This island is one place that really does cater to everyone's interests. Step outside your St. Lucia villa and you'll find tons of outdoor activities, local markets, shopping, great food, historic sites and more. The Anse la Raye fish fry is a popular Friday night event and a great way to interact with the locals, as is the Castries market. Head to a black sand beach, like Anse Chastanet Beach, for an afternoon of sunning and swimming. There are also spas, golf courses, and so much more on St. Lucia - all listed below for your convenience and close in distance to a terrific villa on St. Lucia where you can stay in homey comfort.
Anse La Raye fish fry is a popular Friday night destination for locals and visitors alike, the west coast village is just twenty minutes drive from the capital. Long-established and enjoying continued popularity is the Gros Islet Friday night street party. The generally sleepy fishing village takes on a whole new dimension by sunset Friday night when vendors set up their stalls and the first revellers stroll in for sundowners. By 9pm, the place is heaving, music emanates from towering speakers and the smell of great local food wafts through the festive air.
Jeremie Street, Castries, St. Lucia. Discover St. Lucia's colorful, friendly nature while visiting the 100-year-old Saturday Market in the capital of Castries. Here you'll find bountiful bananas, the day's seafood catch, local spices such as mace, nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa and hot pepper sauces, which make great gifts and souvenirs. In the adjacent Craft Market are baskets, brooms and other straw goods, wood carvings, pottery and local artist's wares at excellent prices.
If you like the outdoors and you want to experience the island of St.Lucia away from the beaten track - we have the right tours for you. Choose between 3 different trails from beginners to advanced leading to secluded waterfalls in the rainforest. Visit a restored 18th century sugar mill on the way down the scenic west coast road. The hiking tours are followed by a delicious buffet of local dishes at a secluded bay. There you have enough time in the afternoon to go snorkeling or swimming.
On all tours you can probably see the rare St.Lucian Parrot
You will be transported in an open Land Rover jeep & we promise you a real off-road ride when we reach the outskirts of the rainforest!
Only small groups
Hiking shoes or sneakers & a willingness to get wet and have fun are required!
It is located at Anse Chastanet Resort, which is nestled amidst a 600-acre tropical estate with two soft sand beaches bordering on pristine coral reefs.
It is just a mile and a half from the picturesque town of Soufriere on St. Lucia's southwestern Caribbean shoreline.
They offer boat diving, night diving and wreck diving - as well as guided snorkel tours.
Few places anywhere offer the spectacular scenery that is St. Lucia's. And there is no better way to take it all in than by helicopter. Your pilot's informative and lively commentary rounds out the experience which you won't soon forget.
St. Lucia Helicopters offers three aerial tours. They both take off from Castries which is central to most of the Island's hotels (roughly 15 minutes by taxi), and the Cruise Ship Jettys.
Airport shuttles, scenic tours, photography flights and private charters for up to 6 passengers in air-conditioned comfort.
North of the town SoufriÃ¨re, Saint Lucia is the beautiful stretch of beach known as Anse Chastanet. Although this beach is managed by the Anse Chastanet resort, it is accessible to the public. Anse Chastanet is perhaps best known snorkeling and amazing scuba diving! Many of the reefs are accessible just a few meters into the water.
Consider renting a 4WD vehicle for this attraction as the roads are very steep and in fair condition.
This remote dark-sand beach is reached only by boat or by a long bumpy mile ride through Ti Kaye. The water and adjacent reef are superb for swimming, diving, and snorkeling. The depths of this water make it a great snorkeling site for the colorful reefs and sightings of Turtles, Eels, Octopus, Squid and more.
Anse De Sables Beach is a long and beautiful stretch of windy, white sandy beaches on the southeastern coast of St. Lucia. The constant trade winds makes this an ideal location for wind surfing. 1 mile from the Maria Islands Nature Reserve and close to the town of Vieux Fort, you have everything you need for a day of fun in the sun!
