The beautiful tropical island of St Lucia welcomes visitors to the sandy beaches, warm water, and friendly people. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, water sports are popular with locals and visitors alike.
For a first-time visitor or a constant traveler, there are plenty of things to do in St Lucia, both in and out of the water. Let’s take a look at our top 7 memorable things to do in St. Lucia.
1) Millet Bird Sanctuary
This impressive sanctuary and nature trail is located at the island’s center, 45 minutes south of Castries. Over 30 species of birds are here, including endemic locals like the Black Finch, Pewee, Oriole, and the popular Saint Lucian Parrot. At one time, Saint Lucian Parrot, commonly referred to as Jacquot, was close to extinction, with only 100 known birds left on the island. Thanks to the work of the Millett Sanctuary, that number has now climbed to 2000.
The hiking trail is 1.75 miles with an elevation climb of 1,000 feet above sea level. The hiking trails are considered moderate and take 1-2 hours. Admission to Millet Bird Sanctuary is $10 per person or $30 for a tour with a knowledgeable guide.
Trail office hours are 8:30 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.
2) Splash Island Water Park
On the northwestern side of the island, on Reduit Beach, is a Saint Lucia water park of a different sort. Referenced as the Caribbean’s first open-water sports park, Splash Island Water Park is a series of large inflatables positioned as an obstacle course. Guests try their skills at a climbing wall, slide, trampoline, monkey bars, swings, hurdles, and water volleyball located in a sectioned-off portion of the ocean.
Guests must be six years old or older and at least 3 1/2 feet tall. All guests are required to wear a provided flotation vest. Rates start at $26 per person for a two-hour pass.
3) Treetop Adventure Park
This thrilling Treetop Adventure Park is on the northwest coast of Saint Lucia, 25 minutes from Castries.
Thrill-seekers are led by a trained guide across 12 zip lines and five net bridges.
Participants are required to:
Wear closed-toe shoes
Have a maximum weight of 250 lbs
Be at least 50 inches tall
Rates start at $91 per person plus tax. Transportation is available for an added fee from hotels or the cruise ship pier.
4) Drive in Volcano – La Soufriere
This semi-active volcano on Saint Lucia is referred to as the world’s only drive-in volcano for its location, in an area where visitors can drive in close to the action. The last eruption was recorded in 1766.
The volcano is on the island’s west coast, in Soufriere’s historic town. From Castries, the drive is of one hour and 15 minutes. After parking in the lot, visitors are escorted by a guide down the steps to view the caldera. Allow 30 minutes to an hour for a visit.
The entrance fee for the drive-in volcano with a required guide to take you to the caldera is $9 per person plus tax.
5) Sulphur Springs
Spend a day relaxing in the warm mud baths at Sulphur Springs, created from the nearby Soufriere volcano.
After lounging in the therapeutic volcanic mud bath, you’ll wash off in a pool created at the bottom of a 50-foot-tall waterfall. Bathers can stand at the bottom of the waterfall and let the cascading water perform its shoulder massaging magic.
Sulphur Springs is south of Castries, an hour and 15 minutes by car.
Admission is $11 per person plus tax. Plan to spend 2 hours here.
6) Marigot Bay Saint Lucia
You can shop, dine, eat, sunbathe and sightsee from the famous Marigot Bay on the west coast of Saint Lucia. The Marigot marina provides a popular place for yachts to tie up so sailors can explore the island. Even if you aren’t a sailor, stop by one of the many restaurants to enjoy a meal and a cocktail with a view of the colorful boats at the docks. Small boutique shops offer clothing, jewelry, sundries, and island souvenirs.
The bay is located at an inlet on the island’s western shore. Water taxis provide service to the area and a great view from the water.
7) Whale And Dolphin Watching In St. Lucia
Perhaps one of the most memorable things to do in St. Lucia is a blue water adventure on the Caribbean Sea.
Hackshaw boat charters is a proud operator of premium whale watch tours in Saint Lucia by luxury power catamaran. Sit back, relax, and leave the details to us.
Whales that are commonly seen are the sperm, pilot, and humpback. On occasion, we have the pinnacle of all whale sightings, the mighty orca!
Large pods of dolphins are a common sight, sometimes 150 at a time. Their playful antics are sure to be the highlight of your trip to Saint Lucia.
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