Another day, another island! What would our view be of today? I wondered as I clambered, bleary-eyed towards the window. I wiped the sleep from my eyes and clasped the curtains in my hands. More mountains? Forests? Beaches? The possibilities were endless. I knew we were arriving in St Lucia today and I was curious to see how it would compare to the other islands we'd been to. I pulled the material back, blinked the sunlight from my eyes and stares in horror at a wall of cruise ships. That's right - cruise ships. Towering white blocks, at least 3 times the size of ours. I'm exaggerating a little - I could see some buildings in front of our boat, however when I turned my head there was ship after ship all lined up along the harbour. Hmmm. Overly commercialised places had never been for me but I'd give this island the benefit of the doubt. One thing was for sure, it was a completely different island to Grenada.
What a view...
We didn't have an excursion planned for the day. I'd been to St Lucia a couple of times before and had already visited the gorgeous Piton mountains and the Sulphur Springs park (trust me, that smell of sulphur likes to linger in your nose all day after visiting). There are actually so many natural wonders you can visit in St Lucia! You can check out some of the best things to do in St Lucia here. However, today I was looking to pack my hiking shoes away and lay out on some relaxing beaches instead.
As a result, we asked our taxi driver to take us to a nice, quiet beach. However, we arrived at the beach as the weather took a turn for the worse. The sun hid its face from us and we 'shade-bathed'. The beach was okay. It wasn't particularly picturesque and it had several people on it. There was a nice little restaurant beside it, on some rocks which we visited for lunch.
If you went to St Lucia and didn't have a Piton beer, did you even visit St Lucia?
It wasn't long before we were ready to leave but we didn't fancy getting a taxi all the way back to our boat. Instead we found a water taxi, a small motor-boat that had offered to take us back. It was great! Not only did we get to see more of St Lucia, but I have a feeling we got to see some of the best of it to. The island has some unique rocky coastlines.
Due to the bad weather, the water was pretty choppy which made the ride bumpy and all-the-more entertaining.
Could it be pirates?! At least I'd die happy!
My camera was clearly struggling with the bumpy ride
Unfortunately, I can't say that St Lucia is one of my favourite Caribbean islands. It's just too commercialised for me and there isn't much 'wild' left in it. Of course, I haven't visited the whole island and perhaps I have unwittingly been avoiding its hidden treasures.
As the sun set on my day in St Lucia, our ship honked its horn and we waved goodbye to all the cruise ships. I was not sad to leave.