The Best Things To Do In St Lucia

The Best things to do in Saint Lucia, Caribbean (hidden gems included)

With its powder-soft beaches, crystal clear emerald waters, and a verdant, mountainous landscape, St Lucia has everything a visitor could dream of a tropical island. Known for its majestic twin peaks of the Pitons and a drive-in volcano, this spectacular island with to-die-for scenery attracts people from across the globe.

Along with hidden waterfalls and snorkel-worthy reefs, the island with countless banana plantations and authentic Creole culture is without doubt one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands.

FUN FACT: St Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman and has the second highest number of Nobel Prize winners per capita

St Lucia, the island with a turbolent history, possession changing 14 times between the French and English.
St Lucia – the island with a turbulent history was fought over because of its strategic position (possession changing 14 times between the French and English).

Located in the eastern Caribbean about 21 miles (34km) south of Martinique and 26 miles (42 km) northeast of St. Vincent, St Lucia is the second largest of the Windward group in the Lesser Antilles.

The Windward Islands, comprising Dominica, St Lucia, St. Vincent, the Grenadines and Grenada are a paradise for eco tourist and adventure seekers.
source: geology.com

St Lucia is home to hidden treasures, many of which are off the beaten track. Here are the best things you shouldn`t miss out when visiting this idyllic island!

The Best Things To Do In St Lucia

TIP: The best way to discover beauties of St Lucia is to leave touristy Rodney Bay and make your way to the southwestern part of the island where you will uncover the island`s little gems.

SULPHUR SPRINGS PARK

  • EXPERIENCE ST LUCIA`S VOLCANO AND MUD BATH AT LA SOUFRIERE VOLCANO
Sulphur Springs, the most active and hottest geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles, Caribbean.
Sulphur Springs in St Lucia

One of the best things to do in St Lucia is definitely paying a visit to the Sulphur Spring Park, the most active and hottest geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles. Notable for the unpleasant sulphur odour (rotten-egg smell), Soufriere Volcano which collapsed more than 40,000 years ago, now produces only bubbling, steaming mud that can reach temperatures of 170 °C (338 °F). 

  • Sulphur Springs volcano, one of the Caribbean`s most unique attractions.
  • smoking Sulphur Springs in St Lucia

Nowadays the only “drive-in” volcano in St Lucia ranks at the very top of most travellers bucket list. Drive on a road passing through the edge of the crater, park up and walk just a few steps from a dormant volcano.

Sulphur Springs Park in St Lucia, the only "drive-in" volcano on the island.
Until recently it was allowed to walk over the crater, but due to accidents visitors are now requested to stay behind the fence.

TAKE A MUD BATH at Sulphur Springs Park

The best things to do in St Lucia: Volcanic Mud bath experience
Volcanic Mud Bath

After visiting the volcano, make your way to the world famous Sulphur mud baths with healing powers for the skin. The mineral-rich mud baths, which helps to heal sun burns, eczema, or sore joints, offer a unique experience. Take a dip in the warm waters, cover your body with the mud and wash off in one of the spring fed thermal pools. An experience not to be missed!

†††† The world famous therapeutic waters at Sulphur Springs Park

TIP: When planning a mud bath, we highly recommend wearing a dark bathing suit.

Unique things to do in St Lucia: Sulphur Mud bath experience
St Lucia, a volcanic Caribbean island with a Sulphur mud bath experience

GOOD TO KNOW:

Unfortunately La Soufriere Sulphur Springs, one of St Lucia`s most overcrowded sites, is never the intimate experience that you would hope for.  For a better experience, visit Sulphur Spring Park early in the morning or in the afternoon when cruise ship passenger have already gone.

TORAILLE WATERFALL

Torraille waterfall St Lucia, a popular place to cool down when in St Lucia
Torraille waterfall

After a mad bath in warm waters, cool off in one of St Lucian waterfalls. One of the most accessible falls in St Lucia, surrounded by verdant vegetation, is located only two-minute walk from the main road. To reach 15 metres high Toraille waterfall, follow a natural trail and enjoy breath-taking scenery.

GOOD TO KNOW:

Opening times: 9 am – 5 pm

Entrance Fee: $6 EC ($ 3USD)

Parking, toilets and changing rooms are available on-site.

