12 Fun Things to Do in St Lucia

Hike the Pitons

Things to do in St Lucia - Hike the Pitons

The Pitons are to St Lucia what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. They are the most photographed landmark on the island and for good reason; rising straight out of the sea, these ancient forest-clad plugs offer a majestic backdrop across the western coast of the island. Gros Piton stands a lofty 2,619 feet above sea level, and coupled with Petit Piton,  you are presented with some really stunning views of the island once you reach the top.

 

Zip Lining Through the Rainforest

Zip Lining through the rain forest in St Lucia

Gliding above the dense rainforest at high-speed is not for the faint-hearted. After walking through a pathway filled with exotic trees and plants, you’ll get strapped into a safety gear and harness, followed by a brief introduction on how to work the ropes.

The course consists of 12 different zip lines of various lengths and heights across the rainforest. The views are spectacular and worth any trepidation you might have with heights. The guys working at Treetop Adventure Park are filled to the brim with energy, which you’ll feel grateful for when you’re battling to finish the final zip lines and need some final words of encouragement!

 

Visit Sulphur Springs and Mud Baths

Sulphur Springs in St Lucia

Dubbed the world’s only drive in volcano, these boiling hot pools of sulphur provide an insight into the island’s volcanic beginnings some 300,000 years ago. Before you arrive, you’ll most definitely smell it first, if you’ve been to Iceland you’ll know exactly what I mean.

Nearby you can treat your skin to some extra minerals by jumping in a mud bath so keep your swimwear at arm’s length!

 

Botanical Gardens

Diamond Waterfall, St Lucia

Nearby the Sulphur Springs lies the beautiful Botanical Gardens, home to a myriad of exotic plants and flowers. As you walk to the end of the nature trail you are greeted with the piece de resistance: the Diamond Waterfall.

Tip: This garden is located nearby the Sulphur Springs so visit these places together.

 

Eat, Eat, Eat, Drink, Drink, Drink

Seafood in St Lucia

Exploring a new place through its food is always a winning formula. National specialties include plantains, green figs, and salt fish. St Lucia is all about seafood, being on the ocean’s doorstep, it’s guaranteed to be nothing less than fresh, with most travellers enjoying local fish, mahi mahi, and snapper.  If you really want to indulge in seafood and soak up the local atmosphere and culture, do Fish Friday at Anse La Raye.

For something sweet try the chocolate produced on the island. Chocoholics might be keen to know there’s a tour called The Tree to Bar Experience where you learn how the farmers of St Lucia are being helped to return to cocoa bean production. Then you can work hard to make your own chocolate bar going through the history of chocolate makers, and eat what you make at the end!

If you’re a fan of rum you won’t be disappointed, visit the island’s only rum distillery and discover how the Caribbean’s favourite tipple is created.

 

Visit the stunning beaches

Sugar Beach in St Lucia with smaller Piton in the background

For location you can’t beat Anse des Pitons also known as Sugar Beach which is actually the name of the hotel which resides over it. This astonishingly beautiful beach occupies a dramatic location in the cleavage of the Pitons. Though if its fine, white sand looks out of place, you’re right in thinking so – it has been imported from Guyana, previously it used to be a black beach.

 

Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay in St Lucia

With its gorgeous islet and natural harbour, it’s no surprise why Marigot Bay has become a hot spot for swanky apartments and yachts. It also provided the setting for the 1967 film Dr Dolittle, and toasting its success you’ll find a restaurant that goes by the same name. Arrive here just before the sunset and watch the whole landscape turn shades of gold – do this with a cocktail in hand!

 

A Boat Trip to Lover’s Rock

Boat cruise to Lover's Rock in St Lucia

Fans of Pirates of the Caribbean might recognise this natural arch from the film. It’s a beautiful example of Mother Nature working her magic. As the name suggests, this boat trip is perfect for couples as together you can sit back and listen to the waves break across the front of the boat and let the sound of ocean soothe your ears. Rather amusingly, I was the only single person on this boat trip so I managed to stick out like a sore and very lonesome thumb!

