Updated: Sep 5
All year long, geothermal activity, stunning mountain views, dense rainforests, volcanic sand beaches, and multi-hued coral reefs entice visitors to St. Lucia, a Caribbean island in the West Indies. This tropical utopia is home to hundreds of different bird species, rich marine life—sea turtles, dolphins, and whales—and other interesting creatures including bats, wild pigs, opossum, snakes, lizards, and the guinea pig-like agouti.
Continue reading to learn more about St. Lucia— the world's only country named after a real female historical figure— as well as what to do, see and eat there.
Hike Gros Piton
A trip to St. Lucia would be completed without a visit to the Piton Mountains. Because of its larger size compared to Petit Piton, Gros Piton is the most popular hiking destination, with multiple defined trails of varying difficulty. The 3.2-mile out-and-back climb to the peak at 2,619 feet above sea level may take you most of the day, but the views at this World Heritage Site will be well worth it. These volcanic plugs are the most recognizable sights of St. Lucia, and they're worth seeing from all angles.
Soak in the mud at Sulphur Springs
Sulphur Springs, located at the Soufrière Volcano on the island's southwestern edge, offers a magnificent spa-like experience in nature. You can bathe in the natural white and black mud, which is said to have healing effects for sunburns, eczema, arthritis, and painful joints by the locals. After that, soak in the 110-degree spring to ensure that any lingering aches are relieved. This is a mud bath you won't want to miss, fed by hot mud springs visible just up the road in the "drive-in volcano," a collapsed crater with lava crusts.
Hiking the Tet Paul Nature Trail
Want to get away from the sun, sand, and sea? Hiking in St. Lucia may be extremely enjoyable due to the island's stunning geography, and the Tet Paul Nature Trail near Soufrière offers some of the most spectacular vistas in southern St. Lucia. You'll be able to go along a simple nature trail with viewpoints along the way and snap as many photos as you want.
Shop at Castries Market
A busy market may be found directly across from the waterfront in downtown Castries, the island's main and most popular port city. Spicy sauces and dips, handcrafted art, textiles, home goods, rows of tropical fruits and vegetables, and fresh coconut drinks are all available.
While the market is open every day, Saturday is the busiest.
Snorkeling and Diving in Anse Chastanet Marine National Park
The coral reef at Anse Chastanet is home to a plethora of marine life. Divers can see colourful sponges, soft corals, boulder coral, and brain corals on a two- to eight-meter plateau. Divers can see a variety of fish in the coral gardens, including parrotfish, goatfish, wrasse, chromis, and barracudas, as well as frogfish in a nearby cavern. Anse Chastanet is a protected beach with spectacular views of the Pitons above the level.
Anse Mamin, about a 10-minute walk away, is less busy, with a nice secluded vibe and excellent snorkeling.
Marigot Bay is undoubtedly St. Lucia's most picturesque bay. It's best seen from a vantage point on the road that connects the main Caribbean coastal route to the bay itself. Yachts bob on the bay's blue waters, and lush hillsides lead to a lovely palm-fringed beach.
Marigot Bay, located five miles south of the island's capital on the western shore, is a wonderful natural harbor that is protected and sheltered, and where you may relax on the beach or stroll along the boardwalk. Treat yourself to a day of sailing and a stop here for some relaxing, swimming, and exploration.
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