TIP: Unsurprisingly, it`s a bucket list place shared by plenty of other people. Come in the middle of day and you will encounter hordes of visitors (part of a half or full-day sightseeing tour). To beat the crowds, visit the waterfall early in the morning or near closing time.

When you need a break from stunning St Lucian beaches, Toraille waterfall is the nice change.

Torraille waterfall, Soufriere in St Lucia
Toraille waterfall: easily reached from the main road along the way to Fond Jacques rainforest.

NEW JERUSALEM MINERAL BATHS (“DLO SHO”)

For more intimate mineral bath experience, head to New Jerusalem Mineral Baths. Located just a short drive from the town of Soufriere, this natural pools of mineral rich water are a hidden gem. A peaceful 10-minute walk down to the mineral baths brings you to warm pools with different temperatures of water.  Jerusalem Mineral Baths are a great place to appreciate nature and seek serenity.

GOOD TO KNOW:

The baths are locally owned and managed.

The trail to the mineral baths is not well marked.

A changing area and toilettes are on a site.

Entry Fee: No Local $10 EC ($4 USD), Local $7.50 EC ($3 USD), Visiting (Having a look around without bathing) $5 EC ($2 USD)

DIAMOND BOTANICAL GARDENS

Head east out of Soufriere town and visit Diamond Botanical Gardens, one of the most beautiful natural wonders in St Lucia. Originally part of the Soufriere Estate, given to the Devaux family by King Louis XIV of France, these well maintained gardens are laid out around the mineral rich bath built for King Louis XVI soldiers.

A trail through the well-labelled tropical gardens will lead you to mineral bath with therapeutic powers and to the spectacular Diamond waterfall.

Diamond Falls, St Lucia
The Spectacular Diamond waterfall, a must see natural attraction when in St Lucia.

FUN FACT: The rock face of the Diamond waterfall continues to change colour depending on the mineral content, hence the most colourful waterfall in the Caribbean.

Approximately 17 metres high Diamond waterfall is a mixture of rainwater and volcanism fed by the mineral rich Sulphur Springs.

Diamond fall in St Lucia, the most colourful waterfall in the Caribbean
The Diamond Waterfall St Lucia: the most colourful waterfall in the Caribbean

GOOD TO KNOW:

Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10 am -5 pm, Sunday and Public Holidays: 10 am -3 pm

Admission fee (May 2019): Adults: US$7 / EC$17.50, Children: Half Price
Private Baths: US$7 – EC$17.50
Public Baths: US$6 – EC$15

Swimming in the waterfall is not permitted. Visit the website for more information about Diamond Botanical Garden.

On site there are changing rooms, toilets, a small shop and a restaurant.

SOUFRIERE

Soufriere, St Lucia
Soufriere

St Lucia`s oldest town and the capital when France controlled the island, stands in the shadow of the twin peaks of the Pitons. Soufriere, home to some of St Lucia`s most famous tourist sites, is often overlooked by visitors. Thankfully, this results in a laid-back atmosphere and reasonable prices. Once a small fishing village can be easily explored on foot; modern and colonial buildings painted in pastels, the Old Courthouse and the waterfront should not be missed.

CLIMB ONE OF THE PITON MOUNTAINS

The Pitons in St Lucia
The Pitons

The Pitons, the island`s most photographed landmark, are usually explored by boat, or from the coast, however more adventurous spirits prefer to climb to the top. Though 743 m (2,438 ft ) high Petit Piton is the smaller of the two, the small Piton is more dangerous and highly challenging to climb because of its steep sides.

TIP: If you are not an experienced climber, consider admiring the volcanic Pitons from the ground.

HIKING THE TET PAUL NATURE TRAIL

If climbing one of the Piton Mountains isn`t really your thing, but you would love to admire St Lucia`s twin towering peaks, walk the Tet Paul Nature Trail.  An easy alternative to the Gros Piton trail, offers some of the most spectacular views in St Lucia.

Hillside natural trail through a working organic farm is a loop that could be completed in up to 45 minutes. Walk through a variety of tropical trees and exotic fruits, visit a traditional house and enjoy views of the Pitons, famous Sugar beach and the neighbouring islands of Martinique and St. Vincent.

