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Anse la Raye, a fishing village we visited on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours - tour review

Real St. Lucia Island Expo Tour, a Fabulous Day in St. Lucia

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The view of Soufriere and the Pitons from one of the lookout points we stopped at on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours - tour review
The view of Soufriere and the Pitons from one of the lookout points we stopped at on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours


There’s no better way to get a glimpse of the “real” St. Lucia than on an Island Expo Tour with Real St. Lucia Tours. Find out why they are one of the leading tour companies in St. Lucia and why we would recommend their excursions to other travellers as I review our once in a lifetime experience. 


This post was sponsored by Real St. Lucia Tours. However, all reviews and opinions expressed here are my own.


Island Expo Tour Review – Real St. Lucia Tours 


Wednesday morning of our vacation in St. Lucia, my husband and I were free since my parents had offered to babysit our daughter. As a result of our newfound freedom, we ventured out on an Island Expo Tour with Real St. Lucia Tours. 

My hubby and I at the lookout point near Castries. We stopped here on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours
My hubby and I at the lookout point near Castries. We stopped here on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours.


I forgot how much fun it was to spend a day out with my hubby.


We had a fun-packed morning planned. Our guide, Isaac, arrived promptly at our hotel/resort, allowing us plenty of time to enjoy one of the best excursions in St. Lucia. 


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Our day consisted of a driving tour of the island. We stopped to admire the views from several scenic lookout points and visited both Sulpher Springs Park and the Toraille waterfall.  We also visited a Banana Plantation, saw the iconic Pitons and, much to our surprise, had an exclusive tour of two of St. Lucia’s top vacation rental properties, the Saba and Sargas Villas.


My husband and I were looking forward to relaxing and reconnecting.  While we love spending time with our daughter, a break from parenting can be a welcome change every once and awhile. 


The first city we passed through on our tour was Castries. We saw the cruise port, the market, as well as Derek Walcott Square and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. After that, we stopped to see the Governor Generals House and Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, where we learned how the architectural styles on the island reflect its former French and British heritage. 

The Governor Generals house in St. Lucia, one of the stops on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours - tour review
The Governor Generals house in St. Lucia, one of the stops on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours.


Following our time in Castries, we continued south. A scenic lookout point overlooking Marigot Bay was our next destination. We were in awe of its beauty. It was just as James A. Michener, the famous American novelist had described…  “The most beautiful bay in the Caribbean.”

The lookout point overlooking Marigot Bay, one of the stops on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours - tour review
The lookout point overlooking Marigot Bay, one of the stops on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours.


We were eager to see more beautiful sights, so we proceeded to our next stop. A banana plantation. 


We were greeted by a friendly employee and quickly given a perfectly ripe banana and a juicy slice of watermelon. They were spectacular. Our bellies were satisfied and we were ready to hear all about bananas, and their interesting history in St. Lucia.


Our tour guide was so knowledgable. Did you know that St. Lucia cultivated sugarcane until 1964? However, since it could only be harvested once a year, the fields were swapped out for banana trees. Today, bananas are the most bountiful crop on the island!

The banana plantation we visited on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours - tour review
The banana plantation we visited on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours.


Next, we headed off to Anse La Raye.


Earning its name from the rays that are found in the bay, this quiet fishing village comes to life for the Friday night Fish Fry. Once a week, the main street is filled with local fishermen selling and preparing lobsters, fish and lambi (conch) at affordable prices. Apparently, the party can get quite wild and often goes on into the wee hours of the morning. 

Anse la Raye, a fishing village we visited on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours - tour review
Anse la Raye, a fishing village we visited on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours.


While we were there, we paid a visit to the Anse la Raye Roman Catholic Church. This large grey cement church was built in 1907, however, records indicate a chapel has existed since as early as 1762.  


Inside the church, an arched wood-slatted ceiling sheltered a mixture of old and new pews while colourful murals painted by the St Omer family adorned the church’s outer fence. 

