UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN SAINT LUCIA

UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN SAINT LUCIA

 

Famed for its sun-kissed beaches, lush landscapes and warm Caribbean vibes, St Lucia is one of the world’s most desirable destinations.

 

The Piton Mountains seen across the glistening waters surrounding Saint Lucia (Photo: cjuneau via Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

 

Contrary, perhaps, to the stereotypical image of a Caribbean vacation, Saint Lucia is far from a place where the attractions start and end at the beach. This is an island packed full of history, culture and geographical diversity, with everything from tropical rainforests to charming hillside trails to explore. If you’re planning to visit Saint Lucia and would like some inspiration for unique things to see and do during your stay, then look no further than our carefully curated selection below.

 

Soak up Saint Lucia’s spectacular twin peak views

Of all the incredible natural scenery in Saint Lucia, nothing captivates those who see it quite like the Piton Mountains. Located on the southwestern coast of Saint Lucia, these incredible twin peaks – both volcanic plugs (meaning ‘dormant’) – are an officially designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and over the years have become a symbol of the island, adorning postcards and serving as the backdrop to many a tourist photo. There are several ways to experience the best of the Pitons, including traversing one of their many hiking trails, admiring them from the vantage point of a catamaran cruise, or most indulgently, by booking onto a helicopter ride.

 

Go hiking in an historic national park

A 44 acre islet in the northern regions of Saint Lucia, Pigeon Island National Landmark is one of the island’s most historically significant attractions, having served as a highly strategic point for battles between the British and the French during the 18th century. As a reminder of its past, there remain several ruins of military buildings, cannons and bunkers that you can wander through, complete with information signs. Today the area is most popular for its hiking trails that meander through the forest, as well as its wide green spaces, beaches, and two peaks where you can trek to the top. There’s also an Interpretation Center and museum that takes you on a potted journey through the history of the island.

 

A walker ambles past an ancient ruin on Pigeon Island (Photo: Gord Webster via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

 

Admire luxury yachts in a prestigious marina resort

You may not be able to stretch to buying one yourself, but Marigot Bay offers the perfect chance to indulge in some vicarious yacht-spotting. Surrounded by jewel-coloured waters and lush green mountainsides, the bay’s picturesque harbour is dotted with floating pleasure palaces that positively compel you to stop and admire them. The marina village itself offers less prohibitive entertainment, with a number of upscale bars, restaurants and shopping outlets, plus a small strand of sand that juts out into the middle of the bay, providing the perfect spot for an afternoon’s sunbathing and swimming.

 

Try your hand at deep sea fishing

Saint Lucia is one of the Caribbean’s finest spots for deep sea sport fishing – also known as Big Game Fishing – which requires angles to take a trip out into the ocean to try their luck at catching, Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Dorado, and Tuna to name a few. Those keen to give it a try can book onto a fishing charter, such as those offered by Hackshaws Boats, the oldest charter boat company in Saint Lucia, who offer a range of guided excursions helmed by expert captains. The company focusses on private trips aboard their fleet of boats that range from 28ft speed boats to 50ft luxury power catamarans. Cruises can be fully customised to include activities as big game sports fishing, whale and dolphin watching, sightseeing along the scenic West coast, snorkeling on pristine reefs, and swimming off of secluded beaches. For more info, visit www.hackshaws.com.

 

Anglers show off their catches (Photo: Hackshaw Boats St Lucia Tours and Charters)

 

Attend a jazz & arts festival

Belying the island’s relative geographical remoteness, the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival is an internationally renowned event that has been attracting major names from the world of music since its inaugural edition back in 1992. Among the eminent performers to have appeared here over the years are R. Kelly, Diana Ross and Amy Winehouse, but it’s the line-up of Caribbean musicians that gives the event its distinctive appeal, with everything from Cuban pianist to brass-blowing Dominican zouk bands to bass-thumping Jamaican reggae groups taking to the stage. Besides music, the festival also highlights Saint Lucia’s vibrant local arts scene, and there’s also street parties, Caribbean cuisine, and more.