Tet Paul Trail in St Lucia
The Tet Paul Nature Trail offering a picturesque viewpoint of the famous Piton Mountains and the Caribbean Sea.

A staircase known as the “Stairway to Heaven” leads to a platform with a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of countryside and the Pitons.

GOOD TO KNOW:

LOCATION:

The Tet Paul trail is located in the Piton Mountain World Heritage Site, near Fond Doux Plantation, Soufriere. The trail is easy to find (Turn right from the main road towards the Fond Doux Plantation and follow the sign. Take a left before the entrance to the Plantation and follow the Tet Paul sign). If you are walking to the Tet Paul trail from Fond Doux Plantation, be aware it is very steep and winding walk.

TIP: The Tet Paul nature trail is an easy to moderate hike, great for families and groups. The hike can be easily done with young children.

Opening times: 8 am – 6pm (Every day)

Admission fee: $10 USD or $27.00 EC

PITON WATERFALL

The Best Things to do in St Lucia, Caribbean
Piton waterfall

For something quieter away from the typical tourist spots, consider visiting the Piton waterfall. About thirty feet (9metres) high Piton waterfall with 3 warm bathing pools is a hidden scenic treasure where you may ease aching muscles. Nestled in lush St Lucian rainforest, the fall is located along the way to the Jalousie Plantation and Petit Piton, south of Soufriere. For truly unforgettable stay, arrive early in the morning or late afternoon.

Relaxing warm waterfall in St Lucia
Relaxing warm waterfall

GOOD TO KNOW:

Entrance fee: Adults $7.50 EC ($3 USD), Children under 11yrs $3.75 EC ($1.50 USD)

Guide not needed. Large free car park on a site.

ANSE DES PITONS (Pitons Bay)

Unique location of Anse des Pitons (situated between the two Pitons), with its dramatic underwater landscape

Anse des Pitons is not only home to the picturesque white sand Sugar beach, but is also a popular snorkelling site. Renowned for dramatic underwater landscape and several varieties of corals, Anse des Pitons underwater area is protected as a part of the National Marine Reserve.

Anse des Pitons is home to some of the best snorkelling sites in St Lucia.

 GOOD TO KNOW:

Anse des Pitons offers a wonderful opportunity to swim and snorkel, however the waters are getting deeper than on the other beaches in St Lucia. The towering Pitons dominating the landscape also extend to beneath the sea, hence quickly disappearing to the dark depths of the Caribbean sea just a few meters from the shore.

TIP: If you are an inexperienced swimmer, there is plenty to explore in shallow waters closer to the shore.

PIGEON ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

Pigeon Island St Lucia, one of the most important historic attractions in St Lucia
Pigeon Island National Park

Want to explore one of St Lucia`s most important historic attractions? Visit Pigeon Island, an easy half day escape from crowded Rodney Bay. A historic landmark with the opportunity to see the island from above became a strategic look out point for defending the shores of St Lucia in the 18th century. Stumble across colonial ruins and enjoy breath-taking views from Fort Rodney and Signal Peak.

A lookout point at the top of the Rodney Fort offers a panoramatic view of the Northwest coastline

Once a separate island, this hilly islet was connected to the mainland by a man made causeway on which a few large resorts have been built.

GOOD TO KNOW:

Pigeon Island National Park`s beaches are the only beaches on the island that are not public. To access the site you need to pay an entrance fee. Pigeon Island National park is operated by the St Lucia National Trust.

TIP: Visit Pigeon island national park on the day when there is no a cruise ship in the port. If not possible, explore the site in the afternoon.

Pigeon Island national park has a restaurant featuring local cuisine.

ENTRANCE FEE: For more information, visit the St Lucia National Trust site

Beaches in St Lucia

REDUIT BEACH IN RODNEY BAY

Rodney Bay, St Lucia
St Lucia, Caribbean

If you love turquoise blue water and long sand beaches with a buzzing atmosphere, Reduit beach in Rodney Bay might be just for you. St Lucia`s most popular stretches of gold sands with handful of resorts and a wide choice of restaurants is a popular gateway among a cruise ship passengers. St Lucia`s tourist magnet is only a five-minute taxi drive from Rodney Bay Marina where the visitors may find aplenty of bars, restaurants and shops.

