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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

From USA

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

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