You don’t want to be on “the list!”
Yesterday, I posted that many cruisers opt to spend Christmas in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, or at least they did last year. There are two reasons why it’s unlikely that we’ll be there for the holidays. The first is that the island of St. Lucia is quite far from Trinidad and I don’t think we’ll be too motivated to make that big of a run right after leaving here. The second is that, in spite of the fun times that we have had there, the island has recently worked itself onto the top of our “shit list,” or at least certain parts of it have.
Long-time followers, or those who have started reading from the beginning, might remember the incident I wrote about that occurred the first time we visited Vieux Fort in St. Lucia. And perhaps you might also remember the warning we received from the police the second time we visited Vieux Fort. Old news? Hardly! Our friend JUST had his boat broken into and robbed while he was in Vieux Fort. Decidedly not cool! Check out his video below.
Now, just so that you don’t think that the security problems are isolated only to Vieux Fort, you might want to recall the fact that someone attempted to steal our dinghy when we were in Rodney Bay! Also, not cool.
Now these are concrete, factual examples, and there are others, but of a less objective nature, we have found that quite a number of the people that we have interacted with in St. Lucia have a bit of an “edge” to them, certainly more so than on other islands. Like most people, I really dislike feeling as if people talking with me have an ulterior motive, nor do I appreciate being hassled. I don’t wish to paint the entire island with the same brush but this is an observation that has been shared by a number of our friends.
Some years ago the island of Dominica had acquired a bit of a bad reputation and many cruisers avoided stopping there. Since that time they have really cleaned up their act and now it’s a very safe place to stop, Portsmouth especially where the boat boys conduct nightly security patrols in the anchorage. Luperon in the DR also got a lot of bad press and cruisers began avoiding that place as well. Although we had a pleasant enough time in Luperon, from what I have read, I don’t think those in charge have yet to figure out a solution to their (government) problems. Unless some steps are taken, I fear that St. Lucia may be heading down the same path and experience a downturn in cruisers traffic similar to these other spots. Or perhaps not, what do I know? The only thing I’m certain of is that, with so many great places to visit and so little time to spend at them, we can afford to be choosy about the islands we travel to and where we spend our money. As such, St. Lucia might just get a pass this season.
No island has a monopoly on beautiful beaches. It would pay those in St. Lucia to remember that.