Anse des Pistons Beach is a tropical paradise located in Jalousie Bay between the volcanic peaks of Gros and Petit Piton. A great place for tanning under the sun, snorkeling or scuba diving at the 1,800 foot drop off at the base of the Pitons.
Anse Louvet is a beach on the eastern coast of St. Lucia. With a 30 minute drive from Au Leon and an hour and a half hike, this secluded and natural beach is a quiet setting with rugged terrain and cliffs that create a amazing blowhole and if you follow the river you will see some beautiful mini waterfalls, with the highest being about 10 feet tall. This is not the best adventure for young children as the hike is long, rugged and at times slippery.
The Arts Cooperative has paintings, jewelry, pottery, basketry, textiles, coconut and wood crafts. Located at La Place Carenage, Elizabeth II Dock, Castries.
This is an ATV tour on private property which includes different fruit plantations, the rain forest and a private beach.
These guided tours are usually at least three hours, and guests will also sample local fruits, fresh juices and herb tea.
A visit to Balenbouche estate, Choiseul, a heritage site and guesthouse in the south of St Lucia which is still quite off the beaten path, offers a very personal and authentic experience. The 19th century Estate house, residence of the Lawaetz family, is surrounded by an enchanting garden with many huge old trees and areas to relax. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the grounds, swim at one of the secluded beaches, and explore the remains of an impressive 18th century sugar factory. A collection of Amerindian artifacts, rock basins and petroglyphs tell of an ancient indigenous culture. One of the owners will personally take you around the Estate. Lunches and dinners can be arranged by prior appointment.
This is a highly recommend hike.
You'll be taken to the Vieux Secrieux (Creole for âold sweetnessâ) entrance, which is 20 minutes away from the cruise port or northern hotels.
From there, you will hike up this gently slopping 700-feet northeastern mountain, stop half way to catch your breath, and be immersed in the heavenly breeze of the Atlantic. The views quite stunning.
At the top, you'll be treated to pure organic local wines and barbecued chicken.
Located near the Gros Islet, this eastern St. Lucian beach offers a quieter beach experience for swimming, snorkeling and it is also one of the pre-eminent places for wind surfing. Since the roads leading to this beach are in rough condition, it is recommended a 4WD vehicle is used for this adventure.
Choc Bay is a long stretch of sandy beaches located on the northern coast of St. Lucia. Lined with coconut palms, this beach is a sheltered and shaded beach with tranquil waters perfect for swimmers and families with children. Water sports and shopping are both within close distance for a day of fun under the sun...or shady palms, whichever you prefer!
With use of a Jeep, Dauphin Bay can be accessed from Monchy. This bay has become widely popular for the Indian stone-carvings and ruins of an old colonial church dating back to before 1795. Located about a 50 meter walk from the beach, you'll have to wade across a river and through some brush first, but if you are up for such an adventure, the stones are in the clearing just past the brush. History at your fingertips and beautiful scenery surrounding you makes this a great St. Lucian attraction.
Is your game fishing? Sport fishing is one of the most exciting ways to spend a day or half day and St. Lucia offer some of the best fishing in the Caribbean. At Serenity Vacations & Tours we combine vast experience with youthful electricity to ensure you are treated to the best. Captain Ferdinand James is the current record holder for a 520 pound blue marlin on a 50 pound test line and has over 30 years of international and local experience. The impressionable captain Ram will thrill you with energy and humor. Come on over and enjoy the thrill of the reel. Whether you are cruising for the day or staying with us in St Lucia, deep sea fishing is a "must do" sport for all anglers. Transportation to and from your hotel. Summer rates $380.00 for 1/2 day charter and $750.00 for full day.
Located in picturesque Marigot Bay they offer scuba diving trips to rich and diverse natural and artificial reefs, you can visit shipwrecks in Anse Cochon, Wall dive off the majestic Pitons in Soufriere, night dive among sleeping sting rays or you can take a snorkel or kayaking tour.
