Usually, when I dream about visiting a new place, I try to be realistic in my dreams so there is a bigger chance of them coming true. The Caribbean island of Saint Lucia was one of these places, which I secretly dreamed to visit one day but I wasn’t sure if that was actually going to happen.
Surprisingly, that dream came through in 2015 – when I was researching the routes for our cruise, I chose one which included Saint Lucia.
Saint Lucia is famous as a luxury destination for the North Americans. It is often featured in TV shows and travel magazines as the perfect honeymoon destination.
Similar to most of the Caribbean islands, Saint Lucia has a turbulent history and was under British possession 7 times, and 7 times under French possession. This island country gained its independence in 1979.
Its capital is Castries – we didn’t see anything from the town with the exception of the stores in the area of the port. From one of the stores I bought a hand-made bowl from coconut leaves. It was so dark green and smelled very fresh but they warned me that the colour will change. So now, six months after I bought it, it is very light and its colour is pale green.
After we disembarked, we walked through a covered mall. The guides and taxi drivers were waiting there and we hired one of them to drive us to Pigeon Island Beach and Park. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do an excursion to the Pitons and the south part of the island, as they required 7 hours and we didn’t have enough time.
In half an hour we arrived at Pigeon Island. Once this piece of land was actually an island but was joined to the mainland by the government. This was very environmentally unfriendly as it changed the offshore currents and had a negative impact on the fishing industry. The island got its name from the red-neck pigeons that used to inhabit the island. One can notice in the distance the shores of Martinique from Pigeon Island Park.
We found a spot for ourselves at the public beach. Unlike in Antigua and Mexico, the colour of the water in Saint Lucia is a combination of dark blue and dark green. It was very strange for me to believe that it was February 25th and the weather was so hot and sunny. It felt more like July 25th.
A small boat was crossing the waters and offering refreshments. I bought coconut water for 10 East Caribbean dollars.
Next to the public beach was another beach of a 5 star luxurious resort. I thought it was private but asked the guards and to my surprise they told me that this is a public beach as well and we can use it. We couldn’t use the chairs and the umbrellas but we could use the beach. So at one point we moved to that beach.
And that’s how we spent our time on Saint Lucia – at the beach! We saw very little from this island, in comparison with the other Caribbean islands we visited. But I know for sure that I want to go back to Saint Lucia one day and spend at least a week there, and explore the island in depth.
You can find more posts from the series “Cruise in the Southern Caribbean” here.