An 8 day vacation in Saint Lucia πŸ‡±πŸ‡¨

Leading up to my trip back home after so long and also having my family visit for the first time, I decided to put a visit Saint Lucia travel site together which also includes an itinerary. The trip was truly a dream visit back to Saint Lucia. My kids, wife, and I had a blast. Spoiler: the kids now commit to this being their best vacation ever!!!!

The activities from the week of our stay in St. Lucia are loosely based on this itinerary we put together from the visit Saint Lucia site.

Day 3 was the most challenging day as per activities as Anh and I hiked up Petit Piton, the climb took us about 5 hours to summit and return. This climb is as challenging as advertised and spoken about. But the views around and from the top are well worth it.

Also compiled from our trip is an assortment of videos. Enjoy!

Day 1 – May 28 – Soufriere Beach Park, Sea Shell Restaurant

Arrived in Saint Lucia via the Hewannora International airport in Vieux Fort. From Vieux Fort, our lodging provided a Taxi to transport us to Soufriere.

Hewannora International Airport
Nothing like a fresh mango off the tree
Admiring the Soufriere beach with my son
Family dinner at the SeaShell Restaurant
Creole fish dinner

Day 2 – May 29 – Sulphur Springs, walk around town with my brother

Banana Tree
A reunion of brothers
Hot Spring Crater in the Sulphur Springs located in Soufriere
Sulphur Springs
Mud Bath
Mud prints
Sheltering the rain while enjoying mangos from the tree above
The Pitons is now a World Heritage Site

Day 3 – May 30 – Sugar Beach, Petit Piton Climb, Piton Falls

Kids Club at Sugar Beach
No sun-screen no problem, applying coconut oil instead, purchased at the entrance seen here to Petit Pitons
Climbing Petit Piton
Leaving our mark, Agave anyone?
Stop at the biggest Eucalyptus tree on the climb
A rest break at one of the many breathtaking views
View of Gros Piton from the summit of Petit Piton. Strava workout
We made it! now over 2400 feet above sea level. The background also shows Sugar Beach way below. Strava workout.
Great spot to renew our vows as it took an incredible team effort ❀️ Strava workout.
Strava workout

Petit Piton – Stone Fall

Petit Piton – Rabbit Hole

Petit Piton – Birth Canal

Petit Piton – Shoulder

Petit Piton – Viewing Mount Gimie and Sulphur Spring Mountain from Petit Piton

Taking pics at the Summit of Petit Piton

Recovery bath at Piton Falls
Much needs for post-recovery
Dinner at Sugar Beach
Pot Fish
Rum Punch and Champagne were complimentary from Sugar Beach as we celebrated our 15th Wedding Anniversary

Day 4 – May 31 – A recovery day at Sugar Beach, Michael’s Restaurant

At our infinity pool, Sugar Beach
Lounging with the kids
Can it be the Aquaman?
Kids at Sugar Beach
Selfie in front of Petit Piton, day after our 2400 feet climb to the summit
Kids having fun during sunset as we close our Sugar Beach stay
Pitons at Sugar Beach
Veggie Roti at Michael’s
Michael’s Restaurant, Soufriere

Day 5 – June 1 – Full loop walk around Soufriere, Anse Chastanet, home-cooked meal with brother’s family

Calabash tree (Saint Lucia’s National Tree)
Purchased some local bread and cocoa tea from a local vendor on my walk around town
Kids at Sugarmon Pool
Local bread I purchased on my walk around Soufriere town
Pitons in the background
On our way to Anse Chastanet, my Hoka One One flip-flops made for great walking around
Kids Snorkeling at Anse Chastanet
So much beauty lies beneath, snorkeling in Anse Chastanet
Recovery drink in the shade, lost count of how many I may have had during the trip
Three levels of food served
Dad and daughter time of chillaxing in the shade
Cocoa tea prepared by my brother
The cocoa tea was served over bakes and saltfish

Day 6 – June 2 – Hotel Chocolat, Tet Paul Nature Trail

Hotel Chocolat
Miles pounding Cocoa beans to make Chocolate
All in on cocoa bean pounding
Pouring the chocolate into the mold
Norah’s Grafted Cocoa Tree
The cocoa pod comes in a variety of colors
Norah having fun with a dry coconut
Lunch at Hotel Chocolat
Vegi Roti with a hint of Chocolate
Cashew Tree
Stairway to heaven, climb to the summit of Tet Paul Nature Trail
Kids at Tet Paul Nature Trail
Miles at Tet Paul Summit
Tet Paul Summit
A panoramic view from the summit of Tet Paul shows the Gros and Petit Piton
Red Snapper at SeaShell Restaurant

Day 7 – June 3 – Run around Soufriere and Malgretoute, trip to Gros Islet in the North of Saint Lucia, Bay Gardens Resort, Reduit Beach

Last day in Soufriere
Barron’s Drive on my morning run
Malgretoute during my run
Lunch at Gros Islet
Star-fish spotted while at Reduit beach
Norah collecting shells at Reduit beach
Woohoo new beach, we did a total of four beaches while in Saint Lucia
Ready for some fun at Splash Park, Reduit beach, Bay Gardens Resort
Enjoying some much-needed coconut water
Miles at Splash Park, Reduit beach
He pretty much spent the entire time up to closing time in the park
Refilled with Rum punch
Dinner at Bay Gardens

Day 8 – June 4 – Last day enjoying Reduit Beach at Bay Gardens Resort

Time to hit the pool
Kids enjoying the pool at Bay Gardens Resort
Miles having a fun swim, Bay Gardens Resort
All her collected treasures from swimming
Enjoying a beach run, Reduit beach
Run paid off as I came across a coconut boat, Reduit beach
Coal pot sale on the east coast on our way to the airport
Layover in Boston from Saint Lucia

…until next time…

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