Activities & Sports
A large array of water sports can be practised on the island, like kayaking, water-skiing and parasailing. Windsurfing
at Cas en Bas and Vieux Fort is favoured by advanced and intermediate windsurfers but beginners can also try this sport further west where they will find calmer waters. This destination offers great sailing
opportunities. The marinas of Marigot Bay and Rodney Bay can rent out sailboats and crewed charters. Other excursions can take you out on a deep-sea fishing
Diving and snorkelling
is excellent in St Lucia. This volcanic island is surrounded by spectacular coral reefs and sponges covering the occasional sunken ship. The marine life is incredible as well and if you are lucky you may see St Lucia’s The Thing
, know as the Loch Ness Monster on Vacation
will enjoy the St Lucia’s Golf and Country Club which has an 18-hole golf course with a par 71.The The Sandals St. Lucia has the La Toc Golf Course which offers a 9hole par 33 course.
Hiking and jungle biking
are a wonderful way to explore the many nature parks and reserve found on St Lucia. Several kilometres of cleared paths let you discover old sugar plantations, secluded beaches and waterfalls hidden in the rainforest. Those looking for a challenging hike can even go up the Gros Piton. Other lush trails and secluded beaches can be done on horseback
Fond d'Or Nature & Historic Park
- includes and archaeological site where Amerindian settlements were found.
The Balenbouche Estate
let’s guest explore the ruins of the 18th century sugar factory but it this area was also home to several Pre-Columbian peoples dating as far back as 1500 years ago. You can view several Amerindian artefacts and a walk down to the Balenbouche River will reveal petroglyphs
carved into the rock basins.
Attractions & Sights
Take the informative one hour Castries Heritage Walk which will bring the history of Castries and the diverse architecture to life. See also the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and the Derek Walcott Square, one of two Nobel laureates from St Lucia. The Government House, halfway up Morne Fortune, is the official residence of the governor-general. It houses Le Pavillion Royal Museum, which exhibits historical photographs and documents, artifacts, crockery, silverware, medals, and awards (by appointment only).
The Vigie Lighthouse offers an excellent view of the coastline and has ruins of a small powder magazine built in 1784.
Just outside the capital is the Folk Research Centre which is housed in a 19th century colonial building. The centre’s goal is to preserve and promote St Lucia’s cultural heritage.
The Fond Latisab Creole Park is a community where you can experience traditional practices, like preparing cassava bread, cooking on macambou leaves, catching crayfish in the river and wood sawing to traditional St Lucian music.
Latille Waterfall and Gardens offers an agricultural learning experience amongst the tropical garden of fruits, herbs and plants. There is also a 20ft waterfall with a water basin where you can take a refreshing dip.
Pigeon Island National Park, Museum and Interpretive Centre is a spot that has played several roles throughout the island’s history. First settled by the Amerindians, it later became a pirate hideout and later a military base. The remaining stone ruins are believed to have been the kitchen, hospital and barracks of the army base.
The St Lucia Distillers Limited distillery offers the Rhythm of Rum Tour which will introduce you to the history of rum, complete with a detailed distillery tour and a chance to sample some of our rums and liqueurs.
On Friday nights, the village of Gros Islet hosts a weekly jump up
party, popular with locals and visitors alike. Also every Friday you can attend the Anse La Raye Fish Fry
BBQ or the Dennery Fish Fiesta
Themed parties are hosted by most big resorts on various evenings. A show and live calypso bands are usually presented. St Lucia does not offer a very lively club scene but two recommendations would be Indies and The Late Lime
in Rodney Bay.
The Brig Unicorn Pirate Sail
, a real pirate ship movie prop, features tours around St Lucia to notorious pirate coves and includes a tour of the drive-in volcano.
, located in the southwest side of the island, was the islands original capital. It was first colonized by the French in 1746 and their influence still reflects in the building's architecture and colourful murals near the market. Its name was inspired by the nearby Pitons and sulphur springs. It really is a beautiful town to take a stroll in.
is at the southern most tip of St Lucia. It offers a panoramic view, where the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet, and on a clear day you may even view St Vincent. The Maria Islands Nature Park Preserve is nearby as well.
Anse La Raye, Gros Islet and Choiseul
are two very quaint fishing villages. Choiseul is also home to the Arts and Crafts Development Centre and offers great shopping opportunities.
Several Plantations Houses
can be visited throughout the island. Testifying to the islands past economic and agricultural development, they make for an educational and enriching experience. The Fond d'Or Nature Historic Park
, the Fond Doux Estate
and the Mourne Coubaril
and the Marquis Estates
are some of the best to see.