One of the enchanted islands of the Eastern Caribbean, St. Lucia offers the visitor dramatic mountains, beaches made from volcanic rock, reef-diving and quaint fishing villages. Waterfalls and a rainforest environment beckon to travelers to explore the interior of this island nation. Tropical gardens delight visitors with exotic orchids and bird-of-paradise flowers.
Areas of the Island
You might want to stay in Soufriere or Cap Estat, with its beautiful Anse Chanstanet beach. You can find a delightful villa close to this area to suit your needs at http://www.exceptionalvillas.com/st-lucia. Soufriere has a beach that is very popular with the local residents; it is surrounded by tall coconut palms.
Marigot Beach is also a beautiful beach that is surrounded by hillside forests; you’ll find restaurants, cafes, shops and bars in this area as well as inlets that offer tranquil moments in nature.
Reduit Beach and Rodney Bay are the main beaches in St. Lucia. Nearby you will find watersports, restaurants and bars. Swim in the calm waters of Reduit Beach.
Things to Do in St. Lucia
Surf and windsurf at Anse des Sables, on the southern coast. There are stunning views of the Maria Islands, and the beach is very accessible.
Swim in the waters of Pigeon Island National Park, on the northern coast; you can also spend your days sunning on the quiet beaches or visiting the nearby mini-museum. Ft. Rodney has historic ruins nearby; a climb to the vantage point affords views of Martinique in the distance.
Turtle watch at Grande Anse, where turtles come up on the beach to lay their eggs. It’s a location for the endangered Leatherback Turtle and will soon be a new national park. Find it north of Dennery, with its surrounding cliffs.
Visit “the worlds only drive in volcano” with a drive to Sulphur Springs, near Soufriere, on the southwestern side of the island. You can get a mud bath and experience bubbling mud and fumaroles (vents with steam). The Sulpher Springs are one of the most popular attractions on the island.
A visit to the St. Lucia Botanical Gardens at the Soufriere Estate offers peacefulness and beauty. Stroll its relaxing walks and view the cascading waterfall. Bring your camera for stunning pictures of gorgeous gardens as you hike the pathways.
Relax or swim, close to the airport, at Vigie Beach, north of Castries in St. Lucia. Its white sand is ideal for travelers who want to experience the beauty of the island at a protected beach.
Climb Its Mountains
You can hike or mountain climb at Gros Piton or at Petit Piton. The summit of Petit Piton offers hikers stunning views of St. Lucia and Piton Bay. Gros Piton has a visitors center; guides, park service employees, are required for hikers to this mountain. Entertaining and informative during the two hour climb to the summit, they reward the climber with great views.
Beauty and nature lovers find St. Lucia the ideal Caribbean destination.