14 must-do things to do in Saint Lucia

Travelling in the French and English-speaking West Indies: here’s Saint Lucia and the must-see things to do!

A small English-speaking island state located south of Martinique, Saint Lucia is part of the Windward Islands and Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Its total population in 2017 was estimated at 187,768, spread over an area of 620 km². On the island, two volcanoes – known as « pitons -786 meters and 743 meters high, are listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

What to do in Saint Lucia? Well, you won’t be short of things to do and see when you come to visit the pearl of the Caribbean… Here are the 14 must-do things to do in Saint Lucia!

1. Castries

Castries, Sainte-Lucie

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The country’s small capital, Castries had a population of 12,904 in 2006. This is where you will arrive by boat to visit Saint Lucia. Here you’ll find a wide range of retail outlets, restaurants, bars and supermarkets: everything you need to enjoy the relaxed pace of life in Saint Lucia. Numerous typical colonial buildings dot the streets from which you can stroll towards the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Opt for a taste break by stopping off at the central market to inhale the delicate scents of spices, rums, local fruits and vegetables.

To help you discover Castries’ main cultural attractions, we’ve designed a short tour that also includes a shopping spree at some of the city’s best addresses. An all-inclusive tour that’s sure to give you a whole new perspective on the capital!

For lovers of marine life, opt for a diving session departing from Catries. In the heart of the Caribbean Sea, enjoy the unique experience of a 5-hour excursion to discover the treasures of the seabed.

2. Fond Latisab Creole Park

To discover the island’s authentic culture, visit the Parc Créole de Fond Latisab, east of Babonneau, where you can watch cassava bread being baked, learn about crayfish fishing and honey harvesting.

3. Rodney Bay

Reduit Beach Rodney Bay, Sainte-Lucie

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What to do in Saint Lucia Head north to Rodney Bay and its blue cove in tropical greenery, charming in every way. Superb sandy beaches await you, including Reduit Beach – St. Lucia’s most popular tourist beach – which is an extension of a water park – ideal for children – and here and there, a string of restaurants and hotels to stay in. Departing from Castries, you can opt for a sporty day trip by kayak to discover Rodney Bay.

4. Gros Islet and Pigeon Island

Gros Islet, Sainte-Lucie

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Gros Islet is one of the must-sees when visiting Saint Lucia. Pretty, colorful houses at the foot of palm trees, bars and restaurants galore. Traditional music and local dances fill the streets on Friday evenings.

The main attraction lies to the north: a visit to Pigeon Island is a must. It’s a great spot for diving and watching tropical fish. Then there’s the beach of the same name, followed by the Pigeon Island peninsula, with its colonial-era military forts: Fort Rodney, the Carib Caves and Signal Peak.

5. Cases en Bas

Cas-en-Bas beach, Sainte-Lucie

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What to do on Saint Lucia’s northern slopes? The beach at Cas-en-Bas is a beautiful place to swim: protected by a coral reef, it is a stretch of fine sand at the foot of palm trees. It’s safe and very popular with kitesurfers and windsurfers, as it’s swept by north-easterly trade winds.

6. Saint Lucia’s east coast

Grand Anse Beach, Sainte-Lucie

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It would be a shame to visit Saint Lucia without visiting the east coast. A jagged, unspoilt, wild and little-visited coastline awaits you, notably at Grand Anse Beach, Praslin, Micoud and Dennery. Moored by the Atlantic Ocean, the coastline is made up of gigantic, steep cliffs plunging into the water. Grand Anse Beach is a must-see on the east coast, while Micoud, a small fishing village, offers a chance to discover the authenticity of the St. Lucian population. It’s a peaceful place to stay.

7. Le Moule à Chique

Cap Moule à Chique, Sainte-Lucie

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At the southern tip of the island, in Vieux Fort, you’ll find a spectacular and emblematic sight to see when visiting Saint Lucia: the Moule à Chique lighthouse. Climb to the top of the lighthouse and enjoy a splendid view of the turquoise ocean and the island’s tropical vegetation.

