A Walk through Soufrière, Saint Lucia

As a flight attendant, a major job perk is travel benefits. Through the years I’ve written a lot of travel articles and I’ve been a non-paid guest on travel radio shows sharing my travel tips.

I like to provide time and money-saving tips along with other invaluable advice.

Since we’re busy with our renovation/re-build, the trips that I write about were taken in the past (unless otherwise stated). I don’t want you to think we were in Maui last week or France a few days ago, when in fact, John was home spackling the mudroom and I was working  trips.

Since the travel posts are ‘evergreen,’ the content continues to be relevant.

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We sailed to the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, located in the Lesser Antilles/West Indies.

We approached the island on a 41 foot Lagoon catamaran and picked up a mooring within sight of the glorious Petit and Gros Pitons (World Heritage Site).

John jumped in the dinghy with the passports to clear customs in Soufrière. I waited on the boat with friends.

When John returned, we were then allowed to get off the boat, go ashore and explore.

Going ashore…don’t forget me!

John and I decided to check out Soufrière, a colonial-style town located on the west coast of Saint Lucia and closest to where we moored the boat.

Our first stop was the market (above) to buy some provisions for the boat and  John struck up a conversation with a local, asking where we could get tanks filled.

It was afternoon and school had just let out. I saw this little girl in her catholic school uniform and I asked her if I could take her photo. Her group of friends were standing right behind me as I quickly snapped this shot.

The French dominated Saint Lucia in the 1700s when it was under French Colonial rule. When translated, Saint Lucia means “sulphur in the air,” describing a volcanic area.

The catholic church dominates the town’s square.

As we walked along the streets of Soufrière, the locals didn’t pay us too much attention; they’re courteous and respectful and allowed us to go about our business.

For people arriving on sailboats, finding a place for lunch and boat provisions is always the main goal along with exploring the town, plus in our case, finding a dive shop to fill scuba tanks onboard the boat.

We stopped in this variety store and bought a few T-shirts and souveniers.

When venturing off the main part of town/square, it’s not a bad idea to have a “local” show you around during daylight hours.

This local entertained us with a little ditty.

We found a restaurant right away; Pirates Cove overlooks moored fishing boats in the harbor.

It was about 3pm when we walked inside Pirate’s Cove, so we had the whole restaurant to ourselves.

We chose a table with this perfect view and had a leisurely lunch.

Afterwards, we continued walking around Soufrière; I like the key lime-colored shutters on this building and the painted flowers around the entrance.

Lush and verdant land is just beyond the buildings in town. Trinitario cocoa is produced here and exported (known for intense flavor + hardiness).

In Soufriere’s hills, cacao beans have been grown for over 450 years. The French introduced cacao trees that flourish in the rich volcanic soil.

August is Chocolate Heritage Month on Saint Lucia. You can take a 3-hour ‘Chocolate Heritage Trail’ tour at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat.

We stopped by Anse Chastanet’s scuba shop to inquire about filling our scuba tanks.

If I were to choose a boutique resort on Saint Lucia for a vacation, it would be Jade Mountain (rooms are called sanctuaries) or Ladera Resort (37 rooms) or Hotel Chocolat.

Ideal time of year to visit is between December and mid-April. However, if you’re looking for lower rates, some hotels and resorts cut rates as much as 50% during summer months.

 

 

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