The Anse la Raye Catholic Church, a stop on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours - tour review
The Anse la Raye Catholic Church, a stop on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours.


We also had the opportunity to chat with a few locals and stroll along the deserted stretch of beach. 


After that, we hopped back in the car and headed to the scenic lookout point overlooking Canaries. It was here that we got our first glimpse of the majestic Pitons.

The view from the scenic lookout point we stopped at outside of Canaries on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours - tour review
The view from the scenic lookout point we stopped at outside of Canaries on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours.


We could hardly wait to get a closer look, so we continued on our journey towards Soufriere. 


Driving through the rainforest was incredible.  Our guide took us to quench our thirst at a hidden jungle spring. And oh my goodness, it tasted fantastic! The size of the ferns, the height of the bamboo, and the colourful bromeliads were also especially memorable.

The water source in the jungle that we drank from on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours - tour review
The water source in the jungle that we drank from on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours.


I can certainly see myself taking a rainforest hike the next time we visit St. Lucia. 


The next place we stopped was another lookout point. We were right outside of Soufriere and finally got the million-dollar view of the Pitons we had been looking for. 

Me, posing for a stereotypical Pitons photo on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours - tour review
Me, posing for a stereotypical Pitons photo on our Island Expo Tour with Real St Lucia Tours.


However, unlike other places we had visited, this one had several vendors. A few of them seemed to have questionable intentions and while we never had any concrete evidence of any wrongdoing, we suspected some “shady” activity. 


Finally, we ended up in Soufriere. 


The first place we visited was Sulpher Springs Park. Issac was great about telling us where to buy the tickets and then drove us up to the actual sulphur springs. 


Once there, another guide took us on a brief 20-minute tour. We saw the mud baths, learned about the volcano’s history, and watched/heard the steam and bubbling mud. 


Did you know that the stronger the smell of sulphur, the less likely the volcano is to erupt?


Our next stop in Soufriere was the Toraille waterfall. Just a few minutes off the main road, this impressive waterfall runs off a cliff into a shallow pool perfect for a refreshing dip.  

The Toraille Waterfall, a stop on our Island Expo Tour with Real St. Lucia Tours - Tour Review
The Toraille Waterfall, a stop on our Island Expo Tour with Real St. Lucia Tours.


Just when we thought we were headed home, we were surprised to be invited on an exclusive tour of two of St. Lucia’s most coveted Airbnb properties, the Saba and Sargas Villas. 

Isaac outside the Sargas Villa, one of our final stops on our Island Expo Tour with Real St. Lucia Tours - tour review
Isaac outside the Sargas Villa, one of our final stops on our Island Expo Tour with Real St. Lucia Tours.


Wow! Let me tell you, these vacation rentals are spectacular! They have infinity pools, views of the Pitons, a chauffeur, and even a private chef! I would love to stay here with my family. It seems like the perfect place, the owner, Janus Gyan, has thought of everything. 


Finally, our day was complete.  We wound our way north back to the Windjammer Landing. We admired the sights and embraced the beauty of the island along the way. 

One of the Pirates of the Caribbean filming locations we passed on the way home from our Island Expo Tour with Real St. Lucia Tours - tour review
One of the Pirates of the Caribbean filming locations we passed on the way home from our Island Expo Tour with Real St. Lucia Tours.


Thanks to Isaac and his expert driving, our trip was relaxing and enjoyable. We were able to experience the best of St. Lucia and learned a lot of interesting information along the way.  


Real St. Lucia Tours did not disappoint, and I can easily say they are one of the best tour companies on the island. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their services to others! 


Have you taken a tour of St. Lucia with Real St. Lucia Tours or one of the other tour companies on the island, I’d love to hear about your experience. Leave me a comment in the section below!


PS: If you want even more insight into Janus Gyan and Real St. Lucia Tours, check them out on youtube and Facebook.


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