Small is­land with lots to of­fer!

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - DATEBOOK -

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!

Mae, Pub­lisher

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

Dalan, Graphic De­signer

Nasha, Jour­nal­ist

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