Donkey Beach is located on the eastern coast of St. Lucia and about an hour's walk from Gros Islet. While an hour walk may sound like quite the feat, the tropical scenery makes this hike well worth it. Donkey Beach is an open and windy stretch of secluded sandy beach shore that is unique to many of the other beaches on the island.
Half or full day trips with lunch, drinks & swimming. BBQ's, sunset cruises and private charters for 16-80 'fun in the sun' people.
Seeing St. Lucia from the sea is a real treat, sometimes the boats are accompanied by playful dolphins as they sail down the calm Caribbean sea. The catamarans are large and very stable with plenty of seating for relaxing and chatting, with enough room to walk around and even dance if the mood takes you! The netting on the front of the boat is a great place to sit or lie and soak up the sun and watch the sea pass beneath you.
Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is a one hundred and fifty years old working cocoa plantation near Soufriere. It is one of the five top attractions on St.Lucia. Guided tours around the tropical flower gardens and the traditional method of cocoa production from which chocolate is made. Delicious creole buffets are served daily.
Travel by coach along the scenic west coast to Fond Gens Libre, "village of the free people" community the welcome center. From there, a knowledgeable guide will lead you along the trail which winds around the mountain at a gradual gradient and is abound with panoramic vistas of the coast and Petit Piton in the distance. Life has its rewards and you will find many of them on the Gros Piton Nature Trail.
The first half of the trail is moderate and can be enjoyed by everyone, while the second half involves a steep accent to the summit suitable to the more adventurous hiker.
Environmental Education & Ecotourism Unit
Union, St. Lucia West Indies
Divers at Ti Kaye Resort in Saint Lucia is the perfect place from which to launch your underwater holiday adventure. The dive shop is perched over the picturesque Anse Cochon, one of the most coveted dive site clusters on the island. On site are fantastic snorkeling, colorful coral gardens, shore dives, boat dives, wall dives and two wreck dives including the celebrated Lesleen M. Situated mid-way down the west coast of Saint Lucia, we are minutes by boat from the islandâs major dive sites, most notably, the Key Hole Pinnacles, touted in Caribbean Travel and Life magazine as one of the ten best in the region.
As you approach, you will begin to smell the strong scent of the sulfur springs -- more than 20 belching pools of muddy water, multicolor sulfur deposits, and other assorted minerals baking and steaming on the surface.
The volcano named Soufriere is the French word for sulphur from which the town of Soufriere got its name. The sulphur springs are a weak spot in the crust of an enormous collapsed crater, the result of volcanic upheaval 410,000 years ago.
Actually, you don't drive in. You drive up within a few hundred feet of the gurgling, steaming mass, then walk behind your guide -- whose service is included in the admission price -- around a fault in the substratum rock. It's a fascinating, educational half hour, though it can also be pretty stinky on a hot day. Cost: $1.25. Open: Daily 9-5.
Situated on the north shore of St. Lucia, between the East Winds Inn and the Windjammer Landing is Labrelotte Bay. This crescent shaped beach boasts beautiful blue tranquil waters and a gray sandy beach shore. This beach is great for water skiing, snorkeling the corals and family fun.
This large botanical garden was an old estate dating back to 1766. The grounds now have the garden and a banana plantation. A wonderful place for quite enjoyment.
Marigot Bay is a secluded bay on the northwestern coast of St. Lucia. Close to the St. Lucian National Marine reserve and just a few miles southwest from the town of Castries, this is a explorer's dream. A historic landmark, surrounded by steep, forested hills with deserted beaches. This peaceful cove is the perfect place for relaxation.
This is a great tour - whether or not you are an absolute novice or experienced rider.
Bike St.Lucia's exclusive 12 miles of private trails through the tropical jungle located on the grounds of one of St. Lucia's first colonial plantations, Anse Mamin are "unique in the world of mountain biking" according to Tom Bierl, editor of Bike magazine.
