St. Lucia Travel Blog› entry 5 of 7 › view all entries
Today we docked at the port of Saint Lucia. Our excursion was a bit less active today. We did a Tropical Island Splendor tour. It was on a air conditioned minibus with a group of older adults and our tour guide. The guide was to show us the island to a degree and local craftsman.
Our first stop was at local silk screening place. We first got a demonstration on how silk screening is done which was interesting. Then we were allowed to look around the shop and the area which had beautiful ocean views.
Next stop was at a local wood carving artists. We again saw a demonstration of how they carve wood and what tools they use. Then some time to look around and purchase items. The artist was there and would personally engrave his name into your piece for you if you wanted.
Then we drove across the island which was being cleaned up/looking nice for the cricket world cup coming the following week. We drove through massive banana farms! Our next stop was an old sugar mill. We got a tour of the place and learned about the process of how they took sugar cane and produced sugar. Then we got to try more local fruit and banana ketchup which was interesting. The site itself is beautiful and used for small weddings ocassionally.
Then we drove to a famous location that overlooks a small but beautiful beach. I enjoyed the local beer, Piton which was delicious. There were other local craftsmen there selling cheap freshwater pearls and lava rock necklaces.
On the way back we asked to be dropped off by the local market. It is very large and we walked around a while. Many things seeming repedative. Lots of people were selling spices like saffron in huge quantities. There were others selling artwork and caribean shirts. The port of St. Lucia has lots of shops as well which is fun to shop around especially if you have money, unfortunently I was just window shopping.
The rest of our night was spent relaxing, dinner, and drinking at the bars/clubs with our cruise ship friends.