St Lucia Attractions
There is much to see on this beautiful island, and this is just a selection of the very best St Lucia attractions that the island has to offer.
The Pitons are a pair of distinctive 40 million year old peaks formed from volcanic plugs and are very much considered to be the symbol of St Lucia. Lush and green, they provide a habitat for several species of bird, wild orchids and giant ferns. Petit Piton is 2480 feet high, whilst Gros Piton is 2619 feet high and can be climbed, should you feel the urge. The views from the top are spectacular. It is necessary to hire a guide to take you to the top, which is a 4 mile round trip and can take 4 to 6 hours one way. The Pitons have been named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and are one of the major St Lucia attractions.
The world’s only drive in volcano can be found here in St Lucia, at Mount Soufriere. You can witness the bubbling craters of sulphur for yourself, but will smell them well before you see them! The volcano is still technically active but last erupted 40,000 years ago. This is one of the most popular St Lucia attractions.
Marigot Bay is a natural harbour that once offered a hideout for pirate ships. The 1967 Dr Doolittle film was shot here and it is said to be the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean. All-in-all, this makes for one of the must-see St Lucia attractions. 400 years ago the Carib warriors made their homes here, but it is now surrounded by a good selection of bars and restaurants.
The Maria Islands Nature Reserve is home to rare wildlife and birds some of which do not exist anywhere else in the world. The 12 protected acres are home to approximately 120 species. The islands can be found just off the coast at Vieux Fort and are a St Lucia attraction well worth visiting.
The Pigeon Island Museum and Interpretative Center is housed in a former British officers mess building which has been fully restored to its former glory. Here you can discover the fascinating history of Pigeon island, which is now a national park and important St Lucia attraction.
Whale and dolphin watching is a great way to spend a day and they are increasingly popular St Lucia attractions for tourists. There are several boat tours available which will take you out to sea to spot humpback and pilot whales, sperm whales, as well as spinning and spotted dolphins. Don’t miss the opportunity!
A visit to Grande Anse for some turtle watching is a wonderful experience that you will never forget. Sea turtles love to nest on St Lucia and this is one of the best places to see them.
The island has its own rain forest full of exotic flowers, plants and trees as well as the rare Jacquot Parrots. All of this can be enjoyed via Rain Forest Sky Rides in an open sided aerial tram. The journey takes place 90 feet off the ground and lasts around 75 minutes. When considering St Lucia attractions, a visit to the inland rain forest is certainly a must.
The adventurous might like to try jungle biking around the paths cut into the plantation forests at Anse Chastanet. There are courses suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced.
The crystal blue waters surrounding St Lucia are undoubtedly one of the best attractions of the island and are best enjoyed wearing snorkeling gear or scuba kit. The marine life is fascinating to behold.
The capital of St Lucia, Castries, is worth a visit for it’s fascinating market, Derek Walcott Square, named after a St Lucian literary great, and which has a 500 year old tree in its center, and the Roman Catholic cathedral, which is considered to be one of the most important religious buildings in the West Indies.
There are various organized tours available which can take you to see the St Lucia attractions. These can be arranged via your hotel or tour company. Don’t miss out on the wonderful sights that St Lucia has to offer!