Tucked away in the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, St. Lucia’s intoxicating natural beauty is nearly unmatched in the Caribbean.
Cruise ships dock about a mile from Castries, St. Lucia‘s capital. All of St. Lucia‘s beaches are open to the public, even the ones in front of private hotels and resorts. Here, you’ll find a short list of things to do and places to visit on this beautiful island.
Piton Peaks Majesty:
St. Lucia is renowned for its iconic twin volcanic peaks, the Pitons, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site. These majestic peaks, Gros Piton, and Petit Piton, rise dramatically from the Caribbean Sea, providing a breathtaking backdrop for the island. Gross Piton (798m) & Petit Piton (743m)
Visit a Drive-In Volcano:
Sulphur Springs, located in the southwestern part of the island, is the only “drive-in” volcano in the world. Visitors can take a guided tour to witness the bubbling mud baths and hot springs, known for their therapeutic properties.
Morne Coubaril Historical Adventure Park:
History buffs will enjoy Morne Coubaril, a historic estate turned adventure park. Explore a working plantation, witness a traditional cassava-making process, and take part in thrilling activities like zip-lining and horseback riding.
Sulphur Springs Park and Botanical Gardens:
St. Lucia boasts the enchanting Diamond Botanical Gardens, where visitors can stroll amidst a vibrant array of tropical flowers and trees. The adjacent Sulphur Springs Park offers geothermal wonders and a chance to soak in mineral-rich mud baths.
Spectacular Snorkeling at Anse Chastanet:
For underwater enthusiasts, Anse Chastanet is a must-visit beach with pristine coral reefs. Snorkelers and divers can explore the vibrant marine life, including colorful corals and a variety of tropical fish.
Explore Soufrière by Boat:
Take a boat tour around Soufrière for a unique perspective of the Pitons and the coastline. Many tours offer snorkeling stops and provide insight into the island’s history.
Hike to the Summit of Gros Piton:
If you’re up for an adventure, consider hiking Gros Piton. The rewarding panoramic views from the summit make it one of the most memorable experiences on the island.
Experience Friday Night Street Party in Gros Islet:
For a taste of local culture, head to Gros Islet on a Friday night. The weekly street party features vibrant music, delicious street food, and a lively atmosphere.
Visit Pigeon Island National Park:
History and nature blend seamlessly at Pigeon Island. Explore ruins, hike to the highest point for stunning views, and relax on picturesque beaches.
Indulge in Creole Cuisine:
Sample the island’s rich culinary heritage by trying local Creole dishes. From fresh seafood to traditional stews, St. Lucian cuisine is a delightful blend of flavors reflecting the island’s diverse influences.
Most of the attractions including the world’s only drive-through volcano, bubbling sulfur springs, and plunging waterfalls are known to reduce stress and alleviate certain skin ailments. The Caribbean‘s mineral-rich waters have healing effects, and when you combine that with the island’s unspoiled bounty you’re in for an unforgettable experience.
With a secluded feel and breathtaking beauty St. Lucia is utopia for eco-tourists. The Pitons World Heritage site towers over a verdant rolling landscape, rising out of the azure sea and dominate the skyline as if standing guard over the islands natural splendors.
English is the official language of St. Lucia but French is widely spoken by locals too. The official currency is the East Caribbean dollar, but US dollars are gladly accepted. Look for great deals on fine jewelry, watches, perfumes, crystals, rum, and local crafts.