Saint Lucia is a special island in the Caribbean Sea — for a start, it’s the only country in the world that is named after a woman: Saint Lucy of Syracuse. Besides that, its volcanic origin has brought fertility to the natural environment and good vibrations to the people.
Rich in orchids and birds, this tropical island has charmed many visitors whether they’re looking for adventures and excitement, or serenity and warmth. Climbing the Piton mountains, reveling in the volcanic sand beaches and marveling at the marine life are some of the fun things to do in St. Lucia.
You can also simply relax, absorb the island’s beauty and be rejuvenated.
1 – Snorkel and admire the corals
Coral reefs cover almost half of Saint Lucia’s shoreline, which makes snorkeling an easy and fun way to explore the majestic underworld. One of the best sites is the Anse Chastanet reef where you can be greeted by a school of sergeant majors, trumpet fish, angel fish and sea turtles.
You can snorkel at the base of the Pitons to see its dynamic marine life or catch a seahorse at Marigot Bay. St. Lucia has plenty of colorful reefs to explore, enough to fill your day. As some would say, with the tropical climate, there’s no such thing as bad time for snorkeling.
2 – Explore the Pigeon Island National Park
One of the most historic sites in the Caribbean, this 44-acre islet found in the northern region of St. Lucia was linked to the mainland in 1972 via a man-made causeway. The Pigeon played an important role during the Battle of the Saints in 1782.
This national park offers an insight into the country’s cultural heritage, tropical biodiversity, scenic landscapes and beaches. Oh, and it’s also one of the locations of the annual St. Lucia Jazz Festival.
3 – Hike to the top of the Piton mountains
Climbing the Gros Piton is arguably one of the best memories anyone could make in St. Lucia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with its twin peak Petit Piton, are over 700 meters high each and joined by the Piton Miltan ridge.
Hike the nature trail with a local guide and spend time looking down the clear blue water — teeming with over a hundred species of fish and coral reefs that covers more than half of the site’s sea area.
4 – Sail with a Catamaran
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 – Be amused at Rodney Bay
Looking for a vibrant nightlife or exciting outdoor adventure?
Rodney Bay offers some of the fun 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.
Indulge yourself in appetizing French-inspired dishes after spending a day in a rainforest, sailing the ocean or floating at a water park.
6 – Take a mud bath at Sulphur Springs Park
Sulphur Springs Park blends together some interesting 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, the park is not where you take a picnic — with boiling hot steams oozing out of the ground.
7 – Enjoy the water and views at Anse la Raye Beach
Anse La Raye beach captivates visitors with its dynamic ambient and the surrounding exquisite 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.
8 – Feel in awe at Diamond Botanical Gardens
With the name alone screaming grandeur — Diamond Botanical Gardens in Soufrière won’t disappoint you. It is 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
If you want to feel like a celebrity millionaire, hop on a speed boat while on a holiday to explore the sceneries and the open water. This is 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 tours serve lunch, open bar, snacks and gears, 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
One of the leading hiking trails in all of Saint Lucia and most visited spot in Soufrière, the Tet Paul Nature Trail is suitable for those who want to escape the norm and challenge themselves.
Your endurance will be paid off as you appreciate the views of the Pitons (for an entrance free of $10) and learn about the island’s history and culture from your tour guides. You can also enjoy a mud bath rum tasting to fully reward yourself.
11 – Marina fun and laughs to be had at Marigot Bay
This historic landmark has also been known as one of the locations of “Dr. Dolittle” first movie in 1967. Throughout the years, Marigot Bay maintains its cozy and vibrant vibe on this western side of the island.
Used to protect boats from hurricanes, this bay welcomes everyone who wants to take refuge from a busy city life. Spending a day or two here is one of the fun things to do in St. Lucia. Share joy and laughter with the residents while trying their famous delicacies.
12 – See the vastness of the rainforest on an aerial tram
Over three-fourth of the island is covered with forests, making it a hot spot for nature exploration and adventure. Why not dive into the lush green forest and breathe in fresh air while getting absorbed in its vastness?
Riding an aerial tram is one of the fun things to do in St. Lucia which doesn’t have fitness or age limits. The guides at Rainforest Adventures will show various trees, plants and birds that make this forest their home.
13 – Walk along the soft white sands on the Reduit Beach
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.
