TOP 10 ST.LUCIA BUCKET LIST IDEAS
Beauty, wonder, romance, and adventure, St. Lucia possesses the allure to capture your heart with a single glance. From the pleasant bays and dazzling palm fringed coastlines, to the unspoiled miles of inland rain forests, cascading waterfalls, and the ever-charming Creole culture and food. St. Lucia is a gem of the Caribbean that can’t simply can’t be missed.
So, if you asked us what our Top 10 things to do and see in St. Lucia would be, This would be our list!
1) The Pitons
The awe inspiring mountainous volcanic peeks that are the famous Pitons, are, for good reason, St. Lucia’s most notable landmarks. A UNESCO heritage site, these volcanic plugs will have you picking your jaw up off the floor. Located just east from the quaint town of Soufriere, The Pitons are a must see when visiting St. Lucia.
The best way to experience-
By foot- Hiking
For the adventurer, hiking to the top of the 798.25m high Gros Piton provides the most breathtaking views of the Pitons, The Caribbean Sea, and the beautiful island that is St. Lucia. Not for the faint of heart, it is worth mentioning this hike is nothing short of a challenge. You will need to hire a guide to safely take you to the summit, as well as get permission for the forestry department. This hike is a 2hr trek to the summit, but well worth every moment.
It’ll all be worth it when you reach the top!
By sea – sailing
Imagine waking up dropping anchor at the foot of the majestic Pitons, talk about a morning view! Sail the dazzling coast of St. Lucia, south from Marigot Bay and drop anchor in between the Natural wonder that is the Pitons. Spend the day with your toes in the sand on the beautiful beach that stretches in between the gros and petit Pitons. When night approaches, stay aboard beneath a blanket of twinkling starts as the moonlight seems to illuminate the Pitons just for you. I cannot think of a better way to see these magnificent natural landmarks!
2) Marigot Bay
The most beautiful bay, and the prettiest natural harbor in the Caribbean, makes the list for good reason! Marigot Bay is the perfect vacation spot, with a selection of charming villas and restaurants, a secluded beach that is only accessible by ferry, quaint restaurants and a luxurious spa. Marigot Bay really has the best that St. Lucia has to offer all in one spot. If visiting for a week or a day, you will feel a million miles away while remaining in the heart of this magnificent island and its charming culture.
How to Get There-
The airport is only 1hr5m away from Marigot Bay, you can book an airport pickup with a specified Oasis Marigot driver. Please keep in mind the north side of Marigot bay is only accessible by ferry, a 2min ride across the bay.
3) Anse Chastanet
Anse Chastanet makes the list for many reasons, most notable is the black sand beach tucked away off the edge of Soufriere, and a stunning reef that has been named the best in the Caribbean. The reef starts just 10 yards beyond the waters-edge. Anse Chastanet has a world class scuba center for our experienced divers, but also offers snorkeling on the shallow fringing reefs along the shoreline, believe me when I say there is no short supply of sea life to been seen! Sea life includes colorful sponges, squid, sea turtles, and a variety of fish. At nighttime you may even see eels, flying Gurnard and lobster.
4) Pigeon Island
Pigeon island Nature Reserve is a 44-acre islet located just north of Gros Islet and has some of the oldest building on the island, including an old battle fort used when the British and French we fighting to claim St. Lucia as their own. Some say the most beautiful views can been seen from Fort Rodney, sweeping all the way across to Martinique. Once isolated by the vast Caribbean Sea, Pigeon Island was artificially joint to the western coastline of St. Lucia in 1972 by a man made causeway. There, located on the causeway, you will find Pigeon Island beach, where some of the bluest waters on the island can be found!
Pigeon Island must see-
- Fort Rodney
- Pigeon Island Beach
- Carib Cays
5) Reduit Beach
One of the islands best golden sand beaches, Reduit beach is a picturesque coast with plenty of activates including jet skis, snorkeling, and scuba diving in the warm, clear waters. The stretch of fine, warm white sand beach is bordered with grassy, lush mountains; a perfect beach if you ask me! There are plenty of beach vendors where you can purchase snacks and beverages, you can also purchase drinks from the beach bar. Enjoy the picnic tables with a stunning backdrop of the Caribbean Sea! Note this is a very popular beach amongst tourists and locals alike, especially when the cruise ships come in. It is popular for good reason, its beauty is unmatched and is the perfect place to rest, relax, and work on you tan!
