St. Lucia VacationAuthor: zerokarma
Date of Trip: May 2006
Currency - Normally I take U.S. traveler checks plus a small amount of cash with me down to the Caribbean and have never had a problem with it. However, in St. Lucia I found that many places and people will not accept U.S. traveler checks or if they do, they will only give you EC change for it. Finding somewhere that will give you actual U.S. dollars for it was difficult. It seems only the banks on the island will exchange the travelers checks for U.S. cash. If I had known this I would have probably brought more cash down rather then mostly all traveler checks.
Beach Peddlers - I found many of the beach peddlers very annoying. Most will leave you alone if you tell them firmly you are not interested, but some are very aggressive and intimidating. One idiot in particular was trying to sell people aloe, which he very clearly just broke off an aloe tree somewhere near by. Normally most people would say no or even laugh at stupidity like this, but he was very intimidating to most people and I did see many people paying just to get the guy to go away. I stood my ground, but afterwards he would give me dirty looks. I found the beach peddlers mostly only a problem on Rodney Bay, when we were elsewhere, it wasn't a problem.
Respect of Women - Is it just me or is overall respect for woman pretty low on this island?
General Thoughts - The Good
Driving on the left side - I must say, it was fun to be driving around on the left side of the road! First time for me experiencing that so it was fun. All Britsare used to it, but I thought it was cool.
Electricity - Yeah, I was stupid and forgot that St. Lucia was on the European electrical system. Luckily enough, the resort has converters you can use.
Bananas - Got to love the fresh bananas! I think I ate more bananas down there then I have in years!
Piton Beer - I loved the Piton Beer down there, too bad you can't buy it anywhere here in Canada.
Beauty of the Island - Quite simply the island is beautiful and breathtaking. Words and pictures cannot describe this island. It's better for you just to come down there and experience it for yourself
We had an amazing time down in St. Lucia. Even despite my fiancé getting sick, we still managed to do quite a lot of stuff. St. Lucia is definitely an island I would like to come back to again. Next time, I think we would probably try another resort, might even stay somewhere closer to the south instead.
Be sure to check out my St. Lucia photo album which has over 500 pictures of St. Lucia, including everything mentioned in this trip report.
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