Friday 24 May, 2019

Saint Lucia Bucket List: 10 things to do on the island

Blessed with beautiful beaches, towering mountains and a rich history, Saint Lucia is a destination that has something to offer everyone.

Here are a few items you should aim to cross off your list if ever you visit this little slice of Caribbean paradise. 

 

Hike the Pitons

Enjoy a unique birds-eye view of the island from the top of the famous Piton mountains. At 771 and 743 meters high, Gros Piton and Petit Piton are not the easiest of hikes, but the vantage point they offer makes it worth the effort.

 

Spend a day on Pigeon Island

The Pigeon Island National Landmark in Gros Islet is where nature and history join forces to create a gorgeous retreat. Make the relatively easy trek to the top of Fort Rodney and take in an uninterrupted 360-degree view; snorkel with the fish in the clear ocean water; explore the ruins of the fallen Soldier’s Barracks; or simply lounge on the sand, under the shade of a tree. The possibilities are almost endless.

 

Rejuvenate yourself at the Sulphur Springs

Indulge in the therapeutic effects of the sulphuric pools at the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano. The smell takes a little getting used to, but once you overcome that hurdle, slather yourself in mud and soak in the warm water - your skin will feel renewed.

 

Snorkel between the Pitons

Take a water taxi to Anse des Pitons, the idyllic beach tucked between the peaks, and snorkel with the fish. The water is crystal clear and the marine life is plentiful just a few feet away from the shore. It’s the perfect two-for-one deal as you're able to enjoy the underwater scenery, as well as soak in a close-up view of one of the island’s most popular attractions.

 

Feel the Vibes at the Gros Islet Street Party

Freshly prepared seafood, handmade local crafts, soca music, and an eclectic mix of locals and visitors - the Gros Islet street party is the place to be on a Friday night. So wander along the streets of this otherwise sleepy fishing village, sample crab back and lobster tail, do a little souvenir shopping and dance the night away.

 

Take in the view from the Tet Paul Nature Trail

Trekker? Horticulturalist? History buff? Photographer? Or traveling with a group comprising all of the above? The Tet Paul Nature Trail offers a little bit of everything for everyone, including an invigorating hike, a wide variety of plant species, a lesson in the Amerindian art of cassava production, an organic farm, and spectacular views that serve as the perfect backdrop for any photo.

 

Go Ziplining through the Rainforest

If you love nature, aren’t afraid of heights and appreciate a good adrenaline rush, then ziplining through the rainforest is a must. What could be more invigorating than whizzing through 18 platforms high above a lush treetop canopy?

 

Purchase souvenirs at the Castries Craft Market

Scores of vendors occupy the Castries Craft Market, selling everything from destination t-shirts and beach bags to handmade jewellery and woodcarvings. With a little patience and a lot of time you can walk the entire market floor and complete all of your souvenir shopping.

 

Cruise around the island

Saint Lucia offers some spectacular views on land, but the sights from the water are equally beautiful. Cruise from Castries to Soufrière on a Catamaran or a replica pirate ship (the choice is yours) and witness these vistas live, while making stops along the way to indulge in various land-based activities.

 

Eat & Drink Local

One of the best ways to experience a destination is through its cuisine. Enjoy a meal of green fig and salfish then treat yourself to Elena’s ice cream for dessert. In the mood for a local drink? Knock back a bottle of Piton beer, sip on a cold glass of rum punch, or sample their 160 US proof spice rum – not all at the same time, of course.

 

Aisha Sylvester is the author of Island Girl In-Transit, a travel blog dedicated to covering the Caribbean. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook to discover the amazing experiences destinations throughout the region have to offer!

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