8. A boat trip

Sainte-Lucie

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If you’re visiting beautiful St. Lucia, there’s one way you can’t miss… By taking a boat trip! Renting a boat in Saint Lu cia will allow you to discover the Caribbean in a way you’d never imagined.

In fact, as you stroll around the island, you’ll discover many wonders. Whether it’s the paradisiacal beaches, the transparent waters revealing the maritime fauna, or the view of the sublime mountains, your pupils won’t be able to resist!

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9. Laborie

On the south coast, you’ll find a typical village where you can enjoy the plantations, an open-air tropical orchard: bananas, coconuts, avocados, mangoes, guavas, grapefruit, coffee, almonds and a host of other flavors. A number of restaurants and cafés line Laborie beach, one of the most beautiful on the island.

10. Climb the peaks of Saint Lucia and Soufrière

Soufrière, Mont Piton, Sainte-Lucie

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What to do in Saint Lucia Of course, you have to climb the slopes of the island’s volcanoes! Perched in the south-west of the island, a hike in the midst of luxuriant nature is a must, and takes around 2h30 to complete. Gros Piton and Petit Piton are the symbols of Saint Lucia, dominating the sea and villages from their base. Petit Piton is more difficult to climb than Gros Piton. Don’t miss the Diamond Botanical Gardens and Mamiku Gardens.

11. Soufrière

Head for the west coast: a visit to Soufrière, the former capital, is a must if you’re wondering what to do in Saint Lucia. It’s a small village with a typical Creole habitat and restaurants where you can sample Creole bouillabaisse, for example, after surveying the two Pitons to the south. It’s here, too, that a guided tour of the village can be punctuated by a snorkeling session, to discover the wonders of the marine fauna and flora. Not far away, the Domaine de Fond Doux allows you to discover a plantation and taste local rum and fruit juices. Departures for the Sulphure Springs volcano, the world’s only active volcano accessible by car, where you can see bubbling, molten lava!

12. Anse Chastanet beach

Plage Anse Chastanet, Soufrière, Sainte-Lucie

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Visiting Saint Lucia without seeing the beach atAnse Chastanet, north of Soufrière, would be like visiting France without going to Paris: a missed opportunity! It’s an excellent place to learn or practice diving in Saint Lucia. The black sandy beaches – thanks to the volcanoes – contrast with the turquoise of the sea, to the delight of divers and beach-goers alike.

13. Anse-la-Raye

Continuing northwards, we find one of the most emblematic beaches to see when visiting Saint Lucia. Anse-la-Raye is a town of around 1,400 inhabitants, lined along a charming beach. The village lies close to the Grand Bois rainforest to the east. The village is home to some of the island’s most beautiful little wooden houses. To the northeast, don’t miss a visit to the Saint-LuciaDistillers rum distillery, the only one on the island.

14. Dolphin and whale watching at Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay, Sainte-Lucie

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What to do in Saint Lucia and where to stay in paradise? Marigot Bay! The town is described as one of the most beautiful on the island, surrounded by hills with lush tropical vegetation and bordered by white sandy beaches. Here you’ll find the Saint-Lucien parrot(Amazona Versicolor), one of the rarest and most endangered birds in the world.

Numerous hotels where you can sleep pile up around the bay, where you can watch the incessant ballet of cruising yachts that come to anchor. What’s more, a boat trip in the protected nature reserve will allow you to observe dolphins and whales offshore, along the coast of Anse Chastanet and with a breathtaking view of the two pitons.

How to get to Saint Lucia

To visit Saint Lucia, you need to land at Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort (61 kilometers south of Castries). However, there are no direct flights from France, so you’ll need to allow between 13 and 20 hours for your journey, depending on your stopovers. There are direct flights from Martinique and Guadeloupe, or from London. Whatever your departure city, you’ll find a cheap flight on the website of our partner Ulysse.

Where to stay in Saint Lucia?

The most interesting places to stay in Saint Lucia are in Castries, Marigot Bay, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet and around Soufrière. These west-coast towns will provide you with a place to stay in Saint Lucia, while giving you the chance to explore its nooks and crannies and take advantage of its must-do activities. To find a hotel at the best price, visit this hotel comparison site.

Map of hotels and accommodation – Castries