St. Lucia

If travel bores you, skip today but come back soon.  I'm playing travel guide today.  I so rarely get the chance I've got to enjoy it while I can!

I loved St. Lucia, although I have to admit getting there is a bitch from California.  We lost two full days to travel on the way there.  Once we arrived on the island, we had an hour and a half car ride to our adults-only resort which was on the northern tip of the island.  

Adults Only resort does not mean Swingers Club.  Honest.

(BTW, there are many places to stay that don't require as long of a drive, but the northern tip of the island gets less rain so we enjoyed staying there.)

The car ride from the airport is long not so much because of the distance, but because the road is only two lanes, filled with pot holes, and winds nonstop particularly through the rain forest.  I never get car sick and I was turning a little green in the back of our taxi.  A lot of people take a helicopter from one end of the island to the other to avoid the drive.  It's only a 12 minute helicopter flight.

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Finally we got to our resort and the view from the lobby was enticing.

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From the air the northern tip of St. Lucia looks sort of like this:

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From land it looks like this:

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The Atlantic Ocean sits on the eastern side of the island and the Carribean on the west.  Our resort was on the peninsula and we could see both.  Our room had a view of the Atlantic and when we walked out our front door we found ourselves on the beach facing the Carribean.

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I sucked down a lot of Dirty Bananas on the beach.  It sounds X-rated, doesn't it?  A Dirty Banana is one of many cold, icy, rum drinks they have in St. Lucia.  It's hard to avoid rum or bananas while visiting.  Bananas are in every drink you order and in almost every dessert.  We were even offered "hot, spicy banana soup" which I had no hesitation in declining.

St. Lucia is a highly popular international destination.  We met a lot of great people from all over the world which was a lot of fun.  One French woman refused to wear a bikini top even though it's against the law to go topless in St. Lucia.  She was repeatedly told to put her top back on and she would until the police walked away and then off it came again.  

Briefcase said he never even noticed. 

I never noticed Brutus The Bartender either (drool).

The "best" friends we met while we were there were from the states though – Georgia to be exact.  We spent a lot of time drinking hanging out with Biggs and Tiny.

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They threatened me with bodily harm if I didn't put a picture of them on 24!  (Miss you guys!)  I definitely think we'll be trying to hook up with them in a vacation hot spot sometime in the future.

I never once embarrassed myself in front of them.  Can you believe it?  They don't even know I sometimes do that. 

Couple massages were available out in the shade at the end of the pier.  That little gazebo with the thatch roof looks ideal for massages.

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We meant to get massages, but we were too busy doing nothing to bother signing up.  Pathetic?  I could have used a massage because my bum arm and shoulder were a mess while we were there.  (I drank a lot of rum to block out the pain instead!)

The island motto was, "No pressure, no problem!"  We heard it time and again from the islanders.  I know some of the Carribean islands are well known for pushy vendors, but this wasn't the case in St. Lucia.

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I loved this guy.  He sat out on "our" beach every day and strung necklaces and bracelets.  One day he asked if I wanted anything and when I told him I already had picked up a few souveniers he gave me a huge grin and said (of course), "No pressure, no problem!"

Hmmm … now that I look closer at this picture, he might have been smoking a joint when I took this.  

Did I mention the St. Lucians we met were the nicest, happiest, people? 

**  I'll have one more post on St. Lucia before I return to normal posting.  Is there such a thing as a normal post from me?  I think not.  ** 

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69 Responses to “St. Lucia”

  1. Jan

    You never bore me, you know that.
    An adults only resort! I didn’t know there were such things – one of the reasons we go to the gay B&B in Hawaii is because there are no children there.

  2. Jan

    You never bore me, you know that.
    An adults only resort! I didn’t know there were such things – one of the reasons we go to the gay B&B in Hawaii is because there are no children there.

  3. Jan

    You never bore me, you know that.
    An adults only resort! I didn’t know there were such things – one of the reasons we go to the gay B&B in Hawaii is because there are no children there.

  4. Kelly

    Cracks me up. If he’s smoking a joing and drinking rum I bet he IS happy! ha ha Great pictures!

  5. Kelly

    Cracks me up. If he’s smoking a joing and drinking rum I bet he IS happy! ha ha Great pictures!

