If you are seeking a travel experience beyond the breathtaking beaches and sophisticated resorts in Saint Lucia, this picture-perfect island holds many secrets amidst its majestic mountains, its lush natural spaces as well as its vibrant markets.
Here are our recommendations for top things to do in St. Lucia:
Visit the Pigeon Island National Park
Blessed with the region’s best natural and historical sites as well as with unparalleled beauty, the Pigeon Island National Park is preferred spot for those seeking solitude and calm. Spread over 40 acres, the park also offers many adventures to those who come here looking for activity. One can swim in the cosy coves, explore the dramatic Pirate’s caves or hike to the summit of an on-site fort from where panoramic views of the island can be soaked in. The 18th century military ruins scattered across the park provide great insights into the local history.
Hike Up to the Gros Piton
Rising majestically from the Caribbean Sea, the Gros Piton peak offers a bird’s eye view of St. Lucia. Not only does the peak make for a stunning natural spectacle, the climb to the top is one of the most thrilling things to do in St. Lucia. The two-hour climb is divided into 4 quarters, becoming more arduous as you move up and ahead. The 4th quarter is the steepest and is strenuous and rewarding in equal measures. The view from the top is mesmerising and quite humbling.
Scuba Dive or Snorkel at Ti Kaye Resort
Reach to the stunning underwater life of St. Lucia, marked by colourful, tropical fish, soft sponges and fresh and vibrant corals, on a snorkelling or scuba diving adventure from the Ti Kaye Resort. Residents as well as the non-residents of the resort can sign up for a guided tour that leaves from the resort’s dock twice a week in the morning. The tour costs approximately £45 per person and provides a great opportunity to explore the warm waters surrounding St. Lucia.
Take a Dip at the Sulphur Springs Park
A geological marvel, the Sulphur Springs, the “World’s Only Drive-In Volcano” allows visitors to drive right to the heart of a dormant volcano. Spread over 46 hectares, the park remains enveloped in astounding beauty. There are a number of things to do here for visitors including taking a rejuvenating mud bath and swimming in the black water pool. A guided Sulphur Springs Tour is also available for those aiming to know about the history of the Volcano and other fascinating facts about the park.
Shop at the Castries Market
One of the most vibrant and bustling places in Saint Lucia is The Castries Market located in its capital city where locals and visitors come to shop for local ingredients and dine on sumptuous street food. The largest open-air market in the city hosts over 300 vendors and sellers on the market day, selling everything from freshly caught fish to spices, fresh fruit and an abundance of coconuts. There are a number of craft shops here as well from where one can pick a perfect souvenir to take back home. The market remains closed on Sunday.