St. Lucia is an idyllic island nation nestled in the eastern Caribbean Sea most famous for its duo of dramatically tapered mountains, “The Pitons”, that rise elegantly from the twinkling waters on the west coast. Home to volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and luxury resorts, St. Lucia is an outdoor playground that screams adventure.
The largest of the Windward Islands, in the West Indies, this slither of tropical paradise serves up a pretty impressive itinerary featuring some of the most highly rated activities around – making it the perfect sun-kissed pitstop for upbeat couples and fun-loving families alike.
There’s no shortage of things to do in St Lucia, so you’re bound to find something for everybody to enjoy - whether you prefer to stay on dry land and soak up the sun on one of the treasure island-worthy beaches, or grab your snorkel and explore exotic marine life with deep sea diving! Want to know what the best way to cool off from the tropical heat is? Head to the Toraille Waterfall, crowned as one of the most visited waterfalls in St Lucia, this natural beauty stands at 15m high and cascades into a blissful turquoise lagoon, sure to be one of the most refreshing experiences you have. Equally, if you have the little ones in tow you can head to the popular Splash Island Water Park located in Rodney Bay - packed with a fun floating obstacle course, you can watch the kids brave the slides while you watch from the sandy beach.
If you’re up for a serious challenge, grab your hiking boots and embark on a guided climb to the summit of Petit Piton. Steeper than its sister Gros Piton, this rugged journey through the verdant forest is not for the faint hearted, so be sure to bring old clothes, comfortable shoes, and a positive attitude – once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded by the spectacular 360° views. Or, for something slightly less strenuous, how do you fancy a St Lucian-inspired spa day? Head to the Sulphur Springs where you can take a dip in the black water pools and lap up the rich minerals, also known for their medicinal properties – not only will you feel super relaxed, but you’ll leave with silky smooth skin too!
The best way to discover the authenticity of the place is to head into the island’s capital, Castries. This busy cruise port is known for its bustling Central Market, where you can browse local trinkets, buy fruit and veg, and pick up local handicrafts to take home as a souvenir. While you’re here, visit the gorgeous beaches of La Toc and Vigie for a lazy afternoon on the sand, or, if you’re a history buff, admire the stunning Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception – a religious and cultural hub on the island where you can listen to the beautiful sound of the local choir.
From upbeat activities to relaxing moments under the beating sun, there’s no place quite like the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia.