Things to do in St. Lucia

Things to do in  St Lucia

The island that launched a thousand ships

St. Lucia is a small island in the Lesser Antilles, between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and it is exactly as beautiful as one would expect the so-called Helen of the West Indies to be. The twin Volcanic Pitons preside over the island, two volcanic plugs looming over the shoreline on the southern end. Many cruise ships on the Caribbean circuit stop at Castries, the capital, but other popular destinations inspire longer stays: Rodney Bay, Soufrière, and Marigot Bay. Tours around the island show off St. Lucia’s claim to fame of having the world’s only drive-in volcano, Sulphur Springs, while the Diamond Falls and Botanical Garden showcase pristine waterfalls and lush vegetation. Adventurous travelers can follow their guide on a hike up the Tet Paul Nature Trail to the top of the Pitons for unbeatable views of the surrounding landscape, rent an ATV or dune buggy for some off-roading, or horseback ride down the beach. The island’s unusual rainforest aerial tram allows visitors to glide easily through the forest canopy without the adrenaline-pumping aspects of ziplining, and a catamaran cruise around Marigot Bay with some snorkeling and sunning on the sailboat’s deck will fit the bill for travelers who want a milder adventure. A day trip to Pigeon Island National Park also lets travelers spend a day checking out the ruins of military buildings, beaches, and an interpretive center dedicated to St. Lucia’s West Indian heritage.

Top 15 attractions in St Lucia

Gros Piton

Perched along St Lucia’s southwest coast and protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the dramatic twin peaks of Gros Piton and Petit Piton are among the Caribbean island’s most memorable landmarks. Towering 2,619 feet (798 meters) above sea level, the Gros Piton, the larger of the two, is also a popular challenge for avid hikers.More

Sulphur Springs Park

Billed as “the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano,” Sulphur Springs Park is one of the most active geothermal sites in the Lesser Antilles islands. Surrounded by rainforest, the dormant volcano offers an otherworldly landscape to explore, and mineral-rich mud baths to soak in.More

Marigot Bay

American novelist James A. Michener called Marigot Bay “the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean” for its dream-like appeal. The bay is a postcard-worthy stretch that offers small white sand beaches, swaying palms, turquoise waters, and verdant green hillsides—exactly the kind of tropical paradise that the writer described.More

Pigeon Island

The 44-acre (18-hectare) Pigeon Island is a nature reserve on St. Lucia's northern tip, where travelers can trace the island's colonial past, and sunbathe and swim on its beaches. Not only one of the most beautiful spots in St. Lucia, the park is also one of the most historic sites in the Caribbean, holding both national landmark and national park status.More

Toraille Waterfall

One of St. Lucia’s most popular natural attractions, Toraille Waterfall drops about 50 feet (15 meters) from a cliff before falling into a pool that’s perfect for a refreshing swim. The falls, near the town of Soufriere, sit at the end of a nature trail and amid a tranquil tropical garden.More

Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens

Deep in a sheltered gorge at the foot of the Pitons, the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens is part of the Soufriere Estate, one of the oldest and best-preserved estates on St. Lucia. The gardens sit at the edge of Sulphur Springs Park, and the rich volcanic soil nourishes an incredible collection of tropical plants and flowers.More

Marquis Estate

One of the first sugar and banana plantations in St. Lucia, the 18th-century Marquis Estate—along the northeast coast near Soufriere—offers a view into St. Lucia’s history and its stunning natural beauty. Visitors can explore the estate, from the ruins of historic buildings to the coast, on an all-terrain vehicle.More

Morne Fortune

The name Morne Fortune translates to Hill of Good Luck in French, which must’ve been a sarcastic twist as this was the site of brutal battles between French and British forces. Today, you’ll find a French-built powder magazine and trio of guard cells are the oldest remaining structures. The Morne Battery still features the emplacement of four cannons (though not the cannons themselves) as well as a cemetery containing the graves of French and British soldier, a handful of civilians, and some of St. Lucia’s 19th-century governers. The 852-foot hill also offers a good view of nearby Castries Harbour.More

Anse Chastanet Beach and Reef

Located on a sheltered cove with a view of the island’s emblematic Pitons peaks, Anse Chastanet is one of the most beautiful beaches on St. Lucia. A reef just offshore teems with life, making it a great place to scuba dive or capture underwater photographs of mixed coral and large schools of tropical fish.More

La Soufrière Volcano

The dormant La Soufrière volcano (also known as the Qualibou caldera), is described as “the world’s only drive-in volcano.” It’s home to Sulphur Springs Park, the most active geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles, where tourists and locals alike who come to bathe in natural hot springs and enjoy the health benefits of the mineral-rich volcanic mud.More

