Hi everyone! We finally arrived in St. Lucia and so far, we are absolutely LOVING it. We arrived at Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) in St. Lucia on the opposite side of the island because it is largest airport on the island and the only one with a direct flight in. The smaller airport is closer to our resort, but, has limited flights that you have to take multiple plane rides to get to it.
We took advantage of our ride to the other side of the island by hiring St. Lucia Airport Shuttle as our shuttle service. They were the cheapest option and you do not all cram into one bus….it is one air conditioned taxi for your entire party.
The BEST part of the shuttle service is that they give us a tour of the island making recommendations on what to see and do as we made our 1 hour+ trek to the Windjammer.
We were all total tourist snapping pictures as we drove along
St. Lucia Bus Stop….
Our taxi driver wanted us to experience a few island things that he absolutely LOVED. First stop, this farmer’s market stand for freshly picked and roasted cashews.
Did you know if you pick a cashew from the tree and cut it in half, you NEED to rub it in your hands before eating it? I guess the toxins on the outside of the raw cashew can give you blisters on your lips and are used for brake fluid in cars ~ crazy.
Our cashews at home taste nothing like these ~ they are super sweet, nutty and almost creamy with hints of smokiness from the roasting. We devoured the bags!
He stopped at a few spots to allow us to take pictures too.
CHEESE ~ it was so windy and slightly raining at the top of the hill.
In the background is a small fishing village.
Every Saturday night the fish market comes alive as they have a big festival and a “fish fry”. I sorta want to go just so I can say I went to a “fish fry”
The small island next to the fish market town.
He explained as we drove along that the first thing they fixed after the hurricanes is the bridges. There are parts of the road that are still missing that will be fixed next.
Other parts of the road still flood often due to rivers and such like the one below.
Stop #2 was a local bakery for fresh Creole Bread with Butter.
The process of how they make the creole bread is actually pretty fascinating. The bread is really crunchy on the outside, super dense on the inside with a slight smokiness from the wood they use as they bake it. Absolutely delicious!
If any of you watched Pirates of the Caribbean, this cove was in the movie.
The drive went by so fast and before we knew it, we were in Castries ~ the town where our time share, The Windjammer resides.
The entrance the Windjammer Landing in St. Lucia……
As soon as we walked into the lobby were given cold wash clothes and our choice of rum punch or fruit punch ~ it totally tastes like Mai Tai’s.
There are 2 pools……
The private beach reserved just for the Windjammer guests…..
We fell IN LOVE with our villas almost as soon as we walked in. The Husband and I both thought they were Greek like, but, my parents said Mediterranean.
The kitchen is insane ~ they might even have more appliances than we have at home ~ like 2 juicers, an ice cream shake maker and more dishes than you could ever use….maybe
We have 3 different levels of balconies on the 3 floors of our villa. Each has a table and chairs that we all have spent hours just relaxing outside on……
We also have our own little plunge pool for when we need to cool off.
There are stairs that lead up to our bedroom and down to the next level in each villa.
There are a bunch of windows and doors that open up to go outside. Whether you are in the living room, kitchen or dining room they all pretty much look like this.
I think The Husband’s favorite part is that you can actually walk all the way up to our roof top, hang out in these chairs or pick any balcony to go out on.
This is the view from our villa…..
We decided to get our exercise by walking down to dinner versus taking the shuttle. The walk is beautiful, but, incredibly steep and a great way to burn our calories before eating them
There are 5 restaurants on site and 3 of them require reservations. We ended up at the main restaurant called Jammers since they do not require reservations.
It also doesn’t hurt that you are sitting right on the beach watching the waves as you eat.
I ordered the Steak & Frites that comes with a garden fresh salad……
Then, we ended the night with an amazing Coconut Banana Split ~ it’s made with coconut ice cream
Today we are staying at the resort since it’s Election day and everyone here gets pretty passionate about it. They actually are not allowed to drink alcohol from 6am-6pm until the polls close LOL……
If our internet in our rooms gets fixed, I will post sooner….otherwise….
I will catch up with you all later this week!