Tips for Traveling to St. Lucia (And Why You Shouldn’t Stay At A Sandals Resort)

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If you’ve decided to travel to St. Lucia, congratulations; it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth. The two pitons (steep volcanic mountains) are what set this destination apart from the rest of its Caribbean neighbors. Whether you’re looking for a honeymoon destination, or a beautiful beach where you can binge drink in hopes of forgetting the 9 to 5 drudgery that is your career, this IS the island for you. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your vacation:

(1) Stay Away From Sandals: Because of their political influence (translation: money), Sandals Resorts, International was granted a tax exemption by the government of St. Lucia in 2017. This exemption means the island was denied a major source of much needed revenue, as the island depends on taxes to fund healthcare, schools, and other social programs. If you haven’t already booked, try to find a resort/hotel owned by locals, or at the very least, a resort that contributes to the economic welfare of the island.

(2) Hire a Private Driver: After you’ve spent a couple of days lounging around your resort, you’re going to want to see the island. The Blue Juice recommends hiring a private driver to take you to all the places you want to see. It’s surprisingly affordable and your driver will make sure you arrive at your destinations safely. As an added bonus, you will learn some island history along the way. Our favorite driver is Andre Joseph at A Touring Services, Ltd. You can contact him here at http://www.ataxiservicestlucia.com

(3) Attend a Photography Seminar: If you have a DSLR, mirrorless, or even a cell phone camera, and you want to learn how to take better photos, we recommend Kirk Elliot’s photography seminar. There is simply no better way to spend a day on the island. Kirk will take you to the most Instagram worthy locations so that you return home with photos that will impress everyone. The photo tour covers basic camera function, portraits, lighting, composition, and candid street photography. (The photos displayed below were taken on the tour) http://www.kirkelliottphotography.com

(4) Hike the Gros Piton: Call us lazy, but here at The Blue Juice, we prefer not to engage in activities that test our physical endurance–especially while we are on an island vacation. But if you’re physically fit and want to complete a hike that will result in a feeling of accomplishment, a great view, and possibly a trip to the hospital, you should definitely give this a shot. But beware, Gros means LARGE (see photo below). Note: there are parts of this hike that require you to use rope to make it to the top. (Call Andre above–he can give you some details and pick you up from your hotel)

We hope you enjoyed these travel tips–but regardless of where you stay or what you decide to do while you’re in St. Lucia, you will have a beautiful time. It’s truly one of the most breathtaking spots on the planet.

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