10 best things to do in stlucia
Discover the highlight of the Island and start off with our list of things to do in St Lucia.
1.Volga Nature Trail
The Volga Trail awaits to be explored on the diverse 1.5 hour hike between the Volcanic Mountain and with unbeatable panoramic views of St.Lucia pitons. Reservations are required for the Volga Trail and entry fee is USD$10 per person. Owned & operated by St Lucia Tropical Adventures.Volga Nature Trail is an easily accessed hike, moderate loop taking in lush vegetation and staggering views. From flat stretches to lush green stairway, the track is an excellent introduction to St. Lucia's diverse landscape.The trail features two scenic spots, introducing the plants, Both Piton mountains and the neighboring area. View details here
2. Gros Piton
Gros Piton is a Unesco World Heritage site, and as such hikers must register at the base of the mountain, pay the $50 USD per person fee, and hike with a guide. Guides are waiting at the base and reservations are not required. The hike takes you up 2000 feet in roughly two hours. There are four designated stopping points along the way with benches to rest, although some hikers stop more often. The trail is improved, with handrails and many steps built into the mountain, but we were still climbing over small boulders and taking steep steps on the path.
3. Anse Chastanet
There are so many activities on offer right on site than many guests feel that a return visit is needed to get to see the rest of the island! Anse Chastanet is located just around the rocky coastal bends from Soufriere, nestled in its own little fold of high coastal mountains and deep green rain forest,walking, hiking, bird watching - all of these activities can be enjoyed on the resort property itself in addition to which there are daily scheduled excursions off property and all over the island. Being located on the Caribbean coastline, the Anse Chastanet and Anse Mamin beaches and bay are perfect for sun bathing and swimming in calm crystal clear waters and its is also in the heart of St. Lucia's marine reserves and therefore offers excellent snorkeling and scuba diving right off shore.
4. Drive In Volcano & Sulphur Springs
Soufriere Volcano is an impressive attraction which you can drive straight into. The Sulphur Springs is a popular tourist attraction. As you drive through the crater, you will be assaulted by a strong smell of rotten eggs, the sign of the presence of sulfur in the water and the boiling mud. The last volcano eruption happened in the 18th century and it is considered dormant. A little below the crater, the stream that runs out feeds mud baths and hot springs that are full of minerals and are considered therapeutic.
5. Fond Doux Plantation Tour
Prince Charles visited this cottage as part of his official tour of Fond Doux Plantation. One of the earliest French estates established by land grants (1745 and 1763), this plantation still produces cocoa, citrus, bananas, coconut, and vegetables on 135 hill top acres. A 30-minute walking tour begins at the cocoa fermentary, where you can see the drying process. You then follow a trail through the cultivated area, where a guide points out various fruit- or spice-bearing trees and tropical flowers. Additional trails lead to old military ruins, a religious shrine, and a vantage point for viewing the spectacular Pitons. Cool drinks and a creole buffet lunch are served at the Cocoa Pod restaurant. Souvenirs, including just-made chocolate sticks, are sold at the boutique. Sight is USD$45 includes lunch Cost.
6. Botanical Gardens
In the heart of Soufriere,experience the lush tropical gardens sculpted around picturesque waterfalls,within a historical plantation that includes a eighteen century mineral baths,nature trail and the old mill restaurant.
7. Pigeon Island
Pigeon Island is an island landmark and now a St.Lucia National Park. A living museum within a natural setting, Visit historic Pigeon Island Museum and Interpretive Centre which highlights the "Battle of the Saints". See the remnants of the British Officers' mess building that housed the troops led by Admiral Sir Georges Brydges Rodney. Strolling up to Fort Rodney is a must not only for the exercise but it is interesting to learn about the British battles with the french over ownership of St.Lucia. There are several cannons evident as well as fort ruins. Hike it up to the highest peak, known as Signal hill ,and the 360 degree bird's eye view will make you feel like you're on top of the world.
8. Splash Island Water Park
Located on the the Northwest coast of St. Lucia, on the popular Reduit Beach, Splash Island is the Caribbean's first open water sports park. Made up of a series of inflatable rafts and walkways, bouncy castles and obstacles, the attraction adds a dash of energy and fun to a day at the seaside – making it great if you’re sick of lazy days of sunbathing and wallowing in the tropical heat! Kids especially will enjoy the climbing wall, the monkey bars, the rope bridges and the trampolines, while that out-at-sea volleyball court is always a real hit!
9. Enbas Saut Rainforest Trail & Waterfalls
The Enbas Saut Trail is a 2.5 miles (5 km) cut trail - remote, wild and unbelievably scenic, with a combination of rainforest, cloud forest, elfin woodlands and wildlife. Birds common to the area include the St. Lucian parrot, the St. Lucia black finch, the blue-hooded euphonia and mountain whistler.It is within the 19,000 acres of Central Rainforest Reserve; six miles East of Soufriere at the foot of the highest mountain, Mt. Gimie. Piton Canarie, Piton Troumassee and Mount Gimie stand predominantly not too far from the trail. Enbas Saut when translated to English means "below the falls". A walk down on solid ground as well as scores of wooden steps before reaching the waterfall and natural pool that's a popular swimming spot.
10. Rhythm of Rum Tour
St. Lucia Distillers Group of Companies is the last of the island’s rum distilleries and is located in the picturesque Roseau Valley, not far from Marigot Bay. The distillery was created in 1972 when the two remaining distilleries joined forces. Today, it produces more than 25 rums and rum products. They offer 1-hour tours of the distillery that end in a free tasting and an opportunity for visitors to buy a few bottles as a special souvenir.