Crowned by the towering twin volcanic peaks of the Pitons, St Lucia is the beauty queen of the Caribbean. Crescent shaped beaches, small fishing villages, rainforests, reefs, waterfalls, geothermal attractions, and lush mountains are just some of St. Lucia’s many attractions. Castries, the island’s capital and cruise ship port, offers a colorful slice of St. Lucian life at its lively market, as well as some fascinating historic landmarks. At Morne Fortune and Pigeon Island National Park, visitors can learn about the history of the island’s many battles between the French and English, who fought savagely for its possession.
Adventure seekers will find plenty to do on St. Lucia. Zip lining on a working plantation, climbing the Pitons, hiking the many marked nature trails, horseback riding, sightseeing cruises, and exploring the island’s active volcano are popular island activities. Diving is excellent on the west side of St Lucia with a rich diversity of corals, sponges and reef fish. After all the action, visitors can relax under rustling palms on St. Lucia’s golden sands or soak in the island’s healing hot springs.
Locals/Travel Recommended Destinations
Anse Mamin is a small black sand beach in Saint Lucia. It is located near Anse Chastanet and the two beaches are linked by a rocky path below the cliffs. This dreamy enclave of golden sand edges a gently curved cove that’s about a 10-minute walk north of Anse Chastanet, or about 30 minutes from town.
Church of the Assumption
An imposing Catholic Church looming over the Soufrière town square. Stunning building in the heart of town. Gorgeous architecture, beautiful stain glass windows. This is a must see if you are in town. Beautiful singing at Sunday mass in this historic church.
Morne Coubaril Estate
Overlooking Soufriere Bay, Morne Coubaril Estate is a popular stop on the tourist circuit. The estate is an elegant working plantation growing cocoa, coconuts, and manioc. Ziplining in view of the Pitons is the most adventurous activity on offer, but guests can also enjoy guided tours of the plantation, its tropical gardens, and a replica of a traditional village. Guides demonstrate the processing of coconut for food products and show how sugar cane syrup, cocoa, coffee, and manioc are produced. After the tour, guests can enjoy Creole food at the plantation’s restaurant.
St. Lucia Rain Forest
An excellent excursion for nature lovers! St. Lucia possesses a topography and ecology of stunning beauty, matched by no other location in the Caribbean. Take a short walk along a forest trail to the heart of the lush green forest to experience the tropical flora and fauna up close! A short scenic drive to the lush green forest allows you to enjoy the warmth and quaintness that sums up St. Lucia. You’ll be met by an expert forestry guide who will lead you on an awe inspiring nature walk. You’ll explore massive gommier trees and blue mahaut trees, various species of lichen as they intricately wind their way up large tree trunks, wild anthurim lilies, wild nutmeg and the seemingly endless species of flora and fauna. Savor the privilege of sharing a habitat with endemic birds like the Mangrove Cuckoo and the Black Finch as you stroll through their enchanting and natural sanctuary. There is the chance of seeing or hearing the cry of the elusive “St. Lucian Parrot” and experiencing the thrill of viewing a Boa Constrictor lying in cool indifference on a tree trunk
Things to Do
Gros Islet Street Party
It lies north of Castries, the capital of Saint Lucia, and features the Friday Night Street Party which is its major tourist attraction. Also known as the jump-up, the Friday Night Street Party encompasses several blocks, which have to be informally cordoned off with the stalls of street vendors. Steamed fish, barbecue chicken and St. Lucia’s own Piton beer can be purchased from these vendors. Music can be heard through the old fishing village, and locals and tourist both dance in a central cross section in the small streets to the sounds of calypso, zouk, reggae and R&B.
The Pitons are two volcanic plugs in a World Heritage Site in St. Lucia, linked by the Piton Mitan ridge. The two Piton Mountains are the most photographed landmark on the island. The larger of these two volcanic plugs is called the Gros Piton, while the other is the Petit Piton.The Pitons are a famous tourist attractions for hikers and mountain climbers in St. Lucia. These mountains are located near the towns of Soufrière and Choiseul on the southwestern coast of St. Lucia. Located at the top of the Piton Mitan Ridge is the Ladera Hotel which offers a view over Piton bay.
Soufriere Volcano in St. Lucia is considered as the only “drive-in” volcano in the world! It is locally known as the Sulphur Springs. Now a major tourist attraction in St. Lucia, the road runs right up to and through the crater of the volcano, which emits steam and sulfur with boiling mud and water bubbling away just a few meters from the tourists. Be prepared for the smell of rotten eggs!
Diamond Botanical Gardens
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, a six-acre multi-award winning tourism site, is an attractive, alluring and peaceful retreat from the outside world. Enjoy the beauty and sultry warmth of the tropics whilst walking through lush fertile vegetation and marveling at the diverse range of tropical flowers and plant life. You have just stepped into a world with a breathtaking waterfall, hot mineral springs fill the historical baths with age old medicinal waters and flora and fauna abounds.
The Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens is both a historic and a naturally beautiful site. A haven for birds and insects, which gives one a true nature experience not to be duplicated anywhere within the Caribbean
Location: About 477 miles (767 Km) South East of Puerto Rico Lat Long: 13°53′N 60°58′W
Official Language: English
Size (Area): 617 sq. km. (238 sq mi)
Population: 185,000 (2015)
Head of the Country: Prime Minister
System of Law: English Common Law
Electricity: 220/110 volts, 60Hz. Most hotels have both non-American and standard plugs
Things to know:
– Time Zone – EST (UTC – 5:00)
– Currency – East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
– USD accepted – $2.70 XCD = $1 USD
PLAN A VISIT
Hewanorra International Airport (Code:UVF)
– American Airlines
– Jet Blue
– Air Canada
– Virgin Atlantic
– British Airways
Travel Time from major cities:
– Miami: 3hrs 38 min
– New York: 4hrs 51 mins
– London : 10hrs 10mins
– Montreal: 5hrs 35 mins
Places to Stay:
– St. James Club, Morgan Bay
– Bel Jou Hotel
Weather: Fair, Sunny
Popular Event(s): Gros Islet Street Party
Best Time To Visit: November thru May
Key Feature(s): Tropical Weather
Things to know: Sulphur Springs