St Lucia Map

St Lucia Map Other than the Google St Lucia Map (which for driving directions isn’t always very accurate) there are several free tourist maps available on island and online. By far the best physical St. Lucia map published overseas is by a small company in Hungary called Gizi maps. It can be ordered online for […]

St Lucia Pitons

St Lucia Pitons Hike The St Lucia Pitons hike starts just a half hour drive away from Balenbouche Estate. The Pitons are the islands’ famous volcanic twin peaks, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. They climb is challenging, but well worth it! Much of St. Lucia’s mountainous interior is covered by 19,000 acres of Rainforest […]

St Lucia Black Sand Beach

St Lucia Black Sand beach Discover our st lucia black sand beach adjoining the 60 acre Balenbouche Estate. Our two beautiful natural beaches are just a 5 minute walk away. Although all beaches in St. Lucia are public, the Balenbouche beaches feel very private. Our guests love the fact that they are almost always alone […]

Beaches and Beach Activities

St Lucia Beaches and Beach Activities Secluded beaches st lucia are still possible to find, as well as beaches with activities. All beaches are all open to the public and offer great beauty and diversity. Some of the best beaches in st lucia include Reduit, Pigeon Island and Cas en bas in the North, Anse […]

Castries things to do

In and around Castries Around 60,000 people or over a third of the population lives in the vicinity of the bustling capital of St Lucia. For visitors, the areas north of Castries (Rodney Bay, Gros Islet and Babbonneau) are more interesting. Much of the original colonial architecture of Castries was destroyed by two devastating fires, […]

St Lucia Hiking

St Lucia Hiking Trails St Lucia hiking is one of the best things to do on the island. The Tet Paul Nature Trail, just 30 minutes from Balenbouche, is one of our favorite st lucia attractions. The walk itself is an easy 40 minutes with magnificent views of the Pitons and the South of the […]

St Lucia Estates

St Lucia Estates, Gardens & Plantations Overview of St Lucia Estates offering guided tours. At Balenbouche Estate you can visit the original estate house, the 18th century sugar mill, tropical gardens and beaches. We also offer guest cottages at affordable rates. St Lucia Estates, East & South St Lucia Estates: Balenbouche Estate, Choiseul A visit […]

St Lucia Animals

St Lucia Animals St lucia animals are mostly friendly and not poisonous… Endemic Species St Lucia animals include several unique species; the St Lucia parrot (Amazonas Versicolor also known as “Jaquot”), the St Lucia Forest thrush, the rare St Lucia Whiptail lizard (Zandoli Terre), and a tiny snake, the racer snake or worm snake. These […]

Is St Lucia expensive?

Is St Lucia Expensive? Is St Lucia expensive to visit? is a question we often get asked. St Lucia resorts and villas are typically on the higher end, between US$ 200 and $450 a night, but there are more affordable options. Other factors to consider are airfare, getting around the island, the cost of food, […]

St Lucia Camping

St Lucia Camping A guide to st lucia camping and st lucia backpacking for those who want to explore the stunning natural environment of the island, get to know it’s people and culture, and avoid the resorts and tourist centers. First, you will need to pick the best part of the island for st lucia […]

Eco Lodge Caribbean

Eco lodge Caribbean Properties A guide to eco lodge caribbean small properties similar to Balenbouche, based on green practices and a more natural aesthetic and local experience. Balenbouche Estate is known for its sensitivity to the environment, community and history of St. Lucia. We have been doing this quietly and consistently for over 30 years, […]

St Lucia Attractions

St Lucia Attractions Overview The island is known for its diverse landscape and multitude of st lucia attractions and things to do to suit every taste and wallet. Many of the best st lucia attractions are in the South of the island, within 15 – 30 minutes from Balenbouche Estate.  There are many St Lucia […]

Compassionate Healing Retreat

Compassionate Healing Finding Peace Within Do you find your mind cluttered by the busyness of Life? Find Peace Within, Mindful Healing Retreat helps you learn and practice techniques to cultivate peace by bringing awareness to the present moment. Intuitive Empath and spiritual healer Breanna Mahinter will teach you life long tools to help you slow […]

St Lucia with Kids

St Lucia with Kids If you’re coming to st lucia with kids, choosing the best place to stay in one of the most important decisions. If you enjoy resorts, there are quite a few that offer family deals, kids’ clubs, and activities for children, such as Coconut Bay in the South and Windjammer, Bay Gardens, […]

St Lucia Sulphur Springs

St Lucia Sulphur Springs The St Lucia Sulphur Springs volcano is one of the most well known and most visited St lucia attractions. The main area of the sulphur springs comprises numerous hot springs, bubbling mud pools and fumaroles (steam vents). The strongly hydrothermally altered clay-rich rocks covers approximately 200 m x 100 m in […]

