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St Lucia retreats

May 14, 2017 -

St Lucia Retreats 2018 This Winter, we are excited to announce a multitude of St Lucia retreats focusing on yoga, mindfulness, nutrition and general wellness. The majority of these retreats are being hosted by instructors and therapists who have fallen in love with Balenbouche as a retreat venue, and who would like to repeat and…

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Vieux Fort

May 1, 2016 -

Vieux Fort The capital of the South Vieux Fort is St Lucia’s second largest town, and where the Hewanorra International airport (UVF) is located. It boasts one of the islands prettiest and longest white sand beaches, and surprisingly few tourists or hotels. There is only one resort on the north end of the Anse de…

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Getting around st lucia is best done through a combination of taxis, rental car, buses and organized tours. The island, although only 238 square miles, takes about 2 1/2 hours to drive from north to south, or 3 1/2 hours to drive once all the way around the main coastal road. There is no road…

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Balenbouche is an ideal starting point for many St Lucia things to do. We are located only 20 minutes from the International airport, and 30 minutes from the town of Soufriere and just 5-20 minutes from two great beaches; Laborie beach and Sandy beach in Vieux Fort. In and around Soufriere, you’ll find the best…

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Soufriere St Lucia

September 19, 2015 -

Soufriere was once the capital of the island under French colonial rule. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction offering many st lucia things to do in and around the town. One of the things Soufriere St lucia is known for are its waterfalls and hot springs, including the famous sulphur springs volcano. Soufriere st…

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St Lucia Pitons

September 19, 2015 -

St Lucia Pitons The St Lucia Pitons are the islands’ famous volcanic twin peaks, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are challenging to climb, but the hike is well worth it. Much of St. Lucia’s mountainous interior is covered by 19,000 acres of Rainforest Reserve. You are required to go with a guide to…

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St Lucia Map

September 23, 2014 -

St Lucia Map The Lucia Map and Attractions The st lucia map comprises of 11 Political and geographic districts, varying in size and population density. Castries, Rodney Bay, Vieux Fort and Soufriere are the largest towns and the only place where you  can find banks, hospitals, hardware stores, and larger supermarkets. The other communities have…

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St Lucia with Kids

November 8, 2017 -

Top things to do in st lucia with kids Advice on traveling st lucia with kids by a mother and an aunt of a four year old who lives on the island. 🙂 If you’re coming to st lucia with kids, deciding where to stay in one of the most important decisions. If you enjoy…

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 Eco resorts caribbean lodges & historic properties A guide to eco resorts caribbean and 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…

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st lucia camping

May 22, 2017 -

St Lucia camping and backpacking 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 of all, avoid the North of the island.  The Castries / Rodney…

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st lucia hotels

May 22, 2017 -

st lucia hotels range from high end resorts over US$ 1000 per night to small hostels under $50 st lucia hotels recommended by Balenbouche, based on what our guests typically look for. A great way to explore St. Lucia is to stay 3-5 days in 2 or more places, and get around through a combination…

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st lucia animals are mostly friendly and non-poisonous… 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. The island originally had only few mammals;…

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St Lucia Plantations & Gardens Soufriere Estate, Soufriere Soufrière Estate, adjacent to the Diamond Falls and owned by the same family, is one of the oldest st lucia plantations on the island. It was part of a 2,000 acre estate granted to the Deveaux family by King Louis XIV in 1713. The same family still…

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The best time to visit st lucia is typically between December and May. November, June, July and August are also still good months to travel. The usual forecast for St Lucia is something this: Sunny to partly cloudy with widely scattered showers; occasional heavy rain and thunderstorms with isolated high gusts of wind. So we…

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