 

Join a rum-tasting tour

Along with chocolate, Saint Lucia’s other major export has for many years been rum. Visitors keen to learn about this rich rum-producing heritage can do so by joining the St Lucia Rum Tasting & Tour. During the 3.5-hour tour, you’ll visit St. Lucia Distillers, where you’ll learn all about the rum-making process, including how sugarcane is turned into rum, as well as enjoy tasting some of the distillery’s 25-plus home-made rums, including delectable treats like white rum and flavoured rum creams. Later you’ll head to Castries Market, a 100-year-old farmers’ market, for a chance to purchase spices, fruits, or locally made souvenirs, before your return journey.

 

Book at Viator

 

Guests on a rum-tasting tour sample some of the local tipple (Photo: Viator / Courtesy Barefoot Holidays)

 

Explore stunning coastal scenery on horseback

Saint Lucia’s eastern Atlantic coast is breathtaking from whatever your vantage point, but one way to elevate the experience is to traverse this dramatic shoreline by horseback. The Private Caribbean Beach Horseback Ride and Swim invites you and a select group of family or friends to enjoy a gentle trot along the area’s sandy beaches and stunning hillside trails, before later taking a refreshing dip in the sea. Horses are available to suit all level of riders and tours last for around two hours.

 

Book at Viator

 

A man snapped in the saddle on the Saint Lucia coast (Photo: Viator / Courtesy Sandy Hoofs St. Lucia Riding Stables)

 

Visit a chocolate-making plantation

Though St Lucia has produced cacao for centuries, blending chocolate with tourism has been a relatively recent endeavour. At the epicente of these burgeoning choco-tourism efforts is the Fond Doux Plantation, located within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Soufriere Saint Lucia on a 19th-century working cocoa estate. Framed by 135 acres of picturesque rainforest landscape, cocoa fields, and tropical gardens, the plantation regularly opens its doors for public tours, with visitors invited to discover the history of the site, witness how cocoa beans are processed, and even try your hand at creating your own choccy treats courtesy of an experienced chocolatier.

 

Soufriere Estate / Mon-Sun 9am-4pm

A tour guide poses for a photo at the Fond Doux Plantation (Photo: Brent Ozar via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

 

Bathe in black water pools

This Idyllic escapade takes you on a sun-soaked adventure from Castries to Soufriere home to many iconic landmarks. The tour highlight is the mud bath pools of the Sulphur Springs, the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano. The pools are said to have various health benefits and leave you feeling rejuvinated and refreshed. On the drive, you’ll catch majestic views of the iconic Piton volcanic plugs. The tour culminates with a stop at the Toraille Waterfall, leaving you with an overall rejuvenated experience. Round trip transportation, entrance fees to the mud bath pools and waterfall are included. As a bonus, you’re also treated to delicious snacks and local piton beers.

 

Book at Viator

 

Bathers sink into the black waters of Sulphur Springs (Photo: Viator / Courtesy FRAM Tours & Taxi Services)

 

Let your hair down at a buzzing street party

From legendary “jump-up” street festivities to full-moon beach parties to club-hopping on bustling restaurant strips, when darkness falls in Saint Lucia, the island’s celebrated nightlife emerges. Among the regular shindigs to take place on the island is the weekly Gros Islet Street Party, which every Friday sees the streets of Gros Islet – a colourful fishing town in Saint Lucia’s northern tip – closed off to traffic and given over to live bands, DJs, arts & crafts vendors, and a raucous crowd of revellers. Be sure to bring your appetite too, with sizzling pit-masters on hand serving up everything from zest chicken and pork to the freshest local catches.

 

Learn to kitesurf

The extreme sport of kitesurfing has undergone something of a global boom in recent years and in Saint Lucia the awesome winds, white beaches, and crystaline waters provide the perfect backdrop and conditions to give it a try yourself. One of the island’s most popular kitesurfing spots is the beach town of Cas en Bas, situated in the northern part of Saint Lucia, which is home to two renowned kite schools where beginners can book themselves onto lessons, while the more experienced can simply hire the gear and be gone with the wind. There’s also a bar and restaurant offering hard-earned refreshments after your airborne exertions.

