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Old 11-05-2011, 08:03 PM
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Just wondering who has been and if you had any suggestions on what to see/do, where to eat, etc. We are going to try it for our honeymoon the last week of june. I was interested in the sport fishing they offer but it seems like more of a tourist thing than anything else. May try the golf except it's stupidly expensive for what you get (but it's a tourist destination so that's what you get). Anyway, we are looking for suggestions
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:18 PM
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Anyone been to a sandals in st Lucia?
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:29 PM
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Ive been driven by the resort a handfull of times(we do the cruise ship thing). They look nice, like all Sandals, but St. Lucia its self is pretty third world-esk.


They do have some pretty good rum punch though...
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:18 PM
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I stayed at Sandals St Lucia Grande in 2003 for my honeymoon. I don't really have a great review, but I think it mostly just wasn't our thing. The resort was mostly filled with middle-aged Yankees (not that there's anything wrong with that) competing for "points" for taking group walks and such. Past 9:00 pm the place was a ghost town. The rest of the island was not a place you wanted to venture out to. Maybe it's just us, but I am pretty sure we would have had more fun for less $$ in Key West.
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i was leaning heavily for Islamorada but we decided to do something "different" Oh well, what's done is done. I'm sure it will be fun
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It will be what you make of it. I lIke to vacation without a plan, other than hotel arrangements. You never know what the weather will be or what kind of things each destination has to offer if you put blinders on and preschedule activities. BOok it, look forward to it and have a great time! On a side not, beings it is your honeymoon and all you might actually have to make time to uh, leave the room for some air!




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Funny story - not really...

While on our honeymoon, we decide to take the gondola ride up at the two pitons. Our cabbie, a "Rasta", had a "smoke" lit the whole drive. He did a great drive on their crappy road system. He gave us the full tour, we saw the KFC built in a tree, he stole us some bananas, made up some rum punch while he was driving. He even had time to point out if your not local, you cant get lost, 'cause white people only come on de cruise ships or from da resorts...

I thought my wife was going to have a panic attack the whole time riding with driver I nicknamed "blaze".

Good Times!!!!
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While on a cruise we booked a tour with Herod's on our own, it was the best tour we have ever taken. We booked this with 8 others from our ship and we all had a blast. Herod stops at his mothers house for lunch for some local food and drink included in the tour along with two boat rides, beach time, and a few other stops.

http://www.herodstours.com/index.html

This was our beach stop



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My wife and I have been fortunate to have visited many of the caribbean islands and the reception from the locals ranges from very welcoming to something approaching hostility. My son just got back last week from his honeymoon at Sandals in St Lucia - he and his new wife had a blast - and from their description you will too.

Sandals practically owns that island, and visitors to the resort are treated like royalty from the moment they set foot in the airport terminal. They cater primarily to newlyweds, so you'll be among your peers which is always a good thing.

Without Sandals, the place just ain't the same, and the locals know that and appreciate it.

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St Lucia is a 3rd world country off of the resorts.

We did our honeymoon there at Sandals. Great thing is there are 3 Sandals on the island and you can hop around them and do dinner/drinks/party at all of them. Swim-Up Bar opens at 9:30 am. Half the people there were on honeymoons.

We did the half-day shopping tour - they take you downtown to some touristy malls and less-touristy outdoor markets. Then the rainforest jeep drive - open top jeeps drive you up and down the mountain, stop to drink some Piton and swim in a tranquil river pool (with about 40 other tourists). Snorkeling trips off the resort. I would definitely recommend it. As was mentioned, the "all-inclusive" aspect isn't for everyone. If you don't drink alocohol, then its not really worth the $. If you do, then......
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We stayed at Sandals Grande in 04. We had a blast. My reccomendation is make diner reservations now. When we got there, all the fine dining restaurants were booked. We had to go on a waiting list or eat bar food. We were told many people made there reservations prior to arrival. Since it is all inclusive, why not? If you make reservations ahead of time, you can always cancel.
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I went to Sandals at Montego Bay but that was in 1985. There were plenty of honeymooners there. There were games and activities all day and into the evening with "playmakers" (14 of them full time) organizing it all. There was snorkling, wind surfing, water skiing, sailing, paddle boats, several pools, a bar open all day and night, great food with no reservations needed, and good entertainment every night. I'm sure it has changed since then, but I think it's worth a look.
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Wife and I did the whole Sandals deal for what was a 2nd marriage for both of us in 2007. We married there, ( preacher was provided) limo to registry and back, photographer, witnesses, massages, fabulous cake and dinner at their most exclusive restaurant, champagne and on and on. We spent a week there, (Bahamas) and enjoyed every minute. they even gave my wife waterford china settings. We did it all inclusive and it certainly was that. Probably a little pricy but what the hey. Lots of activities or not, you choose. GREAT food. And if you drink...endless refils of whatever floats your boat. You can have a butler for Pete's sake. It was fun. Our room was kind of tucked away but was great because we could still open the door and step out on the beach. Yes I would go again...

