St. Lucia

Nestled below the Pitons, twin peaks rising over 2,600 feet above the azure waters of the Caribbean, St. Lucia is an oasis of tropical calm. The island's capital, Castries, is a town of charming, pastel-colored colonial buildings, home to some 60,000. Yet despite its peaceful setting, St. Lucia has a turbulent and colorful history. Fierce Carib warriors overran the peaceful Arawaks in the 9th century. The first European settler, Francois Le Clerc, was a French buccaneer. Le Clerc's countrymen followed in his wake, establishing the town of Soufriere in 1746. Sugar was the lure, sugar was king. Within four decades some 50 plantations flourished on the island. Thus St. Lucia became part of the Caribbean's 18th-century trade triangle of sugar, slavery, and rum. Today this beautiful island welcomes visitors drawn to its exotic tropical landscape, superb beaches, crystalline waters, and colorful marine life.

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Points of Interest

  • The Pitons
  • Sulphur Springs Drive-In Volcano
  • Diamond Botanical Gardens
  • Soufriere
  • Pigeon Island
  • Marigot Bay
  • Morne Fortune
  • Outdoor Adventure

More about St. Lucia Points of Interest

  • The Pitons

    The majestic twin peaks of the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, seem to rise straight from the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Each mount, created from hardened lava, towers over 2,000 feet in the air.

  • Sulphur Springs Drive-In Volcano

    The island boasts the world's only drive-in volcano. Enjoy a short tour of the crater and see the bubbling pools letting off puffs of odorous steam.

  • Diamond Botanical Gardens

    Explore the nature trails and step into a world where waterfalls gush from the mouth of a volcano, hot mineral springs fill the baths with age-old medicinal waters and flora and fauna abounds.

  • Soufriere

    Established in 1746, Soufriere is the island's oldest town, and the reputed birthplace of Napoleon's Empress Josephine. Be sure to visit the marketplace with its colorful murals and gingerbread trim.

  • Pigeon Island

    This 40-acre islet is a beautiful nature park reflecting a thousand years of history. Visit the Museum and Interpretive Center, housed in an elegantly restored 1808 British officers' mess building.

  • Marigot Bay

    This lush yachtsman's haven has been seen in films including "Dr. Doolittle" and "Fire Power." You'll want to see why author James Michener called it "the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean."

  • Morne Fortune

    Enjoy the sweeping views from this 17-century strategic outpost. Visit the Iniskilling Monument, erected in 1932 to honor the Regiment who captured the Morne for the British in 1796.

  • Outdoor Adventure

    Whale and dolphin watching, ziplining, horseback riding, the aerial tram and 4WD fun are trademarks of St. Lucia.

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Scenic Byways of St. Lucia

2.5 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 1 3 0
  • Pigeon Island
  • Morne Fortune

Soak up the island's northwestern beauty on a sightseeing tour that begins in Castries. Relax as you take in the sights of the capital city before visiting the Bagshaws Art Studio for a silkscreen demonstration. Travel through Rodney Bay Village to Pigeon Island for picture-perfect photos of island neighbor Martinique.

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Castries by Trolley Train

1.5 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 1 5 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

The colorful Trolley Train rides merrily along the lively streets of St. Lucia's capital and a excellent beach photo stop. See the sights and listen to enriching commentary on this short but interesting city tour. Pause to photograph Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

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Marigot Bay, Village & Scenic Drive

3 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 1 2 5
  • Marigot Bay

Discover the island with ease and comfort on a three-hour motorcoach adventure. See the port city of Castries, the banana plantations of the Roseau Valle, and spectacular Marigot Bay.

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Glittering Sand Beach Escape

5 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 2 8 0

Enjoy a scenic drive from the Port while taking in the breathtaking views of the West Coast before arriving at the Glittering Sands Beach, edged with shimmering azure waters and lush tropical vegetation.

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Exotic Garden & Beach Break

4 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 2 2 0
  • Pigeon Island

Visit Stony Hill Estate, a three-acre property with lovely gardens you can stroll through. Then explore Pigeon Island National Park for an easy hike around the island's perimeter.

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Local Connections: Morne Fortune, Caribelle Batik, Rum & Marigot Bay with Distiller

3.5 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 1 1 0
  • Marigot Bay
  • Morne Fortune

Explore the beauty, history and culture of St. Lucia on a 3.5-hour orientation drive with photo stops, shopping for colorful batik creations and a tour of a rum distillery.

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Local Connections: Lucian Fun Bus Tour with Local Personality

4 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 2 3 0
  • Pigeon Island

With sweet Caribbean melodies playing softly in the background, you'll set off from the pier for Rodney bay passing some of the resorts and restaurants in the most popular touristic area on the island.

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Local Connections: Tale of the St. Lucia Banana with with Local Farmer

3 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 2 2 5

Journey through the pristine countryside for a hands-on experience at a local banana farm, where you'll interact with a local banana farmer, learn the process from planting to harvesting, and discover the crop's immerse benefit to the island. You'll also visit the sleepy fishing village of Anse La Raye.

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Glittering Sand Beach, BBQ Lunch & Open Bar

5 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 2 8 5

Enjoy a scenic drive from the Port while taking in the breathtaking views of the West Coast before arriving at the Glittering Sands Beach, edged with shimmering azure waters and lush tropical vegetation.

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Local Connections: A Dip in Creole Traditions in St. Lucia with Restaurant Owner

3.5 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 1 3 5
  • Morne Fortune

Discover St. Lucia's Creole traditions. Tour historic St. Marks, watch master craftsmen at Howelton Estate formally known as Caribelle Batik create colorful fabrics, and spice up your cooking skills at Fond Latisab Creole Park. A sampling of local delicacies, rum punch and rhythms of a band add to the fun.