14 – Take the plunge at the Toraille Waterfall
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.
With the surrounding vegetation and facilities, this can be a great place to spend quality time with your family or friends.
15 – One hill to rule them all at Fort Rodney
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 the Pigeon Island, the fort has old cannons and a 360-degree view of the island — and standing there makes you feel victorious!
16 – Take a forest zip line ride
Getting that adrenaline high is one of the fun things to do in St. Lucia. Rather than hiking the immense tropical forest, you can fly through it on a zip line. It’s a safe, fast and easy way to look down the landscape and see the treetops up close.
Of course, 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 is the largest in the capital of Saint Lucia, where you can find farmers’ harvests, homemade food products and handicrafts from 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 the National Geographic.
18 – Visit plantations and rural farms on an ATV ride
Drive your way down through rough roads and muddy trails to reach rural villages, banana plantations and 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. It’s a fun and exciting way to get a glimpse of their lifestyle and appreciate the treasures of their island.
19 – Swim in the gentle waves at La Toc Beach
One of the top choices for honeymoon and family gatherings, La Toc Beach is open to the public just a few minutes drive or less than an hour walk from Castries Market. It’s a small cove on the northeast side of the island, the beach welcomes gentle waves from the Caribbean Sea ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
With a few restaurants and resorts around, this place is an accessible area if you’re coming from the capital city. You may want to take a 14-minute walk from the beach to see the historical site La Toc Battery with secret underground passages.
20 – Spot the island’s endemic bird species at Millet sanctuary
This tropical island is home to nearly 200 bird species and five of them are endemic — namely Saint Lucia Warbler, Saint Lucia Pewee, Saint Lucia Oriole, Saint Lucia Black Finch and the national bird Saint Lucia Parrot (also known as Saint Lucia Amazon) — but the locals call it as “Jacquot.”
You can’t go home without even meeting one of them! If you’re into hiking and birdwatching, you can spot them all at Millet Bird Sanctuary, found 6 kilometers from the coastal road.
21 – Enter the crater of La Soufrière Drive-In Volcano
It’s not every day you can say you’ve been near a volcano, let alone being inside its crater — which is one of the fun things to do in St. Lucia. There’s nothing to be afraid here, but expect the smell of sulphur from the steams.
While you’re here, check out the mud bath at the Sulphur Springs Park and get dirty.
22 – Fun for days at Treetop Adventure Park
Fancy feeling like Tarzan for the day? Then this is the best place to go.
At Treetop Adventure Park, you can experience the thrill above the canopy while zip lining — a series of 12 zip lines and known as the longest and fastest in the island — or walking through a net bridge.
The park also has four hiking trails and 20 obstacle platforms to explore the tropical forest with your family and friends.
23 – Sit back and relax at Anse Chastanet Beach
If you’re looking for a romantic place where you can relax and have a drink while looking at the twin Pitons, go to the Anse Chastanet Beach. It’s within a 600-acre private estate, the beach has been frequented by couples for honeymoons and wedding anniversaries.
Go snorkeling, try scuba diving for the first time, or just enjoy the sun and the view. This place has restaurants and hotels, so there’s no rush.
24 – Take an obstacle course at Splash Island Water Park
Anyone who wants to stay active on a holiday needs a place like the Splash Island Water Park. The first open-water sports park in the entire Caribbean, Splash Island has floating platforms to have 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 – Take a minute to appreciate wood carving of Eudovic’s Art Studio
The first wood sculptor in the Saint Lucia, Vincent Joseph Eudovic is a world renowned artist that defines a generation in the Caribbean.
Located in Castries, the art studio features artwork using various types of wood from the island. It has a workshop where the artists demonstrate wood carving.
Art lovers, make sure to visit this place and take some souvenirs from the island’s humble sculptors.
26 – Witness the everyday life at Soufrière Bay
Named from the Soufriere town, the bay welcomes visitors with its beach and majestic view of the Pitons. You can drive down to Soufriere Bay 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.
27 – Go horse riding
Explore the island’s beaches and forest trails on horseback. Not just one of the fun things to do in St. Lucia, horse riding can also be a form of therapy.
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 – Achieve botanical bliss at LaTille Falls
A hidden treasure on the eastern part of the island, the LaTille Falls and Garden offers a relaxing space with cascading waterfalls, fish pond and bamboo structures. Swim in a 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.