Reduit beach, the island`s busiest tourist hub

Reduit beach with turquoise waters and gold sands is an ideal place for swimming.

GOOD TO KNOW:

The visitors may rent water sports equipment, sun beds and umbrellas.

TIP: For those looking for tranquillity on Reduit beach, visit the left side of the beach, away from the restaurants.

CHOC BAY

Want to spend a day on the beach away from busy Reduit beach? Beyond Rodney Bay`s, a St Lucia`s vibrant tourist hub, lies the peace and quiet beach that Caribbean is famous for. Head to Choc Bay, located just outside of the capital city of Castries, on the island`s north western coast. Renowned for its clear waters, this particular beach is the perfect spot to watch stunning sunsets in St Lucia. Choc beach is an ideal beach for those looking for a less hectic scene.

Picturesque Rat Island just off shore of less crowded Choc Bay

Sunset at Choc Bay, St Lucia
Choc Bay is a perfect place to watch the sun to go down

GOOD TO KNOW:

Choc beach is easily accessible by car from the Gros Islet Highway. Unfortunately you won`t find any public toilets along this beach, which is something to consider if planning to spend whole day on the beach.

MARIGOT BAY

Marigot Bay, St Lucia
Marigot Bay, one of St Lucia`s famous landmarks

Marigot Bay, fringed with mangroves and surrounded by steep hills of tropical greenery, is without doubt one of the most beautiful bays in St Lucia. The classic Caribbean setting with golden sands, swaying coconut palm trees and anchored boats on the bay`s blue waters was also the setting for the original  movie Dr Doolittle.

Marigot Bay is also famous for being the only “hurricane hole” in the Caribbean where the boats may shelter in bad weather.

Picturesque Marigot Bay, St Lucia
Marigot bay, one of the most picturesque natural harbours in the Caribbean

TIPS:

Marigot Bay, located just five miles of south of Castries, is best viewed from a scenic viewpoint on the road between the main Caribbean coastal route and Marigot bay itself.

The one minute ferry runs constantly taking visitors from the marina to the Doolittle`s restaurant and the beach for a small fee ($ 1 USD or free ride when visiting the Doolittle`s restaurant).

GOOD TO KNOW:

Idyllic Marigot Bay with a small strip of sand is a popular stop for sail excursions. A tiny sandy beach with hotels and pricey restaurants nearby can get easily overcrowded during the day. Bear in mind that swimming and snorkelling in the bay is not easy due to boat traffic nearby. No public restrooms can be found on the beach.  Water sports equipment (paddle boards, kayaks, hobie catamaran) can be rented on the north side of the beach. There is a possibility of renting beach chairs and buying drinks from the locals on the beach (beverages are much cheaper compared to a pricey bar).

A small expensive grocery store, a few shops and waterfront restaurants can be found on the south side of Marigot bay.  Restaurants and bars accessible only by boat offer free shuttle until late in the evening.

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MARIGOT BAY:

The best time to visit Marigot Bay is in the late afternoon when sailing excursions leave the bay.

Sunset in Marigot Bay St Lucia
Marigot bay is a great place to watch the sunset

Marigot Bay, is an ideal place for everyone visiting the island on the private yachts.

ANSE COCHON

Anse Cochon, St Lucia, one of St Lucia`s top beauty spots
One of St Lucia`s top beauty spots – Anse Cochon

Drive 35 minutes south of busy Marigot Bay and you will hit the secluded Anse Cochon, nestled along the cliff side. The 200 metres long remote, jungle-backed silver sand with the serene waters is an ideal getaway for some rest and relaxation. Anse Cochon with its tropical setting, shallow reef and one adults-only hotel is the perfect place to escape more crowded beaches.

The secluded Anse Cochon on the island of St Lucia, Caribbean
The secluded Anse Cochon on the island of St Lucia

GOOD TO KNOW:

Water sport equipment (including kayaks and snorkelling gear) may be rented from the Ti Kaye resort, even if you are not staying at the resort.

How to Access Anse Cochon beach

To access Anse Cochon from Castries, drive through village of Anse La Raye and carry on passing the Brigand Hill Estate until spot Ti Kaye Resort & Spa sign in front of you in a 180 degree bend. Go straight, pass the sign and follow the road which will lead you down to the resort. To entry the beach, you will need to pay $10 USD per person at the hotel reception which can be redeemed against the food and drinks in the beach restaurant.

