Why St Lucia?
St Lucia is a beautiful island in the Caribbean and is outside of the hurricane zone plus not many, if any, students go there on spring break!
We decided to use VRBO to try it out but because we were booking last minute it wouldn’t work so we used booking.com and we were not disappointed. We found a villa with two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, outside BBQ and best of all, a good size pool (the largest on the bay) with beautiful views into Marigot Bay. The place is called Chateau MyGot and they have the villa that we stayed in, plus a larger villa for 8-10 people plus a studio apartment. We were there in March and were the only guests… had the heated pool all to ourselves. The hostess was fantastic, even brought us fresh fish to BBQ one night.
We didn’t rent a car at first but the villa is at the top of the escarpment and while the views were spectacular, the walk up and down every day were more effort than we wanted to expend. Renting a car is not cheap. We got our rental at the Villa office beside their wonderful restaurant. No matter where you rent from, make sure you get a license to drive for Saint Lucia because we did get stopped by the police and they asked for it. Don’t compare the rental to US prices but it is what it is. If you don’t want to drive on the wrong side of the road (yes, like the British), you can always taxi wherever you want to go.
TIP: There are 2 airports on the island. Hewanorra International Airport at Vieux Fort (UVF), is located on the southern end of the island and serves primarily international flights. The day we arrived, the royal red carpet and military salute was in motion for Prince Charles. The taxi was reasonable and helped us orient ourselves to St. Lucia. George F. L. Charles Airport (SLU), formerly known as “Vigie Airport”, is located on the outskirts of Castries in the north and is used for inter-island flights. We took a taxi from UVF to our villa and the drive took us through the rain forest (and it rained). The drive was worth it. Bring your camera and binoculars.
There is a small grocer in Marigot Bay in the Marina, a bank and also a travel office. A few boats will shuttle you all day to DoLittles Restaurant and JJ’s across the bay. We tried all three and enjoyed Villa MyGot’s restaurant the most. There are two markets nearby, the Promise Market and one large store (Massy) to get the things you need during the week.
Botanical Gardens, Hot Springs & Mud Baths