About St Lucia
Revered by its ancient inhabitants, who called the island Hewanorra or Ioüanalao, the magnificent natural beauty of St Lucia provides a perfect backdrop to a host of land and water-based adventures. Although one of St Lucia’s major draws is the combination of fantastic beaches and glorious Caribbean sun, there is much more to the island than this. In addition to an abundance of local crafts and traditions for travellers to discover, there are breathtaking natural environments to explore including lush rainforest and the island’s famous two volcanic peaks, the Pitons.
Some of the most popular areas and attractions on St Lucia are the Balenbouche and Fond Doux Estates, the Folk Research Centre and the Tet Paul Nature Trail. Situated within six acres of forest and farmland in the small community of Chateau Belair (a World Heritage Site), the Tet Paul Nature Trail is a stunning hike. Taking roughly 45 minutes to complete, the tail includes some of the best views on the island – it’s even possible to see St Vincent and Martinique when the weather is clear. In addition to stunning vistas, and beautiful flora and fauna (including guava, soursop and avocado trees), hikers on the Tet Paul Nature Trail also visit a Cassava Hut (Kaye Kassav), where they can learn the ancient practice of cassava production, and a Traditional Amerindian House.
Nature lovers will also relish the chance to witness leatherback and hawksbill turtles nesting at Debarras Turtle Watch, while Captain Mike’s offers whale-watching tours. Other attractions perfect for those with an interest in the natural environment include:
• Fond Latisab Creole Park
• The Mineral Baths and Botanical Gardens at Diamond Falls
• Mamiku Gardens
• Latille Waterfalls and Maria Island
• Tram rides through the rainforest and sulphur springs.
Other attractions worth visiting during a St Lucia holiday are Des Cartiers, Forestière, Edmund Forest Reserve and the Millet Bird Sanctuary; as well as the JAG Island Adventures, La Toc Battery, Barre de L'Isle, Enbas Saut Falls and the Nature Trail Experience of St Lucia Segway.
There are also many organised rainforest hikes, sky rides and canopy rides on the island. Many of the stunning waterfalls on St Lucia also provide visitors with a welcome opportunity to dip into these icy pools. For underwater adventures, St Lucia boasts some excellent, fascinating dive sites, including The Barrel of Beef and Virgin Cove.
Other popular activities on St Lucia include wind surfing, kite boarding, jet skiing, sailing, fishing, para-sailing and mountain biking, as well as helicopter excursions, ATV rides and horse riding. St Lucia also has a Golf Resort and Country Club, so all tastes and preferences are catered for.