With staggering natural wonders, vibrant marine life and mouth-watering Caribbean food, there are all sorts of things to do in St Lucia. So, when you’re not kicking back on its stunning white beaches, fill your St Lucia holiday with some of the best experiences the Caribbean has to offer. Here’s our pick of your top 10 things to do in St Lucia.
Hike Gros Piton
Take a guided hike up Gros Piton, the safest and most commonly climbed of St Lucia’s iconic twin peaks. If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll take a four-hour climb to nearly 3,000 feet above sea level and you’ll be rewarded with unbeatable views across Soufriere, Vieux Fort and other Caribbean islands beyond St Lucia.
Go on a snorkelling excursion
Pack your flippers and head to Anse Mamin, Jalousie Plantation Beach (also known as Sugar Beach) or Anse Chastanet for some of the best snorkelling in St Lucia. The water here is super-clear, and the reefs teem with all sorts of marine life, from octopus and turtles to moray eels, lobsters, puffers and hundreds of fish species. If you’re keen to take a PADI course and experience some of the best scuba diving in St Lucia, check out Scuba St Lucia.
Explore Castries and its vibrant market
Take yourself over to Castries, the capital of St Lucia, to get a taste of local life. See Derek Walcott Square, named after the Nobel Prize-winning author, step inside the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and head to Castries Market. You’ll see a glorious display of local produce, from coconuts and soursop to Dasheene and plantain and there are plenty of opportunities to try local Caribbean food. The craft market is a great place to pick up souvenirs, local cocoa and spices.
Visit the island’s oldest cocoa plantation
Chocolate-lover or not, a visit to the Rabot Estate is a must. Book the Tree-to-Bar tour to explore the plantation and learn about St Lucia’s revered cocoa bean and take their Bean-to-Bar experience to try making some St Lucian chocolate for yourself. At the Boucan restaurant, cacao gazpacho, cacao nib-infused chicken and indulgent desserts like the Rabot Chocolate Lava all feature on its delectable menu.
Enjoy the view at Pigeon Island
Set off early and walk to the lookout point of Pigeon Island National Park, a ‘living museum’ of St Lucia’s military history. Now separated from mainland St Lucia via a causeway, it was once inhabited by the Arawaks and Caribs and was later occupied by the French settler ‘Jambe de Bois’ in the 1500s, Today, you will discover the ruins of Fort Rodney, a strategic fort built by the British in the 18th Century, before taking in jaw-dropping panoramas from the peak.
Go zip-lining through the jungle
If you and your fellow travellers want a taste of adventure, book yourself a ziplining experience at Treetop Adventure Park in Dennery. With various canopy walkways and 12 of what are claimed to be the island’s ‘longest, highest and fastest’ ziplines, it’s one of the top things to do in St Lucia for thrill-seekers. It’s also a fantastic way to explore the indigenous flora and fauna.
Experience the world’s only drive-in volcano
Book a day trip exploring La Soufriere Volcano, one of the few ‘drive-in’ calderas in the world. It’s surrounded by the scenic National Heritage Park and during your visit, you’ll not only see bubbling sulphur springs and steam shooting up from the earth, you can also take a dip in hot mineral pools and cover yourself in ‘healing’ mud at the sulphur springs volcanic mud baths.
Party with the locals
Liven up your Friday night by heading to the ‘Jump Up’ in Gros Islet. This local street party on Bay Street is a key event that many locals look forward to each week and the streets come alive with rum shacks and stalls selling freshly barbecued meat. Go early to enjoy the best St Lucia food, or if you want to join the most serious partygoers, get there after 10pm when the DJs really get going, entertaining the crowds into the early hours.
Take a helicopter ride
If you’re looking for a VIP experience while on holiday in St Lucia, book a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour. St Lucia Helicopters offers various flight routes that offer birds-eye views over the island’s most impressive sights, including Pigeon Island, Soufriere Volcano and hidden rivers and valleys. The company also offers transfers from Hewanorra International Airport.
Eat delicious St Lucian food at Jambe de Bois
Tuck into the best Caribbean food you’ve ever tasted at Jambe de Bois in Pigeon Island National Park. Named after the eponymous Norman pirate, this characterful restaurant is nestled on the waterfront and serves up delicious St Lucia food. Typical dishes include curried lamb, callaloo soup and mouthwatering fish roti. Wash it down with a freshly-chilled Piton beer – in the heat of the Caribbean sun, it’ll be just what the doctor ordered.
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