fun things to do in St. Lucia

Thanks to its volcanic origin, St. Lucia is abundant with unique attractions – including its majestic Piton mountains, mineral-rich beaches and vibrant marine life – making it one of the best islands to visit in the Caribbean Sea. Many visitors keep coming back here for the adventures, serenity and delight they’ve experienced with its natural beauty and the people’s inherent positive vibes.

From lush forests, intriguing trails, hidden waterfalls and mud baths to fine sand beaches, calm turquoise waters and colorful coral reefs and sea creatures, there’s so much to explore on this island. It’s a perfect destination to create magical memories with your partner, children or friends — or when you’re looking for a place to relax and rejuvenate and have some good fun on your own.

If you’re coming for the first time or revisiting, here are some of the fun and exciting things to do in St. Lucia you couldn’t miss.

1 – Snorkel and admire the corals

Snorkelling in St Lucia

Meet amazing sea creatures by snorkeling, the easiest way to explore the mysterious underwater world. See the vast coral reefs which cover almost half of St. Lucia’s shoreline.

One of the best sites is the Anse Chastanet reef where you can be greeted by a school of sergeant majors, trumpet fish, angelfish and sea turtles. You can also find hundreds of species of fish if you snorkel at the base of the Pitons or catch a seahorse at Marigot Bay.

2 – Explore the Pigeon Island National Park

Pigeon Island National Park, St Lucia

Linked to the mainland via a man-made causeway, this 44-acre islet in the northern region is one of the most historic places in the Caribbean. It played an important role during the Battle of the Saints in 1782.

Visiting this national park is one of the best things to do in St. Lucia where you learn the country’s cultural heritage and enjoy its tropical biodiversity, scenic landscapes and beaches — all in one day.

If you’re here in May, you can witness the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, a week filled with free concerts culminating on Pigeon Island.

3 – Hike to the top of the Piton mountains

The Pitons, St Lucia

This UNESCO World Heritage Site – twin volcanic mountains Gros Piton and Petit Piton joined by the Piton Miltan ridge – is one of St. Lucia’s beautiful features.

Each peak is over 700 meters high, so looking down the clear blue water from the top of Gros Piton (the one allowed for hiking) is one of the most unforgettable things to do in St. Lucia. So prepare your hiking gear and book a guide, as this is the only possible way to see the island from this vantage view.

4 – Sail with a catamaran

catamaran tours in St Lucia

What better way to explore the turquoise Caribbean water in style and comfort than by a luxury catamaran? With food and drinks provided, this sailing experience is the way to see how the other half live in a day (or an evening) full of bliss.

5 – Feel the groove at Rodney Bay

Rodney Bay, St Lucia

Looking for vibrant nightlife or exciting outdoor adventure?

Rodney Bay offers some of the amusing things to do in St Lucia. Nestled in the Gros Islet quarter near the island’s northern tip, this town is popular among travelers for entertainment and recreational activities.

You can indulge yourself in appetizing French-inspired dishes after spending a day in a rainforest, sailing the ocean or floating at a water park.

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6 – Take a mud bath at Sulphur Springs Park

Sulphur Springs Park, St Lucia

Sulphur Springs Park combines some exciting features, including a water slide, mud baths and, believe it or not, a volcano.

Found within what’s known as the only drive-in volcano in the Caribbean, La Soufriere — with boiling hot steams oozing out of the ground — the park is not where you take a picnic.

7 – Enjoy the water and views at Anse la Raye Beach

Anse la Raye Beach, St Lucia

Anse La Raye beach captivates visitors with its lively atmosphere and the surrounding greenery. Spend a day swimming in the clear sea or, if you want to grill some fresh fish, follow the fishermen on their way to the nearby market.

Make sure to drop by at the church and souvenir shops, and meet the friendly locals.

