Saint Lucia is home to enchanting little towns, stunning beaches and bays and countless banana plantations, you won’t be at a loss for St. Lucia activities during your stay. Here are some of our top picks:
Castries: The capital city is centered around a harbor, which just happens to occupy the crater of an extinct volcano. The public market is one of the most mesmerizing places in the West Indies. Sample numerous varieties of bananas, pick up handcrafted items such as pottery and baskets or simply soak up the culture. Be sure to check out Derek Walcott Square during your time in Castries; it is an area steeped in history and beauty.
Pigeon Island National Historic Park: This is St. Lucia’s first national park and is joined to the mainland by a causeway. The west coast of the park boasts two incredible white sand beaches that are a must-see. Stop by Jambe de Bois, an eclectic restaurant serving local fare, or simply soak up the natural beauty, wildlife and landscape of this beautiful park. There are also numerous historic ruins, barracks and more that are well-worth exploring.
I was given the best tip when I was in St.Lucia which is to check the cruise ship schedule first. Usually cruise ships dock on Thursdays so try not to book any activities on that day because it will be extremely crowded. I was told sometimes up to 4 cruise ships come in at a time and that’s a ton of people. The crowds will totally change your experience and not in a good way. If you can go on a weekday like Monday or Tuesday, you’ll likely get to enjoy the sights with very little crowds.
26 ST.LUCIA ACTIVITIES
- TET PAUL #TetPaulNatureTrail Take a walk on the Set Paul Nature Trail. Wind your way up grand stairways past the spectacular vistas of this world heritage site.
- DIAMOND FALLS #DiamondWaterfalls
- DRIVE-IN VOLCANO #DriveinVolcano
- ZIP LINE MORNE COUBARIL #ZiplineThePitons
- ZIP LINE DENNERY #ZiplineDennery
- COOK LIKE A LUCIAN #CookLikeALucian Spend a wonderful few hours learning from Saint Lucians how to prepare authentic Saint Lucian cuisine!
- SNUBA /SNUBA DOO #UnderwaterSaintLucia
- SEA TREK #UnderwaterSaintLucia
- GROS PITON HIKE #HikeThePitons
- RAIN FOREST SKY RIDE #ZipAcrossTheRainForest
- PIGEON ISLAND NATIONAL LANDMARK #HistoricPigeonIsland
- SEGWAY ADVENTURE #SaintLuciaSegway
- ATV ADVENTURE #FourWheelSaintLucia
- KITE SURFING #SurftheSkySaintLucia At Sandy Beach in the South, and at Das En Bas Beach in the North.
- KAYAKING #SaintLuciaKayaking
- LATILLE NATURE EXPERIENCE #ExploreNatureinLatille
- MUD BATHS IN SOUFRIERE #SaintLuciaMudBath Legendary healing and health properties.
- DENNERY LOOKOUT #AmazingDenneryViews
- JUNGLE BIKING AT ANSE MAMIN #BikingSaintLucia 8 miles of bike trails in tropical vegetation and 18th century plantation remains.
- RODNEY BAY MARINA #YachtReadySaintLucia Pizzas, gelatos, sushi, Indian cuisine, local fare, cocktails, and ice-cold beers! Waterside dining and lots of boats!
- CANARIES LOOKOUT #AmazingCanariesViews
- FOND DOUX PLANTATION #SaintLuciaCocoaPlantation A 19th century colonial plantation hotel.
- MORNE LAYBY #AmazingCastriesViews Viewing point overlooking the capital and the cruise ship port.
- GROS ISLET FRIDAY NIGHT #GrosIsletFridayNights Every Friday night, Gros Islet is lined with sizzling BBQs, arts and crafts vendors, and the town centre becomes DJ central!
- SPLASH ISLAND WATERPARK #SplashIsland Kids, families and weekend warriors will love this Caribbean waterpark’s obstacle courses!
- ST LUCIA RUM DISTILLERY
- TORILLE WATERFALL
17 GROUP TOURS
Of course you can do most of this yourself if you want to rent a boat, bike, car, or dune buggy and explore on your own! If you want to rent a car, the hotel recommended Drive-A-Matic because of the 24 hour emergency services, unlimited mileage, free delivery and pick up at your hotel, and a free St.Lucia road map. However you can also rent cars from Sixt, Hertz, Avis, or Saint Lucia Car Rental.