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good to hear some positives
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stayed at the grande St. lucia in 07 on our honeymoon. i don't see how you couldn't have a great time. we did the shopping excursion, snorkeling, catamaran island tour and fishing. i booked the fishing separately through hacksaw charters and not through the resort. caught my first blue marlin!! agree on the reservations, make them now. swim up bars are great and the people were all very nice. you will have a blast!!
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St. Lucia is amazing. Went there for 9 days two years ago but stayed at almond resorts. As far as excursions go: The catamaran tour, lunch, and snorkel trip is great (excellent value for the money - full day excursion, they take you to the sulfur springs, you have lunch with the piton mountain view, all you can drink rum punch, beer chug competition, snorkeling in crystal clear water in a secluded cove the crew even trolls out at the back of the boat and they don't mind if you man the line) . The helicopter tour & airport transport is awesome, they fly you right between the pitons,(but is a bit pricey for how short it is- buy if you've never been in a helicopter before this is the place to do it. Also did the beach horseback riding - just a tip - save this for the end of your trip - when you ride in the water you ride bareback - your wife will be super sore and you dont need that ruining your honeymoon. Have fun - St. Lucia is the best caribbean island i've ever visited (and I've been to quite a few)
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Originally Posted by OBALOFFSHORE View Post
stayed at the grande St. lucia in 07 on our honeymoon. i don't see how you couldn't have a great time. we did the shopping excursion, snorkeling, catamaran island tour and fishing. i booked the fishing separately through hacksaw charters and not through the resort. caught my first blue marlin!! agree on the reservations, make them now. swim up bars are great and the people were all very nice. you will have a blast!!
did you find the charter fishing to be worth the cost? Landing a BM is pretty big, but how was the trip overall. I took a look at their website and don't particularly like the fact that they are claiming 20 lb wahoo to be 30-40lbs.
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St. Lucia is amazing. Went there for 9 days two years ago but stayed at almond resorts. As far as excursions go: The catamaran tour, lunch, and snorkel trip is great (excellent value for the money - full day excursion, they take you to the sulfur springs, you have lunch with the piton mountain view, all you can drink rum punch, beer chug competition, snorkeling in crystal clear water in a secluded cove the crew even trolls out at the back of the boat and they don't mind if you man the line) . The helicopter tour & airport transport is awesome, they fly you right between the pitons,(but is a bit pricey for how short it is- buy if you've never been in a helicopter before this is the place to do it. Also did the beach horseback riding - just a tip - save this for the end of your trip - when you ride in the water you ride bareback - your wife will be super sore and you dont need that ruining your honeymoon. Have fun - St. Lucia is the best caribbean island i've ever visited (and I've been to quite a few)
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did you find the charter fishing to be worth the cost? Landing a BM is pretty big, but how was the trip overall. I took a look at their website and don't particularly like the fact that they are claiming 20 lb wahoo to be 30-40lbs.
We did Hackshaw too but only got 1 knockdown all day so that kinda sucked, BUT the cost was half of what you pay to go out of OI. Other thing was I booked the 31 Bertram since it was just me and the wife and they sent us in the 50' Newton. A more expensive boat but not what I wanted/requested.

http://www.hackshaws.com/fishing.htm
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Just got back from an amazing honeymoon at Anse Chastenet in St Lucia today. I'm dead tired now, but will post my experience and suggestions on it tomorrow.
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