St. Lucia was different from all the others.
Most of the trips offered were inland. St. Lucia boasts a beautiful landscape, and I guess that their beaches are not as spectacular as the other islands we visited, just a wild guess for what I saw.
The target was to see the two spectacular heights, Gros Piton (the big Piton), which is 798.25 m (2,618.9 ft) high, and Petit Piton (the Little Piton), which is 743 m (2,438 ft) high; the Piton Mitan ridge links them. The picture above is the Petit Piton. There are more pictures of them on Wikipadia, from different angles.
We were told it would be 40-50 minutes drive from the boat, but it was one hour and a half driving in a minibus. But I liked it since I had the opportunity to see the island. The guide talked a lot about the island’s features and history. What I remember was that there are many banana plantations.
She said with the same breath, “I never go bananas,” and in the same sentence, she delivered a warm message about what should be friendship and understanding around the world.
On the road, we saw some nice houses.
We crossed villages and towns.
In some settlements we saw many abandoned houses with broken windows and missing roofs. The guide explained that the owners left for work outside the island but usually returned when they had money or to retreat and fix their houses.
Our stop was on a farm where we could see the two Pitons and a fishermen’s village from above.
On that farm I was impressed by the number of fruits it had, like bananas, oranges, lemons, something looking like watermelons, then onions, pineapples, beans, you name it.
Below is a pineapple. It takes two years to grow and only one fruit per plant! We should have respect for it when we have it on our plates.
On our way back, we stopped on a beach for 20 minutes, having a resort nearby… It is where my opinion about St. Lucia beaches took form.
But the trip was lovely, and because it was so different from other islands’ experiences, I am very happy with it.