I've been a lot of amazing places in my life, but since many of these trips occurred before the inception of this blog, I haven't shared them here before! This post is part of a sporadic series I featuring some of the destinations I've visited that have not been previously published on Adventures in Aubreyland.
|My favorite photo from St. Lucia... because obvi.|
The resort was on the older side, but that afforded a great price. We booked the most basic room, but we were upgraded to a nicer suite with plunge pool. There were 4-5 restaurants at the time, and I think we tried them all. The all-inclusive everything was really nice. There was a swim-up bar at the pool, activities, and more. The beaches at St. Lucia are kind of small, but I'm more of a pool girl myself. I liked the frozen drinks a lot... :)
I also recall that because there were three Sandals resorts, we were able to travel between the three. We ate meals at the smaller resort, Halcyon Beach, as well as the newer bigger resort, Grande St. Lucian. I remember thinking that I wasn't sorry we didn't pay more to stay at Grande St. Lucian, because we got to see all the resorts and use the money saved to spend on excursions. Because excursions were my favorite thing in St. Lucia.
The resort offered a number of excursions you could book when you get there, so we took advantage. There was a bike ride to a water fall, which was a little nerve-wracking as I didn't have much experience on bikes with gears and it was very hilly. But the group moved slow enough I was able to walk the bike up the steepest hills when I had to. The waterfall was a disappointment as it wasn't flowing really well, but the banana plantations and other views made it worthwhile!
We also went ziplining in the rain forest, which was a great adventure for someone who is afraid of heights like me. You can see on my face it was a little nerve-wracking, but the rush was pretty amazing! I loved the views, and some of the platforms were up in the canopy on platforms. You spent a lot of time up high. This is the excursion where I met my friends EM and CM, so I loved it the most of the trip.
Another memorable excursion was riding horses, especially when we went bareback into the water. Now, this looks and sounds cooler than it is. The reality is, everything that touches the horse's back gets covered in horse hair. So... yeah. Bikini and horse hair. But it was still pretty awesome to be out there in the water enjoying the coastline.
The only thing I didn't love about St. Lucia? If you get motion sickness, the drive from the airport and around the island can be a little nauseating. Pack your Dramamine, and you'll be fine! I'm not sure I'd go back to St. Lucia given it's a fairly long flight, but it's a great destination because it's not as impacted by hurricane season and it's English-speaking for the most part. There's also a lot to do, as you can tell from the excursions I described. The motto around the island is "No Pressure, No Problems" and that's how I felt about the island. No one was in a hurry, no one was pushy, everything was relaxed! A pretty sweet vacation for sure.