Find romance, rejuvenation or adventure on a
trip to Soufriere, St Lucia.
US News and World Reports has ranked St Lucia
#1 in the “Best Winter Vacations” and "Best
Honeymoon Destinations" and #2 in the "Best
Places to Visit in the Caribbean” categories.
St Lucia is:
• Warm weather year-round. Highs in the low 80’s in the winter and five to ten degrees higher in the summer
• Gorgeous palm-fringed beaches
• Miles of unspoiled rainforests
• Numerous waterfalls
• Breathtaking views, including the impossibly photogenic Pitons and sunsets over the Caribbean
• Friendly locals
• Delicious local cuisine influenced by Indian and Creole cooking
• High and deep adventures, with mountain climbing to scuba diving
• Easy to get to, with direct flights from several US cities, Toronto and London
• At the southern end of the “hurricane belt” and usually not impacted by severe storms
• An independent country with English as the official language and a currency that is tied to the US dollar
the north or south?
St Lucia is really two islands in one. It’s important to decide which part of the island is right for you because the drive between the north and south can take 90 minutes (or more) each way on winding roads. We strongly encourage you to “stay where you want to play”.
Interested mostly in sunning on the beach and playing in the water, then hitting the restaurants and bars at night and meeting other tourists? Then Rodney Bay is where you want to be. It offers the typical Caribbean experience – a sheltered bay, multiple resorts on the beachfront, restaurants, bars, a casino.
Or do you prefer stunning scenery, serenity, great outdoor activities, and relaxation in addition to the beaches? Then Soufrière is the choice for you. Soufrière is at the heart of a gorgeous region of old plantations, hidden beaches and the Pitons, which are said to be the most photographed site in the Caribbean, as well as the best snorkeling and diving and numerous land and sea activities. What won’t you find in Soufrière? Lots of tourists, tourist bars, golf courses, or casinos.
Don’t let accommodations in Marigot Bay or Rodney Bay fool you with their pictures of the Pitons – they are at least an hour’s drive from the Pitons.
Villa Grand Piton is located in the idyllic region of Soufriere, with postcard-perfect views of the Pitons and access to all the great activities the south has to offer within just a short drive.
St Lucians are friendly and helpful – but pretty laid back. “Don’t worry; be happy” could be their national motto. Rain is merely “liquid sunshine”. “Island time” is real and prevalent, but plan on being on time or a little early for tours – the sunset sail catamaran won’t wait for you for very long. If you are getting very hungry or thirsty shortly before leaving for a restaurant, eat a little snack and drink something – it can take a while to get served your food or beverages (or sometimes to even get your order taken).
People will appreciate receiving a tip for their services, but the service culture in St Lucia is not built around tipping individuals. Since the typical hourly wage for service people in St Lucia barely buys a Starbuck’s tall latte, we generally leave some cash as a token of our appreciation for their friendliness and help.
Yes, it will be warm and a bit humid. St Lucia is a rainforest island surrounded by water not too far from the equator. Days will have highs in the mid 80’s (January – April) or upper 80’s/low 90’s (rest of year). Nights will be about 10 degrees cooler. We can get some strong breezes at the villa. If you get a little chilled after the sun goes down when a breeze blows across you (even with the temperature in the upper 70’s), you may want a very light long-sleeved shirt with you for the evenings, especially in the “winter” (December – April).
Your days should mostly be full of bright sunshine with passing clouds, and possibly brief showers (especially in the rainy season). Many times, the rain occurs overnight or in the early morning. We are frequently blessed with double rainbows early in the morning as the sun rises over the mountains to the east of us. However, if there is a storm front passing through, you may have a full day of rain – although complete rain-outs are infrequent, even in the rainy season
the views and experiences
St Lucia is a volcanic and mountainous island, with lush and tropical vegetation (particularly green and thick in the rainy season). Bougainvillea and flamboyant trees splash brilliant colors against the green backdrop. Banana plantations line the roads and hillsides, with huge dark green leaves and bright blue bags protecting the heavy bunches of bananas from the birds. Breadfruit trees are laden with large globes of fruit, and mango trees with glossy leaves drop hundreds of ripe orange mangoes alongside the road, waiting to be collected and eaten. You may even come across someone climbing a coconut tree to harvest the green coconuts that vendors, with their pickup truck by the side of the road, use a machete to open so you can drink the refreshing coconut water.
As the roads wind through the island, the view plays peek-a-boo with the Caribbean and mountains and deep valleys. Every few miles, you’ll drive through small villages of colorful houses, with the residents walking along the streets with their children. Don’t be surprised to come across goats or dogs on the road, or even a few chickens crossing the road (to get to the Pitons, of course!).
The climate in St Lucia is wonderful for growing tropical fruits and lots of fresh vegetables. Mangoes, papaya, guava, passion fruit, pineapples, watermelon – and the most delicious bananas you’ve ever eaten – are just the beginning of the fruits grown on the island. Fish (mahi-mahi, kingfish and tuna are very common), caught by local fishermen in Soufriere, may very well be the freshest fish you’ve ever had. Chicken, goat, lamb, pork and grass-fed beef are raised locally.
Local cooking is strongly influenced by Indian and Creole cuisine. Curries, chutneys, hot sauces, and creole sauces are prevalent. Of course, if your taste buds are less adventuresome, grilled fresh fish with fresh lemon or lime and butter is delicious, too. For your sweet tooth, local bananas are delicious flambéed with butter, brown sugar, and local rum, served over ice cream. Local cocoa or lemon provides the flavor for delicious cakes, and the local coffee is smooth and mild, perfect for sipping with a slice of Doxie’s chocolate cake, or first thing in the morning as you watch the fishermen head out to sea.
Rum is the “adult” drink of choice, with numerous variations produced on the island. Everywhere you go, you will be greeted with rum punch – a mix of tropical fruit juice, strong rum, and locally-grown spices. Delicious – but watch out, as it is very easy to drink a little more than you intended. Doxie will have some of her special recipe ready for you when you arrive at the villa.
One of our favorites is locally-made Chairman's Reserve Spiced rum mixed with ginger ale and served over ice. Quick and easy to make. Try it if you love ginger!
St Lucia also produces “Piton” beer – an easy-drinking light lager, similar to Corona, usually served ice-cold. We love Doxie’s roti with a couple of ice-cold Pitons for lunch.