29 – Taste delicious chocolate at Fond Doux
This eco resort is located in a 19th century working cocoa estate where traditional chocolate making is still being practiced. It aims to promote sustainable ways to protect the environment and preservation of 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
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
The Mount Edmond Forest Reserve is home to hundreds of native plant and animal species found on the island. It has various hiking trails, including the four-hour difficult Edmund Rainforest Trail and Des Cartier Rainforest Trail which is less strenuous.
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.
32 – View the capital city from Morne Fortune
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 still keeps some old military structures, including 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 to 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.
33 – Cruise the streets on a segway tour
Riding a segway is one of the fun things to do in St. Lucia, gliding through unpaved trails leading to historical sites. With some tours, you’ll be following more than 3 kilometers of nature trail on the Mount Pimard, stopping at World War II ruins and beautiful bay views.
34 – Play golf at one of St. Lucia’s courses
Covered mostly by fertile forest, St. Lucia has a fair amount of landscape dedicated to golfing. 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 the 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
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.
36 – Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium
The West Indies is an absolute hotbed for cricket excellence so it should come as no surprise to learn there’s a magnificent 15,000-seater ground located in Saint Lucia.
Set against the hills, the Darren Sammy National Stadium has hosted test matches for almost 20 years now.
37 – Reel in a big one on a fishing charter
Whether it’s a private big game or a deep-sea venture, there are multiple fishing options in St. Lucia and most 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 in the island 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
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. In 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
Located in Derek Walcott Square, the cathedral has a colorful and artistic interior that 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.
40 – Overlook the hills at Jalousie Beach
Get an incredible view of the Pitons from the Jalousie Beach, also called Sugar Beach, with the white sands right on the foot of the mountains. You may want to access the beach by a boat with which you 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.
41 – Learn the secret to the island’s flavors in a cooking class
The flavors of Saint Lucia are influenced by native, European, African and Southeast Asian cultures. Learn how they blend well to create delicious dishes with fresh ingredients. From appertizers 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
Dedicate to tourists and visitors of the island, this duty-free shopping complex is located right at the cruise port. 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.
43 – Eat seafood with a view at Matthews Rooftop
With panoramic views of the Rodney Bay strip, Matthews Rooftop restaurant is one of the best spots in town to grab a bite to eat.
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 – Experience Anse la Raye Friday Night Fish Fry
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
The only beach at the southern end of St. Lucia, Sandy Beach is one of the best places for sunbathing, as it gets 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.
46 – Grab a drink at Antillia Brewing Company
As the only craft brewery in all of Saint 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 – Relax during a sunset cruise
With the long day finally drawing to a beautiful close, what the better way to round it up than taking a sunset cruise?
Sail along the Caribbean coast while drinking champagne, as you watch the surreal sight — and catch the green flash right after the sun disappears below the horizon.
48 – A land fit for kings at Howelton Estate
One of the oldest buildings in Saint 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
Let loose and have a good time at the Gros Islet Street Party!
Every Friday night, this fishing community comes alive and the Daulphin Street is redolent of barbecue and grilled seafood. Immerse in the crowd, dance and party with the locals.
50 – Enjoy the Nobel serenity of Derek Walcott Square
Located in the center of Castries, the square was built in 1760’s and called Place d’ Armes and Pomenade Square, originally to honor the residents who died in the war. In 1892, it was renamed Columbus Square.
It was renamed in 1993 after Derek Walcott, a poet and playwright from St. Lucia, to show the people’s respect and appreciation to his great work when he won the Nobel Prize in 1992.
51 – Chill with your friends at the Naked Fisherman Beach Bar & Grill
The name may seem strange but the place itself is absolutely amazing.
Situated right on the beach front in Cap Maison resort, the Naked Fisherman Beach Bar & Grill 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.
52 – Entertainment on tap at The Pink Plantation House
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 staff goes 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
If you’re craving for some interaction with hummingbirds, butterflies and tropical flowers with 250-year-old ruins, then visit the Mamiku Gardens located in 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
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 of 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
On nine separate occasions, Saint Lucia has been voted the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination as part of the World Travel Awards.
Given the island’s wealth of entertainment, beaches, great weather and activities, it’s easy to imagine why newlyweds choose the place to celebrate!