Caleb Trend (aged 8) recently spent his family holiday in Saint Lucia and had a great time. Read about his experiences in his blog published in First News magazine
Our trip to Saint Lucia was one of our best family holidays ever. We flew with British Airways and arrived in the evening although it was still daylight in Saint Lucia. Our taxi journey from Hewanorra airport to St James’s Club, Morgan Bay was so exciting as we got to see a lot of the island along the way. We were knackered when we arrived in our room but we stayed up to unpack and had a bite to eat. Our room was so spacious with such lovely views we couldn’t stop running around.
We woke up early on Monday and went zip lining through the rainforest which was great fun. As it was in the rainforest, we saw so many varieties of tropical trees and plants. As for animals we saw many lizards in all kinds of colours and the jungle tune was played by birds throughout the day. Monday was our first full day and the weather was a big shock to all of us; it was way over 30 degrees and the sun was relentless. We went for a dip in the sea when we got back to the resort to cool off.
The day after was packed with great sights and attractions organised for us by The Saint Lucia Tourist Board. We had an early start to the day because of our hour and a half drive to the Fond Doux chocolate plantation where we learned all about the process of making chocolate from cocoa bean to a bar of chocolate. After that we went to Tet Paul, a nature trail with stunning views of the whole of southern Saint Lucia. At the top of the trail we also saw the two famous Piton mountains: Gros Piton and Petit Piton.
Wednesday was one of the hottest days we had whilst in Saint Lucia. We headed to Castries market, which was full of souvenirs, local delicacies, spices, clothes and jewellery and was obviously a popular visit for tourists who we saw many of whilst we were browsing around. Next we went up to Rodney Bay, another popular tourist destination, where we crossed over the causeway and onto Pigeon Island which has been connected to mainland Saint Lucia since 1969. The island is full of history – we learned that it has been held seven times by the French and the British and then they came to an agreement that the British could have Saint Lucia and the French the neighbouring island of Martinique. The island also used to be a garrison for the British to look over Rodney Bay and you get a great view out across the Caribbean Sea.
Thursday and Friday were free days so we decided to go out on a catamaran to try and see some dolphins and whales. We saw a few dolphins, a few tuna fish and loads of flying fish but unfortunately no whales. On Friday we stayed at the hotel and took part in some water sports; we tried sailing, kayaking, water skiing and stand up paddleboarding as well as just chilling out by the lovely pool.
Although Saturday was the last day it was also my favourite. We went snorkelling at Anse De Pitons and Anse Chastanet and saw hundreds of different fish, a variety of eels, colourful coral and even some squid. The water was crystal clear and there weren’t any waves so our views of the reefs and the fish were absolutely stunning. When we got back to the hotel we finished packing, had a quick shower and got in our taxi to the airport. Our flight was on time and we arrived back at Gatwick at around 9:00. Stepping out of the plane in my shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops caused a shock to my system and it was nice to get back and see my family and friends but I would still like to be out in St Lucia!
I would like to end by thanking the Saint Lucian Tourist Board for our holiday, St James’s Club, Morgan Bay for looking after us and Raco our driver for the week and all the wonderful locals who made our holiday one I’ll never forget.