Small island with lots to offer!
Saint Lucia has much to offer in the months of November & December, so here are a few tips from the Tropical Traveller team, who recommend some of their favourite things to do on the island this summer.
I recently got to do a photo-shoot at Balenbouche near Laborie, which feels like a real throwback in time and an insight into life on a plantation. Spend a day meditating with nature. Relax, connect, swim, become one with history. The sugar plantation is home of jewellery designer Anitanja Lawaetz; her line 'Anitanja' is fabulous, but her Piton Collection is especially wow! You can buy 'Anitanja' at Harry Edwards Jewelers so take a home a piece to remind you of the magic of Saint Lucia.
Mae, Publisher This time of year is just wonderful, isn't it? When you originate from the far north like I do, an island Christmas is very different and the weather is only the start. This will be my twenty-second festive season in Saint Lucia and there are some traditions from my past life—turkey, ham, fruit cake—which are the same in the islands, but our Caribbean traditions really do spice up the season, with sorrel and peanut punch to drink, pies and stews and curries to eat, and plenty of parang music on the radio. There's nothing we like better than to dance the night away whatever the season, so listen out for the sounds of an island Christmas and make sure to hit the dancefloor when the parang starts to play.
Dee, TT Editor As the weather cools off after the rainy season, it's good to get out and stretch your legs. Saint Lucia has a lot of places to hike, and around Christmas time the temperature and humidity drop a little so it's even more pleasant to go off the beaten track and see some of the island's beautiful coastline, forests or mountains. Of course, the Pitons are the mother of all hiking trails, and I have some friends who make the climb regularly for the spectacular views—and boasting rights! The guides for Gros and Petit Piton come from the village of Fond Gens Libre and they are really knowledgeable about the area.
Dalan, Graphic Designer I love Trinidadian food—especially dhal puri and doubles—so the latest place to capture my attention is Bottle'N'Spoon at The Pearl pirate ship docked at Rodney Bay Boat Y ard. The food is authentic yummy, freshly cooked for lunch and dinner, spiced up proper Trini-style. The view from the dock is wonderful and there's always a cold drink and cool breeze whatever the time. Check them out every day from 11am until midnight, and try a taste of T&T right here in Saint Lucia.
Vanessa, Sales Exec
From Team TT