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    St. Lucia, West Indies- Part 1

    After just traveling to this beautiful island, I have so many wonderful things to say and will be making this a two part blog post, in order to cover both the North and the South. St. Lucia is located in the Eastern Caribbean Sea. Here you can find lush green jungles, beautiful wildlife, and let´s not forget the real reason to travel here, the amazing turquoise blue ocean water.

    It is one of the top destinations in the Caribbean and is very popular for honeymooners seeking the perfect hideaway. I can attest that it is truly paradise.

    The local Creole food is full of delicious flavors. Something that makes the island even better is that locals are very friendly with tourist. In fact, it is probably the most welcoming place I have experienced so far, they really tend to treat you like family right from the start.

    If you are planning a trip to the North of the island, here are some must see tips to help you plan your holiday.

    Pigeon Island will give you great views of Martinique on a clear day. Here you can relax, enjoy the beach and plan a visit to the islands museum. This is also one of the prime location for the St. Lucia Jazz Festival held every May.

    Rodney Bay Village is a coastal town with lots of duty free shopping and restaurants, if you are taking a cruise, you will likely port here. This is where all of the local night life takes place and you are sure to find lots of great creole food and jazz music along the streets.

    Reduit Beach is five miles of white sand along Rodney Bay. This is a great place to take a swim in nice calm waters. You can also hire boat tours, jet skis and snorkel equipment here.

    There are many small beaches along the shores of St. Lucia, but my favorite would have to be Smugglers Cove, located just at the bottom of the cliff at Cap Maison Resort. The beach here feels like your own private getaway, often with only a handful of others there. It is aligned next to a reef that is great for snorkeling and afterwards you can enjoy a great lunch at the beach bar.

    No matter which part of the island you decide to stay in, the rest is easily accessible by car. You can take many scenic drives along the coast, which allows you to experience the views through the jungle and see what the local culture is like by stopping in each town.

    Travel tip: they drive on the left hand side. For more tips on driving in St. Lucia, check out our driving guide here. Stay tuned for part 2 to read about the must do's for the South of St. Lucia!

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