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St Lucia retreats

May 14, 2017 -

St Lucia Retreats 2017/2018 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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Taxis Most visitors use taxis for getting around st lucia. They are readily available and regulated; the rates are fixed, but fairly high. Taxis are not metered and rates are quoted in US$, vehicles are designated by a blue “TX” license plate. Always make sure to negotiate prices beforehand. Drivers are generally reliable and friendly…

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St Lucia things to do

December 20, 2015 -

St Lucia Things to Do 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…

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Soufriere St Lucia

September 19, 2015 -

Soufriere St Lucia 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…

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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 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 credit unions,…

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Caribbean Eco lodges Although the West Indies is not generally known for it’s caribbean eco lodges, more and more smaller and larger properties are trying to implement green practices and offer a more natural  and cultural aesthetic. Balenbouche Estate is known for its sensitivity to the natural environment, community and history of St. Lucia. We…

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st lucia camping

May 22, 2017 -

St Lucia camping on the Caribbean island of St Lucia 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…

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st lucia places to stay

May 22, 2017 -

St lucia places to stay range from high end resorts for over US$ 1000 per night to small st lucia hostels for under $50 Our guests often ask us for recommendations on other st lucia places to stay, especially if we are booked or they have more than a week to spend on the island….

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St Lucia animals

July 16, 2016 -

St Lucia Animals 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; whales and bats are the…

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St Lucia Plantations

July 14, 2016 -

St Lucia Plantations & Gardens Diamond Falls Botanical Garden, Soufriere This well-known tourist attraction offers an extensive botanical garden whose signature attraction is a sulphurous waterfall. The restored Mineral Baths were originally built in 1784 just before the French revolution with funds from King Louis XVI. Adjacent to the historic baths are more modern chlorinated…

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St Lucia Weather

May 5, 2016 -

St Lucia Weather and Climate St Lucia weather is mild year-round, typically ranging from the low or high 80’s Fahrenheit or high 20’s Celsius. The lowest temperatures are recorded in January, February and March, where it can get into the lower 70’s at night. The average temperature in St Lucia ranges from 22 to 30…

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Castries St Lucia

April 13, 2016 -

CASTRIES St Lucia capital Around 60,000 people or over a third of the population lives in the vicinity of the bustling capital of Castries St Lucia. Although much of the original colonial architecture was destroyed by two devastating fires, there are several historic buildings and parks of interest. These include the Cathedral of the Immaculate…

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