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Snorkel & Scenic Coastal Cruise

3 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 8 2 0
  • Marigot Bay
  • Outdoor Adventure

Experience some of the best snorkeling in the Eastern Caribbean at St. Lucia Marine Park. Your tour includes all equipment and a snorkeling lesson. The sparkling Caribbean Sea supplies the scenery.

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Volcanic Island Experience & Mud Bath

4.5 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 3 2 0
  • The Pitons
  • Marigot Bay
  • Morne Fortune

Get ready to get down and dirty with a mud bath in the mineral-rich volcanic waters of Sulphur Springs. Soak your entire body or apply mud facials in the hot pool at the bottom of the springs followed by a refreshing rinse under an outdoor shower.

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Warm Mineral Baths & Garden Tour

5 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 3 2 5
  • Soufriere
  • Outdoor Adventure

Stroll along the island's oldest Botanical Garden, and be refreshed in the warm therapeutic mineral baths built in 1700's by one of the famous French General.

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The Pitons, Marigot Bay, Coastal Cruise & Beach

4 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 1 0 5
  • The Pitons
  • Soufriere
  • Marigot Bay

See the island's most notable landmark-the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site-from the deck of a catamaran. Then, enjoy a swim in a secluded cove and visit Marigot Bay.

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4X4 Safari Scenic Drive & Waterfall Adventure

5 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 3 4 0
  • Morne Fortune
  • Outdoor Adventure

St. Lucia's dramatic topography and tropical forests provide the perfect setting for a 4WD off-road safari. Explore the lush valley and rural roads and La Tille Falls for a swim.

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Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise

3 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 6 4 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Cruise the sparkling waters surrounding St. Lucia on a whale- and dolphin-watching voyage aboard a specially designed sightseeing boat perfect for viewing these amazing marine mammals.

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Rainforest Canopy Zipline Adventure & Scenic Drive

4 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 4 0 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Unleash your inner Tarzan! A system of pulleys and cables lets you safely fly through a beautiful section of St. Lucia's stunning tropical rainforest on a thrilling zip line adventure.

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Touch the Iconic Pitons

5.5 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 3 8 0
  • The Pitons
  • Soufriere

Put on your comfortable hiking shoes for a trek along the Tet Paul Nature Trail, known for its lush landscape and awe-inspiring views. Then, stand under the plummeting waters of the Toraille Waterfall and let it massage your back and shoulders or take a dip in its turquoise pond.

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Sulphur Springs, Marigot Bay, Lunch & Shopping

8 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 1 2 0
  • The Pitons
  • Soufriere
  • Marigot Bay
  • Sulphur Springs Drive-In Volcano
  • Morne Fortune

Delight in a full day of exploration of St. Lucia's East Coast. Visit historic estates, tour the outer-worldly landscapes of Sulphur Springs and take in views from Morne Fortune and Marigot Bay.

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Sulphur Springs, the Pitons, Marigot Bay & Lunch

7 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 1 1 5
  • The Pitons
  • Marigot Bay
  • Morne Fortune
  • Sulphur Springs Drive-In Volcano
  • Diamond Botanical Gardens
  • Soufriere

Enjoy St. Lucia's natural beauty with a scenic drive to Soufriere. Stop at Morne Fortune fortress, visit the world's only drive-in volcano, explore Diamond Botanical Gardens, and view pretty Marigot Bay.

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Pigeon Island SNUBA, Snorkel & Beach Adventure

3 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 9 1 0
  • Pigeon Island

A guided SNUBA adventure takes you into the three-dimensional world of the ocean without the need for cumbersome equipment. The marine life off Pigeon Island await your discovery.

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Segway, Sightseeing & Beach

5 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 5 7 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Hop onto a Segway® and sightsee in style as you roll through the natural beauty of St. Lucia. Participate in a safety briefing then climb aboard your personal people mover and effortlessly explore the two mile nature trail of Mount Pimard. Then, enjoy fun in the sun on Reduit Beach.

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Sulphur Springs, the Pitons, Scenic Cruise & Lunch

7.25 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 1 0 0
  • The Pitons
  • Soufriere
  • Marigot Bay
  • Morne Fortune
  • Sulphur Springs Drive-In Volcano

Experience the best of St. Lucia by land and sea. Visit Sulphur Springs, the world's only drive-in volcano, and Morne Coubaril, a working plantation. Then board a catamaran to see the twin peak Pitons.

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Horseback Ride to Cas En Bas Beach & Swim

4 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 4 3 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Saddle up for a horseback ride through St. Lucia's breathtaking landscape. Meander along forest trails and ocean coastline, then take to the waters when you reach secluded Cas en Bas beach.

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Rainforest Aerial Tram & Scenic Drive

3.5 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 3 5 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Experience the island from a whole different point of view. Travel 2,000 feet high into the mountains on an open-air gondola for bird's-eye views of St. Lucia's rainforest canopy.

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Rainforest Aerial Tram & Canopy Zipline Adventure

5 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 4 0 5
  • Outdoor Adventure

Enjoy St. Lucia's beautiful rainforests on two unique aerial adventures. Ride up 2,000 feet in an open-air gondola for views of the flora and fauna, then fly over the forest on a zip line course.

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Ladera Resort, the Pitons, Catamaran, Drive & Lunch

6 hours | St. Lucia | S L U - 1 4 5
  • The Pitons
  • Soufriere
  • Marigot Bay

Experience luxurious Ladera, the only Caribbean resort to be rated #1 by Conde Nast Traveler©. Then, cruise into Marigot Bay aboard a catamaran for a swim and spectacular scenery. Lunch is included.

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