Small island with lots to offer!
Saint Lucia has so much to offer in the months of July & August, so here are a few tips from the Tropical Traveller team, who recommend some of their favourite things to do on the island.
Being a health freak I love the fact that my island has natural spa! Yes, I love the sulphur springs. Never mind that our bubbling drive-in volcano is a unique attraction for visitors, it also offers an amazing experience for spa-treatment fans. The dark grey, piping hot water may look a little alarming on first visit, but a dip in its sulphurous mud does amazing things for your skin, and leaves your entire body feeling like the proverbial baby’s bottom. Possibly the only thing better than a mud bath at the sulphur springs is washing the mud off under one of Soufriere’s icy-clear waterfalls. One important tip - just make sure you wear a black swimsuit! During July and August the islands go cricket crazy! The Caribbean Premier League T20 is back for a second year, and there’s a good reason why it’s called the biggest party in cricket! Our local team is the St. Lucia Zouks, led by the awesome Darren Sammy, and local cricket fanatics are hoping that this year we’ll beat the big guys like Trinidad and Jamaica to win the CPL trophy! Whether you’re here for a match at Beausejour Cricket Ground or catch a game on TV at one of our local bars, if you’re in Saint Lucia or the Caribbean this summer watch out for CPL T20!
Cas En Bas beach is a very cool place to hang out – cool because of the Atlantic breeze as well as the kite-surfing dudes who whip across the bay at breakneck speed, jumping for miles and generally wowing the crowd with their aerobatic tricks. It’s an adventurous sport, not for the faint hearted, but friend who have learnt with one of the two companies at Cas En Bas have said it’s an amazing thrill when you get the knack. So far I’m still a spectator, but before long I’ll have to give it a go! Even after 21 years in Saint Lucia, Gros Islet Friday Night continues to be one of my favourite things to do when it’s time for fun. The weekly jump-up has been held every Friday, other than Good Friday, for three decades or more, and has become one of Saint Lucia’s “must-do” attractions for visitors. It’s also authentically popular with the local crowd, who roll in a little later than their tourist counterparts, then fête away until the small hours. Barbecue aromas pervade the village; everything from chicken to pork to conch is available from street vendors; rum shops, bars and restaurants add to the vibe, and in the central crossroads a massive bank of speakers keep the dancers energised with reggae, soca, dancehall and every other musical genre you could want. If you want to party Lucian style, Gros Islet Friday Night is the place to be.
Dee, TT Editor
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