 

Book onto a catamaran cruise

With so many things to experience in Saint Lucia, one way to escape the fear of missing out is to pack as much as you can into your itinerary. A handy way of doing this is to book onto an organised tour, such as the Sapphire Falls Hike with Cruise and Creole Lunch, with expert guides ensuring your time is optimised to the max The full-day tour starts with a catamaran cruise to Soufriere, where you’ll embark on a hike to the magical Sapphire Falls. Starting at Morne Coubaril Estate, you’ll pass by a replica Carib village and historic 18th-century plantation house before entering the lush tropical rainforest. On arrival at Sapphire Falls you’ll get to marvel at the 35-foot waterfalls before tucking into an authentic Creole buffet lunch. Later, enjoy a swim or snorkel in the crystal waters and, as the day winds down, dance to traditional Caribbean tunes before returning to the docks in the evening.

 

Book at GetYourGuide

 

A catamaran traverses the Saint Lucia waters (Photo: GetYourGuide / Courtesy Sea Spray Cruises)

 

Swim under a waterfall at a Botanical Gardens

There’s something almost cinematic about the vision of someone bathing under a waterfall, and in Saint Lucia visitors have the chance to recreate such a ‘silver screen’ moment at the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. Among the scenic delights at this sprawling attraction just outside La Soufrière is the 17-metre Diamond Falls Waterfall, arguably the most colourful waterfall anywhere in the Caribbean owing to the minerals that emanate from rainwater mixed with volcanism, lending the rock face behind the falls its constantly-changing kaleidoscopic appearance.

 

Soufriere Estate / Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Sun 10am-3pm

 

Cascading water at the Diamond Falls Waterfall (Photo: jplahm via Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0)

 

Shop for crafts at a local market

Wherever you are in the world, visiting a local market is a great way to gain an authentic insight into a place’s heart and soul. In Saint Lucia, the historic open-air Castries Market buzzes with activity, with over 300 regular stall-holders selling a wide variety of wares, from small trinkets and souvenirs, to handicrafts, local spices and handmade soaps, to everyday essentials. The market is open daily, but the most active time to visit is Saturday. After some perusing and purchasing, grab a seat at the adjacent annex to sample some local dishes.

 

55 John Compton Highway, Castries / Mon-Sat 10am-6pm Closed Sun

Captain Antonius

Captain Antonius (Biggie) has been with us since 1999 and has gone through the ranks to be one of our leading captains and is very experienced. Repeat customers have always requested Antonius, and we are proud to have him as...

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2 hours 30 minutes
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Up to 10

Private Catamaran  Dinner Cruise St Lucia

Enjoy the sounds of local music and international hits as the Caribbean Sunshine disappears into the glistening turquoise Ocean on this beautiful Catamaran in St. Lucia.

The 50ft Catamaran In St. Lucia, Lady Anne, and her crew will ensure that this tour surpasses your expectations!

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918 USD
Duration
4 hours
Group Size
Up to 30

Premium Whale and Dolphin Safari St Lucia

We offer the only Premium Whale Watch Tour on Island with our Luxury Power Catamaran, “Lady Anne.” You will be pampered by our professional and courteous staff who will not only make sure you are comfortable but ensure that you have an educational experience on board with us. With smaller numbers, you get personalized treatment on every trip and escape the large crowds found on other such tours!

We are a Certified World Cetacean Alliance Member, which means we meet the highest standards for Whale Watching Tours.

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61 USD
Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 8

Dash and Splash Snorkel Adventure St Lucia

Join us for a half-day adventure as you hop aboard this comfortable powerboat for wind-in-your-face excitement combined with a gorgeous snorkel site and a relaxing beach break. The Dash and Splash is the perfect way to spend an afternoon exploring a picturesque reef and colorful Tropical fish while enjoying complimentary drinks and snacks. We then cruise along our scenic West Coast, passing through beautiful Marigot Bay and the famous Tunnel of Love. Join us on this adventure that you will remember forever!

