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What to do in St Lucia

St. Lucia is made for romance and there are quite a few really good things to do in St. Lucia, as well as being the perfect place to create the ultimate romantic escape with the one you love.

There are two sides to St. Lucia to visit, the south side is the rugged more mountainous area with the famous Pitons of St. Lucia that revolve around the town of Soufriere, while the north is near the capital city of Castries, and is more of the resort area with beaches, nightlife, water-sports, and all-inclusive resorts, both are worth visiting and you should split your time between the two during your stay.

Hiking to the Top of Pigeon Island

There are two high viewpoints on Pigeon Island – Signal Peak, which is the highest and Fort Rodney with a pretty cool view. Atop Fort Rodney gives you an amazing hilltop view of Rodney Bay. Rodney Bay is the top tourist hub in North St. Lucia with plenty of hotels, restaurants, and bars, and water-sports. And what’s really cool is that from this viewpoint, you have the Caribbean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. On a clear day you can see the neighboring island of Martinique.

Pigeon Island is a national landmark. One of the favorite things to do here is to explore the beautiful ruins scattered throughout its 44 acres. It is highly recommend taking a guided tour to learn about the military history and how it was occupied by both the French and English over the years. Many of the fortifications are still standing to show that military history and makes Pigeon Island picturesque and an extremely popular place for weddings.

When on Pigeon Island it is best to bring your bathing suit and spend a day at the beach. It’s one of the best beaches on the north side of the island. There are many places to go snorkeling and diving in St. Lucia and the waters at Rodney Bay, at Reduit Beach and Pigeon Island are some of the best. At Pigeon Island, you can go snorkeling directly offshore.

Mount Soufriere - Drive-in Volcano

Mount Soufriere is the only drive-in volcano in the world. And it’s the most popular attraction on St. Lucia. It’s located on the south side of the island. While at the volcano, you will explore the caldera and take a dip in the healing, hot mineral baths.

The Boiling Springs of La Soufriere

We have come up to the boiling springs of La Soufriere. This is a 12-square kilometer volcano, it’s just massive. In the distance is The Ridge and you will be surrounded by two lava mountains with lava that just pushed up from the last eruption in the 1700s. If you come to the Sulfur Springs and mud baths in St. Lucia, be sure to take the tour, ’cause it’s really worth coming out to see this. It is so unique and something that you just won’t do anywhere else in the Caribbean.

Soothing Dip in the Hot Mud Bath

After your tour of the caldera, it’s time to take a soothing dip in the hot mud baths. There are several hot pools of varying temperatures to suit your needs. Before going in, you can slather yourself in fresh volcanic mud and then wash yourself off in the hot waters. It’s definitely one of the uniquest things to do here in the Caribbean.

Diamond Falls - For the Die-hard Romantics

For the die-hard romantics, it cannot get better than Diamond Falls in St. Lucia. A cool fact is that “”Romancing In The Stone” was shot at these falls starring the legendary Michael Douglas and Cathleen Turner. The gorgeous cascade of Diamond Falls is 15 meters high, and it’s laced with minerals creating a rainbow of colors. It creates the picture-perfect scene. It’s no wonder that “Romancing The Stone” chose to shoot a memorable scene here.

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Top Wedding Destination

One of the most beautiful attractions in St. Lucia and one of the top wedding destinations in the world is the botanical gardens that are a part of the Soufriere estate. The Soufriere estate is one of the oldest and best preserved estates on St. Lucia.

All About Getting to the Beach

Most Caribbean vacations are all about getting to the beach and St. Lucia has some beautiful beaches. While there are beaches on both sides of the island, I tend to really love the beaches in the south with the views of the Pitons. Some of the top beaches in St. Lucia are Sugar Beach, Anse Chastanet, Pigeon Island, Cas en Bas, Reduit Beach, and many more. You can get down from the mountains and enjoy the soft sands and the crystal clear waters.

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Water Lover’s Paradise

Saint Lucia is a water lover’s paradise with everything from stand-up paddle-boarding to kayaking and sunset sailing. You can book tours from anywhere in the island and your guides will pick you up at your resort to take you off for some stunning views.

The Pitons of St. Lucia

The Pitons of St. Lucia are without a doubt, the top draw on the island. They are beautiful. You can hike up both Gros Piton and Petit Piton,but the Tet Paul nature trail is one of the more popular trails as it is very easy, it’s a short hike and offers views of both Pitons from its lookout. There are even rooms that have outstanding views of the Pitons.

Feel Exclusive

Saint Lucia is one of the most unique Caribbean places you will ever stay. It’s located right in the jungle and overlooking the ocean and the Pitons. With the formations of mountains, it’s absolutely gorgeous and very secluded and private. A stay at St. Lucia always feels exclusive.

The Perfect Romantic Getaway

You know, if you’re looking for a romantic vacation, make sure to look for a place that has some sort of pool – private pool or plunge pool, because it is heavenly. One of the best things about visiting St. Lucia is its abundance of couple’s retreats.

When planning your trip, make sure to book a private villa with your own private plunge pool. It’s these luxury villas in both the north and south that make traveling to St. Lucia so special. It really is the privacy and the warmth of the pool that’s amazing, just being able to relax, just walk out your door and go in the pool.

It’s the little things about traveling to St. Lucia that make you remember it. And these are some of the amazing things to do in St. Lucia to have the ultimate romantic vacation. When you travel to this island in the West Indies, you will truly have a trip to remember.

Paul K. Barnes