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8 – Feel in awe at Diamond Botanical Gardens

Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, St Lucia

With its name alone screaming grandeur — Diamond Botanical Gardens in Soufrière won’t disappoint you. It’s home to the oldest botanical gardens in St. Lucia and the colorful Diamond Falls braided with volcanic minerals.

This award-winning tourist attraction offers a sense of awe towards Mother Nature’s beauty — and the positive and calming energy that vibrates from the place.

9 – Sail at your own pace on a jet boat

jet boat tour in St Lucia

If you want to feel some action on the open water, hop on a speed boat and explore the sceneries. This is surely one of the fastest ways to get to the parts of the Caribbean you want to spend a full day — where you snorkel in the coral reefs or visit the volcanoes at your own speed.

Most boat tours serve lunch, an open bar, snacks and diving gear, so you don’t need to pack anything but your energy to make the most of this experience.

10 – Never stop exploring the Tet Paul Nature Trail

Tet Paul Nature Trail, St Lucia

For those who want to escape the norm and challenge themselves, Tet Paul Nature Trail is what you’re looking for. It’s one of the leading hiking trails in all of St. Lucia and the most visited spot in Soufrière.

Your endurance will be paid off, as you appreciate the views of the Pitons (for an entrance fee of $10) and learn about the island’s history and culture from your tour guides. You can also enjoy a mud bath rum tasting if you feel like fully rewarding yourself.

11 – Feel at home at Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay, St Lucia

Used to protect boats from hurricanes, Marigot Bay welcomes those who want to take refuge from their busy city life. It maintains a cozy and vibrant vibe amid popularity since it’s used as a setting of the first “Dr. Dolittle” movie in 1967.

Spend a day or two here to appreciate the tranquil waters within the bay. Share some laughter with the residents and try their famous delicacies.

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12 – Embrace the vast rainforest on an aerial tram

Rainforest Aerial Tram, St Lucia

Forests cover more than three-fourths of the island, making it an ideal stop for those seeking to be refreshed by nature.  Why not absorb its vastness by riding an aerial tram, which is one of the essential things to do in St. Lucia?

Dive into the lush green forest and breathe in the fresh air, while you learn more about the importance of biodiversity. The guides at Rainforest Adventures will show you various trees, plants and birds that make this forest their home.

13 – Walk along the soft white sands on the Reduit Beach

Reduit Beach, St Lucia

If you feel like strolling by the sea or bathing in the sun, head to the Reduit Beach, a kilometer stretch of white sand on the northern tip of St. Lucia. The calm water at Rodney Bay makes you enjoy swimming and water sports all day.

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14 – Take the plunge at the Toraille Waterfall

Toraille Waterfall, St Lucia

After exploring the tropical forest or searching for volcanoes, get refreshed at the Toraille Waterfall near Soufrière. Brave the coldness and jump into the pool beneath the falls, or let the falling water massage your back.

It’s a perfect place to share quality time with your family and friends, with the surrounding vegetation and available facilities.

15 – Conquer the victorious hill at Fort Rodney

Fort Rodney, St Lucia

Want to combine holiday fun with some historic, movie-level fascination? Then look no further than Fort Rodney. British Admiral George Rodney built the fortress which helped his army win the “Battle of the Saints” against the French in 1782.

Located on the hilltop of Pigeon Island, the fort has old cannons and a 360-degree view of the island — standing there makes you feel victorious!

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16 – Take a forest zip line ride

zip lining in St Lucia

Getting that adrenaline high is one of the enjoyable things to do in St. Lucia. If you don’t feel like hiking the immense tropical forest, fly through instead on a zip line.

It’s a safe, fast and easy way to look down the landscape and see the treetops up close. However, make sure you’re prepared both in heart and mind if this would be your first time.

17 – Find what you need at Castries Market

Castries Market, St Lucia

From farmers’ harvests and homemade food products to handicrafts, Castries Central Market is the largest market in the capital of St. Lucia with over 300 vendors.

