Things to do in St Lucia
With its white sands and sun-drenched waters, you’d be forgiven for thinking that holidaying in the Caribbean is all about relaxing on the beach. While this small island conjures up images of lush rainforests and palm-fringed beaches, there is a wealth of things to do in St Lucia. Take a hike through the magnificent rainforests – St Lucia is a paradise waiting to be discovered. Explore the remnants of volcanic stone, a leftover history now immortalised in the impressive mountains that reach to the sky. Immerse yourself in West Indian life as you experience the sounds, sights and smells of an island with a unique personality of its own.
Wine and Dine
Of all the potential St Lucia attractions, it is the Caribbean cuisine that will be engrained on your memory the most. Boasting a unique and unforgettable dining experience, the tastes and smells of the island will delight and surprise you. For a dream-like taste of St Lucia, visit the Boucan Restaurant at Hotel Chocolat. This dessert island treat boasts 180° views of the Pitons as well as a cocoa-inspired menu. Indulge in confit duck with bittersweet orange-cacao sauce or sip a chocolate daiquiri at the bar. For food with a distinct Caribbean twist, head to Jump Up Friday for local street food, including delicious lobster cooked in spices and chilled coconut milk.
Action and Adventure
If you’re looking for more than sun, sea and sand, you’ll find plenty of action-packed things to do in St Lucia. Embrace your sense of adventure with a trip to La Soufriere, a drive-through volcano. Journey to the centre of the live volcano, walk between the bubbling sulphur springs and indulge in a volcanic mud bath. The aquamarine water and nearby reefs surrounding the island are ideal for water sports. Equipment available to hire for windsurfing, snorkelling and scuba diving is widely available on the island.
For those looking for seclusion on their holiday, St Lucia is the perfect option. A popular destination for honeymooners, there are an array of St Lucia attractions for you and your sweetheart to partake in. For the more adventurous couple, a climb up the volcanic mountain of Gros Piton is a must. The rocky terrain makes for an exhilarating climb, but is worth it if only for the spectacular views. For something a little less energetic, cruise aboard a catamaran to the Diamond Botanical Garden. With a pleasing menagerie of flora and fauna, the garden is also home to the Diamond Waterfall, a backdrop for scenes from 1984 film Romancing the Stone.
The town of Gros Islet is widely considered as the party capital of St Lucia, perfect for night owls. Every Friday evening, the town is host to a vibrant street party, with a myriad of stalls selling barbecued fish and chicken accompanied with brews of spiced rum. A synaesthesia of Caribbean beats, St Lucian cuisine and spirited atmosphere, this is a must-see event for anyone wanting to experience true West Indian culture. Meanwhile, for more things to do in St Lucia, head to Rodney Bay, a particularly lively location for a wealth of night life. Try Happy Days bar for excellent barbecues and drinks offers all night long.
If you prefer something with a slower pace, take a trip to the fishing village of Anse-la-Ray where there are plenty of restaurants and quiet bars to choose from. Fresh seafood as well as salt fish, a local delicacy, is readily available in this beautiful location.
Recharge and Relax
For many, a St Lucia attractions conjures up images of lying in hammocks and sipping cocktails by the beach. For those who want a taste of island luxury, head to Choc Bay. An idyllic spot, this gorgeous palm-fringed beach offers the tranquillity you desire as well as being in close proximity to St Lucia’s capital city. Anse Chastenet beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, and visitors will love the distinctive shores of white sands and black volcanic rock- a perfect place to unwind.
For a holiday that caters for body as well as mind, head to The Body Holiday, an award-winning spa providing a range of treatments and therapies to soothe your soul. Indulge in one of their three, five or seven day experiences – aiding everything from healthy ageing, detoxing and a specialised programme that covers all aspects of fitness for a healthy mind and better sleep.