Here’s our essential guide featuring some of the best things to do in St Lucia, including attractions like the Jazz festival and the famous volcano sulphur springs. This list has been compiled by our team of travel experts following their visit to St Lucia earlier this year. It’s tempting to spend all your whole holiday soaking up the sunshine on the beach, but St Lucia holidays have so much more to offer it’s really worth getting out and about…
1. Take a helicopter transfer to your hotel in St Lucia
Wow, it’s hard to top this as a way to start your holiday! Aside from making you feel like a true rockstar, it’s well worth doing if your hotel is the other side of the island to the airport. It’s a awe-inspiring way to orientate yourself with the island, glimpse the famous pitons and avoid the bumpy roads & potentially long transfer times.
2. Tap into the St Lucia Jazz & Arts festival in May
This is one of the best attended festivals in the Caribbean calendar. A lot of thought goes into the line-up (this year it includes Kool and the Gang, George Benson and Wynton Marsalis’ prodigy Joey Alexander). All in all, it’s a well organised event with a marvellous atmosphere. It’s definitely worth trying to coincide your visit to St Lucia with this festival if you can.
3. Shake your booty at the Friday night jump up
Get a taste of how St Lucian locals get their weekend started with a noisy night out at the jump up (that’s a street party, to you and me) at the northern village of Gros Islet. Leave your inhibitions behind at the hotel and dance the night away!
4. Go on a Segway tour
Go to the nature reserve and spend an afternoon gliding around on a segway. If you’ve never done it before, it’s easy to pick up and is a really fun way to get around!
5. Hike to the top of the Pitons
If you’re an adventurous active-bod, a hike (climb) up St Lucia’s famous pitons is arduous but oh-so-rewarding, with breathtaking views from the top. If the mere mention of the word ‘arduous’ brings you out in a sweat, a much more pleasant hike (walk) can be found at the nearby Tet Paul Nature Trail. It takes about 45 minutes to stroll round the whole thing, and you’ll get a great view of the pitons on the way.
6. Bathe in the Sulphur Springs
There’s nothing better for your skin than bathing in sulphurous mud… according to St Lucians that is! A popular spot with tourists, we’d recommend going either early or late in the day to avoid the crowds. Thankfully there’s a changing area where you can wash off the pongy residue before heading back to the hotel (where you’ll probably want another shower…. your skin will feel like silk but all that soothing sulphur is super-stinky!).
Has this list of things to do in St Lucia made you want to visit? Read on for our recommendations of where to stay…
Cap Maison – Boutique luxury located on the posh north-west coast of the island.
Anse Chastanet – Some of the best snorkelling in St Lucia can be found just off the beach at this beautiful resort.
Mid range £££
Bay Gardens Beach Resort – Comfortable accommodation and lots of facilities make this 4* resort a definite crowd-pleaser.
Coco Palm – A pleasant hotel with a lovely old-fashioned vibe, large swimming pool and fab location in the bustling Rodney Village.
To find out more about things to do in St Lucia or any of our St Lucia holidays, visit our main website or give one of our experts a call on 0208 329 2600.