1. Exodus Boat Charters
Half Day Sight Seeing & Snorkel CharterCruise along Saint Lucia’s west coast on a 31’ Bowen speed boat with retractable bikini canvas top. Leave from Rodney Bay Marina past Castries our capital, Marigot Bay one of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean, through the colonial fishing village of Anse la Raye, then Canaries and on to Soufriere; home of the majestic Pitons declared by Oprah Winfrey as “One of the five places to see in your lifetime.” Swim and snorkel in the Marine Reserve then relax on board while you cruise back to Rodney Bay.
Cost: US $650.00 from 1-6 persons
Time: 8:00am to 12:00pm or 1:00pm to 5:0pm / Duration: 4 hrs
Tour is available daily with refreshments water, sodas, beer and rum punch
Transfers are not included
2. Full Day Sight Seeing & Snorkel Charter
Cruise down the picturesque coastline one a 31ft. Bowen Speed Boat are at leisure to choose your stops from a number of the island’s beautiful locations like Marigot Bay, one of the most sheltered bays in the Caribbean. Sail past some of the island’s vibrant fishing villages like Anse La Raye home to the famous Friday Night Sea food fiesta and Canaries. Your final stop along the coast is the Island’s former capital city the town of Soufriere. Dip beneath the surface into the pristine turquoise waters of St. Lucia from you Boat. Masks, snorkels and fins are supplied on board for your use as you dive down a host of colourful coral reefs.
Cost: US $850.00 from 1-6 persons
Lunch in Soufriere is available at an additional cost.
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm / Duration: 8 hrs
Tour is available daily with refreshments water, sodas, beer and rum punch
Transfers are not included
3. Sport Fishing
Yellowfin Tuna year round (peaks Dec. – May)
Big Eye Tuna year round (peaks Mar. – May + Oct. – Dec.)
Wahoo year round (peaks Dec. – Jun.)
Blackfin & Skipjack Tuna year round (peaks Dec. – Jun.)
White Marlin – Spearfish – Kingfish – Barracuda – Bonito Tuna and Mackerel.
Transfers not included
4. Whale and Dolphin Watching
Cost: US $55 per person
5. Deep Sea Fishing
Cost: Join a scheduled party for half day — US $96.00 per person
6. Snorkle and Dive Trips
You can snorkel Marine Park for $96 per person or the Northern Sites for $60 per person. Snorkel gear is provided.
Single Tank US $126.00 per person
Double Tank US $150.00 per person
The price includes equipment and marine park fees.
The most popular dive sites are, The Lesleen M, Anse Cochon, The Pinnacles, Superman’s Flight, Anse Chastanet and Anse La Raye Wall. The boat ride to the sites vary from 35 to 55 mins depending on the site. The entire tour will last for approximately 4 hrs to 4 hrs 45 mins depending on the sites we visit that day.
You can even snuba Pigeon Island for 2.5 hours for $85 per person.
7. Private Sailing Charters
Go sailing on your customised private charter and enjoy an unforgetable, intimate experience while exploring the west coast. Sipping on champagne, sampling fresh tropical fruits or meerly indulging in complemenary snacks and other refreshments while sailing past our local fishing villages. Choose to swim or snorkel at our marine reserves with snorkle gear provided, or simply relax on deck while enjoying refreshing drinks.
One may sail on a Classic Monohull sailing yachts ranging from 40-42ft, french design and style, offering spacious cockpit, ample foredeck space for laying out and a transom in the aft for easy access to swimming and snorkeling. Or go off in a Flagship Catamaran the true blue water cruiser with a large cockpit with direct access to swim platforms, to spacious trampoline nets in the foredeck. This 40ft Robertson & Caine Leopard was built in South Africa and crossed the Atlantic Ocean.
Prices start at $450
8. Shopping in Martinique
Once in Martinique, there is the option of a 1⁄2 hour guided tour of the main attractions in the capital Fort de France and 2 hours exploring on your own or you can venture for the full 2 1⁄2 hours shopping on your own. Then re-board for a short trip to a serene bay. A barbeque lunch is served on board and you may swim, snorkel, or simply relax.
Full Day Tour on Thursday 8:30am to 5:30pm
9. Tout Bagay // Sea to Land Tours*
Tout Bagay Catamaran Day Tour (8 hours) includes:
–Swimming under Torille Waterfall
Available Monday, Wednesday & Saturday – 8:30am to 5:00pm
Cost: US $110.00 per adult + Zipline Option US $55 per adult
10. Tout Bagay Black Magic Pirate Ship Sunset Cruise
Cost: US $60 per adult // transfers included
11. Bean to Bar
Brace yourself for a gastronomical trip on a catamaran to create your very own delicious chocolate from scratch at a historic cocoa estate. See the cocoa in the bean stage, experience bean tasting, de-shelling, grinding . Scoop out the beans to be roasted and inhale the sensual aroma as they are turned into fine bars of chocolate. While the tempering (setting of the chocolate) is taking place enjoy a three course lunch infused with cocoa treats.
