St. Lucia was amazing. Definitely something to experience. St. Lucia is a mountainous island so getting from one end to the next will take some time, but its a beautiful island. I stayed at Bay Garden Inn in Gros Islet. They had a there main hotel Rodey Bay Hotel next door where I was able to get breakfast lunch and dinner. Breakfast was included in our stay which made thing very convenient.
Behind Rodney Bay Inn was Rodney Bay Mall where there was a plethora restaurants, shops, and bar. I wasn’t able to make it to their local fish fry on Friday but i was able to sample their fish and it was good. St. Lucia knows how to season their food and for a person who only eats fish they never ran short of it. Their national breakfast is saltfish, salad, and bread. Piton and Strongbow were two of there local drinks.
Along the strip I was able to visit a couple of local restaurants. Rituals Coffee where i had the St. Lucian breakfast (saltfish, salad, and bread) and a piton. I went to Crave where they had the bomb veggie pasta, so flavorful, and a passionfruit Ting. There was a buffet spot called The Triangle where you can have 4-5 sides and a main for 20EC-25EC that’s like $10. 1usd is 2.70 EC (East Caribbean Dollars) You can get real authentic St. Lucian food there. Thats where many locals go.
When it comes to flights like anywhere the sooner the better. I booked mines in February and paid $650 but it was to the further airport, the closer aiport cost 1k at that time. I would recommend going for 7 days. Thursday-Thursday, where you can pick up your costumes/ packages, squeeze in touristy things to do, go to day 1, 2, and 3 of carnival and come back home in time to rest the weekend. Parties started to release in March. The parties I went to were: Mess, Brazen, Raff Up, Remedy, and Indulgence there was still more that otheres went to but those were the main popular ones in my opinion.
Mess is like a jouvert party, this year theme was mud, last year they did oil. Raff Up is a boatride well a catamaran and they sail off to a private island where you can swim and party on the beach. Remedy is a cooler fete on the beach. Indulgence is a breakfast fete where u dress cute this year theme was neon. Brazen is another cooler fete. If you read my last post I told you St. Lucia is big on cooler fetes. Sidebar some of the fetes require small coolers and no glass bottles only champagne you can bring in a glass bottle.
I played with Xuvo this was their 1st time on the road an they didn’t disappoint. But I would give them an 8 out of 10. They needed to get a rope to keep the stormers out, they also should’ve played more versatile music, and this wasn’t their fault but they only use one side so cars was still driving on the other side of the road which made things tight for masqueraders. The costumes are reasonably priced, I paid $480 for by backline costume with wire bra. St. Lucia is big on Power Soca so if you want to attend make sure you have the energy and stamina to keep up. Their is a stage to cross so at a certain point in the march they ask you to get in your section. Xuvo came in second place. 🥳🥳
St. Lucia carnival was opposite from Trinidad carnival. They have costume march (Monday) on day 1 then Tuesday wear on day 2 where u wear whatever you want. Then they have day 3 which is like the after party on the Wednesday.
I was able to squeeze in some touristy things. I took a picture with the famous Piton Mountain (Gros & Petit Piton), experienced Toraille waterfall (Soufriere, St. Lucia), and did the volcano mud bath at Sulphur Springs, which is the only drive through volcano, (Soufriere, St. Lucia). Omg you have to visit the views are breathtaking. Morne Fortune is a nice location to see the view of Castries, St. Lucia its on the way to the wayerfall and volcano.
Overall I would definitely go back to St. Lucia and reccomend anyone who thought about it to go. Just know prices next year will go up. But I will be there.
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