Built in 1894, the market had a redevelopment in 2019 (maintaining its orange roof) and made it to the top 10 of the “Best Food Market” in the world by National Geographic.

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18 – Visit farms and ruins on an ATV ride

quad tours in St Lucia

Drive your way down through rough roads and muddy trails to reach rural villages, banana plantations and the best sceneries on an all-terrain vehicle. ATV tours usually include visiting some farm ruins and tracking turtles on the beach.

Be ready for an adventure through the mountains. Get a glimpse of their lifestyle and appreciate the treasures of their island on a thrilling quad ride.

19 – Swim in the gentle waves at La Toc Beach

La Toc Beach, St Lucia

A favorite destination for weddings and honeymoons, La Toc is the closest beach to Castries with few restaurants and resorts around. This small cove on the northeast side of the island has gentle waves ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

You may want to take a 14-minute walk from the beach to see the historical site La Toc Battery with secret underground passages.

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20 – Spot the island’s national bird at Millet sanctuary

Millet Bird Sanctuary, St Lucia

You can’t go home without even meeting one of the endemic birds! You might spot them all at Millet Bird Sanctuary, found 6 kilometers from the coastal road.

This tropical island is home to nearly 200 bird species and five of them are endemic. These are Saint Lucia Warbler, SL Pewee, SL Oriole, SL Black Finch and the national bird SL Parrot also known as Saint Lucia Amazon — but the locals call it “Jacquot.” If you want, expand your luck by hiking early in the morning.

21 – Enter the crater of La Soufrière Drive-In Volcano

La Soufriere Drive-In Volcano, St Lucia

It’s not every day that you can get near a volcano, let alone being inside its crater — which is one of the extraordinary things to do in St. Lucia. There’s nothing to be afraid of La Soufrière Drive-In Volcano, but expect the smell of sulfur from the steams.

While you’re on the site, check out the mud bath at the Sulphur Springs Park and get dirty.

22 – Explore the canopy at Treetop Adventure Park

Canopy walk at Treetop Adventure Park, St Lucia

Fancy feeling like Tarzan for the day? At Treetop Adventure Park, you can experience the thrill above the canopy while walking through a net bridge or ziplining — a series of 12 zip lines and is known as the longest and fastest on the island.

You can also explore the tropical forest through the park’s four hiking trails and 20 obstacle platforms.

23 –  Relax at Anse Chastanet Beach

Anse Chastanet, St Lucia

If you’re looking for a romantic place where you can sit back and have a drink while looking at the twin Pitons, go to the Anse Chastanet Beach nestled in a 600-acre private estate. Couples frequent this beach for honeymoons and wedding anniversaries.

You can go snorkeling, try scuba diving for the first time or just enjoy the sunshine and the scenery. This place has restaurants and hotels, so there’s no rush.

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24 – Take an obstacle course at Splash Island Water Park

Splash Island Water Park, St Lucia

Anyone who wants to stay active on a holiday needs a place like Splash Island Water Park — The first open-water sports park in the entire Caribbean. Its floating platforms offer more fun than just swimming in the sea.

Suitable for kids and adults, this water park also has obstacle courses and tour packages that include lunch and refreshments.

25 – Relish the wood carving at Eudovic’s Art Studio

Eudovic’s Art Studio, St Lucia

The first wood sculptor in St. Lucia, Vincent Joseph Eudovic is a world-renowned artist that defines a generation in the Caribbean.

His art studio, located in Castries, features artwork using various types of wood from the island. In its workshop, visitors are welcome to watch the artists demonstrate wood carving.

Art lovers, make sure to visit this place and take some souvenirs from the island’s humble sculptors.

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26 – Appreciate the everyday life at Soufrière Bay

Soufriere Bay, St Lucia

Named after the Soufriere town, the bay welcomes visitors with its beach and majestic view of the Pitons. As you drive down here, you’ll be passing through the small community and see what their everyday life looks like.

