Now when you look at the title I know you would think that I could possibly be referencing Hawaii, right? Well much to your surprise and mine at the time, St. Lucia offers a lot of these same features! Keep in mind it is nowhere near the types of volcanoes that you will see in Hawaii but it is a very nice change in island scenery compared to what you may be used to in the Caribbean.
St. Lucia was the second stop on our itinerary. I found a tour online through Cosol Tours (link below) for an all day tour for $75 per person (child rates are discounted, you need to inquire for that rate). We got to do everything from beautiful sightseeing to snorkeling and tasting bananas! This tour was a really good bang for your buck since it included food and beverages. When I say beverages, the guys in my group drank 10 island beers.
You honestly don’t need to worry about ever being hungry on this trip. The first stop was to a banana plantation where we all received a banana to try. These bananas are a little smaller and have almost a honey taste to them. We stopped at a few overlooks on our way to go eat an early lunch. For lunch we stopped at what seemed to be a party hall with a few other vans from Cosol tours. I can’t even begin to tell you everything that was on my plate but it was amazing. It was little samples of a variety of foods from wings to coconut cake and fresh passion fruit.
My favorite stop on this itinerary was Sugar Beach (formally known as Jalousie) by the Pitons. The snorkeling was much better than what I expected based off of some reading online that I had done prior to sailing. You have to take a boat ride over to this beach where you can either choose to lay out or rent some snorkel equipment. Since I bring my own snorkel gear, I hopped right in. The video will showcase some of the underwater footage as well. We had just about a hour here.
After this stop we headed over to the volcanic mineral baths where we were able to go in the hot springs and cover ourselves in mud (my child’s dream)! The water is very warm in the bath (it was around 101 degrees Fahrenheit). There is a shower to wash more of the mud off there but our guide told us to wait until we went to the waterfall next (since these are next to sulfur baths, what do you think the water would smell like lol). The waterfall is smaller than what I’m used to. When you live by Niagara Falls, other waterfalls don’t compare. This water is definitely colder than those mineral baths so be prepared!
This was a really good tour for the cost. All fees were included for entrances to the mineral baths and waterfall. The trip ended with fresh warm baked bread and cheese (amazing)! Make sure you check out the Youtube video for some more details and visuals of this trip. I highly suggest checking out COSOL Tours when you are there. As always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!
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