  6. Kelly

    Cracks me up. If he’s smoking a joing and drinking rum I bet he IS happy! ha ha Great pictures!

  7. LPC

    I’m with you on the long travel to the Caribbean. I went to Petit St. Vincent one year. From California. Via NYC and Puerto Rico. I was 4.5 months pregnant at the time. Wow. I remember feeling like it was all one 22-hour long hallucination…

  8. LPC

    I’m with you on the long travel to the Caribbean. I went to Petit St. Vincent one year. From California. Via NYC and Puerto Rico. I was 4.5 months pregnant at the time. Wow. I remember feeling like it was all one 22-hour long hallucination…

  9. LPC

    I’m with you on the long travel to the Caribbean. I went to Petit St. Vincent one year. From California. Via NYC and Puerto Rico. I was 4.5 months pregnant at the time. Wow. I remember feeling like it was all one 22-hour long hallucination…

  10. Elaine at Lipstickdaily

    Aaaah . . . I was in St. Lucia over 20 years ago for a honeymoon . . . after I cancelled the wedding (that’s a whole nother story) . . . looks like not much has changed!

  11. Elaine at Lipstickdaily

    Aaaah . . . I was in St. Lucia over 20 years ago for a honeymoon . . . after I cancelled the wedding (that’s a whole nother story) . . . looks like not much has changed!

  12. Elaine at Lipstickdaily

    Aaaah . . . I was in St. Lucia over 20 years ago for a honeymoon . . . after I cancelled the wedding (that’s a whole nother story) . . . looks like not much has changed!

  13. Linda

    I love the Carribean! It’s so amazingly beautiful. Great pics, thanks!

  14. Linda

    I love the Carribean! It’s so amazingly beautiful. Great pics, thanks!

  15. Linda

    I love the Carribean! It’s so amazingly beautiful. Great pics, thanks!

  16. Christine

    Adults only, all-inclusive — it rocks. And no, you’re right to anybody who doesn’t believe you 😉 It doesn’t equal swingers.
    I wish I would have had the helicopter option. We had a TWO HOUR drive from the airport to the resort. Two lanes, pot holes, construction, and those Jamaican drivers would sometimes drive THREE cars wide on a two lane road that hit right up to the ocean. My husband and I ended up just slinking down in the seats and trying to sleep — it was too nerve-racking to try and take in all the sights.
    GAH! Next trip we take out of the country is going to be St. Lucia. It’s gorgeous!

  17. Christine

    Adults only, all-inclusive — it rocks. And no, you’re right to anybody who doesn’t believe you 😉 It doesn’t equal swingers.
    I wish I would have had the helicopter option. We had a TWO HOUR drive from the airport to the resort. Two lanes, pot holes, construction, and those Jamaican drivers would sometimes drive THREE cars wide on a two lane road that hit right up to the ocean. My husband and I ended up just slinking down in the seats and trying to sleep — it was too nerve-racking to try and take in all the sights.
    GAH! Next trip we take out of the country is going to be St. Lucia. It’s gorgeous!

  18. Christine

    Adults only, all-inclusive — it rocks. And no, you’re right to anybody who doesn’t believe you 😉 It doesn’t equal swingers.
    I wish I would have had the helicopter option. We had a TWO HOUR drive from the airport to the resort. Two lanes, pot holes, construction, and those Jamaican drivers would sometimes drive THREE cars wide on a two lane road that hit right up to the ocean. My husband and I ended up just slinking down in the seats and trying to sleep — it was too nerve-racking to try and take in all the sights.
    GAH! Next trip we take out of the country is going to be St. Lucia. It’s gorgeous!

  19. Midlife Slices

    That really is a beautiful place. Glad you had fun and met a fun couple. Are you having rum withdrawals yet?

  20. Midlife Slices

    That really is a beautiful place. Glad you had fun and met a fun couple. Are you having rum withdrawals yet?

  21. Midlife Slices

    That really is a beautiful place. Glad you had fun and met a fun couple. Are you having rum withdrawals yet?

