Our trip to St. Lucia was sparked by an impulse Groupon buy for Smuggler's Cove Resort in the Northern part of the island. Needless to say, we bought the trip and redeemed Delta miles for two round trip tickets and booked a car through Hertz -- this is where the trip got interesting.Arriving on the island was a breeze. We were picked up from Hertz and set up with our rental car. From there, we were set loose on the island on the island! It was a great experience but not for the adventure adverse. Driving the length of the island took about 3 hours and was filled with wrong turns, rain, sun, and beautiful mountains and scenery. Although renting a car isn't for everyone, it allowed us to explore the island more than others. We stayed at the resort for the week and explored Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island. Both are sites to see and have amazing sunsets and lively island life.After our stay at the resort, we drove South on the West side of the island back to the airport. Driving through Castries is an experience with cruise ship traffic and great outdoor markets. But our sights were set on the Pitons.Driving allowed us to take our time and explore the areas around the Pitons and even stop by the natural sulfur springs around the Soufrière area. The Pitons are amazing and really beautiful. The drive was tricky without a travel guide and a sporadic GPS signal. That said, we stopped to see the waterfall in Diamond Botanical Gardens and found a few nature walks along the drive to catch a better glimpse and photo ops of the mountains.All in all, the trip was great but driving, as a driver or passenger, is not for the faint of heart. Make sure to allow ample time to drive from one end of the island to the other (plus some).