Wednesday, September 10, 2014

St. Lucia Part 1

Thanks to my hubby's hard work and dedication to his job, he earned another amazing trip for our family. We chose St. Lucia this time. We took my parents with us which made for an even better vacation. It was definitely a week in paradise and by far the most beautiful island we've been to in the Caribbean.

Luke took his job of packing his clothes very seriously.

On the shuttle bus headed to the airport. Grandma and Grandpa were a big hit from the beginning!

Breakfast at the airport while waiting for our flight.

Look at those happy smiles!

The seating arrangements for all the legs of our flights required lots of planning. Everyone had to have their turn sitting with Grandma and Grandpa AND by the window.

Jim got the solo seat on this leg.

The electronic devices were a lifesaver. We had a three hour flight to Miami then a 3.5 hour flight from Miami to St. Lucia.

We had to spend the night in Miami and decided to rent a car and head down to South Beach for dinner. It happened to be a Saturday night so it made for some interesting people-watching. And quite honestly I wanted to cover my kid's eyes to shield them from what was around. Especially Jacob, he did a couple of double takes! Ha!

Sarah sure loves her Grandpa!

Ice cream treats!

After dinner we took a stroll along the beach.

Watching a cruise ship sail out to sea.

Love this picture.

Gotta love the palm trees.

The next morning leaving the Miami airport- St. Lucia bound!!

Once we arrived in St. Lucia, we had an 1.5 hour bus ride to our resort. We literally went from the south end of the island to the north end but we got to see so much of the island that way. But we sure were happy once we arrived at our resort, The Landings. This is the marina view from our balcony.

They upgraded us to a three bedroom suite and we had an amazing condo. This was just a part of the balcony.

And this is the other half.

The kids couldn't wait to get their feet in the hot tub.

One of the bedrooms.

Living room.

Full kitchen.

The third bedroom where the boys slept.

Dining room.

Another view of the kitchen and laundry room.

Our bedroom.

Spacious bathroom

We had two balconies- this was the other view of the ocean.

Could look at that view all day.

They had rum punch waiting for us once we arrived. One for adults and one for kids. :)

Before dinner, we took some time to check it all out. Crystal clear water!

The kids were just dying to get in, why not right? Clothes and all. No one was around and they were headed for the bath once we got back to the room anyway! Ha!

And then on the way back to the room, we found one of the pools and they took a little swim there too.

After baths and ready for the welcome dinner.

Edward Jones always provides a welcome dinner the first night, complete with dinner, drinks and entertainment right on the beach.

They loved the sand!

Sweet parents!

They couldn't help themselves!

The next morning we headed down to breakfast while Jim had a brief business meeting.

And then right down to the beach after breakfast.

Sporting their matching "just chillin" shirts!

We had the perfect swimming area. For the kid's sake I was thankful we weren't on the side of the island with all the waves. The kids could swim in the ocean just like they do in a pool. Perfect!

This little boat guy came by the resort everyday selling fresh fruit and veggies. I was a little skeptical at first but we decided to give him a try. For $20 he gave you a ton of fresh coconut, mango, papaya, tomatoes etc. He would cut open the coconut and let you drink the water from it and come back later and slice it up for you. I think we were his best customers since we bought from him almost daily!

Later that night we took a cab into the nearby town and had dinner at Spinnakers.

The locals sure like to sell you their products. A straw hat was this guy's business.

Drinks for all.

Later that night once the kids were asleep we decided to take a dip in the hot tub.

1 comment:

  1. What a great recap of the first part of y'all's amazing trip. You got such good pics! And wow the hotel looks amazing!