1. Snorkel between the Pitons
The Pitons are St. Lucia’s National Landmark. They are two mountainous volcanoes and they are a UNESCO Heritage site. You can book a day trip to the Pitons that includes a bunch of other activities as well. Our trip included the snorkelling, the volcano spa, lunch and a trip to Toraille waterfalls. Between the Pitons, there is a small beach where you can get some drinks, lounge and snorkel. Fun fact: Piton is also the name of St.Lucia’s local beer.
2. Do a Catamaran trip
The mountainous scenery in St. Lucia is really gorgeous and the catamaran trips available usually include lunch and unlimited drinks. Partying on a boat in the Carribbean? Sign me up.
3. Go whale/dolphins watching
If you’ve never seen whales or dolphins in the wild, you have to do this! They offer various whale/dolphin watching day trips in St.Lucia. However we got lucky on our way back to our hotel from the Pitons day trip. We saw several pods of dolphin and a few of them even put on a show for us! It was truly magical and one of the highlights of our trip.
4. Go to the Soufriere Natural Spa
Take a hot mud bath in on an active volcano in Soufries, St.Lucia. The smell of sulfur fills the air while it was not intolerable it really reminds you that you’re actually at a volcano. When you arrive, there’s a natural hot tub you can soak in where the water is heated by the volcano. It was wayyy too hot for me to get into and although I LOVE a hot shower I just couldn’t dip my whole body in it. After opening your pores by
burning sitting in the hot tub, the guides bring mud clay from the volcano for you to cover your body in. Hang out and dry while taking some cool photos and relaxing before heading to the showers where you clean yourself off. Your skin will look and feel ten years younger after this day at the “spa!”
5. Visit Toraille Waterfalls just to get the shot
At Toraille waterfalls you can go into the water and actually stand under the falls to get a pretty epic photo. That said, it’s actually the definition of a tourist trap. We were the first to arrive on scene and get some beautiful photos, but soon after the other tour groups arrived and the whole thing felt so manufactured. People were lined up just to get a photo standing under the falls and it was pretty much in and out. If you go on your own after peak tourist times you can have it all to your self and bask under the beautiful falls. The entrance fee to the falls is under $7 USD.
6. Visit Diamond Falls
Diamond falls is located in the Botanical gardens. It’s smaller than Toraille Falls and you can’t stand under it but the gardens are beautiful and worth exploring with a guide who can teach you about the plants, animals and history of St.Lucia.
7. Visit Pidgeon Island
Pidgeon Island is also a National Landmark. Day tours are available but we decided to split a cab with some friends so we wouldn’t be bound by a tour schedule. From the top of the hill on Pidgeon Island you can see amazing views of St.Lucia and neighboring island Martinique. There are also historical ruins including Fort Rodney where yu can learn more about St.Lucia’s interesting history. Just outside of the park, there are a few local restaurants where you can get some great authentic Caribbean food. Grab a few Piton beers and head to the serene beaches for a relaxing afternoon in the sun.
8. Go to the Friday night street party in Gros Islet
Every Friday night there’s a massive local street party in Gros Islet located in the North of the island. Locals and tourist alike join here for a hot, sweaty dance party under the Caribbean moonlight. It starts around 8pm where you can walk around, buy some souvenirs and get some bbq fish, noodles, rice, corn and a variety of other foods at several vendors along the small strip. You can bring the kids and enjoy some good music and the atmosphere before the real dance party gets started around 10-11pm. The music was on point, the drinks were flowing and we danced to some great soca and reggae music all night long. Bring something to wipe your sweat because it was HOT!
9. Go zip lining through the Tropical Rain Forest
St.Lucia not only has some of the clearest waters and best beaches but it also has a very lush tropical rain forest. It cost around $100 USD but the views and adrenaline rush is well worth it!
10. Get lost driving around the island
Rent a car and go out exploring. The island is really small so you can even drive all the way around it in one day. Be careful as they drive on the “wrong side” and not all of the roads are paved. Download an offline map app like maps.me or google maps and go exploring! Getting lost is just part of the adventure.
11. Visit Rodney Bay Village and Reduit Beach
In contrast to the rest of this small island, Rodney Bay feels out of place as it feels very modern and commericalized. Rodney Bay is home to the island’s biggest mall and features variety of restaurants and nightclubs. Reduit beach is a short walk away where you can rent a chair for $5 USD or bring your towel and lay out on the beach for free. For a fun night out on the town check out Coconutz or Delerius.
12. Try all the water sports
Take advantage of all the watersports they have to offer – Water ski, jetski, wake boarding, paddle board. Do it all! Luckily our resort included a lot of these sports but jetskiing was not. We paid about $40 USD for a one hour ride and while that was a little bit pricey it was well worth it!
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