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Map of the Marvellous Island of Saint Lucia
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Anse La Raye Adventure

Visit the traditional fishing village of Anse La Raye,
where you can explore the waterfront with its quaint
wooden houses, colourful fishing boats and perhaps see
bread making in a traditional bakery. Head inland to
visit a beautiful waterfall set in enchanting tropical
tranquility.


Mamiku Gardens

Designed by one of the top landscape
designers in the Caribbean, Mamiku
Gardens boasts beauty, nature and history.
Located on the East Coast of the island, a
45 minute scenic drive from Castries, Mamiku Gardens is a tropical blend of natural woodland trails and beautifully landscaped gardens.


Balenbouche Estate

This is a working plantation and guesthouse set in a fascinating natural and historical landscape. The estate's rich history is felt in every corner of the property, from ancient Amerindian artefacts to the remains of impressive 18th century sugar mill. The grounds provide a mix of natural vegetation and botanical gardens, shaded by ancient banyan, flamboyant and mango trees. Everyone who has visited Balenbouche agrees tht it is a place of exceptional authenticity, tranquility and beauty.

Above is the guest house at Balenbouche Estate.


Millet Bird Sanctuary

Located i the heartland of Saint Lucia, the Millet Bird Sanctuary Trail is a heaven for birdlife. Over 30 species of birds can be found there, including five endemic species: The St. Lucia Black Finch, St. Lucia Parrot, St. Lucia Warbler, St. Lucia Oriole and St. Lucia Pewee.
It takes approximately one hour to complete the 1.75 miles walk which is moderate to strenuous, and perched at about 1000 feet above sea level. The trail provides a breathtaking view of the John Compton Dam, which is the largest in the Eastern Caribbean, at 2 kilometre long with an output capacity of 6.3 million gallons of water daily. Come and experience nature, relax and take away memories that will remain with you for a lifetime.


Soufriere

View the majestic Pitons as you travel to the Diamond Waterfall located in a beautiful botanical garden surrounded ny nature's finest plants and flowers. From the Diamond Waterfall, drive through the quaint town of Soufriere to the world's only drive'in volcano with its bubbling holes of sulphuric waters all in Saint Lucia!

Above is a photo of the Pitons.

Also in Soufriere, you can visit Mystic Man Tours where you can go on a glass bottom boat and see various types of fishes and while you're on the boat, you could also see the Pitons with your own eyes!! I, the author of this blog, has been on a glass bottom boat. It was so much fun!! You could participate in the fun too!!
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Anse La Raye, the fishermens' village


The streets of Anse La Raye


The 18th century sugar mill at Balenbouche Estate


Balenbouche Estate


Mamiku Gardens Trail


FOND DOR NATURE & HISTORIC PARK, ST. LUCIA


LA TILLE WATERFALL AND GARDENS, SAINT LUCIA


FOND LATISAB CREOLE PARK, ST. LUCIA


DESBARRAS TURTLE WATCH, ST. LUCIA


TORAILLE WATERFALL, ST. LUCIA


FOND DOUX ESTATE, ST. LUCIA


ANSE-LA-RAYE FISH FRY, ST. LUCIA


PEOPLE HAVING FUN IN MILLET


FOLK RESEARCH CENTER , ST. LUCIA


The St. Lucia Jazz Festival is an annual internationally-known event which takes place on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. The Event brings together international as well as local musicians. The Jazz Festival not only features jazz music but also R&B and Calypso. The event has attracted such artists as Herbie Hancock, Courtney Pine, Ocacia,Branford Marsalis, En Vogue, George Benson, Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Isley Brothers, UB40, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Luther Vandross, Smokey Robinson, American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

Past Performers

Ronald "Boo" Hinkson
John Legend
Nicole David
Bunji Garlin
Morgan Heritage
Natalie Cole
Machel Montano
T.O.K.
Al Green
Ciara
Rihanna
Seal
Babyface
Carl Gustave
Rupee
UB40
Isley Brothers featuring Ron Isley
New Edition
Ashanti
Joe
Kassav
Third World
James Carter
Gerald Levert
Boyz II Men
Mike Phillips
Square One
Yolanda Adams
Damian Jr. Gong Marley
En Vogue
Smokey Robinson
Los Hombres Calientes
Angie Stone
Luther Vandross
Montell Jordan
Gladys Knight
Beres Hammond
Herbie Hancock
Freddie Jackson
Kool & The Gang
Harry Belafonte
Mary J. Blige
Brian McKnight
Chaka Khan
Shirley Horn
Norman Brown
Jeffrey Osborne
Gerald Albright
Johnny Griffin
Rachelle Ferrell
Stanley Clarke
Terence Blanchard


Ashanti at Saint Lucia Jazz
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Ronald "Boo" Hinkson at Saint Lucia Jazz


Artists at Jazz


An artist performing at Jazz Festival
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St Lucia Carnival is one of the most hyped and exciting festivals in St Lucia. It is when majority of St Lucians get the opportunity to clamor through the streets of Castries and party until they drop.

It usually begins in the middle of the month of June with the Calypso Season and ends in the middle of the month of July where it ends with a grand parade through the city of Castries.

There are many events that lead up to St Lucia Carnival. St Lucians as well as tourists enjoy these festivities where different carnival bands get to dress up in various outfits.

In the weeks before the St Lucia Carnival takes off, there is what we call the Calypso Season, which I mentioned earlier. This is when the local calypsonians come together to compete for the title of calypso king or queen.

There is also the parade of beautiful young women vying for the title of Miss Carnival Queen. If you ever get the chance to go to the pageant then I would highly recommend it.

There is also the Soca Monarch competition where local soca stars such as Mantius, Ninja Dan, Cupid, Alpha and many others compete to find out which will win the title of Soca Monarch, Road March king or queen, and Groovy Soca Monarch. The person who wins the road march position gets to sing live with the bands parade the streets. It is really a remarkable sight.

The parades of different colors and fabrics are a spectacular sight to see. The people are clothed in their carnival costumes whiles they start what we call the parade of the bands from the Northwest Building located on the John Compton Highway to the Marchand Field located in the Marchand community.

This might seem silly but it is really something that majority of our country looks forward to. It is really a festival that many tourist come to this country to enjoy and be a part of it. I have actually seen many of them jumping on the streets or simply dancing to the soca beat.

If you want to come to St Lucia at a time when there are shows galore and lots of excitement, you can believe me; the place to be is at St Lucia Carnival.


Saint Lucians having fun on the streets of Castries


Saint Lucians parading


Jumping up in carnival


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