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Beautiful Saint Lucia

Current Location: Rodney Bay, St Lucia
Current Position: 14 4.34 N 060 57.53 W Click to view map.
Distance sailed since last post: 36 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track here

Enjoying Saint Lucia

We are delighted with beautiful sunsets every evening from our anchorage in Rodney Bay. Noel enjoying a nice swim

After a tropical shower we had a nice rainbow too.

 

Ahhh..now, this is the real Caribbean! Mum enjoying fresh coconut water at the beach bar. She was spoiled with so much attention from the locals. All the locals are very respectful towards the elderly.

This is how we buy our fresh veg. Saves going ashore to the super market.

Lobster was sold to us at our boat. This time we didn’t let it jump out of the pot. It was yummy! We found out later it is not quite the season yet. Oops. I guess it explains why they were a bit small. Not buying again for awhile…. Unfortunately, however, there don’t seem to be any boats coming by to sell us fresh fish, so we will have to go and find the fish market.

We enjoyed Mum’s visit for the last 2 weeks. She also had a great time. Here we are getting ready ready for a snorkle in Reduit beach. You can see Life Part 2 in the backround. In the far background is Pigeon Island. The historical site was first a fortress for the English against the French, and then in WWII it was a US radio station. There is a good hike up the hill to great views.

 

We rented a car and did some sight seeing

The busy Harbour of the Castries. On our first day of the tour there were 3 cruiseships. You can imagine the traffic in this small island. Took us forever to return home in the afternoon

 

 

Browsing through the market in Castries. Their Market is one of the best and most colorful of the islands.

 

 

We visited a Creole Parl where they showed us all about some of their local fruits and root vegetables

Nutmeg and mace

 

Grated cassava root makes great bread. Baked on top of a leaf in an open fire. We really enjoyed the demo and the tasting. It was yummy served with a cold tamarind juice from the garden as well.

 

 

A stop at the view point above the  beautiful Marigot Bay. Lined with expensive Restaurants and fancy yachts.

 

And a picnic stop and some great snorkeling at Anse Chastanet.

 

Bellow is the view of the cute town, Soufriere. Very picturesque and home to the famous twin peaks known as the Pitons, Unesco Heritage Site since 2005.

Impressive volcanic spires  rise dramatically from the sea. Gros Piton (the one in the background) is 786m high and petit Piton is 739m high.

 

The so-called drive-in volcano – sulphur springs and boiling water, though not as impressive as Desolation Valley in Dominica

 

Heidi on a dinghy ride from the beach to Life Part 2. Enjoying the sunshine and the cool breeze

We were happy to bring Mum aboard Life Part 2 a couple of times. She was staying at a nice B&B near us, as she is no longer mobile to be on the boat full time. She is a real trooper.

 

The nice thing about anchoring here in front of the Resorts is that even the  posh Sandals Resorts beaches are not private. Sandals in Rodney Bay. Here Heidi enjoys a nice pina colada, and at her age she can sit wherever she wants! This beach at the one of the three Sandal Resorts here in the island, has cute chairs and love seats all along the beach.

 

We rented a car again, but this time, we rented on a Sunday, less local traffic and also there was only 1 cruise ship in town. 

Our first stop was at Sandals Resort La Toc where we picked up cousin Lynda and her husband Frank. Coincidentally they were here from Ottawa on a holiday! We kept it as a surprise for Heidi who had no idea she would ever meet her niece here.

 It was sure a surprise, all she could say was ‘What you doing here”. It was a sweet surprise and visit.

We had a nice day out sight seeing. We spent the rest of the afternoon and into the evening at the posh Sandals Resort with Frank and Lynda.This one is in La Toc, near Castries. We enjoyed a nice swim and  drinks in the beautiful pool, complete with bridges and water falls and pool sit up bars. On one side is the sea  and nice turquoise waters, and sandy beach and the other side is backed by bars and restaurants to suit all  taste buds.

 

 

 

After Lynda and Frank went back to Canada, we still had a few more days with Heidi – a nice lunch at the Yacht Club, and a final road trip, visiting some waterfalls on the way to the airport. It was a great two weeks with her staying here.

Her flight was in the evening, so we rented a car did some more sight seeing including a nice (early) Birthday Lunch on the way to the airport. It was a beautiful spot overlooking the fishing village of Dennery. 

fishing village of Dennery on the Atlantic side of St. Lucia.

Heidi’s birthday lunch – with birthday ice cream!

She loves nature. She insisted she could make down some tough steep stairs to the water fall. She did find it too much work to change into her bathing suit though,  instead she had a nice rest soaking her feet the cold water and admire the natural beauty. We sent her home very tired. 

 

 

 

But now that she has gone, we are getting back in gear- the island of Antigua is hosting the annual classic yacht race week, which starts on April 19th, so we are dashing up north to watch that and – we hope – to be able to get a crewing job on one of the yachts as they are often short of crew. That would be so cool!

3 Responses to “Beautiful Saint Lucia”

  • Alastair McMichael:

    Looks fabulous and a wonderful holiday for your Mum.
    Hope you find a ride for race week!
    Cheers Alastair & Judy

    • Noel:

      Thanks Ali,

      We had a great 32 hour sail across from St. Lucia (including catching a nice big Mahi Mahi) and are now having ice cream in Falmouth Harbour.

      Next job is to start pestering the classic yachts here to see who needs a crew. The big ones, of course, all have professional crew. In fact one we spoke to said they had 15 people too many. But the dockmaster says there is a good chance of getting a ride on one of the smaller yachts.

      There are certainly some very impressive yachts here, including Maltese Falcon. It will be amazing to see them all under full sail.

      Here’s hoping…

  • heidi Swanson:

    Great photos. It was wonderful to be with you. I love the Caribbean. Nice to be with Mitzi and David. I look forward to seeing polar bears in October. My flight was grounded for four hours. Mitzi managed to get refund of £250. Trust Mitzi to find a European regulation to apply to the situation!

    My stay in B& B was very pleasant, especially the shallow swimming pool. Thanks for arranging such a wonderful visit – a great 88th birthday present. Also great to see Lynda and Frank.

    you are still having great adventures. Keep it up. Good to see Elmer’s marquetry incorporated in your table. Too bad he cannot see it.
    Love and thank you.
    Mum

    Mitzi makes me do exercises so that I will be fit for a new asdventure.

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