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459 USD
Duration
4 hours
Group Size
Up to 30

Private Luxury Catamaran St Lucia Cruise

We offer Half Day (4hours) or Full Day (8 hours) tours. Our private charters are a chic alternative to the regularly shared catamaran cruises, where you will escape the crowds and customize an agenda of your own. We will tailor our service, catering, and exploration to your personal desire; just let us know what your dreams are, and we will do our best to fulfill them. Jump into the crystal clear turquoise St. Lucian waters; keep an eye out for whales and dolphins, enjoy a cocktail on deck beneath the sun or in our spacious air-conditioned cabins, and chat with our engaging and professional staff.

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1326 USD
Duration
3 days
Group Size
Up to 6

Inter-Island Charters

Our minimum offer is three days, but you can request up to 8 days! No matter which​ of the Grenadine Islands you explore, you will find warm waters in all shades of blue, tremendous variations of tropical flowers and brightly colored birds. In the air, there is the scent of sensual spices and sweet tropical fruits. Enjoy secluded beaches, colorful reefs, home to some of the world’s best snorkeling and diving.

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7497 USD
Duration
4 hours
Group Size
Up to 8

Private Fishing in St Lucia Charters

We offer Half Day (4 hours) and Whole Day (8 hours) tour. Go fishing in St. Lucia with our expert captains! Our waters are abundant with a variety of big game fish, such as blue marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and dorado, to name but a few; an ideal recipe for a deep sea fishing experience in St. Lucia.

All our captains are hooked on fishing – just try to drag ’em home without a catch! After all, we had the grandfather of all fishermen “Big Bill” as our mentor!

Book a private fishing charter with Hackshaw’s Boat Charters!

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673 USD
Duration
1 day
Group Size
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Tournament Fishing in St Lucia Package

Our minimum offer is 1 day of fishing in St. Lucia, but you can book up to 5 days! Fishing Options, Accommodation, Coastal Tours & Sightseeing; All in One!

Our tournament package gives you the flexibility to fish our top fishing locations around our island over several days.

With this package, we offer not only a tournament rigged sportfish boat, but also floating accommodation onboard our 50ft Power Catamaran, Lady Anne.

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1224 USD
Duration
4 hours
Group Size
Up to 30

Private Custom Coastal Cruise St Lucia

We offer Half day (4 hours) and Full Day (8 hours) tours, with boats ranging from power boats to catamarans in St. Lucia. Relax and have fun on one of our private charters along St. Lucia’s beautiful coastline with our fantastic crew members!

Bring friends, family, or whoever; the choice is yours! As we leave Port Castries, you are bound to marvel at the beauty of our western coastline, to visit history-rich and fascinating Soufriere, passing the charming fishing villages of Anse La Raye and Canaries, with their distinctive Caribbean flavor.

Have your cameras ready for the view of a lifetime, our World Heritage Site: the majestic Pitons. Rising proudly from the sapphire blue waters, soaring over two thousand feet, apparently to the heavens, our Pitons are a can’t-miss experience in St. Lucia. The sight takes your breath away! There is also the option to visit other popular sites on the island, such as the Botanical Gardens, Sulphur Springs, Diamond Water Falls, and the therapeutic sulfur baths.

We have an open bar, local fruit, and light snacks throughout the trip and have lunch options from excellent beach restaurants to a sumptuous lunch served on board at an extra charge.

Several breathtaking beaches await you, with fantastic areas for snorkeling or just swimming. You create your adventure with your private and customizable St. Lucia boat charter.

No trip along the coastline could be complete without visiting the most spectacular bay in the Caribbean, Marigot Bay, where the British hid from the French fleet by tying coconut palms to their masts, letting the French sail by, then emerging and attacking from the rear, winning one of the many battles between the French and English, for possession of the “Helen of the West,” our St. Lucia. Marigot boasts many waterfront restaurants where you can enjoy refreshing Caribbean concoctions near the end of your trip of a lifetime!

On our private boat trips in St. Lucia, the boats come with complimentary drinks, light snacks, and snorkeling equipment.

A trip out with our crew will be the highlight of your vacation!

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673 USD