 

Go Snorkelling

Snorkelling - Things to do in St Lucia

St Lucia is arguably even more beautiful under the sea, with a huge variety of marine life for you to explore, including coral reefs, turtles and innumerable tropical fish. The water is very clear, with visibility varying from 20ft to over 200ft, so for this reason, pack an underwater camera or Go Pro if you have one.

 

Visit Castries & the Market

Castries Food Market

The lively and colourful capital, Castries, deserves a visit so you can experience what the market has to offer. A hive of activity, it will probably be one of the most touristy places you visit due to the high volume of souvenirs you can buy. But don’t be put off, as this is the place to go if you want to experience local people and food, including a staggering array of fruits and spices.

 

Talk to the Locals!

Castries Market, St Lucia
When you’re in a place that is popular for its resorts, it can be easy to miss the locals, that’s why it’s ever more important to get out of your resort. Talking to the locals enables you capture the spirit of the island and taste the real St Lucia.

If you really want to delve into another subculture you could climb Mount Gimie, the tallest mountain in St Lucia where a few Rastafarians reportedly live at the top, it’s said they are vegetarians and lead a very self-sufficient lifestyle. It seems plausible.

 

Go to a Street Party

If there’s one thing St Lucian’s can do, it’s dance and it appears to come as naturally to them as breathing and sleeping. Their innate rhythm is something to be seen, and there’s no better arena than heading to a street party! On a Friday night you’ll be able to head to a few, with the most popular being at Gros Islet.

 

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During my winter escape to sunny St. Lucia I was a guest of Thomas Cook Airlines. Getting an insight into life in the Caribbean was a new experience for me and I’m hoping it won’t be my last!



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'12 Fun Things to Do in St Lucia' have 9 comments

  1. April 21, 2016 @ 3:32 pm Don Harrelson

    Wow! What an incredible looking place. The pitons are postcard worthy in every sense of the word! Another great article Shing and another reason for me to be jealous of you. As soon as my bank balance looks healthier I’d love to visit the Caribbean. X

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    • April 21, 2016 @ 5:17 pm Shing Yoong

      Hi Don, aren’t they Pitons truly worthy of being a postcard?! I hope you get the chance to visit!

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  2. May 2, 2016 @ 10:23 pm Dave

    I’ve been to Iceland before and loved all the volcanic activity, so I think you’ve just swayed me with this post to visit St Lucia after drawing such a comparison! That smell… there’s nothing quite like it!

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    • May 3, 2016 @ 6:46 pm Shing Yoong

      Although very different from Iceland, it does share that one very distinct feature! I’m sure you’d love St Lucia, it’s so beautiful!

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  3. November 8, 2016 @ 2:27 pm Kim Francois

    Hi Shing,

    I am from this remarkably beautiful country St. Lucia, and I must say you mentioned a variety of exciting things one can do.
    I have done the Tet Paul Nature trail and my description of it is heavenly!

    Do hope you visit this piece of paradise because it is nothing but breathtaking.

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    • November 23, 2016 @ 12:14 pm Shing Yoong

      Hi Kim, you’re very lucky to call St Lucia your home! I’m pleased you approve of my list, and I certainly hope to return one day!

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  4. November 16, 2016 @ 2:50 pm Elma Philip

    EVERYONE HAS THEIR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO, SEE & EXPERIENCE IN ST LUCIA.

    SO FAR MY FAVORITE IS THE FOOD AND DRINKS, I LOVE THE DIVERSITY, ALL THE FLAVORS & COLORS.

    ST. LUCIA IS A MUST VISIT CARIBBEAN ISLAND.

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  5. November 18, 2016 @ 7:34 pm Kimmy Carasco

    St. Lucia is extremely beautiful and UNIQUE in so many ways with so many things to do and so many sites to see.
    Glad you enjoyed your stay and i do hope you come back soon!

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  6. February 16, 2017 @ 9:12 pm Monique Green

    I’m going to St. Lucia in a couple of weeks. I will definitely hike the Pitons. I love your photographs and outfits. Did you actually hike or drive up? I’m thinking about what’s appropriate to wear to Pitons but also what will look good for photos when I get to the top. Also shoes to wear. Thoughts?

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