Saturday 19 September, 2020

Jeneque Pinnock’s top six St Lucian experiences! 

Pinnock soaking up the sun and sand at a beach in Soufriére. (Photos: Contributed)

Pinnock soaking up the sun and sand at a beach in Soufriére. (Photos: Contributed)

When she’s not weekending in the Twin Island Republic, Miami or The Big Apple Miss Jamaica World 2017 second princess Jeneque Pinnock is adjusting to life “up north” in Rodney Bay, St Lucia. The Rock-born social media manager by day and full-time tourist takes Loop Lifestyle on a short trip of her home away from home. 

Since being drafted in St Lucia, Pinnock started researching and visiting hotspots around the island at leisure. Perhaps one of her most cherished experiences was chasing waterfalls in Soufrière, but she thinks of St Lucia as “one of my favourite places".

loopnewsbarbados Jeneque Pinnock’s must-do St Lucian experiences! 

With the help of friends, she’s been able to list her top spots that have also given her some of her top-ranked Instagram posts. The renowned volcanic retreat was listed as the “perfect Caribbean island” by The Telegraph. And, in a similar article, St Lucia was named the #1 country with the most Nobel prize winners per capita — reason enough to fall in love with the charming little island. This is St Lucia as told by Jeneque...

Hike Gros Piton

The Pitons are a great island fixture and perhaps what St Lucia is best known for internationally, so hiking the larger of the twin mountains is a must-do!

Sulphur Springs

Touted as the "world's only drive-in volcano"; Sulphur Springs and a nearby volcano is located towards the southwestern side of the island, near Soufrière. The spring is said to have medicinal properties as well, so who wouldn’t want a natural spa experience? 

Rodney Bay nightlife 

Enjoy the nightlife circuit in Rodney Bay at either Ultra, Verve, or Coconutz – all are adjacent to each other in Gros Islet. Imagine having all the best spots pumping your favourite Dancehall, Reggae, Soca and Hip-Hop songs. Then, throw in drinks, food, vibes and people. This whole area and vibe give new meaning to club hopping! 

Check out the Gros Islet Street scene

Listen! This is where you’ll see your best friends, your neighbour, your boss, and perhaps the Prime Minister of St Lucia (like I did) all partying in one place. It’s a favourite for locals and tourists alike. On Friday nights, this is where everyone comes together. The varying streets of the Gros Islet community come together like clockwork. Drinks, music and Lucian street food against the backdrop of the brightly coloured homes and shopfronts. Even the shoreline is a foot away. It’s a Caribbean dream. 

The beach? 

Head to the beach ... duh! According to a few locals, the best beaches are Sugar Beach in Soufrière (a white sand beach); the Ramp in Rodney Bay; Pigeon Island; and Rudy John beach in Laborie. The beauty of St Lucia is that most beaches are free to enter and open to the public... you can drive or walk up and enjoy! 

Anse La Raye Fish Friday

A very grassroots attraction that is often suggested by locals is the Anse La Raye Fish Friday. I haven’t visited yet, but it comes highly recommended I’m sure I’ll check in soon. This community affair takes place in the Anse La Raye Quarter, a fishing community off the west coast and on the way to Soufrière. On a Friday night, there is a fish fry where the local fishermen showcase their skills and where lobsters, fish and lambi (conch) are cooked and eaten. The fish fry is located on Front Street which runs parallel to the beach.

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