St Lucia’s most famous twin mountains “the Pitons” are definitely the show stopper of this island nation. And the high end resorts that surround the precious Piton views are some of the most revered in the world. The rest of the island is contrasting- between poverty in the depressed villages, to westernization in the expat marinas. And there’s no easy way to “get there from here” on the roads in between.
We got to taste a bit of each area of the island and were glad we did. We had a local experience with a driver who brought us to his choices for snacks and beers (local brand: Piton, go figure) and showed us around Soufrerie town. We spent a day like royals on the white sand beach in between the two pitons at Sugar Beach (A Viceroy Resort). And we found our happy, middle ground in the north at Hodges Bay and the marina area. We played trivia with expats from around the world, and enjoyed some familiar food & drink (they had green juices and salads to die for at Cafe Ole so we ate there every day).
- PITONS – Tet Paul Nature Trail
Beautiful, easy hike to 2 spectacular views of the Pitons. $10 entry includes a local guide if you’d like to learn more about the villages, topography and history of the island. Bring your camera, this excursion is all about the viewpoints!
- SUGAR BEACH – @Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
Even if you’re not staying at the resort, you can still purchase a guest pass to spend the day on Sugar Beach and it’s worth every penny. The resort is situated on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach smack dab between the pitons. The towering mountains overhead and the stunning beauty of the beach and resort make the $25 price tag worth it (it’s basically a resort credit, you can spend at the restaurant, bar, etc).
- RODNEY BAY – Marina AreaWe fell in love with the mix of vibes here, some locals, some salty sailors, some “yachties”. It was just enough local flavor, with just enough amenities that using this area as a home base felt right. Highly recommend the food truck park across the street from the Harbor Club by Hilton, it’s happening every night til about 10pm. All of the restaurants in the Rodney Bay Marina were excellent and there were fun, low-key activities happening in the marina most nights.
Nuts & Bolts:
Language: English is the official language and most people will speak it to you.
Though, 95% of the population speaks creole dialect Patwa
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Electric: Standard voltage is 240. US travelers require voltage converter and plug adapter.
Driving: Is on the left side of the road and a permit is required. International permits ARE accepted if you have one of those! (recommend getting at your local AAA for $10!)
A car is recommended, though the roads are quite steep and winding, if you’re a nervous driver you’d be better suited to hire a driver if you want to explore for a day.
Airports: 2 airports serve the islands UVF and SLU. Coming from the US you’re likely to find flights into UVF, but if you’re arriving from elsewhere in the Caribbean flights will be cheaper and easier through SLU.
If you’re thinking about going to St Lucia, please contact us ([email protected]) for a free 15 minute phone consultation on building a great itinerary for your trip. We don’t currently offer any trips here but would love to share our experience so you can make the most of your visit.