Reduit Beach

Reduit Beach is an inviting stretch of sugar-soft sand along Rodney Bay, and it’s one of the largest and most popular beaches in St. Lucia. Visitors can sunbathe, swim, take part in watersports, and enjoy the convenience and amenities of the nearby town. Plus, catch views of the verdant peaks of Pigeon Island National Park from across the bay.More

Morne Coubaril Estate

The 18th-century Morne Coubaril Estate in St. Lucia features the (now restored original plantation house plus a replica of the worker’s village that depicts the plantation’s history of cotton, sugarcane, cocoa, and coffee production. Crops like coconuts and manioc (cassava are still grown here via traditional methods and are used to make products.More

Splash Island Water Park

If your children have trouble choosing between the playground or splashing around in the pool, Splash Island Water Park off Reduit Beach is a combination of both. Instead of an oversized swimming pool, however, the water park actually floats in the ocean right next to a pristine reef. Swing on the monkey bars, scale the climbing wall, or jump on the trampoline—all while splashing and cooling off in the cobalt Caribbean Sea. As the first floating, open ocean waterpark found anywhere in the Caribbean, Splash Island Waterpark is redefining the concept of fun on the water. Children will love playing water volleyball or taking multiple runs on the slide, and adults will love the sweeping views looking back towards St. Lucia’s Mountains. Onshore, Rodney Bay Village is just a short stroll away full of dining, shopping, and nightlife, and whether you’re just looking for a one-hour dip or a full day of splashing in the sun, the Splash Island Water Park is a big Caribbean, inflatable, non-stop adventure.More

St. Lucia Rainforest

The rugged hinterland of St. Lucia offers stretches of tropical rainforest, teeming with lush vegetation and local species such as the rare Jacquot parrot. Trails through Edmund Forest Reserve take you through the thick jungle of the southwestern interior, with wonderful views of mountains, valley, and the sea—all under the shadow of Mount Gimie, the island’s tallest peak.More

Cas en Bas Beach

On the northern tip of St. Lucia’s windward shore, Cas en Bas Beach is one of the best kite-surfing spots on the island, with regular trade winds blowing onshore and a protected cove where the water stays calm and glassy. It’s also the spot for horseback riding trips.More

Top activities in St Lucia

ATV Tour in St Lucia

ATV Tour in St Lucia

St Lucia Castries to Pitons Tour

St Lucia Castries to Pitons Tour

St Lucia Private Island Tour

St Lucia Private Island Tour

St Lucia Diamond Mineral Baths, Mud Baths & Waterfall Adventure
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Champagne Sunset Sail in St. Lucia

Champagne Sunset Sail in St. Lucia

Private Luxury Catamaran Cruise in St. Lucia

Private Luxury Catamaran Cruise in St. Lucia

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Majestic Gros Piton Hike

Majestic Gros Piton Hike

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People Also Ask

What is St Lucia best known for?

St. Lucia is probably best known for its twin volcanic peaks, the Pitons, which can be explored on foot, by ATV, or helicopter. Nestled among the hillside greenery, you'll find sulphur springs, waterfalls, rainforests, and nature reserves, while the island coastline boasts picturesque beaches, bays, and fishing villages.

What is there to do in St Lucia?

The rolling St. Lucia landscape is ideal for hiking and off-road adventure, while Sulphur Springs Park offers a laid-back immersion in volcanic mud. Along the coastline, explore island capital Castries and snorkel and dive around the offshore reef. Families get their kicks at Treetop Adventure Park or Splash Island Water Park.

How long should I spend in St Lucia?

Plan a week in St. Lucia. Bask on the beach before exploring the water by boat and reef snorkeling or scuba diving. Hike the Gros Piton Nature Trail or fly high on the aerial tram or ziplines. Practice self-care at Sulphur Springs Park and visit a vibrant town (Castries or Gros Islet).

Which activities are popular in St Lucia?

Reef snorkeling, mountain trekking, and mud bathing are some of the popular St. Lucia activities. Adventure with ziplines, in natural springs, and on an aerial tramway. Get cultured on a rum tasting session, agricultural tour, and guided city walk. Or, ride horses on the beach or drive ATVs through rainforest.

What is the best part of St Lucia?

For many, the island's natural landscape—volcanic peaks, hidden springs, vast nature reserves—is its greatest feature, and top natural attractions include Pigeon Island National Park, Sulphur Springs Park, and Toraille Waterfall. For others, the bays and beaches are the charm—best explored on beach excursions, town tours, or offshore cruises.

Is St Lucia expensive?

No. St. Lucia is reasonably priced, with options for every budget. If you're looking to splurge, the island's high-end resorts offer views over the Pitons, sea, and beyond. But you can enjoy similar views, for free, from the local beach at sunset. Pick up holiday souvenirs in the plentiful duty-free stores.

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