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Saint Lucia Attractions
Attractions in Saint Lucia
Rain Forest Adventures was our favorite attraction in Saint Lucia. Taking a zip line through the trees was quite exhilarating and heart pumping. We were there for about 4 hours riding the zip lines, bird watching, hopping on the Tarzan swing and walking across the floating stairs. This was the best day for the kids as well. The kids ages are between 8 - 19 and they all had fun, we didn't hear one complaint from the kids, which is unusual with 5 kids. I highly recommend this type of day for any family. My wife is scared of heights and she had no problem with this. I believe there is a max weight limit so call ahead for more information.
Another tour we went on was the Catamaran tour, experiencing Saint Lucia from the water is absolutely beautiful! You will see plenty of Saint Lucia's sights cruising along the coastline starting with the might Pitons as you sail into Soufriere. It's one thing to see the Pitons in a picture, when you see them towering over you, it gives the name Piton a whole new meaning. A word of caution when taking the catamaran tour, Leave you electronics home or in a water proof case, we lost a camera and an iPod to a very large wave coming over the nets on the catamaran.
The catamaran docks in Soufriere and we took an excursion to the worlds only drive in Volcano, it's called ''Sulfur Springs''. When you arrive there you'll notice the smell isn't very pleasant, but a very cool visual. The tour guides will explain the volcano in great detail and you will have an opportunity to bath in the mineral waters downstream. Following the volcano tour, we drove to Torailla Waterfall and Tropical Gardens, where you see all of your house plants that we buy at Home Depot and Wal-Mart. It's funny to see all of your house plants 100x their size. The gardens are very beautiful, full of color and unique plants, a small brook with gray water runs through the center of the tropical gardens, the water comes from Sulfur Springs.
After the garden tour we were ready for lunch, we headed up to Fond Doux Estate, we were greeted with rum punch and a buffet style lunch. I don't think you can go anywhere on the island and not find rum punch. The restaurant overlooked the drive in volcano and the Pitons, breath taking views sitting out on a balcony having lunch, what more could you ask for? Air conditioning? We found that the majority of restaurants do not have AC, but you get use to it.
Heading back to the catamaran to do a little snorkeling and drink some more rum punch. We took a twenty minute ride to a little cove called Anse Cochon, this is where you could snorkel and check out some spectacular sights under the water. I recommend an underwater camera so you can bring home a little underwater life as well, a picture of Nemo and Dory on your desk top is a great conversation topic. We encountered jelly fish, squid, huge starfish and many different kinds of tropical fish, bring your camera!
As we headed back on the sunset cruise, it was the perfect ending to a fun filled and informational day. More rum punch for all, enjoying the beautiful sunset and listening to some island music. We pulled into the world famous Marigot Bay for a short tour, I took some nice pictures of the sunset going down below the palm trees. Being out on the water with the breeze coming off the sea was very relaxing, just don't bring anything you don't want to get wet.
These attractions are just a few that we experienced in the seven days we were on Saint Lucia. A word of caution, If you get car sick easy, you WILL get car sick on Saint Lucia roads. They are curvy and very fast paced, so when you're going to head out for and adventure on the island, make sure to put on a patch first, you'll be glad you did.
Zip Line through the Rain Forest in Saint Lucia...AWESOME DAY!
Cap Estate Villa, FireflyClick thumbnail to view full-size
Villa in Saint Lucia
It was my first vacation in Saint Lucia, It was the first of July, and the weather was hot and humid with occasional rain showers, very tropical. Your typical day would start off humid with temperatures in the 80's and a passing shower in the early morning, the clouds would clear and the sun would come out and it is extremely hot. The tanning index was a 13, I live in the Northeast and the tanning index only goes to 10, so it's something you have to get use to. The humidity is about 95% and you gain about 5lbs just retaining water.
If your by water ( which, I hope you are if you're on vacation,) you can stay cool. the Ocean is about 85deg and the water is clear and blue. There are white sandy beaches and black sandy beaches, it just depends where you are on the island. I expected the water to be more aqua blue but I guess it all depends what color the sand is beneath the water.
We stayed in a Villa in Cap Estate's. It was a beautiful house on the side of a hill with the ocean below. The name of the house was Firefly, Gorgeous 5000sqft home, 5 bedroom 5 bath house with an in ground pool on the edge of a cliff, beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea from the back porch, all the floors and showers were travertine tile and we had 3 women who would keep the house clean and in order. ( who wants to clean on vacation?) They would cook breakfast if we wanted and cut up fresh fruit each day. It's a nice way to start the day.
Saint Lucia moonlit night, the sounds of the night are very impressive. Turn up your speakers, close your eyes and relax.
Where to eat in Saint Lucia
One one the most difficult tasks in Saint Lucia was feeding the family food that was similar to the United States. The food you buy at the grocery store is not like home and is a bit expensive. The meats are USDA but don't even come close to tasting like real beef. With chicken, your pretty safe but the beef has a very gamy taste to it. Some folks don't mind that flavor but the kids were just not accustomed to it.
We prepared for Saint Lucia food differences by packing a lot of snacks in the suit cases, and I'm glad we did, it save us money and the hassle of finding snacks the kids would eat. Don't get me wrong, we ate a lot of fruit that is native to the island but we needed a little normalcy to keep the kids happy.
Going out for dinner at a restaurant was a bit pricey if you went to a good steak house, I suppose even if you went to a good steak house in the US it could get pricey. The first couple of nights we went to Rodney Bay, we found the the restaurants there are very similar to the US and the food is comparable as well. The types of food you can expect to find there range from Mexican, Chinese, Italian and Lucian. You will find pizza, tacos, chicken wings, buffalo tenders, subs and wraps. There's even a Domino's and McDonald's so you have a lot of choices.
We didn't find any other place on Saint Lucia that was like Rodney Bay as far as food goes, but we didn't go searching. Food is a necessity, and when your away from home you still expect to eat like your at home. It's great to explore different cultures and try different foods, but it's even better to eat something familiar when your hungry.
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