I am very excited to have now booked a visit to St Lucia next March / April. I shall be travelling with my husband and my 2 year old son. We are staying in the Fond Doux Plantation as it seemed reasonably priced, located and we loved the idea of being in such tranquil settings.
We now need some help with planning the best use of our time there! We have been very lucky to travel a lot of the world (mostly before our son arrived) and have trekked through jungles, scuba dived the best sights in the world, spent time with local tribes people in remote locations and generally love getting immersed in the culture of where ever we visit. Staying in an international 5* AI resort is not idea of fun.
From what I have seen on here so far we have the plantation tour and the Tet Paul trail on our doorstep. Plus the Pitons, volcano / mud baths, Diamond gardens & falls seem to be great places to visit as well as some trips to beautiful beaches, snorkling, visiting Soufriere and trying out some of the local restaurants etc.
Looking at the location it seems walking is not much of an option. Fond Doux offer free shuttles to Sugar Beach so we can visit there easily enought but I'm not sure on the best way to do the rest.
So my questions are:
1) Are we best of hiring a vehicle or is much of what we want to see best with a driver or taxi's? We need to factor in the need for a child seat - we can bring our own but what do we do with it in between uses if we go for taxi's?
2) Does anyone have any recommendations of where else we could visit to experience the real St Lucia. Our son is pretty well travelled and loves nature, water etc and we'll have our walking back-pack with us so we can do quite a lot including him but we do need to be concious of child friendly adventures - for example I guess a hike up the Pitons is out of the question?
3) Are the restaurants child friendly? Will we be frowned upon if we take him along to dinner? (We obviously would not subject anyone to any crying or tantrums etc and would take him out if that happened)?
Any other tips would be greatly appreciated :)