St Lucia holidays
Things to do in St Lucia range from enjoying beautiful beaches and bays, taking rainforest walks, and staying in luxurious and colourful accommodation – all in the shadows of the immense Pitons. Plus, it is home to the world’s only drive-in volcano. Soak up the culture and cuisine – a mix of French, British and African heritages – and meet some truly welcoming locals along the way.
Castries is the capital, and the main city has a couple of attractions that make it worth a stop. Wander through Derek Walcott square and into the main cathedral, passing by the Central library.
Meanwhile the tranquil Morne Fortune Hill has some remains of Fort Charlotte constructed by the French, and offers sweeping views of the town below. Nearby Rodney Bay is a popular spot for tourists, with a glorious marina, white beach and lots of restaurants and bars to keep you busy.
The area of Soufriere and the Pitons is a must-see; the landscape is simply breathtaking. Walk the Diamond Botanical Gardens; relax in on the lovely Anse Chastnet beach; explore Pitons waterfalls and visit sulphur springs, a drive-in volcano. Meanwhile, the Pitons which rise over 2,000 feet, dominate the landscape.
Don't miss seeing Marigot Bay – one of the most beautiful attractions, the cove is dotted with sparkling yachts bobbing in the turquoise waters.
Hike through the National Rain Forest and you will encounter orchids, giant ferns and bird of paradise plants. Back in the north, a walk to the top of historic Fort Rodney on Pigeon Island affords spectacular views. For an unforgettable experience, whale watching trips provide regular sightings. The island is also home to the endemic and endangered St Lucia parrot.
Whether basking with the Pitons as your backdrop or lounging on the sands of the north, St Lucia’s beaches offer a wonderful setting for soaking up the Caribbean sun. Go snorkelling off the coast to explore underwater life.
A leisurely boat trip to Soufriere or Marigot Bay offers an alternative perspective of the island’s spectacular coastline. Other activities include horseback riding and snorkelling the coral reefs, while spa hotels and the championship St Lucia Golf Club provide a range of leisurely pastimes.
St Lucia lays claim to the world’s only drive-in volcano, also known as the sulphur springs. The last eruption was in the late 1700’s and the volcano is now dormant, as indicated by the pervading smell of sulphur. However, there are still signs of activity, with boiling mud, water and steam emerging from the crater.
The Boucan is a boutique hotel, spa and restaurant all rolled into one. It is popular for its unique dishes, which all feature one ingredient – cacao. Sitting on a historic cacao plantation, the ingredient is grown locally and is used on the menu as an addition to both sweet and savoury dishes, and is a must-visit for all food enthusiasts.
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