TT: What’s your favourite thing about the island so far? Yvonne: I love the homey feel of it all. It feels like home already, you see people hanging laundry on the lines outside, just like my mom did when I was little. All the houses are lovely and well kept, children playing outside, it just feels like you’re visiting someone’s home and that’s a lovely thing to do.
TT: Is this you first time to the Caribbean? Yvonne: I’ve been to Jamaica and Bermuda also visiting my friend. She changes countries with her job every two years and I’m lucky enough to go visit her every time she goes to another country so I feel quite blessed. Jamaica was a little more dangerous; I didn’t feel nearly as secure as I do here.
TT: So you feel safe in Saint Lucia? Yvonne: Everyone I’ve spoken to has smiled back at me and that’s incredibly kind. I like this rustic feel in St Lucia, it feels more like home.
TT: Will you comeback for a second visit? Yvonne: Oh yeah, it’s beautiful. My friend said probably January would be the best time to come. That would be ideal for Canadians, Christmas is over and we can relax.
Yvonne From CANADA Yvonne was shopping for souvenirs at the Castries Market. Gudrun and Rainer
TT: What brings you to St Lucia? Gudrun: We came here on a Caribbean cruise, we just came from St Vincent and now we’re heading to St Kitts. It’s a great feeling to take in a little bit of what all the different islands have to offer; they’re all very unique. The Caribbean is wonderful. It’s our first time here.
TT: How’s your visit to Saint Lucia so far? Rainer: I think Saint Lucia is a very nice island. We spent the day here and now we’re about to head back to the cruise ship. We had a really good time and it was beautiful.
TT: What do you like about the island? Gudrun: We took the time to visit Soufriere today. We took a trip to the drive-in volcano, which was amazing, and the Sulphur Springs and that was very good. We also spend some time exploring Castries, meeting the people and found that it was very friendly and enjoyable.
Gudrun and Rainer stopped off in Saint Lucia on a cruise. Alisdair and Gill from England live on their yacht Star Charger IV, and were visiting Saint Lucia for several weeks when TT caught up with them.
TT: Life on the ocean wave – how great! What brings you to the islands? Alisdair: We just commissioned the boat last year, and sailed across the Atlantic in February to Barbados where we took part in the round island yacht race. After that we sailed to Saint Lucia and have been spending some time enjoying the island.
TT: What has your experience been like? Gill: Well it’s so beautiful – approaching the south of the island by yacht is an amazing way to see it for the first time. We were blown away by the colour of the sea, especially arriving off the coast of Laborie and Choiseul – it’s absolutely turquoise.
Alisdair and Gill From ENGLAND
Alisdair: We’ve been really happy with the help we’ve received from the local fishermen and boating guys who help find us secure docking when we visit different spots, and so far we’ve felt really welcome.
TT: Any favourite spots in Saint Lucia? Alisdair: Oh, definitely Jambe De Bois at Pigeon Island! Awesome spot, beautiful view of the northern coast, friendly staff who remembered us after day one, superb rum punch (which they also remembered!), the food is very nice and reasonably priced. It’s our favourite place for a sundowner every day.
Visitors to Saint 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