It was never our intention to go to St. Lucia. But when we couldn’t figure out how to get to Dominica from there (economically), we found ourselves in a rather expensive vacation spot. Some of the world’s most luxurious resorts can be found on the island, easily charging $1,000+ per night to guests who have little to no intention of leaving their posh home away from home. Public transport is not easy to navigate and taxis will charge you $70 just to go a couple of miles.
We stayed with a local for 4 nights in Soufriere through AirBnB (+ 1-day road trip around the island), which allowed us to dig deeper into the local culture and ways of life. Though there is quite a bit of poverty (tourism is the island’s main economic force), the people seem to live happily by enjoying even the simple things. By the end of the trip, even I could appreciate “island time.”