The beach is public and parking is free, and you only pay a small fee to use their showers and bathrooms.

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27 – Go horse riding

horse riding in St Lucia

Explore the island’s beaches and forest trails on horseback. It’s one of the fun and invigorating things to do in St. Lucia.

First-timers, don’t worry. Your guide will help you feel confident and bond with your horse. Most tours include swimming on the sea with your equine friend after three hours of adventure together.

28 – Gain botanical bliss at LaTille Falls

Latille Waterfalls, St Lucia

A hidden treasure on the eastern part of the island, the LaTille Falls and Garden offers a relaxing space with cascading waterfalls, bamboo structures and a fish pond.

Swim in the natural pool or sit under the waterfall, while being surrounded by rock formations and greenery. Once you meet the friendly owners and feel the peaceful environment, you’ll realize it’s worth finding your way to this little jungle.

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29 – Taste delicious chocolate at Fond Doux

chocolate tours in St Lucia

This eco-resort, located in a 19th-century working cocoa estate, continues to practice traditional chocolate making. It aims to promote sustainable ways to protect the environment and preserve the island’s cultural heritage.

Fond Doux offers a tour where you can learn the plantation’s history and the whole process of chocolate making — from fermenting the cacao beans to drying, roasting and grinding them to forming those decorated chocolate bars.

30 – Marvel at the coral reefs by scuba diving

scuba diving in St Lucia

With 22 scuba diving sites, St. Lucia has been a popular destination for professional divers from around the world. Some of these locations may ring a bell — such as Turtle Reef, Pinnacles, Anse Chastanet Reef, Fairy Land and Piton Wall.

If you haven’t tried scuba diving yet, take this chance to see an entirely different world underwater. Dive guides will teach you the basics and won’t leave your side. As they always say, “Never dive alone.”

31 – Trek the Mount Edmund Forest Reserve

Edmund Forest Reserve, St Lucia

Home to hundreds of native plant and animal species found on the island, Mount Edmund has various hiking trails — including the four-hour difficult Edmund Rainforest Trail and the less strenuous Des Cartier Rainforest Trail.

Ask your guide to help you find the path that leads to the secluded Enbas Saut Waterfall. Bring your swimwear if you want to take a dip after trudging the steep mountains.

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32 – View the capital city from Morne Fortune

Morne Fortune, St Lucia

Overlooking Castries and the harbor, Morne Fortune had been the location of many battles between the French and British armies in the 18th century. Now, a residential area, it keeps some old military structures, such as the Powder Magazine and guard cells built by the French.

It’s worth stopping at the summit to get a top view of the capital city before heading out on your adventures. Make sure to check out the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, a monument to honor the British soldiers who took the hill from the French.

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33 – Cruise the streets on a Segway tour

segway tours in St Lucia

Gliding through unpaved trails leading to historical sites on a Segway is one of the fun things to do in St. Lucia. With some tours, you’ll be traversing more than 3 kilometers of the nature trail on Mount Pimard, stopping at World War II ruins and beautiful bay views.

34 – Play golf at one of the scenic courses

golf in St Lucia

Covered mostly by fertile forest, St. Lucia has a fair amount of landscape dedicated to golf. On the northern tip of the island, there are two Sandals golf courses, one of which is located on the Gros Islet and the other on its resort in front of La Toc Beach.

Whether you’re playing in the nine-hole golf course at Sandals Regency or the 18-hole championship course at Cap Estate, you’ll enjoy the backdrop of the Caribbean greenery.

35 – See the two oceans meet at Moule a Chique

Moule a Chique viewpoint, St Lucia

It’s hard to tell which side of the island is better, but you can see the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean collide at Moule a Chique in Vieux Fort at the southern tip of St. Lucia.

Enjoy the panoramic view from the lighthouse that was built in 1912 and is over 220 meters above sea level. Take your time to breathe in the ocean breeze, as you look through the horizon.