  22. Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    Like Jan said, I didn’t know there were adults-only resorts either. I’m going to have to do more research on this for my future travel trips. So St. Lucia sounds awesome! Sorry your arm was bugging you – I hope it’s a little better now.

  23. Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    Like Jan said, I didn’t know there were adults-only resorts either. I’m going to have to do more research on this for my future travel trips. So St. Lucia sounds awesome! Sorry your arm was bugging you – I hope it’s a little better now.

  24. Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    Like Jan said, I didn’t know there were adults-only resorts either. I’m going to have to do more research on this for my future travel trips. So St. Lucia sounds awesome! Sorry your arm was bugging you – I hope it’s a little better now.

  25. Sandra

    What an awesome vacation! Isn’t it great meeting new friends while on a trip!? We’ve met the best people on vacation.

  26. Sandra

    What an awesome vacation! Isn’t it great meeting new friends while on a trip!? We’ve met the best people on vacation.

  27. Sandra

    What an awesome vacation! Isn’t it great meeting new friends while on a trip!? We’ve met the best people on vacation.

  28. Deidre

    Well, that is absolutely gorgeous – it looks like an awesome time!
    I got a massage on the beach in fiji – I highly recommend you go back to st lucia and get one 🙂
    Also – I was super excited to go there, but seriously dislike bananas…how unfortunate.

  29. Deidre

    Well, that is absolutely gorgeous – it looks like an awesome time!
    I got a massage on the beach in fiji – I highly recommend you go back to st lucia and get one 🙂
    Also – I was super excited to go there, but seriously dislike bananas…how unfortunate.

  30. Deidre

    Well, that is absolutely gorgeous – it looks like an awesome time!
    I got a massage on the beach in fiji – I highly recommend you go back to st lucia and get one 🙂
    Also – I was super excited to go there, but seriously dislike bananas…how unfortunate.

  31. Fragrant Liar

    Oh man, beautiful pictures! I so wanted to trip on out to the end of the pier and get a relaxing massage in the warm breezes. (sigh) I’ve just put St. Lucia on the very top of my list.
    That guy was totally tokin’ the ganja.

  32. Fragrant Liar

    Oh man, beautiful pictures! I so wanted to trip on out to the end of the pier and get a relaxing massage in the warm breezes. (sigh) I’ve just put St. Lucia on the very top of my list.
    That guy was totally tokin’ the ganja.

  33. Fragrant Liar

    Oh man, beautiful pictures! I so wanted to trip on out to the end of the pier and get a relaxing massage in the warm breezes. (sigh) I’ve just put St. Lucia on the very top of my list.
    That guy was totally tokin’ the ganja.

  34. Mad Woman

    What beautiful pictures! Sounds like a fantastic place…must add it to my list of places to visit.

  35. Mad Woman

    What beautiful pictures! Sounds like a fantastic place…must add it to my list of places to visit.

  36. Mad Woman

    What beautiful pictures! Sounds like a fantastic place…must add it to my list of places to visit.

  37. thistle

    Trip sounds lovely…but i would have tried the spicy banana soup, i’m a bit suicidal that way…and you must show pics of any souvenir jewelry you bought…love to see stuff like, always gives me design ideas…

  38. thistle

    Trip sounds lovely…but i would have tried the spicy banana soup, i’m a bit suicidal that way…and you must show pics of any souvenir jewelry you bought…love to see stuff like, always gives me design ideas…

  39. thistle

    Trip sounds lovely…but i would have tried the spicy banana soup, i’m a bit suicidal that way…and you must show pics of any souvenir jewelry you bought…love to see stuff like, always gives me design ideas…

  40. Enchanted

    I am so shocked that you didn’t flash anyone! Good job!
    Looks like you had a fantastic trip and your new friends look like fun. Did they go with you on the zip lines?
    Looking forward to more posts about your trip.

  41. Enchanted

    I am so shocked that you didn’t flash anyone! Good job!
    Looks like you had a fantastic trip and your new friends look like fun. Did they go with you on the zip lines?
    Looking forward to more posts about your trip.

  42. Enchanted

    I am so shocked that you didn’t flash anyone! Good job!
    Looks like you had a fantastic trip and your new friends look like fun. Did they go with you on the zip lines?
    Looking forward to more posts about your trip.

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