Things to do in Saint Lucia

Things to do in Saint Lucia


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Life’s a beach

Unlike many Caribbean islands, Saint Lucia’s beaches are open to all – even if they are in front of a hotel. So take advantage and explore as many as you can – each is unique. The island’s volcanic nature means some beaches have striking black sand, whereas others are postcard-perfect white with swishing palms. The west coast is sheltered in the calm Caribbean – ideal for families, while the trade winds that whip the east coast – particularly the long stretches at Anse de Sables and Cas en Bas – mean these waters are not suitable for swimming, but perfect for wind and kite surfers. Tough access (long, rough roads or forest hikes) mean these beaches are frequently deserted: Crusoe wannabes take note.
The northwest of the island is more heavily lined with resorts and hotels, so you are unlikely to find secluded spots – but if you fancy a day on a sunbed, or easy access to bars, boat tours and water sports – this is the place to head. Saint Lucia also has plenty of reefs to explore for divers and snorkelers – try Anse Cochon, on the west coast (accessible by boat), and Anse Chastanet in the south, which leads out to the Maria Islands Nature Reserve.

Set sail

Cruising the stunning coastline with the trade winds filling the white sails, these 150-year-old ships combine glamour and adventure. The boats once traded spiced, fruits and more illicit cargos between the islands of the Caribbean, and are a unique part of this region’s history. Voyages last between two hours and a full day, with delicious food and drinks served onboard. Passengers will enjoy access to remote coves, pods of dolphins, snorkelling spots and exquisite sunsets.
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Trekking

Walking in Saint Lucia is not about getting from A to B. It’s about being immersed in some of the most beautiful places you can imagine – and learning about your surroundings along the way. The most famous trek is to the top of the iconic Gros Piton – a four hour round trip whose main challenge is the heat and humidity. But the island’s inland forest reserves offer a variety of hikes – from one hour to the best part of a day, with local guide to interpret the exotic plants, spot nervous birds and find reptiles.
Paul Sawyer, from our supplier and walking specialist New Experience Holidays, explains more: “It’s all about experiencing the jungle. We have our own guide, Murray, who’s a wonderful chap – we call him the Gentle Giant because he’s enormous. He walks around with a machete which does spook a few people – but he’s really nice and gentle, and he’s an expert in the flowers and herbal medicine, so he explains what all the plants are. His father was a herbal medicine doctor, and Murray’s learned that from him. So you go through the jungle and you see things that you don’t see elsewhere – plants, animals, insects – and that’s what it’s all about. You’ll pass a waterfall or a river as a focal point, and we can offer circular trails so you aren't retracing your steps.”

Birding

Not only are you spoiled for choice when it comes to species, but also with birding trails. Millet Bird Sanctuary is probably the best known; its 30 species include the sought-after Saint Lucia Parrot, recently brought back from the brink of extinction. Des Cartier Rainforest Trail and the Vieux Fort Wetlands are also superb – but with a range of routes and expert local guides, birders could stay for a fortnight and not exhaust all the birding possibilities.
Responsible Travel would like to thank Saint Lucia for their sponsorship of this guide
Photo credits: [Lifes a beach: Sugar Beach Residences] [Set sail: Jus Sail - http://jussail.com/] [Trekking: Saint Lucia Tourist Board]
Written by Vicki Brown
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