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36 – Visit the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium

Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia

The West Indies is an absolute hotbed for cricket excellence, so it should come as no surprise to learn that St. Lucia has a magnificent 15,000-seater stadium.

Set against the hills, the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium has hosted test matches for almost 20 years now — visiting it can be one of the exciting things to do in St. Lucia.

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37 – Reel in a big one on a fishing charter

fishing in St Lucia

Whether it’s a private big game or a deep-sea venture, there are multiple fishing options in St. Lucia and most visitors say hiring a private charter is the best way to do it.

The fishing grounds are known for yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo and white marlin to name a few. An average of over 2,000 metric tons of fish were caught here every year from 2013 to 2018 — so there’s plenty of fish in the ocean! Be prepared to catch a giant one.

38 – Have fun at the Chocolate Heritage Month festival

Chocolate Heritage Month, St Lucia

The Chocolate Heritage Month happens every August when cacao plantations open up to visitors and offer packages to fully experience the benefits of cocoa — aside from indulging in chocolate!

Learn more about the history of St. Lucia’s cacao farming and how it became one of the sources of the best and finest chocolate in the world. At this festival, you’re not only going to satisfy your palate, but also your skin with a chocolate massage, facial and body scrubs.

39 – Visit the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, St Lucia

Located in Derek Walcott Square, the cathedral’s colorful and artistic interior has attracted visitors from different walks of life. The paintings on the walls display a mix of traditional and contemporary styles.

Widely known as “The Cathedral,” it was named as minor Basilica in 1999 during its centennial celebration.

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40 – Have the best view of Pitons from Jalousie Beach

Jalousie Beach, St Lucia

Get an incredible view of the Pitons from the Jalousie Beach (also called Sugar Beach) with white sands right on the foot of the mountains. You may want to access the beach by boat and have better chances to see the diverse marine life by snorkeling.

Booking a tour is the best way to explore Jalousie, so you’ll have a delicious lunch, fresh fruits and friendly guides.

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41 – Learn the secret to the island’s flavors in a cooking class

Cooking classes in St Lucia

The flavors of St. Lucia are influenced by native, European, African and Southeast Asian cultures. Learn how they blend well to create delicious dishes with fresh ingredients. From appetizers to main dishes to desserts, you will be able to prepare your own menu of the local cuisine after following instructions from a professional chef.

Why not roll up the sleeves and join a cooking class?

42 – Shop at Duty Free Pointe Seraphine

Duty Free Pointe Seraphine, St Lucia

Dedicated to tourists and visitors of the island, this duty-free shopping complex is located right at the cruise port.

Here, you’ll find anything you need or want when on a holiday, whether you’re looking for souvenirs for friends back home or something for you to wear and use while traveling.

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43 – Eat seafood with a view at Matthews Rooftop

Matthews Rooftop, St Lucia

With panoramic views of the Rodney Bay strip, Matthews Rooftop restaurant is one of the best spots in town to indulge yourself and eat all seafood you want.

There are global dishes for everyone to enjoy, so whether it’s home comforts or something different you’re after, these guys have it at the ready.

44 – Party like a local at Friday Night Fish Fry

Anse la Raye Fish Fry, St Lucia

The Friday Night Fish Fry in Anse la Raye is a real pride for the island. It’s when some village vendors cook the fishermen’s fresh catch for delicious meals right near the dock.

The tradition fills this humble fishing town with food, music and festivity, showcasing some of the most remote joys on the island. It’s the best time to have a drink, eat lots of seafood and meet new friends.

45 – Bathe in the sun at the only Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach, St Lucia

The only beach at the southern end of St. Lucia, Sandy Beach is one of the best places for sunbathing, as it gets a cool breeze from the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

The white sand beach faces the Maria Islands Natural Reserve, which is home to 80 plant species and five endemic reptile species. You can rent a water taxi or join a tour if you want to see the wildlife habitat.

