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Marigot Bay
Marigot Bay at the West Coast of St. Lucia

The Pitons
Gros Piton and Petit Piton seen from the Street to Castries

Carnival in Castries
Carnival in Castries

Heliconia Flower
Heliconia Flower in the Diamond Botanical Gardens

All Inclusive Hotel
All Inclusive Hotel in the North of St. Lucia

Gros Islet Jump up
Gros Islet Jump up is hold every Friday night

Personal Impressions
Saint Lucia is a beautiful green island with volcanic mountains, lush jungles, natural waterfalls and healing sulphur springs. The capital Castries is more a large town than a city and gets only busy when cruise ships are in port. The main attractions are two giant volcanic plugs, the Pitons, located near Soufrière on the western side of the island. They offer stunning views, especially at sunset.

Saint Lucia is pretty safe and easy to travel - even for solo traveling women. Public minibuses go everywhere - for pennies. Speeding along the winding, mountainous roads makes some people sick. Instead of taking long day tours I recommend to stay at least one or two nights in Soufrière.

The best beaches are in the north. Unfortunately all good beaches are taken by hotels, where locals are not welcomed. Most hotels offer all-inclusive, which is really bad for local business. If possible, travel individually, buy in small shops and eat in local restaurants. Saint Lucia is one of very few Caribbean islands where you meet backpackers. 

The Hewanorra International Airport is located in the south of the Island, far away from the resorts in the north. Take my advice and avoid the long drive to Castries. Either fly directly to Vigie Airport from Saint Lucia in a small plane or take the fast ferry from Martinique.



The capital city has grown up around a sheltered harbour, which occupies the crater of an extinct volcano. The harbour receives cargo vessels, ferry boats, and cruise ships. It houses duty free shopping facilities such as Point Seraphine and La Place Carinage. Castries is a bustling little city full of colors, flavor, and very nice people. It's greatest appeal lies in its relaxed lifestyle.

Just steps from the cruise ship terminal lies the red roofed Castries Market. Every Saturday morning bring farmers their produce and spices to town and sell it here. Next door to the Produce Market is the Craft Market, where most tourists buy their souvenirs.

Close to the market is The Old Town of Castries with a square in the center. The square is surrounded by colourful colonial buildings with verandas overhanging the sidewalk. In the past Saint Lucia bounced between French and British control. The square is named after the poet Derek Walcott, one of St. Lucia's two Nobel Laureates. Opposite the Derek Walcott Square is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with an Italian styled clock tower and a Victorian variation on a Romanesque design for the church itself. The Castries Heritage Walk will point out the city’s historical highlights.

Fort Charlotte
The primary battle between the French and British over the possession of St. Lucia took place at Morne Fortune, meaning "Hill of Good Luck". Sitting at the top of The Morne are the remains of Fort Charlotte, which was built in 1764. Today the old barracks are used as government buildings and educational facilities. Visitors can walk through the barracks, stables, guardrooms and cells.

Caribelle Batik
Located on the hilly outskirts of Castries, close to Fort Charlotte, high atop Morne Fortune, stands the Howelton House, a Centuries old Victorian Mansion. It is home of the Caribelle Batik factory and Bagshaws silk-screening studio. Craftspeople demonstrate the art of batik and silk-screen printing. The lush gardens offer wonderful views over Castries and the harbour

Marigot Bay
The tiny Marigot Bay forms a azure blue lagoon which is the island's best protected natural harbour. The sheltered bay is surrounded by beautiful steeply forested slopes and all year round home of dozens of sailboats. The picturesque bay is draped with palm trees and dotted with cocktail bars. The beach is small and usually uncrowded, the turquoise waters are clear and calm. Marigot Bay is a very popular destination for day-trippers. 

Soufrière is the oldest town on the island and the original French capital. Today it has a laidback feel, with an intriguing market and many nearby attractions which include the Pitons, the Sulphur Springs, the Botanical Gardens and the black sand beaches of Anse Chastanet and Malgretout. It makes an excellent base for a holiday, both for its Caribbean charm and its convenient location.

The Pitons
St. Lucia's most famous landmark are the densely vegetated volcanic peaks of the Piton mountains. Petit Piton is located in Soufrière rising to a height of 750m while Gros Piton is located in Choiseul reaching a height of 797m. It is possible to climb Petit Piton, but challenging and only with a local guide. 

