St Lucia All-Inclusive Vacations: Sightseeing and Touring
You may use a tour guide or tour on your own. Tour operators will typically come to pick you up. Touring on your own obviously means renting a car. Tours may be arranged through the guest activities desk at Windjammer. Jungle walks and the day sail south aboard the catamaran “Endless summer” are always favorites. Several other tour services may be contacted directly with a phone call. Family Vacations HQ Travel Agency will arrange very special tours including a dolphin watching day trip to the island of St. Vincent about 30 miles to the south. When we sailed these waters, sighting a whale or a pod of dolphins was always exciting. Although we have not tried St Lucia all inclusive resorts ourselves, we are aware of a whale watching excursion boat on St. Lucia that gets great reviews. There is also a St. Lucia Whale & dolphin watching association.
Our favorite spots tend to be on the north end of the island and along the Caribbean coast down to the Pitons. Pigeon island and the long beach that is on the causeway connecting the island to the mainland is one of our favorite spots. The hilltop on the island contains the remnants of Admiral Rodney’s fort, and the long beach will be very private. The causeway road is just past Gros Islet the home of the Friday jumpup. This has become an institution with many of the villagers becoming street side vendors selling barbecued meats, rum punch, and other drinks. Reggae music will blare from a huge speaker system set up in the middle of the village. There will be dancing in the streets. The party really just gets going about midnight and will continue till dawn.
Walking the docks in Rodney Bay Marina to check out the sail and motor yachts from around the world is very interesting. There are shops at the marina including the Bread Basket our favorite bakery. A bar/restaurant catering to the international yachting crowd is also there. With a good four wheel drive vehicle, the Atlantic coast can be checked out at Cas-en-Bas. Even though the roads are bad, a drive through Cap Estate is also worth trying.
Heading south brings you first to Castries the capital city of 60,000 inhabitants. The open market is the place to buy island fruits (mangos, bananas, papaya, sour sop, avocados, grapefruit, pineapple, etc.) and vegetables (dasheen, breadfruit, christophene) and other miscellany (T-shirts– yes!). Castries harbor is where the cruise ships dock, and there is a large shopping area geared to tourists at Point Seraphine.