The best things to do in Saint Lucia
Geothermal activity, spectacular mountain views, dense tropical forests, volcanic sand beaches and multicolored coral reefs allure travelers to the island of Saint Lucia, located in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea, all over the world. ‘year. Hundreds of different bird species, diverse marine life – sea turtles, dolphins, whales – and other curious wildlife like bats, wild pigs, possums, snakes, lizards and l guinea pig-like agouti all call this lush wonderland.
From tour guides and hotel staff to taxi drivers and street vendors, everyone will tell you how the island changed hands between the British and the French seven times before the British did. took full control in 1814. Saint Lucia claimed independence in 1979., and the late black Africans, who were enslaved during British rule, form the majority of the island’s population today. . While most of the locals speak English, a majority speak French Creole. You will find that the music, food and languages reflect the diverse cultures of this island.
Read on to learn more about Saint Lucia, the only country in the world named after a true historical woman, as well as what to do, see and eat here.
Shop at Castries market
Right across from the harbor in downtown Castries, the island’s capital and popular port town, you will find a lively market where you can buy local produce. Buy spicy sauces and dips; handmade art, textiles and household items; tropical fruits and vegetables, presented in rows; and cool coconut drinks.
Get muddy at Sulfur Springs
Lather in gray and black mud and soak in warm mineral-rich, spring-fed thermal waters at Sulfur Springs in Soufrière, the original French capital. Fueled by the boiling mud springs that can be seen just up the road in the “drive-in volcano”, a collapsed crater with crusts of lava, this is a mud bath not to be missed.
Gros Piton hike
Intrepid travelers will love walking to the summit of Gros Piton on a guided adventure that begins near the village of Soufrière, at the city interpretation center of Fond Gens, on the southwest coast of the island.
While the centrally located Mount Gimie at 3,117 feet is actually the tallest mountain on the island, it’s the pair of Pitons that are the most iconic, with the views everyone drooling over. photos on Instagram and others.
The 3.2-mile round-trip hike will take you a significant portion of the day to reach the peak at 2,619 feet above sea level, but the views of this World Heritage Site will be well worth it. These volcanic plugs are Saint Lucia’s most recognizable landmarks and they are worth seeing from all angles.
Learn the history of the island at the Pigeon Island National Monument and Museum
You will find 44 acres Pigeon island, which today is a peninsula surrounded by the sea on three sides, at the northern tip of Saint Lucia. Listed as a historic monument, this area has a number of old military buildings and ramparts, a museum and interpretation center, a few white sand beaches, a viewpoint and a walking path leading to Fort Rodney. Snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, and offshore diving are other popular activities on Pigeon Island.
Smell the vegetation at Diamond Botanical Gardens
In the historic French town of Soufrière is the island’s most exquisite six-acre garden of flowers and plants: Diamond Botanical Gardens. Hire a guide to gain in-depth knowledge of the island’s tropical foods, marvel at the towering Diamond Waterfall (swimming is not permitted), and take a dip in the mineral waters.
Walk the trails of the Tet Paul Nature Trail
For a grandiose view of the Gros and Petit Pitons, visit the Tet Paul Natural Park. You will be able to walk on an easy natural path, with viewpoints along the way, and take as many photos as you want. This natural park is ideal for multigenerational families.
Live the food festivals
The island on weekend evenings, between Soufrière and Castries, turns into a lively party scene flowing Piton beer and local rum. Visit the Gros Islet Street Party on the north end of the island, the Anse Le Ray Fish Fry further on the west coast, or the Dennery Fish Fry on the east coast. Locals and tourists alike come together to eat, dance and listen to live music during these weekly street “jump-ups”. It’s a great way to learn about the island’s culture and sample a variety of dishes.
The island has a number of popular festivals throughout the year, such as the annual Saint Lucia Food and Rum Festival, where you can sample different dishes and finger foods.
- You will surely taste bananas in a way you have never tasted before: St. Lucia cultivates 127 different varieties.
- Don’t leave the island without trying the iconic dish of salted fish and green figs, where dried and salted cod is soaked overnight, boiled, crusted and served with sautéed vegetables and spices as well as unripe bananas. boiled, known locally as “green figs”. .
- Keep an eye out for the chocolate: Cocoa pods grow all over the island.
Marigot Bay Photography
Five miles south of the island’s capital on the west coast is Marigot Bay, a pretty natural, protected and sheltered harbor, where you can have a drink on the beach or take a stroll along the promenade. Treat yourself to a day of sailing adventure and stop here for a bit of relaxation, swimming and exploring.
Rest your head
Designed by Barbadian architect Ian Morrison, the Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, located on the northwest coast of the island in Labrelotte Bay, feels like a southern European village, with its matching white villas topped with red tiled roofs dotted along the seafront. hill. With the Sapphire Caribbean Sea as a focal point, brick paths crisscross over 60 acres of tropical rainforest in this island paradise, ideal for families and couples who prefer privacy and spacious accommodations. You will notice a variety of hummingbirds as they flit from one tropical plant to another.
Reserve a villa, complete with a fully equipped kitchen and private plunge pool, for breathtaking views of the ocean and lush green landscape. The all-inclusive package includes meals and drinks at five different restaurants, access to the resort’s pools and a 24-hour fitness center, as well as water sports like snorkeling, kayaking, swimming windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding. The property’s concierge can arrange island tours or private boat rentals so you can get exactly what you want from your island vacation.