Tapering mountains, a gorgeous coastline, and colourful houses stacked up the hills make St. Lucia the perfect Caribbean holiday destination. The island’s breath-taking beaches are enough to lure travellers, but there are also sulphur springs, rainforests, botanical gardens, and photo-worthy nature trails to be explored. A half hour walk along the Tet Paul Nature Trail is a great way to soak in the island’s incomparable wonders, and is suitable for all ages. But here are five other things to do in St. Lucia for an unforgettable vacation:
Discover the beauty of Pigeon Island
With its picture-perfect views of the ocean, intriguing historical ruins, and tranquil beaches and bays, Pigeon Island is a primary attraction in St. Lucia. The 44-acre Pigeon Island National Landmark, also known as Fort Rodney, is located atop a hill in the north-west, close to Rodney Bay and Gros Islet. From here, you can enjoy panoramic views and also explore two beaches.
Go on a rainforest adventure
The splendor of St. Lucia’s rainforest is best experienced while zip-lining through the breath-taking wilderness. Later, you can get observe the biodiversity from close quarters on a nature trail, and take an aerial tram to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the wildlife. The open-air gondola flies as high as the treetops, and a guide ensures that you don’t miss sightings of endangered Jacquot parrots, black finches, and mangrove cuckoos.
Climb the Pitons
The volcanic Pitons are the best-known landmark in St. Lucia and climbing the mountains takes around four hours. However, the stunning views of the sea and island from the top, which is 600 feet above the sea level, make the effort worthwhile. Along the way, you also have the opportunity to explore the quaint fishing villages of the island. The tour begins early in the morning and once you reach the top, you can dig into a buffet-style lunch served at a sheltered beach.
Hire a private speedboat and go on a snorkelling tour
Enjoy a luxurious tour of St. Lucia’s west coast with a private speedboat that takes you into unchartered territory. Navigate towards the gorgeous Marigot Bay along with a guide, and then pause to undertake an exciting snorkeling tour of the bay. 60 feet beneath the sea, an ancient shipwreck and schools of multi-hued fish await you. Later, sail to the captivating black sand beach of Anse Chastanet, with the Jade Mountain beyond. This tour covers various scenic locations where famous Hollywood films have been shot.
Swim beneath the Toraille Waterfalls
Cool off on a sultry day with a dip beneath the stunning Toraille Waterfalls, cascading from a cliff 50 feet high. The water descends into a pool in the midst of a landscaped garden. The feeling of the water pounding on your back can be rather relaxing. Later, take a stroll through the charming paths and bridges of the surrounding gardens. It is easy to reach the waterfall and garden from the main road, and signs lead you to a reasonably spacious car park.