St. Lucia is an island nation in Eastern Caribbean between Martinique and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It's a popular destination for its gorgeous beaches and the iconic Marigot Bay, but there's much more to explore on the island. Check out some of the many unique things you can do on St. Lucia.
Get Some Sunshine Away From the Local Beaches
Pigeon Island National Park, Reduit Beach, Anse Chastanet, and Marigot Bay are four of the most popular destinations on St. Lucia, and you'll find plenty of resorts within walking distance. These spots are gorgeous, and you'll likely spend some time sunbathing at these locations. If you feel like exploring attractions off the beaten path, try one of these spots instead:
Sulfur Springs Park
Does the idea of visiting a “drive-in volcano” sound appealing? Sulphur Springs Park has hot springs, mud pools, and steam vents you can explore. Take a 30-minute tour to learn more about the area.
If you're up for a challenging hike, gear up for a closer look at The Pitons. These are two volcanic spires near the southwest end of the island. Soufriere and Choiseul Quarter are the cities nearest to The Pitons. Gros Piton is 771 meters high, and Petit Piton is 743 meters high.
Explore the Rainforest
St. Lucia is covered with 19,000 acres of rainforest, and because the area is such a popular spot for tourists, the forests are full of well-marked trails. Trail difficulties range from options ideal for beginners to moderate and advanced hikes, so you can explore the beautiful interior of the island with your family or strike out on your own for a rugged challenge.
Barre de L'Isle is one of the more accessible starting points for exploring the St. Lucia rainforest. The trail here is an easy path, but it will take you deep into the forest. You'll also cross a few excellent spots for snapping photos of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. St. Lucia is home to iguanas, boa constrictors, mongoose, and more, and you might even see an endangered St. Lucia Parrot.
The Enbas Saut Rainforest Trail & Waterfalls is another must-see if you want to traverse the island's wilderness. For an adrenaline-pumping look at the rainforest, book a zip line canopy tour or an aerial tram tour. Bird watching tours are available as well.
Go Shopping at Castries Market
For a personal look at local St. Lucia culture, go shopping at Castries Market. You'll encounter dozens of vendors selling authentic Caribbean foods and souvenirs to make your trip unique and memorable. You can even pick up some local spices and sauces from this open-air shopping area to try your hand at cooking Caribbean-style dishes back home.
St. Lucia is an exciting place to visit and has plenty to offer beyond its pristine shores. Spend a day looking at the stunning local architecture and shopping at the local markets, and try one of the activities above when you're ready to get out and enjoy some fresh air.
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