If you are in St Lucia in July this is A MUST. And I am not even kidding! You have to go to Saint Lucia Carnival!
St Lucian, as most of the Caribbean Island, live for Carnival and it is a huge celebration here! It is such a big deal that to Jump it cost on average 1000-1200 USD. Now you are probably wondering what Jump means? Well, Jump is you being part of a band (=a group) where everyone is dressed in the same/almost the same outfit, and you get access to all the party, all the F&B and such during the 2 days of the Carnival.
So, for us, the idea of paying 1000USD per person for 2 days was a no. And until the day, we did not know what to expect so we “took the risk” of maybe no attending the Carnival. Now being in St Lucia for over 6 months at the time, we knew how this would work. And basically, if you still want to get the feeling of the Carnival, and being on the side to watch them & still enjoy, you can! This is what we did, and we don’t regret it!!
Now another thing that you can do is J’ouvert. J’ouvert is basically the opening of the Saint Lucia Carnival, starts on a Monday at (sit down for that) 3:30 am. Yes, that’s the time it starts. Well, actually that’s the time you meet then it starts around 4-4:30 am (still early HA) This is way more cost effective for a first time I think we pay around 70EC which is about 25USD and it is AMAZING! The only thing to do that is that you need to found out the band that does it and here, most if not all the info is a word of mouth!
This year we did it with the Mudster Crew – their facebook page is here – so you can check them out if you want to do it next year. If not, the best way will be to ask around 😊
Below is a photo roundup of this year J’ouvert & Saint Lucia Carnival
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