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The Best Things to Do in St. Lucia

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Iconic mountain peaks and picture-perfect beaches make St. Lucia a favorite with travelers and photo editors alike. See those sites, then go even deeper to discover what other enchantments this glorious island has to offer.
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Soufriere, St Lucia
The terrific Anse Mamin beach is walking distance from Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts. The beach is rarely crowded, and the calm turquoise waters and towering palm trees are hard to resist. Take refuge under...
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Soufriere, St Lucia
The 12 miles of private trails that wind through the jungle just inland from Anse Mamin Beach are ideal for mountain biking. The trails, on land belonging to Anse Chastanet Resort, run past the atmospheric ruins of Anse Mamin, a former...
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Cas-en-Bas beach, St Lucia
On the northeast coast in the Cap Estate area, you'll find the lovely Cas en Bas Beach. The white-sand beach around a C-shaped bay offers some fun diversions, including horses—you can ride on the sand and even venture a...
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John Compton Hwy, Castries, St Lucia
Built in 1891, St. Lucia's most colorful and largest open-air market sits in the heart of its capital. It's a one-stop-shopping favorite for fruits, vegetables, spices, handmade arts and crafts, and even handwoven beachwear. The produce is...
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Choiseul, St Lucia
On the prowl for one-of-a-kind, handmade St. Lucian arts and crafts? This gallery, in the fishing village of River Doree, is filled with creative art from local artists—from paintings to handmade furniture, jewelry, and wood...
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Soufriere, St Lucia
The interior of the Catholic Church of the Assumption, in the heart of Soufrière town, will surprise with its decidedly Caribbean hues and French design: an ornate wood ceiling vaulted to resemble the ribs of a boat, baby blue pillars,...
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Soufriere, St Lucia
Take a break from days at the beach with a stroll through these quiet, lush gardens. The nature trail is well marked and easy to navigate. Identify the local birds, including the St. Lucian parrot, with the help...
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Vieux Fort, St Lucia
A permit and a guide are required to hike in the Edmund Forest Reserve, in the interior of the island. A permit can easily be obtained through your guesthouse or hotel, and a forest guide can be hired at the...
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Laborie, St Lucia
There isn't much to do in Laborie, but the colorful spot on the southwestern coast offers visitors the experience of an authentic St. Lucian fishing village. The point is to slow down to local speed. Enjoy the views of the white-sand...
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St Lucia
The Maria Islands—Maria Major and Maria Minor—off the southeastern coast are among the region's most pristine environments. You can visit the protected wildlife reserve via a 20-minute boat ride from Pointe Sable. On Maria...
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Marigot Bay, St Lucia
Marigot Bay, the crown jewel of St. Lucia's harbors, is easy to fall in love with: Its nearly jade waters are dotted with sailboats, and brighter green hills hug its shores. Even hard-hearted pirates fell for this...
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Castries, St Lucia
Hike around the ruins of Morne Fortune ("good luck hill"), a former military outpost overlooking the harbor it was meant to protect. The site was hardly good luck during the 18th century: Several bloody battles between the French and the...
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Pigeon Island, St Lucia
Stretched out from the northwest corner of the island like a small arm, Pigeon Island is a historical landmark and a satisfying all-in-one nature, beach, and hiking escape minutes from Rodney Bay Marina. The 44-acre mountainous green plot is home...
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Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia
Rodney Bay Marina is a lively entertainment hub located across the water from the resorts along Reduit Beach. Head over and take in the breeze, or dine at a number of small restaurants, bars, and cafés at any time of the day....
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Pigeon Island, St Lucia
Every May, the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival celebrates great music with a long weekend's calendar of performances and educational activities (some with free admission) showcasing local and international recording artists. The...
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St Lucia
Who can resist a waterfall, especially on this lush tropical island? There are a couple of easy options: Diamond Falls (though you can't swim in its mineral-laden pool) and the 50-foot-high Toraille Falls, right off the main road...
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Sulphur Springs Access Rd, Malgretoute, St Lucia
A visit to Sulphur Springs, which is dubbed the world's only drive-in volcano, is one of the most unusual excursions you can make in the Caribbean. You'll smell the rotten-egg stench of sulfur and see steam rising around the dormant...
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Soufriere, St Lucia
For those who are not ready to face a strenuous Pitons climb but still seek to experience incredible views of the peaks, the trek along the community-run Tet Paul Nature Trail is ideal. Local guides lead you up the "stairway to heaven" (yes,...
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Fond Benier, Soufrière, St Lucia
St. Lucia's iconic twin peaks—Gros Piton and Petit Piton—dominate the island's scenery, soaring 2,500 feet from the sea on the island's southwest Soufrière corner. Designated a World Heritage Site along with the surrounding...
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Vigie Beach, St Lucia
Hop in a taxi from downtown Castries for the five-minute ride to this uncrowded white-sand beach. Locals come during the week for a breeze and on the weekends to chill out: No-frills Vigie Beach offers an escape from other travelers and...
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St Lucia
From October to February, sperm whales, humpback whales, and pilot whales make their way from the cold Atlantic to the warm waters of St. Lucia to breed and mate. Whale-watching tours leave from Castries and some of the other towns on the...
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Unnamed Road, St Lucia
Spend the day hanging out with a St. Lucia local at Zion Lion Farm. Owner Paul Clifford leads visitors through his property's organic garden, then follows the tour with a farm-to-beach outdoor clay-pot cooking session at Carib Beach Bar...