Saint Lucia and luxury go hand-in-hand. Whether it’s the private bays, open air showers, or three-walled villas, your privacy is the island’s command. You’ll also find a premium culinary experience with world class chefs preparing authentic Saint Lucian fare. All of this can easily be yours via air travel or helicopter transfer to one of the islands’ two airports. With a multitude of other ‘must do’s’ it’s no doubt that Saint Lucia is the island to create lasting Caribbean memories.
1. With two oceans in one place, yachting is a hobby of many who own a vessel. If you don’t own one, book a charter from one of two main marinas, IGY Rodney Bay or Marigot Bay. With safe anchorage, great point of entry services, delivery gourmet food and other top notch amenities, it’s no doubt that many flock to Saint Lucia for their ultimate sea getaway.
2. Mineral baths and mud from their own sulphur springs, Saint Lucia has been known for its spa elements taken right from its own soil. Using natural elements from the country, destination spas have become a favourite with services that range from diet, exercise, meditation, pampering, ayurvedic, reflexology, reiki, and acupuncture.
3. Cassava, breadfruit, greenfigs and saltfish (Saint Lucia’s national dish) and fresh catch like lobster, fish and shrimp are staples of this island’s cuisine. The country’s top chefs bring five-star authentic Saint Lucian dining to you with a modern twist. But don’t worry; there is a plethora of other cuisines ranging from Indian and sushi to name a few.
4. For a more local experience that blends food, fun and music, go to Anse La Raye Fish Friday. A drive away from Marigot Bay, Anse La Raye is a quaint fishing village that transforms into the ‘it’ spot on Friday evenings. Vendors serve grilled delicacies like lobster, crab or octopus complemented by their own signature sauces. Another place to experience is Gros Islet Friday Night Jump Up, where BBQ grills line up the streets with hot off the grill chicken and conch. With a cold local beer in your hand, you can eat, drink and be merry all in one place.
If you haven’t had enough on Friday, visit the Dennery Seafood Fiesta on Saturday nights. This charming fishing village puts on a seafood festival where the seafood and recipes are abundantly displayed for your eyes and your taste buds to feast on. If you are craving other types of cuisine, Rodney Bay Village is Saint Lucia’s largest entertainment hub with a variety of specialty restaurants and other activities to choose from.
5. Once you’ve eaten plenty, you’ll need to work off those calories ‘ by shopping of course. Shopping in Saint Lucia is as equally diverse as the island’s food ranging from small boutiques in Castries to duty free luxury shopping in Vieux Fort. Or you can head to Rodney Bay where you can shop away at the J Q Charles Shopping Mall or the Bay Walk Shopping Mall which has 85 stores at your feet, including boutiques and jewellery shops. If you are up for a bit of gambling, make sure to check out the Treasure Bay Casino located in the Bay Walk Mall where there are 250 slot machines and 22 table games!
6. With the vibrant landscape of Saint Lucia as your backdrop, it will be easy for you to experience adventure and excitement. For those avid scuba divers or those that want PADI certification, Saint Lucia’s waters are for you and volcanic formations have allowed this island’s oceans to have its unique beauty above and under water. A few spots to check out:
- The Key Hole Pinnacle: voted one of the ’10 Best Dive Sites’
- The Wreck of the Lesleen M or the wreck of the Daini Koyomaru
- Shore diving at Anse Chastanet, especially around the headland of this location known as Fairyland
- The Coral Gardens at the base of Gros Piton
7. The scenic west coast is perfect for delightful day-cruises and romantic sunset-sailing and it is one of the leading sites in the Caribbean to encounter playful dolphins and migrating whales. The calm bays and natural coves along the west coast are ideal for kayaking, waterskiing, jet skiing, parasailing and sailing.
8. For a bit of exercise and adventure, start with hiking trails that take you through the natural and lush beauty of the land. The Forestiere Rainforest Trail is always a relaxing one while the The Union Nature Trails and Mini-zoo is always a great family friendly excursion.
A more rugged and exhilarating hike is the 3 ½ mile Eastern Nature Trail and perhaps along your journey you may catch a sight of the Saint Lucian Parrot. For the true nature lover, you can always camp out in Saint Lucia’s first campsite, Anse La Liberte.
9. For some fascinating adventure, experience Adrena Luna, an exciting new tour that starts with a short walk through a peaceful part of the forest and then has an adrenaline rush as you zip line through the entire forest and take in the view of Saint Lucia’s rare orchids and wildlife.
If you want more zip lining, then you must to go to Soufriere Hotwire Rides, located at Morne Coubaril Estate where you zipline under the sheer Petit Piton and have views of the beautiful town of Soufriere and the blue Caribbean waters.
10. If that still doesn’t satisfy you, then you may want to consider taking a tour vehicle or getting your own ATV to discover the natural habitat, tropical mountains and diverse terrain that Saint Lucia has to offer.
Saint Lucia is waiting on you!