Bike St. Lucia also offers a skills area where you have the option to learn the secrets of successful techniques used by experts under the watchful eye of an instructor before exploring the trails.
In the Northern region of Saint Lucia is a 44 acre islet known as Pigeon Island. Pigeon Island is a historic site where 14 battles between the French and the British were fought in 1782. Today Pigeon Island is a national park and landmark. It is also one of the homes to the Saint Lucia Jazz festival. This volcanic and mountainous island is full of numerous paths still containing many of the battle ruins.
Pigeon Island has an admission fee of $5, 9am-5pm. (center closed Sun)
Most of the coastline around Pigeon Island is rocky, although there are two small but very pleasant beaches for your enjoyment.
They offer private day cruises.
You can enjoy the beauty of the Western coastline, as you leave Port Castries. Then, you will visit historically rich and fascinating Soufriere, and pass en route the charming fishing villages of Anse La Raye and Canaries, with their distinctive Caribbean flavor.
Main Port. Conveniently located within walking distance of the city of Castries, Duty Free Pointe Seraphine consists of thirty nine shops offering silk screened items, porcelain and china, cigarettes, liquor, jewelry, watches, electronic equipment, fine leather goods and a wide selection of arts and crafts. A restaurant and cafÃ© serves fresh juices, local and international cuisine. Hair braiding is also available. In order to take advantage of the duty free prices, bring your airline ticket and passport.
Rainforest and nature experiences: aerial tram tour, tranopy adventure (tram and canopy zip line), bird watching, hikes and trails. Reservations recommended.
Sophisticated yet contemporary is the flavor of the brand new RockResorts Spa at the Landings in St. Lucia, where in a new twist you are more than welcome to bring along the kids for their own hour (or day) of pampering. Named recently in NY Daily News Travel as one of the "Hot Spas of the Caribbean."
Catering to younger spa-goers is one of the newest trends in the spa industry, so why not introduce them to the good life with customized manicures and pedicures or a My Skin 101 facial, while enjoying their favorite tunes on MP3 players provided as part of their spa adventure? The spa also offers an extensive gentlemen's menu, so you can enjoy the La Soufriere and Lime Body Treatment, incorporating Thai stretches, acupressure and Lomi-Lomi techniques to soothe and unwind aching muscles, with the added comfort of knowing the rest of the family is being well tended to.
On the northern coast of St. Lucia, is Rodney Bay, a man made lagoon and marina, located just a mile south of the town Gros Islet. Rodney Bay has everything from restaurants and shops to night clubs and bars. Also try a wide range of St. Lucian cuisine! Looking for a little more quiet? Pigeon Island National Park is just a short distance north from the town!
The Brig Unicorn sails from the Rodney Bay Marina at approximately 8:30 am along the west coast of the island to the scenic town of Soufriere. In Soufriere customers disembark, and are transported by bus to tour either the Diamond or Toraille Botanical Gardens and Waterfall, then on to the Sulphur Springs (St. Lucia's drive in-volcano). It's then back to the ship for a tasty "Creole flavoured" buffet lunch, and on to the swim stop, where you can jump rope or walk down the steps into the crystal blue waters. There's a turn around in the picturesque Marigot Bay, then back to Rodney Bay for approximately 4:30pm.
Located on the southern coast of St. Lucia and just north of the city of Soufriere is this long stretch of dark sandy beach. Perhaps one of the best things about this beach is the astonishing scenery with great views of including the iconic Petit & Gros Pitons, iconic characteristics of St. Lucia.
SoufriÃ¨re Estate, established in 1745, is part of the original 2,000 acres of land granted to three Devaux brothers from Normandy by King Louis XIII in 1713 for their services to the crown. It is said that Empress Josephine played here as a child. This estate is one of the very few within the Caribbean where ownership has been retained by the descendants of the original owners. Attractions of interest include Diamond Botanical Gardens, a fantastic botanical gardens, and a waterfall beautifully colored by mineral deposits and mineral hot spring baths originally built for the troops of King Louis the XVI of France.
