Thank you, Janus, for your hospitality and for running the best Airbnb’s!! It’s been the perfect honeymoon getaway!
After spending the first 3 days of our trip at the Serrana Villa ( one of Janus’ other lovely Airbnbs), Sapphire 4, has been a great home base for the rest of our stay on St. Lucia. It’s been the perfect honeymoon getaway!
Monday June 11:
We spent the late morning (early afternoon at the Morne Coubaril for Zip lining and Buffet lunch. $$75.00 each for zip-lining and $15.00 each for lunch. (We booked online and ended up paying $10.00 extra for a service charge, so we recommend waiting to book till you arrive in person). Zip-lining was fun with great guides. There were 8 lines, and weren’t too high, for those afraid of heights. Because our zip-lining lasted 10:30-11:15, and lunch didn’t begin till 12:00, we had to wait for a while on nearby benches. We would book zip-lining closer to lunchtime, now that we know their timeline! After, I tried their freshly homemade coconut candy (made right next to the souvenir shop) and bought a bag for $2.00 (I think). It was delicious! Lunch was great, too!!
Tuesday June 12: Anse Mamin/Mango Tree Dinner
One of our favorite days! We rented a car, so my husband braved the drive to Anse Chastanet/Anse Mamin. We’d heard the road was awful. It was bumpy (similar to the roads to get up here to Sapphire), and the first bit was narrow and steep, but doesn’t last too long. The destination makes it totally worth it! Free parking at the entrance to Anse Chastanet (Jade Mountain’s beach).
We didn’t stay at Anse Chastanet, but walked the way to the right side of the beach and followed the dirt road for about 5 minutes to arrive at Anse Mamin.
Beautiful beach! Not crowded 😊 you can pay for beach chairs, but we just used our towels on the sand. The burger place on the beach was great lunch! My husband really liked his crispy chicken burger and I was really impressed with their vegetarian burger!
Later, in the evening, we left Sapphire 4 to have dinner at The Mango Tree restaurant (Located at Stonefield Resort). Make a reservation ahead of time! the restaurant opens at 6:30, but we arrived around 5:45 to watch the sunset – the view of Petit Piton and Caribbean sea from the restaurant is gorgeous! The staff were so lovely and welcoming.
Dinner was wonderful! We shared the coconut cheesecake for dessert. Oh my goodness, so good!
Wednesday June 13: Sugar Beach
Today we drove to sugar beach. We parked in the dirt lot just outside the main entrance/gate to the resort and walked down the (steep) hill to the beach. Took about 20 mins to walk down.
The beach was beautiful and since we arrived a little before 10am, it wasn’t crowed. We caved and splurged on comfy beach chairs for $50.00 USD each – you can pay the resort C Card. We enjoyed our time there! Brought our own snacks so we wouldn’t have to spend more money. If you buy chairs and/or food/drinks you qualify to get a shuttle ride back to the top of the hill (worth it!!).
Thursday June 14: Tet Paul Nature Trail & Mud Baths
A short drive away, the Tet Paul Nature Trail is a short hike (45 ish minutes ata very slow pace and stopping to take pictures) with gorgeous views. Entrance fee was $10.00 USD/person. Beautiful plants, butterflies, and 360 degree view from the top of the trail. Back in Soufriere, we found a souvenir shop just a few stores north of the first Caribbean international bank on Bridge street. The souvenir shop had widest selection and best prices we’ve seen! (For example; hats were $10.00 USD compared to all other tourist attraction shops where they were $20.00 USD). Very nice owner as well. at 4:30, we arrived at the Sulphur springs for a mud bath/tour. For the Mud Bath, we had the whole spot to ourselves! The only thing was that no one told us that tours stop at 5pm, so by the time we were done with the baths/rinsed off (wear dark swimsuits so they don’t stain), all workers were heading home. The supervisor just told us to bring our tickets back in the morning to redeem our tour, so it worked out!
Friday June 15: Sulphur Springs Tours
Our last day ☹ we just got back from our 25 minute Sulphur springs tour, where we learned about the volcano/caldera. The tour was informative, and you get to see the crater, but the tour itself wasn’t necessary.
Time to pack up and head back to the airport. We’ve loved our week in paradise! Thank you, Janus, for your hospitality and for running the best Airbnb’s!! Can’t wait to come back to St. Lucia
Justin & Emily
WEATHER IN SAINT LUCIA
While most places in the world have four well-defined seasons, its proximity to the equator means that this is not really the case for the island of St. Lucia.