Saint Lucia is a tiny, mountainous island in the eastern Caribbean 27 miles long and 14 miles wide and whose Land area is 238 square miles. it is 21 miles south of Martinique and 26 miles north of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, all part of the Lesser Antilles islands in the Caribbean Sea. The lush landscape of St. Lucia has a tropical rainforest with two lava spikes called Pitons, which are the prominent natural features here. At 950 meters Mount Gimie is the highest mountain in Saint Lucia. Below are 9 things to do or visit on this naturally gifted island of St. Lucia.
9 Pitons administration area
This UNESCO World Heritage Site has 2909 hectares of land. On it are Gros and Petit Pitons, two volcanic peaks that are 770 and 743 meters high. Hikers on Gros Piton sightseeing tours see about 27 species of birds, native rodents, possums, bats, reptiles and amphibians. Gros Piton has 148 and Petit Piton has 97 plant species that hikers can see on their way to the peaks. At the top of Gros Piton, hikers will see Vieux Fort, Soufriere and even St Vincent and the Grenadines. Although the smaller Pet Piton is more difficult for hikers to climb. Nonetheless, experienced guides are available to direct hikers to Big Piton and Little Piton.
8th sulfur springs
Dubbed the world’s only drive-in volcano, the perpetually boiling Sulfur Springs in Soufrière have mineral-rich, muddy hot waters that visitors take a dip in to “detoxify” the body. Water from the hot springs is tapped into four pools. The first pool near the springs has the hottest water and some visitors avoid it. That Experience usually begins with visitors dipping into the pools. They then disembark to apply the two layers of ‘healing mud’ to their wet bodies and return to the pools to wash off the mud to complete the ‘healing process’. There is Tour Operators in Saint Lucia bring visitors to Sulfur Springs. Admission prices range from US$5 to US$11 for children and adults respectively.
7 Castries Market and Vendor’s Arcade
Castries Market and Vendor’s Arcade In the center of Castries, the capital, is Saint Lucia’s largest open air market. It was opened and housed in 1891 300+ vendors and 100+ local sellers on market days and is open from Monday to Saturday. Various products are sold in this market including the island’s spices and sauces, local fresh food (including organic), fruit, meat, handmade items such as baskets or ornaments, the island’s souvenirs, clothing and tie-dye fabrics, and much more. The market has food spots featuring local cuisine and a smoothie bar to feed and satisfy ravenous shoppers. The market usually opens from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m
6 Morne Coubaril Historical Adventure Park
Adventure Park Morne Coubaril is a one-stop spot for adventure housed in a 1740’s estate. Adventures here are suitable for both adults and children. Visitors to this property see gardens filled with local flora and replica huts where villagers lived two centuries ago. There are chocolate and rum tastings at a site where cocoa and sugar cane are grown. Visitors can also go ziplining, canopying, horseback riding, or hiking near nearby waterfalls. Lovers get married here. There are hotels here that serve a range of local dishes and drinks.
5 Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, Waterfall and Hot Mineral Bath Spring
An award-winning tourism facility set on 15 acres of land, it offers natural therapy at its purest in a tranquil setting. Surrounded by lush and diverse vegetation, visitors will marvel at the diverse plant life that is home to birds and insects. The spectacular Diamond Falls, nestled in overhanging vegetation, are also a must-see. This facility also has therapeutic mineral water hot springs where visitors can take a dip. Private and public baths there have hot water drawn from the hot springs. In this establishment Gate, visitors can hire a guide to take them on a tour there to learn about the tropical Caribbean foods.
4 Rodney Bay
The beautiful Rodney Bay in the Gros Islet District is arguably the tourism capital of St. Lucia and has one of the best ports in the Caribbean. This sweeping beach on pristine blue waters offers visitors great views of the vast Caribbean Sea and the boats and megayachts that ply it. The beach also has straw-topped poles to protect visitors from the sun on the beach. There are also restaurants, hotels, malls, pools, beach bars, casinos, pools, and showers and toilets. At night there is lots of fun to keep visitors entertained.
3 Reduit Beach
Reduit Beach with approx a kilometer of coast is located on the north coast of St. Lucia and is the most popular beach on the island. From this fine sandy beach, visitors have a great view of beautiful Rodney Bay. This beach is ideal for family vacations with many fun activities for both adults and children, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, beach volleyball and more. Newly opened splash island Here is an inflatable and floating water sports park. This water park has a swing, obstacle course, trampoline, water volleyball court, climbing wall and slide. Certified lifeguards to ensure the safety of adults and children are on standby.
2 Gros Islet Street Party
Saint Lucia’s most famous party has been held every Friday for over 50 years Gros Islet Street Party aka “jump up” has performed except on Good Friday. The party starts at sundown when the residents of Gros Islet fire up their barbecues, set up table bars on the streets and serve Piton beer with ice. Thousands of revelers flock to this fishing village to party. Artisans set up booths to showcase their products to potential buyers. Music systems with DJs on deck belt out calypso, reggae and zouk dance tunes to keep the mood electric all night until dawn on Saturday. Local cuisine abounds to keep revelers energized throughout the night. These include chicken, pork, fish, whelks, crawfish and a shellfish dish called lambi.
1 Tet Paul nature trail
This one kilometer can be hiked or run by anyone regardless of ability Tet Paul nature trail in Soufrière, which takes about 45 minutes. Along this trail, visitors can see wildlife such as iguanas, birds, snakes, agouti rodents, manicou possums, a cassava house, traditional houses, organic farms, exotic fruit trees, and medicinal plants. The trail has a picnic area where groups or families can rest or have a meal. Lush greenery and flowers dotting this trail make it a photographer’s dream. On a clear day hikers can see southern St Lucia, Gros and Petit Pitons, Jalousie Bay, Martinique and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Tours of this trail are offered by tour operator for visitors unfamiliar with St. Lucia.