Thinking about going to St. Lucia carnival? Where to stay, where to party, just plain what to do you may ask. I have the answers.
St. Lucia carnival is a small island carnival nut don’t think twice that you wont get the full experience of road. It’s always held the 3rd Monday and Tuesday in July. Yes, 2days of road. Monday you get to wear your beautiful costume and the Tuesday you can wear whatever you want or parts of an old costume. Their main soca is Dennery Soca which are song you may be familiar with; Split in the Middle by Freezy and Bad in Bum Bum by Mighty feat Subance.
Gros Islet/ Rodney Bay are the best place to stay during carnival is close to most of the events that are primarily located in Pigeon Point, Castries is also a nice place to stay as well but i would make Gros Islet/Rodney Bay my first choice. The Airbnbs are beautiful out there but if you prefer staying in a hotel ill recommend Coco Palm Resort, Harbor Club, and Hideaway Royalton.
Flying in SLU airport is the most convenient but its much more pricey that UVF. UVF is about 1.5 hours away from Castries which is that bad.
St. Lucia is the island for beach cooler fetes. During carnival there will be plenty to attend as well as regular parties too. Some parties that you shouldn’t miss are; Deeper than Soca Presents JOB Cooler Edition, Duck Work Binge, Color ME Re, Legends Carnival Mess Clay Edition (jouvert party), Bacchanal Blocko, Silent Morning, Remedy, Raft Up, Indulgence Breakfast Party, Brazen, Tribe Ignite, Suits, and Xuvo Day 3 just to name a few. If you are a real party animal plan on going to 2-3 parties a day.
I will be playing with XUVO Carnival. This will be their first year on the road but they are a sister company to Verve. Verve is the biggest event and entertainment group in St. Lucia so I’m sure they will deliver the same energy and service with the band. An essential thing that I found that will be useful for carnival is the soca survivor kit. It has the essentials for chipping down the road. From a fanny pack, Hydration pack, portable battery, hand sanitizer, and a waterproof case just to name a few items. https://www.instagram.com/soca_survivor/?hl=en
“XUVO is focused on creating unique, world class, ultra premium experiences signature to Verve. As a 100% Saint Lucian company, we pride ourselves in merging the international stage with our local culture, fostering a high energy, exciting environment for our XUVO dolls and dons.” ~ XUVO Carnival
I’m very excited to play mas in St. Lucia this year. I know its going to be a great time. Alot of new soca songs are from St. Lucian artist so that makes it even better. If you do plan on visiting St. Lucia and you plan on doing other thing than just carnival you must go to their Friday Night Fish Fry. Sulfur Spring (volcano mud bath experience), Marigot Bay ( very beautiful bay with the boats in the harbor), Reduit Beach (more touristy and many hagglers), and The Pitons ( which are two mountainous volcanic plugs, volcanic spires in St. Lucia) are some other thing that you can do in St. Lucia that will make you stay wonderful.
I hope this helps. Stay tuned for the review of carnival in July.