The Altuzarro Family

(Colombia)

TT came across this happy family on the beach in Gros Islet.

TT: What brings you to Saint Lucia?

LucyWe came once before, pre-children, and loved it so decided to come back.

TT: How have you been spending your time?

Lucy: We’ve mostly just enjoyed the lovely sandy beaches rather than dragging the kids on lots of trips so it’s been very chilled. 

Carlos: But courtesy of a child-minder we’ve managed to fit in some scuba diving and snorkeling at Anse Chastenet, a sunset cruise on the pirate ship, a plantation tour and the Friday night street party in Gros Islet.

TT: Where would you recommend to take young children?

Lucy: The kids have been more than happy just going to the pool and the beaches. Our five-year-old has learned how to snorkel and was thrilled to see fish around Pigeon Island. 

Carlos: There’s a low-key pizza place – Pizza Pizza – in Rodney Bay that has a great playground for the kids; just beware the hot metal slide in the daytime sun!

TT: Which local food and drinks have you enjoyed?

Carlos: Rum and rotis!

TT: Which restaurants would you recommend?

Lucy: The Coal Pot in Castries and The Naked Fisherman down on the beach near Cap Maison resort – the food and setting made all those steps down to the beach (and back up!) worth it.

TT: What are your special memories of this trip?

Carlos: A really relaxing holiday, great weather and great family time! 

John and Margaret Burns 

(United Kingdom)

We met this relaxed couple at Windjammer Resort.

TT: What brings you to Saint Lucia?

Margaret: We wanted some winter sun and a chance to take it easy. A friend recommended this island and it’s exceeding our expectations.

TT: Where are you staying? 

John: At Bay Gardens Hotel in Rodney Bay. We like the fact that the beach and plenty of bars and restaurants are within walking distance. 

TT: What have been your favourite activities here?

John: We start each day with a dog walk! We met a local lady who has injured her foot and cannot walk her pet. We love dogs so we take hers out each day. Then we go to the sister resort, Bay Gardens Beach Resort, and spend hours just lazing on the beach and swimming in the sea. It’s so relaxing. Back at our hotel we play table tennis and board games.

Margaret: We enjoyed walking around Pigeon Island. We climbed up to the fort and the views were spectacular. Then we rewarded ourselves with refreshing, cool beers and lunch at Jambe du Bois restaurant.

TT: Which local food and drinks have you sampled?

John: We particularly like the local fish, fresh fruit and fried plantain. Drinkwise, highlights are the Chairman’s Reserve rum and Antillia local craft beer.

TT: Where would you recommend to eat and drink?

John: We’ve had great curries at Razmataz and downed some creative cocktails at Windjammer and The Landings.

TT: Will you take home any special memories of this trip?

Margaret: We are making one now: watching the sun go down while sipping a cocktail or two. This is the life!

Rodney

(A Welsh-born Canadian)

We found this gentleman admiring the view of Rodney Bay!

TT: Hello Rodney! What brings you to Rodney Bay?

Rodney: Good day! I was looking for somewhere warm to spend a few months, away from the cold of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and when I found out about Rodney Bay, well, I just had to come to Saint Lucia!

TT: Are you enjoying yourself?

Rodney: Oh yes! I love the sunny weather, especially when it’s tempered by a cool breeze. And I find island life so interesting.

TT: How have you been spending your time here?

Rodney: I like that there is a wide range of activities: sailing trips and sunset cruises, exploring the interior, going to the drive-in volcano and hot springs, ziplining, diving, the beaches. Having said all that, I spend many hours just relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere.

TT: What do you think of the restaurants? 

Rodney: I’m impressed with the choice: upscale, local, Indian, Italian, French, beachside, buffet. I’m on a mission to find the hottest curry!

TT: Have you sampled our local food and drink?

Rodney: Of course! Especially the range of hot pepper sauces that I found in the supermarket. I like to buy my fruit and vegetables from the roadside stalls; the pineapples here are so succulent. Best of all is the local beer and the array of rums including my favourite: Admiral Rodney!