The best way to explore a port's local culture is to go on an excursion. In June of 2015 I went on a group cruise on board Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas. Our ship made a stop in St. Lucia, a beautiful island in the Eastern Caribbean. For our day on the island, we went on the Joe Knows St. Lucia excursion and had an amazing day!
We disembarked the ship at the Port of Castries, where the tour operator led us to a boat. Since we were part of a fairly large group who booked the excursion together, there were two boats waiting for us. Our guide quickly began to entertain us with a description of our plans for the day.
What was included in our Joe Knows St. Lucia excursion?
We took the Land & Sea Tour package, for $115 USD per person. Our guide told us we would head to Soufrière by boat, stop off in Marigot Bay, then visit a volcano for a therapeutic mud bath. After that, we'd go for a waterfall swim, have lunch and return to the ship.
The first part of the excursion was a boat ride to Marigot Bay, a beautiful area featuring resorts and upscale homes on the water. As our guide put it, Marigot Bay is the place where the "rich bastards" live! It was absolutely gorgeous.
Volcanic Mud Bath
After visiting Marigot Bay, we headed to the volcanic mud baths at Sulphur Springs in Soufrière. We covered ourselves in the warm mud and rinsed off in a hot spring.
A Refreshing Swim
Time to rinse off! We got in a van and drove to Diamond Falls for a brisk swim and rinsing off. The water was refreshing!
Next it was time for lunch! We visited a local restaurant at the foot of the Pitons, the iconic volcanic peaks St. Lucia is known for. The lunch was beautiful, with plenty of healthy options for all kinds of diets, including vegetarian.
The setting for lunch was beautiful, with a view of the beach and the Pitons nearby.
Return to Port
After lunch, we boarded the boats again for the trip back to Adventure of the Seas. We stopped at another beach on the way back for swimming and snorkeling and to enjoy some more rum punch! Some locals appeared, selling fresh mango and coconut from their boats.
Overall Impressions of Joe Knows St. Lucia
This was a very memorable excursion, with something for everyone...food, drink, a unique experience and fun in the sun. The tour operators are very entertaining, know the area well, and will have you laughing from start to finish. I can't recommend this excursion highly enough!
My Personal Tips for the Joe Knows St. Lucia Excursion