Wednesday Wanderlust: St. Lucia

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Can you believe I’ve never been to any of the Caribbean islands?  Pretty ridiculous if you ask me.  I would absolutely love to island hop in the Caribbeans one day – I probably need to learn how to use a boat or find someone who does.  The latter option seems like a better idea.  One of the islands that comes to mind in particular when I think about the Caribbean is St. Lucia.

Where is St. Lucia?

St. Lucia is located in the eastern Caribbean Sea very close to the Atlantic Ocean boundary and makes up part of the Lesser Antilles.

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Castries Market

Castries Market is the oldest market still in operation today and has been named one of the top markets in the world by National Geographic.  Give that one of my favorite things to do is go to markets, these facts only add to the appeal for me.


 

Sulphur Springs

Sulphur Springs is the world’s only drive in volcano and is located on the southwestern side of the island.  The popularity of this comes from the fact that visitors can literally drive right up to the edge of the springs.

Boiling pools at the Sulphur Springs

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Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens and Mineral Baths

Near the town of Soufriere at the foot of the Pitons are the oldest botanical gardens on St. Lucia, Diamon Botanical Gardens.  The Gardens also feature a gorgeous waterfall and and popular mineral baths that are fed by Sulphur Springs.

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Horseback Riding  

I’m horse mad.  I’ve worked with them for many years and I will one day have one of my own.  In the mean time, I’m going to do any activity available that involves horseback riding.  Throw in an all-terrain tour through a rainforest, the beach and into the water while on a horse and you’ll have one very happy lady.

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Explore the Pitons

The Pitons are two mountainous volcanic plugs that are an iconic landmark of St. Lucia.  The Pitons, named Gros Piton and Petit Piton, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Within the Pitons, you can find coral reefs, over 150 species of finfish, around 150 species of plants, several species of birds that can be found nowhere else, pilot whales, and hawksbill turtles.

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Have you ever been to St. Lucia?  Any other suggestions?

Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

13 Comments

  1. Adelina @ PackMeTo

    February 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I’m a big food lover and my guilty pleasure is following along on all the food reality shows. This past season of Top Chef featured a chef from St. Lucia so this island is very much on my radar now. I would love to go one day.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      I’ve wanted to go forever and I really don’t know what started it! 😀

  2. Sammi

    February 27, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    We *nearly* made it to the Caribbean for my cousin’s wedding but it meant too many people couldn’t afford to come. Which was a shame, so we ended up going to Cyprus instead. I really want to go Barbados one day…

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      Ahhh that’s a shame! Still fun I bet though.

  3. Angela Travels

    February 27, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    I haven’t ever had too much desire to visit the Caribbean. However, after watching the bachelor this past week, St. Lucia is definitely worth a visit. Also, great post and pictures!

  4. Jessica | A Passion and A Passport

    February 27, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    I LOVE ST. LUCIA! Have only been there once but absolutely love it! Make sure to go to the “secret beach” between the Pitons!! 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 27, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      Someone who’s been to St Lucia – yay! Thanks for the tip Jessica 😀

  5. IntrovertlyBubbly

    February 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Island hopping in the Caribbean is one of the experiences I wish to enjoy also…Being from an island, Trinidad and Tobago, I can only imagine the adventure ahead…This is a great destination.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 28, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Yes, Caribbean island hopping is far into my future, but definitely an exciting idea!

  6. Samantha @mytanfeet

    March 2, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    I’ve only been to the Bahamas but love to go here one day! I haven’t heard too much from St. Lucia so it’d make for a nice slightly getaway. I love horses too and that looks amazing!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 3, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      Thanks Samantha! Riding a horse in the ocean makes me excited just thinking about it haha

  7. Valerie

    March 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Let me know when you go island hopping, I’d like to tag along! St. Lucia has been on my list for a long time, as well as pretty much all of the other Caribbean islands! A co-worker of mine was in the Navy and he says that St. Lucia is by far the most beautiful place he has ever seen. I hope you get to visit soon!

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