St. Lucia Vacation

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you might already know that Brian and I recently traveled to St. Lucia for an amazing week of Caribbean bliss. Being a teacher, I’m lucky enough to get about 10 days off every year for Spring break. And this year, we decided to escape the damp, chilly Ohio weather and travel to the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

After I posted a few photos on Instagram and Facebook, I received emails from some of my lovely MBA readers asking for more details of our vacation. I decided as the emails flooded in that you should all know the beauty that is St. Lucia so you can consider it in your own vacation plans.

Since neither of us had been on a proper vacation in years, we decided to enlist assistance from a highly recommended travel agency in our area. We didn’t really have a game plan, and our list of demands was quite simple: sun, sand, gorgeous water and of course – great food. When we mentioned St. Lucia as a destination interest, our travel agent, Kathy, knew just the place. The all-inclusive Sandals La Toc Resort in Castries, St. Lucia.

Her description of breathtaking scenery, gorgeous beaches, delectable food and amazing hospitality sounded like exactly what we were looking for.

Since Brian and I aren’t really into the whole credit card thing, we were delighted to know that Delta Vacations offered several payment options for our specific destination. This allowed us to make 3 payments over the course of 5 months – we were sold – our trip was booked and we were counting down the days.

Brian became a little obsessed and changed all the screen savers in the house to picturesque views of St. Lucia, which turned out to be quite torturous considering it was November. When March arrived, we were in full-on vacation anticipation mode – for a minute, I even thought about making a paper chain to count down the days, but I couldn’t find a glue stick!

We had a final meeting with Kathy in late March to discuss our itinerary and pick up our travel documents – we were ready to go!

From the moment we stepped off the plane and into the tiny airport, we fell head over heels in love with St. Lucia. Greeted by a rush of warm air, lush green vegetation and incredibly friendly staff – we instantly knew we were in for one of the best weeks of our lives.

If I’ve piqued your interest about St. Lucia, stay tuned next week. I’ll be telling you all about the amazing all-inclusive Sandals La Toc, what I’d consider to be one of the most beautiful hotels on Earth.

23 Responses to “St. Lucia Vacation”

  1. Blog is the New Black — May 3, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Sounds amazing! We actually seriously considered St. Lucia Sandals for our HM, but decided to go to Costa Rica instead. However, it’s on the backburner for the future. Can’t wait to read about it!


  2. We were just at Sandals Halcyon and ate at La Toc twice. GORGEOUS place! Glad you enjoyed St Lucia as much as we did.

    The Kidless Kronicles


  3. Julie @ Table for Two — May 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I’m SO glad you posted this and are going to post something next week about that resort because my fiance and I decided we’re going to St. Lucia for our honeymoon next year and that Sandals resort was one we looked at last week!! St. Lucia looks so gorgeous and I can’t wait to read your post about the resort :)


  4. Christina — May 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

    You’ve definitely piqued my interest! St. Lucia is my dream vacation!


  5. Cassie — May 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Stunningly gorgeous. Great to hear about the payment plans too. I had no idea that those were offered!


  6. pam p — May 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I got married in St. Lucia 3 years ago! We also stayed through Sandals and had a fab time! We are from Ohio, too, and it was wonderful to leave Ohio for this tropical location! Your post brings back many fond memories! I can’t wait to go back!!


  7. AmyRuth — May 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Well my new globe trotter friend…. wise as you are, to forego the credit trap you might reconsider the various methods to bonus yourself with points for more travel. Here’s my take for what its worth. American Express seems (according to hubs) to have a really great program. You can get double, triple and more times points by shopping online with certain vendors through AMX’s site. more points equals more trips to St. Lucia. Groceries on the AMX, pay off monthly, = travel to St. Lucia. Did you bring home some props? he he So happy you enjoyed a much deserved vaca! That is awesome! and beautiful I might add. Looking forward to more photos. Oh and no… this is not a spam comment he he I have commented a few time before and I subscribe. Have a great week.


  8. AlBea — May 3, 2012 at 9:31 am

    We celebrated our anniversary with a trip to St. Lucia. One big disagreement with you – we could never stay in a Sandals or other resort. You lose the flavor of the island.
    We stayed at a wonderful little (5 bedrooms) B&B at the top of a steep hill. It had an incredible view!. High point – sitting on the terrace overlooking the bay , having breakfast. All for a fraction of Sandals price. Also, the owner seemed to know every person on St. Lucia – restaurant owners/dive shops, etc.
    The most spectacular meal we had was at Ladera, a hotel that pretty well sits between the two Pitons. The meal, the view, the service were perfect.
    We found that the people of St. Lucia were friendly and always very helpful.


  9. christa — May 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to hear about it


  10. What a coincidence! That’s the exact resort my husband and I went on our honeymoon! I can’t wait to hear how you liked it….we were a little bummed about some parts of it, but overall had a lovely vacation. :-D


  11. I’ve been waiting for these re-caps since I saw that first picture!


  12. Eva {Alfriston Cottage} — May 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

    What a wonderful place! The pictures are just amazing. It looks so beautiful…


  13. Kara — May 3, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I would have happily sent you a glue stick! :) Thanks for sharing!


  14. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — May 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

    My interest is more than piqued–I can’t wait to go there myself!


  15. Sharon Antonio — May 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Loved St Lucia..but Sandals was disappointing and didn’t like that you really can’t drive around the island ..but it is beautiful.


    • Jamie — May 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      I am sorry to hear you were disappointed with Sandals. Which one did you stay at? We actually went to all three, but stayed at La Toc. The whole driving on the opposite side of the road thing kind of scared us, so we were thankful to take shuttles with experienced drivers. ;) Have a great day!

  16. Kristen — May 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I went on a cruise with 7 girlfriends in January and St. Lucia was one of our stops! It was SO beautiful! We took a tour of the island and ended up on a catamaran for a long ride with a stop for snorkeling. It was AMAZING!!! We also LOVED the spiced rum that was known to be an aphrodisiac!!! I would love to go back for a week to escape and check out where you stayed!!!


  17. Tracy — May 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous vacation! Gorgeous photos, too!


  18. Amy — May 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Amazing place for sure. We spent a second honeymoon there almost 10 years ago. I think it’s time to go back. ; ) Gorgeous pictures! Hope you’ll share more.


  19. luv what you do — May 3, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    My boyfriend and I were just in St Lucia in January. It was truly beautiful and we had a great time. We were only there for 1 day on a cruise, but I think we saw your resort. It is definitely the kind of place I could go back to. I still love looking at these pictures…

    Did you make it to the pitons?


  20. Amber — May 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I want to go there! Tomorrow!


  21. Nicole {Sweet Peony} — May 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I looooved seeing all of your photos! St. Lucia looks amazingly gorgeous! I’m so happy that you & Brian had a wonderful vacation!!!


  22. donna giblin — May 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Ha, my boss is on his way today to the same place for his honeymoon. It looks beautiful!


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