Must Do in St Lucia

Must do in St Lucia Our blog article on St Lucia Attractions offers an unbiased overview of many of the things to see and do in St Lucia (over 80 activities to be exact). The following article is our personal recommendations on the “must do in st lucia” list. St Lucia really offers something for […]

St Lucia Food

St Lucia Food St Lucia local food is not fancy, but it is tasty and filling. The most popular st lucia street food you will find are BBQ chicken and fish, fried or roasted “bakes” (similar to Johnny cakes, a flat bread made from wheat flour). A great gluten free alternative is cassava bread made […]

Soufriere St Lucia

Best things to do in Soufriere St Lucia Soufriere St Lucia is only a 30 minute drive from Balenbouche Estate. It was once the capital of the island under French colonial rule. Today, it is a popular tourist destination offering many saint lucia best places. Here are some of the best things to do in […]

Yoga and Restorative Retreat

Yoga and Restorative Join Louisa and Siobhan for a 10 day yoga retreat including morning and afternoon yoga classes, workshops and excursions. Enjoy daily walks around the grounds and to the nearby private beaches, delicious meals and heartfelt conversations on the veranda of the old plantation house. Louisa Benjamin first came to Balenbouche as a […]

Best time to visit St Lucia

Best time to visit St Lucia St Lucia Weather The best time to visit st lucia is between December and April, the official tourist season. However, it is still very pleasant in May, June and November. This is a great time to go to St. Lucia because rates are lower and there are fewer tourists. […]

Best area to stay in St Lucia

Best Area to Stay in St Lucia People often ask what is the best area to stay in St Lucia. Most st lucia hotels and resorts are in the north of the island. Here you will find the greatest diversity of accommodations and tourism facilities. Gros Islet / Rodney bay is the major tourist center […]

Getting Around St Lucia

Getting around St Lucia Getting around st lucia is best through a combination of taxis, rental cars, buses and organized tours. Although the island is only 238 square miles, it takes about 2 1/2 hours to drive from north to south, or 3 1/2 hours to circumnavigate the main coastal road. There is no road […]

St Lucia Facts

St Lucia Facts Some essential st lucia facts and st lucia travel tips! Geography St Lucia is located at 13 53 N, 60 58 W and part of the Windward Islands. St. Lucia’s physical features are strikingly beautiful. Dominated by high peaks and rain forests in the interior, the 616 square-kilometer volcanic island is known for […]

St Lucia Restaurants

St Lucia Restaurants Most St Lucia restaurants are in the north of the island, where most locals live and where the most resorts are located. The second best place for restaurants is in and around Soufriere, also a tourism hub. In Vieux Fort and Laborie, you will find a few nice local St Lucia places […]

Vieux Fort St Lucia

Attractions and Guest houses inVieux Fort Guest houses in vieux fort st Lucia are just minutes away from the soon to be expanded Hewanorra International airport (UVF) just 20 minutes away from Balenbouche Estate. Vieux Fort boasts one of the islands prettiest and longest white sand beaches, yet surprisingly few tourists or large hotels. There […]

St Lucia Botanical Gardens

St Lucia Botanical Gardens The two most famous st lucia botanical gardens are Diamond Falls in Soufriere, and Mamiku Gardens on the East Coast. You can visit a number of other tropical st lucia gardens and estates around the island, for example Balenbouche, Fond Doux, Lushan Country Life, and Coubaril. These offer some of the […]

Charlie the Yogi Retreat

Yoga with Charlie Ever dream of an island getaway with perfect balance of fun sun and Yoga? Dream no more! This is the nature lover’s yoga retreat. Join Charles Polanco-Ali for an unforgettable frolic in stunning St. Lucia. Imagine yourself on a sprawling Caribbean estate, one replete with two private beaches, charming cabana accommodations, lush […]

Horseback riding St Lucia

Healing with Horses A heart expanding women’s horseback riding St lucia retreat: Feb 3 – 10, 2019 Amazing location, fabulous food, incredible horses! Horseback riding st lucia takes on a new meaning with horse lover and photographer Manuela Stefan, who takes you on a replenishing experience of connecting with source energy with the help of […]

Banyan Tree Yoga Retreat

Sacred St Lucia A yoga retreat for your mind, body and soul February 4-11, 2017 Nestled into our enchanting Oasis on the Southwest Coast of St Lucia where banyan trees stand tall and a black sand beach hugging the sparkling Caribbean Sea invite you to liberate your soul and breathe into the perfect expression of […]

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