The Carribean island of St Lucia is not only a top destination when it comes to year-round sunshine, lovely beaches & tranquil waters. St Lucia is one of the Carribean’s most scenic islands with its soaring volcanic peaks, lush green rainforests, a pungent volcano and cute small fishing villages. While it might be tempting to spend all of your time on the beach it is well worth exploring this gorgeous island – here is my list of the 10 best things to do in St Lucia!
1. Climb the Gros Piton
St Lucia is famous for its two volcanic mountains, the Gros & Petit Piton which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Gros Piton is actually the easier climb of the two and you will be rewarded with stunning views from its top as well as a great feeling of achievement (the photos above and below is me enjoying the view of the pitons the day before we hiked up the Gros Piton)!
2. Visit Pigeon Island
The name can be a little bit confusing as it is not an island anymore – it was joined to the mainland by a sandy causeway in the 70s. Walk up to Fort Rodney which was built by the British in the 18th century and enjoy fabulous views of the island (while staying at the Body Holiday we came here for sunset yoga which was amazing – read the full review of the Body Holiday here!)
3. Wonder at the Sulphur Springs
Advertised as the world’s only drive-in volcano, the Sulphur Springs is an incredible sight. This dormant volcano bubbles away, emitting steam & sulfur (be warned it is a little smelly) which can be viewed from an observation platform.
4. Take a stroll through the colourful fishing village Soufrière
The colourful fishing village of Soufriere on the West Coast, once the capital of the island, should be on your list of places to see to experience the real St Lucia. Walk around the town square & bustling seafront while taking in the laid-back atmosphere of this small town with its beautiful brightly painted houses and also have a look at the Church of Assumption while you are there!
5. Explore the island by car
Hiring a car for the day and driving around the island is a good way to explore the different areas of St Lucia, allowing you to encounter places you would have otherwise missed. Great places to stop are Marigot Bay, Castries, Rodney Bay and of course all of the other spots mentioned in this post are easy to reach by car!
6. Marvel at the flora & fauna of St Lucia
The island of St Luca is rich in biodiversity and wildlife you can see many different plants, exotic birds and, reptiles many of which are only found on the island. Wherever we looked there was something else to see and discover even if it was just a banana tree, a green lizard relaxing on the trunk of a tree or a hummingbird going about its day!
7. Explore the many rainforest hiking trails
One of the things you should definitely do is to hike through the lush rainforests of St Lucia. There are plenty of walking trails that range from easy strolls to challenging day hikes – depending on which hike you choose you might see waterfalls, wild orchids and amazing viewpoints.
8. Learn more about Chocolat at Hotel Boucan by Hotel Chocolat
The Tree to Bar Experience at Hotel Boucan by Hotel Chocolat is a fantastic way to learn more about the art of chocolate making. From the planting to selecting ripe cocoa pods, fermenting and drying all the way to creating your very own chocolate bar – a very fun experience! It is also a beautiful hotel & fantastic restaurant, read the full review of Hotel Boucan by Hotel Chocolat here.
9. Get fit at the Body Holiday
The Body Holiday is an all-inclusive resort on the island that offers an array of activities from yoga classes, water-sports all the way to tennis & golf lessons and guests even get a daily spa treatment! It attracts guests from all over the world with their slogan ‘give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind‘. Read the full review of The Body Holiday here.
10. Just relax!
While there is plenty to discover on this gorgeous Island, one of the most inviting things in the Carribean is to just sit back & relax, whether that is at an amazing hotel pool, chalk coloured beach or with a (rum-based) cocktail in hand watching the sun go down!