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  • St Lucia

Must see places in St Lucia

When it comes to the sunny beaches, beautiful views and vibrant culture and cuisine of the Caribbean, it doesn’t get better than St Lucia. The island is only twenty-seven miles long and from the air, it actually looks like a mango! There are sights, smells, tastes and experiences for everyone on this tropical paradise, including a rich historical past, rare and beautiful wildlife, and winning views from every point.

Grab your sun hat – or pirate hat – seize the sun cream and walking shoes, and jump into the diverse and amazing experiences that St Lucia has to offer. You’ll never forget it!


Morne Fortuné

Morne Fortuné

Morne Fortuné, which means Hill of Fortune, is an historical site, built in part by both the British and the French. During the 19th century, many battles were fought between French and British troops, which made Morne Fortuné an important naval fort. Go on a particularly clear day to see the view from the ridge all the way to Martinique.

  • Did you know?

  • Government House, home of the Governor of St Lucia, is located at the top of Morne Fortuné. Visits can be arranged but only by appointment.


    Edmund Rainforest Reserve

    Edmund Rainforest Reserve

    If you’re into hiking and breath-taking scenery, then make your way to Edmund Rainforest Reserve. Following a local guide, the main trail takes about three and half hours – make sure to take hiking boots and a camera! Look out for mushroom, bromeliads and orchids, and the occasional glimpse of the Caribbean Sea through the greenery. Don’t forget to look up at the awe-inspiring Mount Gimie, the highest peak in St Lucia.

    • Did you know?

    • The boa constrictor can grow up to ten feet long, and to help keep the rodent population down, some St Lucian farmers have introduced them to their properties!


      Diamond Botanical Gardens

      Diamond Botanical Gardens

      Located at the foot of the Pitons, near Soufriere, planting for the Diamond Botanical Gardens only started in 1987, but a hot climate produced quick results. An important feature are the mineral baths which come from dormant volcano springs. These mineral baths have been here since the 1700’s and were believed to have healing powers. Whatever you do, make sure to spend a moment by the Diamond Waterfall, a feast for both eyes and ears!

      • Did you know?

      • King Louis XVI of France was so convinced of the mineral baths’ healing powers, he had a bath house built that had twelve baths in it.


        Morne Coubaril Estate

        Morne Coubaril Estate

        Ever wanted to horseback ride through a working estate where you can see coca manioc and cocoanut growing? You’re in the right place! Here you can see how coconuts are cracked open, roasted and sent away where they can be made into oil, soap and even animal feed. Cocoa ferments on racks, and manioc roots are turned into a cassava pudding. With the grounds re-created as a working farm village, you’ll never stop finding interesting things to see, smell and try for yourself.

        • Did you know?

        • The estate grounds have eight different zip wires – that amounts to an hour’s worth of whizzing through the tree tops at 30mph!


          Soufrière

          Soufrière

          Quaint, laid back and beautiful, Soufrière is a small town nestled near the magnificent Pitons. The town relies mostly on tourism, which is great for the town and for you, as Soufrière is nearby to some of the best places to see in St Lucia. Take a stroll down the brightly painted storefronts, hop on a boat trip from the harbour, or discover the delights of delicious local cuisine.

          • Did you know?

          • Soufrière means sulphur, so it’s not surprise that there are plenty of tropical hot springs around the area.


            Soufrière

            Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

            This is a treat for architecture and history fans alike. Despite its humble look on the outside, inside the walls and ceiling are painted in mixtures of red, oranges, green, yellow, and purple; this is very much a Caribbean style church. Whether you’re religious or not, the best way to experience the church is to hear a mass service, where the singing from the choir is said to be beautiful.

            • Did you know?

            • The church incorporates Caribbean and African influences, one aspect of which includes an image of a black Madonna and child.


              The Pitons

              The Pitons

              This is a treat for architecture and history fans alike. Despite its humble look on the outside, inside the walls and ceiling are painted in mixtures of red, oranges, green, yellow, and purple; this is very much a Caribbean style church. Whether you’re religious or not, the best way to experience the church is to hear a mass service, where the singing from the choir is said to be beautiful.

              • Did you know?

              • One of the most famous types of dive in the Pitons is known as Superman’s Flight. Not only were the Pitons used as a location for a Superman movie, but divers have a habit of adopting the Superman pose because they don’t need to swim with their arms.


                Castries Market

                Castries Market

                If you’re after an authentic taste of St Lucia’s food, then Castries Market is the place to be, and with over three hundred vendors filling the place, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Alongside fish, colourful fruit and aromatic spices, there are plenty of crafts stalls to look at, including handmade soap and clothing. As well as buying ingredients for your own inspired dishes, there are plenty of food stalls selling hot and cold dishes, with seating outside so that you watch the bustling market while you tuck into lunch.

                • Did you know?

                • Banana essence, readily available at Castries Market, makes a delicious addition to a hot chocolate with just a few drops.


                  Pigeon Island

                  Pigeon Island

                  History takes centre stage at this important national landmark. Here can be found ruins of military buildings from old battles between the French and the British, a lookout point where you can see along the Norwest coast, and walk along paths winding in and around the ancient barracks. It’s easy to make a day of it, as the island also has two beautiful beaches which are excellent for water sports and relaxation. Check out Jambe de Bois restaurant for great food, including Seafood Lasagne, as well as art for sale and a book exchange.

                  • Did you know?

                  • Back in the 1500’s a real life pirate lived on Pigeon Island. Francois Le Clerc had a wooden leg and was known as Jambe de Bois – and eventually had a restaurant named after him!

                    Conclusion

                    Caribbean paradise isn’t just something you see in the movies. St Lucia is the real life tropical paradise, complete with delicious coconuts, breath taking scenery and a real history of pirates! It’s easy to fill your holiday with activities, or do one or two things over a few days. Whether you’re easy going or want to experience life to the full, don’t miss out on these most memorable places in St Lucia.


                    Mark Johnson 

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                    Mark is an avid traveller and loves to explore the world with all of its varied cultures. He is also an adventure sport enthusiast and has tried everything from Skydiving to Scuba Diving!

     
     
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