St Lucia boasts two of the most recognisable volcanic mountains in the Caribbean, and is also home to the famous Rabot Cocoa Estate. Situated north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique, it has a prime location in the Caribbean Sea.
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Here’s our top picks of unmissable things to to experience on this beautiful island!
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens
Located in Soufriere, this is consistently described as one of the natural wonders of St Lucia. The Diamond Botanical Gardens sit in a natural gorge and is spread over six acres. This peaceful retreat is full of wildlife, tropical plants and flowers, hot springs and the Diamond Falls Waterfall. Walk the nature trail, visit the Soufriere Estate House and take a dip in the mineral baths. It’s open daily from 10am.
Climb the Pitons
These two volcanic mountains are iconic symbols of St. Lucia. The Gros Piton trail (2, 619 feet above sea level) can be climbed in 4-5 hours and is a great day out to see the island with the best views of Soufriere, Vieux Fort and Saint Vincent. There are guided tours you can hike on which is always recommended.
This major town has a strong colonial influence that’s still visible today, with beautiful multicoloured houses and a peaceful waterfront where you can take bat trips to explore the rest of the island.
Head to St Lucia’s best beach for fine silver-white sands and the best views of the Pitons. It’s just a few km south of Soufriere, so you can do both in one day if you wanted to. The water is calm and shallow enough to swim. Part of the beach is for Sugar Beach Resort but the northern end is open to the public.
Visit the famous Rabot Estate
The 140-acre Rabot Estate is in the south west of St Lucia, near Soufrière. The warm and humid conditions are perfect for growing cocoa, and if you book a Tree to Bar experience, you’ll learn all about the harvesting process and get the chance to make your own chocolate bar. There’s even a hotel on site, Club Boucan, owned by the estate.
If zip-lining through the rainforest sounds like an unforgettable experience, then you’ll want to do it in St Lucia. Treetop Adventure Park has 12 zip lines to choose from, so you’ll be a pro by the time you leave! It was named ‘Best zip line in the Caribbean’ by ShoreTrips.