The Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is well known for its fantastic visitor attractions and appeals to anyone who enjoys getting out and about. I was intrigued to hear about the latest excursion that’s received rave reviews – a Segway experience! I had been curious what these 2 wheeler eco-friendly machines were all about but I felt a bit apprehensive when the guide asked if I wanted knee pads and elbow pads. Feeling brave, I said no thanks… and it was fine, I never fell off. It really is easy once you get over the weird fact that it’s all about your posture and balance as the speed and direction of the segway is based on how much you lean over – there’s no proper skill required.
We were given a quick induction on the practice track then we were off (beginners somewhat jittery!) on a guided trail. I never quite got the hang of parking properly but on the whole, I found it a simple and effortless way to explore some of the island’s best natural beauty. We enjoyed a fab vista of Reduit Beach which is one of the island’s finest and picturesque beaches. We recognised the Royal St Lucia Hotel and beyond that, The Landings and Sandals Grande Resort. At the far end, we found historic Pigeon Island (once a lookout point for the military, remnants remain of forts and bunkers. Nowadays it’s the setting for the popular Jazz & Arts Festival held every May.) My favourite view was when we reached Morne Pimant, where we looked down across lush tropical hills towards a small village, a secluded beach, and a glimpse of St Lucia’s highest mountain, Mount Gimie. Along the way, the guides gave us an insight into local flora and fauna, including an introduction into what could be the next ‘super food’ – a local fruit that cures many ailments!
If you’re staying in the vicinity of Rodney Bay (at hotels like Bay Gardens Beach Resort, The Landings, Sandals Grande Resort & Spa) this is a convenient way to experience some of St Lucia at a steady pace. For those ready to step things up, I recommend one of the island’s zip lining adventures. You’ll find a range of options for thrill-seekers to zip through the extensive rainforest.
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Joanne Ellis is a product manager for the Caribbean and has been fortunate to visit Saint Lucia three times. Each visit has been completely different as the island has such a variety of places to stay and activities to do. Her top tip is to sample lunch at Hotel Chocolat’s Boucan restaurant for a sublime view and food!