Blogs from Saint Lucia, Central America Caribbean


St Lucia is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. While I have been here a few times already, at the beginning of this year I finally got the chance to explore beyond the port area and learned a bit more about the customs and culture of the island. I signed up for a tour to that gave us the opportunity to try ourselves in the art of chocolate making. From the port in Castries it was only a short drive to Howelton Estate. When we arrived they gave us a short introduction into their batik clothing making and then we moved on to their chocolate making process. First we were shown all the ingredients, how these were sourced locally and the steps from raw product to the chocolate bar. Everyone received a small ... read more
Only a few ingredients
Coconut tree
Breathtaking views of Catries

My favorite island in the Caribbean by far is St Lucia, there is just something about it. Even though I have been here quite a few times before, only at the beginning of this year I had the chance to explore more places in this beautiful country. In March this year I got to take a Rainforest Adventure to go ziplining. One of the best ziplines I've done so far, because the views from the top of the mountain into the rainforest are just spectacular. After putting on our safety equipment, we hopped into a small open cable car gondola that took us up the mountain, the ride felt very long, but the views were breathtaking. The guides were fantastic, they explained a lot of things about the forest and we also got a glimpse into ... read more
Walk through the forest
Views from the cable car
Ziplines adventure

Central America Caribbean » Saint Lucia » Castries February 28th 2022

Yesterday, Saturday, we arrived at Saint Martin to bright blue skies and a temperature of 85. There are five vessels in port including us and I am delighted to see that the island is busy. The last time I was here it was recovering from a major hurricane. Then Covid hit. It has been tough times for the island travel industry. My day is much like all the others. Coffee on the verandah, lunch at the Lido, reading stretched out on a couch by the Seaview pool, nap time, Happy Hour and trivia then dinner. Tonight I had watermelon with feta and it was a yummy combo. The Mahi Mahi was done perfectly and I was pleasantly full. Sunday Saint Lucia port is rainy. The sun is trying to shine and I hope it clears up ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Saint Lucia » Castries December 16th 2021

One of my favorite Caribbean Islands is definitely St Lucia. Even though most days I did not have enough time to explore I did find a nice place to chill out when even I am here. When ever we dock in Castries I will go to the Auberge Seraphine Hotel . Even if I just have an hour to spare I like to come here to grab a drink or some food. The hotel is a little hidden from the port, but it is only a five minute walk from the ship. I just love to sit on the upper deck with a cold beer or a cocktail in hand and just enjoy the views. There is a little pond just in front of the property, where you will find a lot of egrets chilling in ... read more
View from the hotel
Egrets chilling in the trees

Our last couple of days were quiet, mainly because the weather turned to warm, very windy and cloudy. Also because Steve had a problem with his foot (suspected Gout - very painful) and that put the kibosh on a planned rainforest walk. Still we were able to get some interesting things done: Friday night is street party night in Gros Islet, with lots of street food, street bars and VERY LOUD music. We travelled by local bus, had a cocktail, surveyEd the long queues for food and, as we had done previously at Shirley Heights, decided to go elsewhere to eat. The elsewhere was Rodney Bay Marina, only a walk from our hotel and home to several very attractive restaurants. We have eaten well in St Lucia but English Harbour was better.... On Saturday we had ... read more
Friday night Street food at Gros Islet 2
This a Bob Marley Birthday cocktail
Steve enjoys said cocktail

The last couple of days have been fairly quiet beach days. The days tend start with some rain, wind and overcast skies, but gradually brighten up to be warm and sunny. In never drops below 26C, even in the evenings, so we’ve spent most of our time on the beach, and eaten dinner outside everyday. On Tuesday however the weather was fab and we headed out on an excellent trip, as follows. After an early pick up we joined a catamaran for a 2 hour cruise down the West coast to Soufriere. We were with a lively crowd of Americans, Canadians and a few others, mainly our age group but some families with kids. Then by bus up into the hills for a drenching under a waterfall (Cj: the waterfall wasn’t huge, but by heck it ... read more
Cruising under clear blue skies
Steve pummelled under waterfall
While Cathy strikes a pose

Our last night in Antigua involved a return visit to Restaurant Incanto....fabulous food in a delightful setting, although it was a bit blowy that night. Our hostess in Antigua let us check out late which was great as we were able to have a full day before our evening flight to St. Lucia. This was interesting on a small 50 seater aircraft. We flew at about 18:00 heading south and looking west. As we flew the sky turned redder and redder finally fading to black as we landed. Spectacular but not really photographable. So, all good except that the taxi we ordered to pick us up failed to materialise so we had to find a cab and got into our new hotel later than planned. We’ve moved from a small B&B in the Antiguan hills to ... read more
We’ll miss the breakfast view in Antigua ... English Harbour in the distance.
Poolside at the new place..note clouds
Local beach...less cloud

Saint Lucia Blog 24th January 2020 Another day, another island. An early arrival with two other cruise ships in port as well. We berthed in the older part with great views across the harbour. Again running the gauntlet of taxi drivers touting for trade and there are a lot of them it was outside to have a look round. Tourism now outstrips Agriculture as the main source of income and with three ships in the battle for trade is endless. The road infrastructure around the port is okay for cars but underfoot with all the stalls spilling onto the road was a bit hazardous and it wasn’t much better the further you got away from the terminal. There was a small garden (George V) which seemed to be dedicated to Saint Lucians that helped in the ... read more

November in Calgary can be drab and dreary; cold and snowy waiting for the ski hills to open, so we headed south to Saint Lucia. We have a small suite in a private residential area of Gros Islet at the very north end of the island, Lime Tree Cottage. We have a small private garden with our own coconut tree. Yesterday a lineman from the power company came to trim the branches and cut two coconuts for us to try. He cut the tops off with his machete and we drank the coconut water straight from the shell. Doesn’t come any fresher! Even the local birds, that resemble colourful pigeons like to drink coconut water straight from the shell. We walked to the remnants of the fort at the top of Pigeon Island where Rodney, the ... read more
Local birds
Causeway to Pigeon Island
Rodney Bay

It's my last day! Yesterday was my last full day here, so we spent the day at Windjammers, and then the evening at the Gros Islet street party. Windjammers was really good. It's a shame I didnt have any goggles, because there were loads of fish this time, and some big, colourful ones too. The water is really clear and calm, so I could see them pretty well even without goggles. Then they started to circle me like sharks and it freaked me out a little so I had to swim away and get out of the sea. I've tanned as much as I can, so we'll have to wait and see how dark I am compared to everyone at home. I went to the Gros Islet street party with Olivia, her boyfriend, her mum and ... read more

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