After lunch collect your personally made chocolate bar, then it’s on to the Mud Bath where you slather yourself in a mineral-rich potion allowing your body to relax and rejuvenate.
Cost: US $145 per adult
Tour Days: Wednesdays
12. Piton Hike
Take the ultimate St. Lucian challenge and climb to the peak of the world-famous Gros Piton, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and described by Oprah Winfrey as “One of the four places you must see during life”. The Pitons are two volcanic plugs located near the towns of Soufrière and Choiseul on the southwestern coast of the island. The Gros Piton is 771 m, and the Petit Piton is 743 m high; they are linked by the Piton Mitan ridge. There are still sulfur springs and hot mud pools in the nearby Soufrière caldera, visible remnants of former volcanic activity in the area.
Your day begins with a trip by bus down the west coast to Soufriere, passing by Marigot Bay, Anse La Raye Anse Cochon; a stop in the village of Canaries to enjoy their popular freshly baked bread . Your guide will then accompany you to the summit of Gros Piton, from which the view has to be seen to be believed, with clear views across to Martinique to the North and St. Vincent to the south. Be sure to get a photo near the World Heritage Site Monument. It is proof that you made it to the top!
Cost: US $136 per person
All Day Excursion (Bathing suites and a change of clothing is recommended for lunch) Lunch & refreshments are served.
Available Mon,Wed & Fri, minimum of 4 required
*Please note that whilst the hike does not require special experience or equipment it is nonetheless strenuos and not suitable for all. Hiking boots or sturdy trainers are required, and long sleeves and insect repellant are recommended.
13. International Pony Club Riding Stables
You can either ride along the beach with your horse or swim with your horse!
Prices start at $60 and includes pick up from your resort
14. St.Lucia Helicopters
North Island Tour: Castries, Major Beaches & Hotels, Plantations, Cap Estate Homes, Rugged Atlantic Coast, Pigeon Point, Fort Rodney, Rodney Bay Marina, Rat Island
South Island Tour: Castries, Marigot Bay, St. Lucian Fishing Villages, Lush Rainforest, Interior Mountains, Pitons, Soufriere Volcano, Coral Reefs, Dive Sites, Remote Waterfalls, Rivers and Valleys
A short drive through the city of Castries, then to the picturesque Morne through the community of Bexon which sits in one of the flattest lines of the rainforest. Then across the island into St. Lucia’s beautiful Rainforest where Wildlife unfolds with amazing fauna and flora.
Hike 1.75 miles for approximately an hour forty five minutes and experience nature with an opprotunity to view over 23 spicies of birds on the island including our National Bird the St. Lucian Parrot. This local experience continues with the opportunity to take a cool bath and relax in a natural river pool. Taste some of our local seasonal fruits, quench you thirst with some juice while you watch your guides as they roast provisions like breadfruit, ripe plantain and bananas on a bond fire for your tasting pleasure island style. Partake in this rear treat while you relax at the Parrots’ Bath.
Cost: US $80 per person
Tour Days: Tuesdays,Thursdays and Saturdays
16. Aerial Tram
Open-air gondolas, with a naturalist guide provide the one and only access to the upper layers of the rainforest. Ascending through the middle layer of the rain forest enjoy the fauna and flora. Descending you experience panoramic views of the northern tip of the island while viewing the top of the rainforest canopy.
Aerial Tram + Fern Nature trail + awesome views. No fitness limits, for all ages
Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: US $92.00
17. Zip Line
Mama’s Boys Need Not Apply! Get hitched up to a series of cables and zip from platform to platform in the tree canopy and swing like Tarzan or Jane. If your adrenaline isn’t flowing then, a brisk hike tothe next set of platforms will juice things up a bit before you zip safely and with a thrill to base camp.
Zip line course (8 zip lines and 9 platforms) in the rain forest.
Duration: 3 hours
Prices start at $92
Note for zip lines: No age restriction, Minimum waist 45.7cm/18″, Maximum hip/waist 127cm/50″, Maximum weight 170 kg/ 350 lbs. Not suitable for pregnant women or persons with back or neck injuries. Only suitable for the physically fit. Long shorts or trousers (no skirts or dresses), shirts/t-shirts with short or long sleeves recommended (wearing har-ness). Long hair must be tied back.
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