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46 – Grab a drink at Antillia Brewing Company

Antillia Brewing Company, St Lucia
credit to Antillia Brewing Company

As the only craft brewery in all of St. Lucia, Antillia does a pretty solid job of setting a high standard for a good old-fashioned beer.

With the palm trees and Pitons standing alongside the best brewery in town, the ABC is a place every beer lover should try and visit.

47 – Unwind during a sunset cruise

sunset cruise, St Lucia

With the long day finally drawing to a beautiful close, what better way to round it up than taking a sunset cruise?

Sail along the Caribbean coast while drinking champagne and watching the surreal sight. Don’t miss the green flash right after the sun disappears below the horizon.

48 – Check out the Batiks at Howelton Estate

Howelton Estate, St Lucia
credit to Howelton Estate / one of Saint Lucia’s oldest buildings (about 122 years old)

One of the oldest buildings in St. Lucia, Howelton Estate is more than 120 years old and maintains its Victorian architecture. Imagine a life in the early days while walking through the interior.

For four decades, the estate also houses a Batik studio where you can see how plain fabrics are transformed into vibrant and colorful clothes. Make sure to drop by at the souvenir shop and browse the latest handbag designs.

49 – Party at the Gros Islet Street

Gros Islet Street Party, St Lucia

Let loose and have a good time at the Gros Islet Street Party!

Every Friday night, this fishing community comes alive and the Dauphin Street is redolent of barbecue and grilled seafood. Immerse in the crowd, dance and party with the locals.

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50 – Enjoy the serenity of Derek Walcott Square

Derek Walcott Square, St Lucia

Located in the center of Castries, the square was built in the 1760s and called Place d’ Armes and Promenade Square, originally to honor the residents who died in the war. In 1892, it was renamed Columbus Square.

It got its current name in 1993 after Derek Walcott, a poet and playwright from St. Lucia — to show the people’s respect and appreciation for his great work when he won the Nobel Prize in 1992.

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51 – Chill at the Naked Fisherman Beach Bar & Grill

The Naked Fisherman Beach Bar & Grill, St Lucia

Situated right on the beachfront in Cap Maison resort, the Naked Fisherman isn’t just a place to drink and eat. It’s also a place to feel at home with its cozy seats, music playing and people having fun.

If you try the Black Tiger Shrimp or Jerk Creole Chicken Kebab, you’d know how this place takes barbecue seriously.

52 – Get entertained at The Pink Plantation House

The Pink Plantation House, St Lucia

Caribbean food, seafood, veggie food — everything you could ever hope to sample can be found at The Pink Plantation House.

The setting is unbelievable, the grub is world-class and the crews go out of their way to make sure you have a good time at what is easily Castries’ best eating establishment.

53 – Discover the ancient ruins of Mamiku Gardens

Mamiku Gardens, St Lucia

If you’re craving some interaction with hummingbirds, butterflies and tropical flowers with 250-year-old ruins, then visit the Mamiku Gardens located on the east side of the island.

Tour the banana and cacao plantations, or have some rum as you imbibe the serenity of this place.

54 – Go on a Rum tasting tour

rum tasting in St Lucia

One of the fun things to do in St. Lucia is to capture its spirit with rum tasting. With sugar as its main product, rum has played a big part in the country’s culture with its first distillery opening in 1931.

Visit the only remaining distillery on the island, learn about the process of production and taste 25 different types of rum!

55 – Bring your loved one to the world’s greatest honeymoon destination

honeymoon in St Lucia

St. Lucia has been voted the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination as part of the World Travel Awards, on nine separate occasions.

Given the island’s wealth of entertainment, beaches, great weather and activities, it’s easy to imagine why newlyweds choose the place to celebrate!

So as you take in everything that Saint Lucia has to offer, check out some of the best hotels and book an airport transfer to make sure to arrive in style.

Bon voyage!