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Trip Report Just back from St. Lucia

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We had a great time even though Delta cancelled our flight out of Logan. We went standby but missed our connection and spent our first night in Atlanta!
This turned out to be a very active vacation. Arriving a day late meant that we missed our boat trip (on the Brig Unicorn ) but we did everything else as planned.

What we did
We went horse riding with Trims and enjoyed the ride on the beach but the ride to and from wasn't very exciting; no views and it was all downhill to the beach and then uphill on the return. I found out that I definitely prefer riding on level ground! We went on the first ride of the day at 8.30am and I recommend this as it was just the 3 of us with a guide. The next ride had 25 riders with several guides so do go before the cruise shippers!

Zip lining. We went with Rainforest aerial tours; www.rfat.com
My DD really enjoyed the zip lining and this was our first experience. Our guide, Peterson was excellent, very knowledgeable about the flora of the rainforest and I loved the aerial tram ride up to the ziplines. I was surprised to find that zip lining seemed tame to me. I didn't find it thrilling and I'm not usually a thrill seeker but after the first 2 or 3 zips I was ready to quit... NOT an option! So, ho, hum it was a bit of a chore being hooked onto the lines to whizz along a few feet and then be unhooked. There wasn't time to really look at the view and there wasn't a great deal to see other than trees between the zip line platforms. Overall we had fun but I probably won't do this again.

Snorkeling/swimming/beach
These are my favourite activities and coming from frozen Massachusetts it was that much more wonderful to get to St. Lucia. Weather was perfect apart from we could have done with a few more clouds and more shade as the sun was strong.
Best snorkeling we found was at Anse Cochon and Anse Chastanet. We only did snorkeling from the shore as we'd missed our boat trip and couldn't reshedule. Overall the snorkeling was fairly good and the water was very clear especially at Anse cochon.
The beaches we went to were mostly black sand and it does tend to look a little dirty and the sand wasn't powder soft but the water temperature was wonderful and we mainly stuck to the calmer west coast beaches. Cotton Bay on the Atlantic side looked a little rough from our horse ride.

Diamond Falls, botanical garden and mineral baths.
We went on a Sunday and the place was open 10 til 3. We arrived just after it had opened and were met by guides but decided to just tour by ourselves which worked out quite well as we experienced the spiel of a few guides as we soaked in the mineral baths. The waterfall is pretty and a short walk through the gardens. The ginger torch lilies were gorgeous and the garden as a whole is small but nicely maintained. The mineral baths are outside with a small inside private bath. We chose the outside pools and there are 3 each about the same size and about 4 or 5 ft deep. The water was warm and relaxing and several guides came by exclaiming how much younger we looked while we were soaking. Apparently my DH had lost years ..'Hey, that man was 95 when he came in and look at him now!" (My DH is approaching 50).

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