Tips for the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia
The last time I was on St. Lucia, I ate lunch at Dasheene Restaurant.
Photo: Lisa Limer for Condé Nast Traveler
A question has come in from a reader named Nancy:
"We are going to St. Lucia's Coconut Bay Resort on January 1st. Any tips for our week there?"I'm a big fan of St. Lucia--it's a lush island full of picturesque drives, rainforest, and views--and have been there three times but, unfortunately, for only one day each, as a stop on a cruise. The last time--three years ago--I hired a driver in advance to pick me and my husband up at the pier in the morning when the ship pulled in and drop us back there in the late afternoon. My advice for you is to spend a day on a private island tour with him. His name is Julian Bissette, and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you want his phone numbers, shoot me an email at email@example.com.)
Julian showed my husband and me the island's highlights that were on my agenda--the fishing village of Soufriere and the Diamond Botanical Gardens among them--as well as off-the-beaten-path spots we wouldn't have known to look for on our own, such as Plas Kassav, a "factory" where they make a local bread from cassava root the traditional way (an experience that I wrote about here). I found Julian through the concierge at Ladera Resort, where my husband and I ate lunch midday (at the restaurant pictured above). My suggestion for you is to contact Julian and let him spend a day showing you his island.