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“Visiting Anse La Raye”
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Anse La Raye
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Soufriere Full-Day Land and Sea Combo Tour
Ranked #89 of 178 things to do in St. Lucia
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Owner description: A quaint fishing village that is picture-perfect with fishing nets hanging to dry and brightly-colored boats bobbing in the harbor.
Reviewed January 24, 2013

The government has restricted development in the village of Anse La Raye and as a result this wonderful village has maintained its fishing village roots and look. The town may appear a little rough and to some this may be true for you, but it has a raw beauty free of any chain stores.

Walking along the water we saw numerous examples of the colorful, tradition fishing boats called canots. A special treat was our speaking with a local boat builder in the midst of repairing, with rudimentary tools and great skill, a canot in need of of new ribs and sideboards.

Another treat was to see fisherman returning with their mornings catch. We found the fisherman all over the island to be very friendly. In Anse La Raye, the fisherman seeing our taking pictures stopped their work and laid out and politely explained each fish to us.

Cold beers and local foods are very cheap and tasty in the village with the added bonus of only costing a small fraction on what one might expect to pay at a hotel.

Anse La Raye has a special festival each Friday night where tourist can join locals in a Fish Fry. If you have a rental car or access to a ride while in Saint Lucia and like to connect off the beaten path with locals in the villages they live we highly recommend a trip to Anse La Raye.

The village is safe and locals appreciate local tourist business.

For more information please feel free to read my Blog regarding our recent trip to Saint Lucia at: http://billhaus.blogspot.com/2013/01/visiting-spectacular-saint-lucia.html.

5  Thank William H
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

We stopped here on the way to see Soufriere, as we entered the village it didn't seem much at all but we pulled up in a street next to the beach to discover a street of vendors selling the normal tourist tat. After browsing for a while my son had a go on some steel drums which caused amusment for everyone in earshot ! I wandered away from the shopping further into the village to discover that the villagers were very poor with some living in terrible conditions. Back on the beach it was very pretty with some fishermen repairing nets and preparing to go out fishing. Again like many things in St Lucia away from the resorts the village seems to rely on the regular tourist buses stopping to make a living. I don't think they would survive without this trade.

1  Thank wellyelly
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I had a very good experience at the Anse La Raye fish fry. There were at least 4 vendors there selling food but our taxi driver told us the one to go to for the best food. She had all sorts of things to choose from - octopus, turtle, conch, steamed snapper, fried snapper, grilled shrimp, crawfish and oysters. There were also huge lobsters available but I don't know the price. I had steamed snapper and grilled shrimp, my husband had fried snapper and grilled shrimp - we both had rice, macaroni salad, green fig salad and plantains on our plate. We placed our order, sat at a table that was set up in the street and she brought the plate to us within 5 minutes. It was delicious and our total was $28 US. There were mostly tourists sitting down eating, the locals were standing around nibbling here and there. There was some music playing from speakers. Other than the food vendors there was not a lot else going on, but we didn't expect much else. Our driver told us this was the place to go to get good fresh seafood, nothing more and nothing less so our expectations were met.

1  Thank Ifixkids
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

The Anse La-Raye Seafood Friday was the WORST excursion I've been on in all my years of travel. The neighborhood did not feel safe and there were stray dogs walking all around. One even had the mange! We also saw somebody drop corn off the grill onto the street and put it back on the grill!!!! Yuk is all I can say!

Thank April P
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

Don't expect anything but nicely cooked seafood. Go there and eat, people watch for a little while and then go back to your hotel.

1  Thank Andrew B
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