Can’t miss sites at Reduit Beach-
- Splash island water park
- Rodney Bay Marina
- Treasure Bay Casino
6) Tet Paul Nature Trail
Situated in the south-eastern town of Soufriere, the Tet Paul nature trail is one of the most popular attraction in St. Lucia. With its abundant tropical vegetation, amazing views of the island, and vast history of the first inhabitants of the land, the Tet Paul nature trail is well worth the visit. For bird watching enthusiasts, the trail is a must see! There is a $10USD entrance fee and the trail is roughly a 45min hike through and through. You will see spectacular views of the Pitons and surrounding area; this is an excellent spot to get the perfect Instagram photo, so don’t forget your camera!
Things to see at the Tet Paul natural trail-
- The Pitons
- Jalousie Bay
- Exotic Horticulture
- Tradition House
- Organic farm
7) Gros Islet Jump Up
This is the place to be on a Friday night in St. Lucia. You can arrange a pickup from your local hotel to Gros Islet, where the night comes alive with good vibes, great food, drinks, music, dancing, and best yet, great company! Depending on your hotel, you can hire a guide to accompany you, even though it is not necessary, it is always an option. You will experience authentic Lucian culture, with fish fry vendors all along the streets, local spiced rums, and traditional Lucian music. You’re invited, Party like a Lucian!
Things to remember-
- You will receive a wrist band and have to sign a waiver upon entry.
- Bathroom are available at the bar and nearby restaurants
- The pick-up/drop-off point is located Marie Street, between the village gate bar and the flavors of grill restaurant.
8) Sulphur Springs
The Sulpher springs park is a world-renowned site where people from across the globe come to experience the healing muds and mineral pools. Sulphur springs also has the world’s only drive-in volcano and looks like something from the surface of another planet! There is a thermally heated river that has been dammed to form 4 pools where visitors can enjoy the mineral rich mud; which is said to make you look 12 years younger, who can pass that up! The Sulphur Springs park is open to the public from 9am-5pm and is suggestion to plan to stay for a minimum of 1hr. Tours are always available as it is the most popular tour on the island. Mud bath, anyone?
Things to note-
- Plan to stay a minimum of 1hr
- The volcano and the springs can be combined in a tour
- The hours of operation are 9am-5pm island time
9) Castries Market
The largest open-air market in St. Lucia is Castries, you can’t miss this lively and colorful market boasting fresh fruit, vegetables, local spices, and over 300 vendors with trinkets to peruse. The market has become the central hub for buying almost anything you could need or want. The market is a great way to immerse yourself in the local Lucian culture, try out local food and spices, and try your hand at barter with local vendors! Tours can be booked with your hotel if you’d like a local guide to show you around, and it is recommended you book your tour 24 hours in advance. The market is open daily from 7am-6pm local island time and is closed on Sundays. Take a stroll in Castries market and see what treasure you can find!
Things to note-
- Castries central market is in Castries on John Comptons HWY & Jeremie St.
- It is free to visit
- Tours can be arranged with most hotels
10) Day Sail
There is no better way to see St. Lucia than by sea. The picturesque coast demands an audience, and we will happily oblige. There are many unique, personalized, and boutique sailing charters that allow you to visit some of the most untouched and pristine parts of the Caribbean. Whether you sail south or north, or both! You won’t be disappointed. The most value packed way to explore the natural wonders of St. Lucia, you can’t fully experience St. Lucia until you have experience it by sea. Book your sailing excision here, and start seeing St. Lucia the way it is meant to been sea, by the sea!
Let us know in the comments below if your favorite spot made the list. We would love to hear your top picks!
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Until our next adventure! – Lisa, Oasis Team