plantation House which was absolutely beautiful - actually we went back on the way here today.
R: We love Indian food and adored Spice of India at Bay Walk Mall. Chef Adil and the staff were great - we even took extra curry home and had it for breakfast.
Now you're in Soufriere what do you plan to do? R: We're off to hike the Tet Paul trail this morning, then the Diamond Falls and Botanical Gardens this afternoon. The nice thing about Saint Lucia is that you can be as active as you want, then lay by the pool with a rum punch and relax.
J: La Dauphine is a working cocoa plantation so I'm interested in that. The folks at La Haut remembered us from last year and we feel at home here so we'll enjoy a few quiet days at the resort too.
Verna From Canada
TT found Verna and her daughter visiting the Botanical Gardens in Soufriere
What brings you to St Lucia? My daughter and I came to spend time with friends on the island; we’re here for two weeks.
What do you love about the island? The vibrant colours of the buildings are impressive —on our tour around the island we went into many of the towns and were wowed by the courtesy, honesty, upkeep and cleanliness everywhere.
Was this your first time in St Lucia? This was our second visit. I visited St Lucia many years ago, and a lot has changed. We’re very pleased with the improvements all around and the results are pleasingly evident. From Rituals where we were served by cheerful staff at the Rodney Bay location to the happy crowd we encountered at the Castries market. We felt no need to grip our belongings to our chests as we wondered amongst the crowd. Keep St Lucia beautiful!
Visitors to St. Lucia find pleasure in the simple things, like relaxing at the beach, near the pool or taking in a little shopping. TT caught up with some new islanders who were out and about exploring