Ti Kaye/St Lucia questions

Old Sep 11th, 2009, 10:19 AM
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Ti Kaye/St Lucia questions

My wife and I are looking at booking a trip to Ti Kaye but have several questions before taking the plunge:

1) The only place I have been in the Caribbean is Aruba (stayed at the Bucuti). One of the things that I liked was the color of the water and sand. I have heard that St Lucia doesn't have the brilliant blue water of Aruba, but is it close? is the beach nice at the Ti Kaye?

2) How secluded is the resort. Is it easy to go into town for dinner if we want? How long of a cab ride is it?

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Old Sep 11th, 2009, 03:38 PM
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We have been to Aruba and St. Lucia. Comparing them are like comparing apples to oranges. St. Lucia is lush, green, with mountains, full of flora and fauna, and plantations. Everything is spread out and the roads are winding/twisting. It will feel more like a Caribbean Island as Aruba feels more Americanized. The water is a deep blue and the sand a coarse brown. There are even some black sand beaches. We found the water clarity too dark for good snorkeling.

If you're wanting something more like Aruba, I would check out Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos or St. John, USVI. However, St. Lucia is gorgeus and I would recmmend giving it a try if your wanting to experience something beautiful and different.

Soory, not familiar with Ti Kaye.
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Ti Kaye is very isolated, and I would guess it's at least a 30minute drive to the nearest town. Not practical if you plan to eat outside the resort.

Further, I think you're going to be very disappointed with the water in St. Lucia. It's beautiful, but it's nowhere close to what you experienced in Aruba. Quite the opposite. The sand on St. Lucia is golden brown to black depending on the beach. I don't know about Ti Kaye's.

It's a lovely resort, but it might just not be for you. St. Lucia is a volcanic island and quite unlike Aruba in topography. It's lush and mountainous and just doesn't have that color water.

You want Anguilla, not St. Lucia.
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Old Sep 15th, 2009, 08:10 AM
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Thank you. I appreciate the info. The island and the resort both look lovely...
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Even with a car, the driveway to Ti Kaye is treacherous (we drove it last year and it took us at least 30 minutes because of all of the pot holes); unless it was repaved since last October, it would be very difficult to get into the nearby town.

Unlike Aruba, where it's fairly easy to get between all of the resorts via the long beach, the resorts around Soufriere have broken beach paths in the sense that unless you swim around the cliffs or have a boat, you probably won't be able to get between one resort or beach and another. I have no idea what Rodney Bay is like, as the traffic in Castries was too stressful for us to bother driving further north.

The water is clear, but not Aruba clear (at least not during the rainy season). Snorkeling one can see up to 120feet; we went on 6 dives last year, and will be taking 10 this year (including 2 night dives). While not as clear as in many places, we had no problem snorkeling, even during the rainy season. It all depends on what you expect; my guess is that the water would be a lot clearer in December, but we had no issues whatsoever.

The sand is not black on most of the island, at least not the sand I saw (at Vieux Fort, Soufriere--including Ti Kaye). It's not pure white, more of a beige, but I didn't really see the black volcanic sand I had read about.

We were interested in being close to nature (Pitons, dive sites, rainforest) and a small town with good food that didn't require a car (although we plan to rent a car at least one day). Taxis are expensive in St. Lucia, and we're actually debating whether to attempt a blow-out anniversary dinner at one of the resorts, or simply enjoy the local food we fell in love with last year (we are not all-inclusive types of travellers, as you may have guessed).
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caralein, here's a pic of a black sand beach on St. Lucia. One of the tours we took, we went there for swimming. The water was quite rough and only the guys in our group dared to get into the ocean.

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I was just in St. Lucia (my 4th trip) on an inspection tour (I am a travel agent)

We did viist Ti Kaye and it is beautiful, small, romantic but very isolated down a potholed road (all roads are like that though). It is sit up high on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean with a nice pool and spa. The beach is down many, many steps and is the normal OK sand beach with great snorkeling.

You don't go to St. Lucia for white talcum pawder sand as it is a volcanic island not a coral island. It is very mountainous and lush, like Tahiti. It does have nice beaches and the water is very pretty but not like it is around the coral flat island like Aruba. St. Lucia is also not americanized like many island as is Aruba.

If you want to come to St. Lucia I would recommnd a more main stream area.

non-all inclusive recommendations in the north near Castries or Rodney Bay:

The Landings (expensive)
Coco Kreal or Coco Palm (budget)recommended by me
Bay Gardens
Villa Beach cottages (very charming, just darling)budget friendly
Cap Maison (expensive)
Calabash Cove (expesnive but worth it beautiful)


Rex St. Lucia
Royal St. Lucia
Sandals Grande


Rex St. Luia
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ANse La Raye is about 10 minutes from TiKaye, so you can go to fish night there on Friday night. Marigot Bay is about 20 minutes from Ti Kaye and there are several good restaurants there. Our favorite is Rainforest Hideaway. I'd rent a car if I were you. The road from the main road to Ti Kaye is bad (on second thought, maybe you should get a jeep instead of a car) but the main road is fine.
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