Another attraction on the estate is the old mill and waterwheel, where visiting groups are served a Caribbean buffet by prior reservation.
High on Morne Chastanet, overlooking St. Lucia's Piton World Heritage site and the Caribbean Sea, JADE MOUNTAIN is ANSE CHASTANET's new and exclusive resort within a resort.
Guests at Jade Mountain can choose from a carefully selected menu of spa treatments available in the privacy of their sanctuary. Also, the Kai BeltÃ© spa located on the Anse Chastanet beach and the Kai Mer spa cottage are available to Jade Mountain guests at any time.
The Spa at Jade Mountain, listed in Conde Nast Traveler Hot Spas 2008, has a cozy area for facials and Ayurvedi treatments. "After a light all-over brushing of the skin, customized oils are massaged in using wonderful whole-body deep-tissue or Swedish strokes. Herbert, a handsome St. Lucian therapist, was absolutely professional; nonetheless, his touch was divine." Massages $95 - $160.
You can be a pro or a novice. All boats are diesel powered, and tournament rigged with the very best in fishing equipment. They are also yearly inspected and licensed by The St. Lucia Port Authority, St. Lucia Coast Guard, and have full insurance coverage.
Though each fish species is generally seasonal (for example, February to May for Wahoo and Dorado, and August to December for Blue Marlin, Sail Fish and Yellow Fin Tuna), St. Lucia does have these fish year round, thus making these trips always popular and exciting.
Not a bad little track! Certainly worth a round.
The Trust is the longest serving environmental and heritage membership organization on the island, and the only membership organization with a legal mandate to conserve both the natural and cultural heritage of Saint Lucia.
Three tours are available: Pigeon Island National Landmark, Morne FortunÃ©, and Maria Islands.
Pigeon Island National Landmark: One of the Caribbean's most historic landmarks, it is 44 acres of sloping grasslands, dry tropical forests, beaches and twin peaks. Visit the interpretation center, the Jambe de Bois restaurant, walk up to Fort Rodney or visit some of the ruins. You can do a half or full day outing - one for total relaxation or an expedition for the more adventurous. Don't forget your camera - you'll kick yourself if you do.
Characterized by impressive monuments, a majestic powder magazine, unique gun batteries and redoubts and spectacular views of the entire island from its vantage point of height, it is a "must see" for any visitor to the island.
The islands are set about one half mile from the mainland, with access provided by local fishing boats. Maria Islands is a reserve for an endemic species of lizard and an endemic species of snake which is non-poisonous and considered the world's rarest snake. The island is also the major nesting site for migratory birds. You can also swim and snorkel. It's a full day tour, so dress appropriately.
This tour boggled the Island experience the guides were ubber friendly and knowledgeable. Come to St.Lucia take this tour and you will never want to leave. It is romantic and fun. Island love
Vigie Beach is a part of Castries, St. Lucia and hosts a great view of the Castries harbor. This beach is one of the longest in St. Lucia and is great for picnics, romantic getaways or just a day of fun with family and friends. You may consider visiting the Vigie lighthouse or eating at the George Charles airport restaurant, the second largest airport in St. Lucia.
Don't miss the most exhilarating experience of your vacation a Dolphin/Whale Watch Safari with us is a must!To date, in excess of 25 varieties of these magnificent mammals have been spotted in our waters, each bearing its own unique fascination. The sight of them in their natural habitats, whether they be feeding, mating, frolicking with their calves or just "cooling" out in our refreshing Caribbean waters, is surely a magical and unforgettable experience!rnrn
Discover the 'original' Zaka masks and totems. You will be amazed by the dazzling range of colorful masks and carvings.
The concept behind the business of 'Zaka' is to create a range of quality hand produced artwork, from wood that would be normally be used for charcoal production. If it's not signed & stamped "Zaka", it's an imitation!