ANSE CHASTANET BEACH (Marine National Park)

Anse Chastanet, St Lucia
Picture postcard perfect Anse Chastanet`s golden sand beach surrounded by coral reef

With abundant natural beauty and spectacular views, Anse Chastanet beach, is by all means of one St Lucia`s most picturesque beaches. A natural curving bay fringed by palm trees just north of town of Soufriere is an ideal getaway for honeymooners and those looking for a relaxing escape. For snorkelling and diving enthusiasts, easily accessible Anse Chastanet coral reef is in a great condition. 

Anse Chastanet in St Lucia is also known for excellent snorkeling right off shore and also, excellent scuba diving.

TIP: Crystal clear waters of Anse Chastanet with rich sea life can get busy with the cruise ship tours coming on catamarans. For a calmer experience we advise to visit the beach in the morning (before 11 am) or in the late afternoon (after 4pm).

GOOD TO KNOW:

Despite the presence of one of the most romantic hotel in St Lucia, Anse Chastanet can be accessible to non-resort guest. A very steep 10 minute drive on an unpaved road from the village of Soufriere will bring you to the guest parking to the left.

TIP: There is no entrance fee to use the beach as all beaches in St Lucia are public (except of Pigeon Island).

ANSE MAMIN

Anse Mamin, St Lucia
Anse Mamin, a dreamy golden sand beach, more secluded than nearby Anse Chastanet.

Seeking a more remote postcard perfect beach with crystal clear blue waters? Make your way towards the north end of Anse Chastanet and follow the costal path below the cliffs. Anse Mamin with golden soft sand, surrounded by trees and lush vegetation is one of St Lucia`s well-kept secrets. The clear sparkling waters great for snorkelling right off shore make it a good place for families with children. 

Anse Mamin in St Lucia in the afternoon
Anse Mamin in the late afternoon

TIP:  For a more deserted feel, visit Anse Mamin in the late afternoon.

GOOD TO KNOW:

Vistors not staying at nearby luxury resort may use sun loungers for a fee. If you would like to visit a grill restaurant on the beach, bear in mind that this lovely place is serving food only until 3pm.

SUGAR BEACH (JALOUSIE BEACH)

Sugar Beach, St Lucia
Sugar Beach, also known as Jalousie Beach.

No trip to St Lucia would be complete without a visit to the most famous beach – Sugar beach, also know Jalousie beach. Nestled between two Pitons, powdery white sand beach offers phenomenal views.

GOOD TO KNOW:

Sugar beach, the most famous beach on the island, can be accessed via the Sugar Beach Viceroy resort entrance. The resort does not allow non-guests to drive down to the beach. Visitors can use a shuttle service resort provides ($ 50 USD per person), or they can walk down to the beach (steep 1.2 km long downhill walk). To avoid an expensive shuttle bus or walking down the steep curvy road, try to arrive by a boat (water taxi).

TIP: The $50 USD per head access fee may be redeemed at a restaurant.

Sugar beach is divided into 3 parts:

– “south” part of the beach is accessible for hotel guests only

– “middle” part of the beach (includes the restaurant, loungers) is for the hotel guests, but visitors may hire luxurious loungers.

– “north” part of the beach (snorkelling area) with a pier and the loungers are free to use

All beaches in St Lucia are public and anyone can access them (but visitors are not allowed to use resort`s lounge chairs unless they are hotel guests).

SAULT FALLS

hidden waterfall in St Lucia, Caribbean.
hidden waterfall in St Lucia

Surrounded by a serene forest on the Atlantic side of St Lucia, Sault Falls is one of the St Lucia`s off-the-beaten-path experiences. Known as Errard waterfall as well as Dennery waterfall, this 15 metres (50 feet) high fall, secluded in the jungle, is definitely worth a visit.

GOOD TO KNOW: 

We recommend visiting the Sault Falls during a rainy season when the waterfall has more supply of the water.

No entry fee.

Wether you are after relaxing on powdery sand beaches, trekking the rich rainforest with the majestic twin Pitons, enjoying rushing waterfalls or dreamy coastline, this unique island will mesmerize you every way. Enjoy!

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