We have been in St. Lucia since Thursday night and now that it's Saturday night, it's time to share a little. First off, I have to say, southern SL is INCREDIBLE!! We are staying in a small private villa and loving every minute of it!! We hired Benton ( set up by the villa owner) to pick us up from the airport, bring us to the grocery store and then to our villa, Treehouse II. The cost was $65 US and we gave him a $15 US tip. He brought us to Super J, waited for us to shop, then over to the villa with a kind and polite demeanor.
The Super J selection was pretty good. We were able to buy 3 6 packs of Pitons, two semi-decent bottles of Chardonnay, one local chocolate liquor and groceries to last for a few days, all for $101 US.
We stayed in our first night, totally crashing. Our villa manager supplied us with 2 local dinners, so good and appreciated!
The next day (Friday) we walked up the hill from our villa to experience the most incredible view of the Pitons and Soufriere! Stunning! In the afternoon we walked down to Anse Chastenet Beach, had a foofoo drink at the beach bar, then continued on to Anse Mamin Beach for the rest of the day. We loved it there, despite not being able to rent chairs (due to not staying at AC), but had an awesome fish lunch for $20 pp ( it was large enough to split, which we did) and later made our way over to the deserted area as you first approach AM, where we just put down our towels and relaxed for the next couple of hours. We brought a small cooler for water, snacks and beer. St Lucia's beaches are all public so even though you may not be able to use the resort chairs, you certainly can put your towel down and no one bothers you. Definitely a day in paradise!!
At night we hired our airport driver, Benton, to bring us to Boucan, Chocolat Hotel for $30 round trip plus a good tip (20%). Boucan was incredible, especially the chocolate dessert! I loved the atmosphere, although my husband, not as much! We sat near the kitchen where the chef's cook, so he felt in the spotlight. I didn't. So worth the $100...make sure you have dessert! We loved the chocolate molten lava cake with coconut ice cream, yummy!!
Today we chilled most of the morning, swam in our private pool, bought local produce from one of the gardeners, then made our way to Anse Chastenet for a late swim, sunset and dinner. The water is so clear despite the dark sand and the area is gorgeous. It can feel a little wierd being an "outsider" as the guests have wonderful chairs and service, but we were quite happy rolling out our towels once again and sitting on the sand after finding shade. There are chairs under huts for the outsiders, but they are located on the left side by the boats and there are only a couple of them. The right side had decent shade so we took advantage of it!
Dinner at the beach bar was fabulous! We thought we could just have a quick dinner and make our way back up the road to the villa, but AC had a set time to begin dinner. Instead, we sat the the bar, caught the beautiful sunset, then at 6:30 we were brought over to our table. The entire place is lit up with tiki torches and candles. So beautiful!! Our fish dinners, (fish of the day which was tuna and mahi mahi ) were delicious!! Cost was approximately $100 for a glass of wine, beer, a cocktail and dinner. We will definitely be back!
We then had to make our way back up the dark, secluded road which in hindsight probably wasn't smart, but we have felt so safe that it wasn't until to were well on our way that we thought we should have taken a cab. Luckily all is well! I must say, the night sky and the stars burning brightly are amazing!!
Tomorrow, we are getting our jeep rental from Ben's West Coast Jeeps and it'll be interesting navigating the narrow roads. Hoping to water taxi to Jalousie but most importantly, hoping this report is helpful! To be continued......