Saint Lucia isn’t just blessed with extraordinary natural beauty. The Caribbean island nation is rich in history, culture and cuisine. In addition to postcard-perfect beaches fringed by white sand and swaying coconut palms, you’ll find cascading waterfalls, verdant forests and volcanic peaks. Flavour-packed Creole cuisine is the icing on the cake for foodies.
Things to do in Saint Lucia
Adventure awaits in Saint Lucia. Follow rainforest-covered trails to tumbling waterfalls where you can swim in crystalline pools and sunbathe on the rocks. La Tille Waterfalls is one of the most beautiful and set in magical, flower-filled gardens.
Powder-fine sand and turquoise water make Sugar Beach one of the best in Saint Lucia. A pair of rainforest-covered volcanic spires flank the beach and add to the drama. Claim a public sun lounger or rent from one of the beachfront resorts. Crescent-shaped Anse Chastanet is another beautiful stretch of sand. Cliffs shelter the bay and keep the water calm and crystalline.
Trails wind around Pigeon Island National Landmark, a hilly peninsula dotted with ruined military buildings. Peer into the 19th-century barracks, explore the old garrisons and enjoy a picnic on the manicured lawns. Climb up Fort Rodney Hill for dizzying views over the sparkling Caribbean Sea.
Creole cuisine is the order of the day in Saint Lucia. Try local favourites like green figs and saltfish, the national dish of Saint Lucia. Dig into plates of smoked herring served with breadfruit and fill up on “lambi” pan-fried conch seasoned with Creole spices. Wash down your meal with a glass of rum punch or a bottle of ice-cold Piton beer.
Visiting the Sulphur Springs feels like landing on another planet. Elevated platforms give you uninterrupted views over bubbling pools of mud. Several pools have been carved into the geothermal river that flows through the site. Soak in the mineral-saturated water and give yourself a DIY mud facial.
Getting around Saint Lucia
Rental cars are the best way to get around Saint Lucia. Scooters are another good way to explore Saint Lucia at your own pace, while minibuses operate across the island and are fast and affordable. Taxis are efficient but can be expensive. Hewanorra International Airport is a 10-minute drive from Vieux Fort, one hour from Soufrière and 1.5 hours from Rodney Bay.