Sulphur Springs Drive In Volcano
The road runs right up to and through the crater of the Soufriere Volcano. Although there are signs of activity going on, the volcano is dormant. The last eruption occurred in the late eighteenth century. The crater emits steam and sulphur with boiling mud. It is weak during the day but very strong at nights. There are twenty-four steaming vents, discharging various minerals among them such as sulphur, iron, copper oxide and magnesium. There are several pots of boiling water that are above the normal boiling point. The water flows downhill from the volcano and cools along the way to a comfortable 37 °C (100 °F). Visitors may enjoy the hot mineral waters of the mud baths, which are known for its therapeutic qualities. There is a very strong smell of hydrogen sulfide that comes out of it. The caldera is believed to be connected to the ocean because of increase reaction during a full moon which causes high tides. There are also many colours at the surface as a result of sulfur, iron, carbon, calcium oxide, copper oxide, magnesium and other minerals.

Botanical Gardens
A pleasant walk from the center of Soufrière are the Botanical Gardens, which are part of the old colonial Soufrière Estate. A walk through dense foliage and dozens of tropical flowers leads to the Diamond Falls. The Diamond River comes directly from the volcanic sulphur springs, and the mineral-rich water gives the Falls a rather colourful appearance to the rock face. Near the falls are three mineral baths. The mineral water is clear and the temperature is pleasantly warm. The tropical flowers in the garden attract a variety of colourful hummingbirds. The garden is a delight for photographers and nature lovers.

Jalousie Beach
The small Jalousie Beach is situated in between the two Pitons. The stunning setting, water clarity, and white sands make this an excellent tanning venue. Snorkelers and scuba divers come for the colourful tropical fish.

Morne Coubaril Estate
The working estate grows cocoa, coconuts and manioc. Guides show how coconuts are opened, roasted and sent off to be made into margarine, soaps, oil and animal feed. Cocoa is fermented, dried on racks in the sun, oiled, polished through the art of dancing on them, crushed and then formed into chocolate sticks. Manioc roots are grated, squeezed of excess water, dried over a fire and turned into farina and tapioca pudding also called cassava. Activities provided for visitors include horseback treks, organized hikes to the hot sulfurous Coubaril Falls and jeep tours of the area. Hiking, tree climbing and ziplining are also available.

National Rainforest
The St. Lucia National Rainforest covers 19,000 acres of mountains and valleys and is home to exotic plant life and rare birds, including the brightly coloured Jacquot parrot. It is of particular appeal to bird watchers, hikers and nature lovers. There are several trails with abundant wildlife and several waterfalls. To access any of the rainforest trails you need to be accompanied by a guide. 

Rodney Bay Marina
Rodney Bay Marina is an official port of entry with immigration and customs’ offices. It has become the center of yachting tourism in St. Lucia. At Rodney Bay you can climb aboard the brig Unicorn, used in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, and sail to the west side of the island. Most of St. Lucia’s nightlife and entertainment options are located in the Rodney Bay area.

Gros Islet
Just north across the channel from Rodney Bay lies the small fishing village of Gros Islet (French for large island, pronunciation: grozee-lay). Gros Islet is under developed; you can still find many old wooden houses here today. Most of the people seem to live close to poverty line. Every Friday night, locals and visitors alike pour in for the famous Jump Up street party with loud music and dancing in the streets. Snack vendors feed the hungry masses with steamed fish, barbecue chicken and St. Lucia's own Piton beer. Bars open their doors onto the street. Things get going around 10pm and last till late.

Pigeon Island
The small Pigeon Island is a popular National Park close to Gros Islet. Once isolated from the country in the Caribbean Sea, the island was artificially joined to the western coast of mainland by a causeway. It offers pleasant panoramas but no longer the sense of isolated privacy that reigned here prior to its development. The island is a historic site with numerous forts and an has a small museum telling the history of the island. Pigeon Island is also home to the St. Lucia Jazz Festival. This festival is one of the top five jazz Festivals in the world and held every year in May.


Horseback Riding
A good way to explore St Lucia's varied terrain is on horseback. Riders have the chance to explore lush valleys, tropical rainforest and sandy beaches, and can also ride a horse into the shallow waters of the Caribbean. Creole horses, a breed native to South America, is popular on the island.

Mountain Biking
Saint Lucia’s hilly terrain makes leisure travel difficult, but biking is a great way to explore the island's mountains and rain forests. You can choose from a variety of excursions. Special trails have been custom-built under the advice of experts.

Helicopter Tours
A helicopter provides an unparalleled opportunity to see the island’s beauty from a bird’s eye view. Few places in the world offer a more spectacular scenery from the air than St. Lucia. Visitors can embark upon flights that loop around the northern and southern portions of the island, offering aerial panoramas that include the steaming cauldron of Soufriere volcano and the emerald carpet of the National Rain Forest.

Soufrière from a Lookout point

Sulfur Springs
Sulfur Springs at Soufriere

Students in Castries
Students in Castries

Castries Hair Dresser
Hair Dresser in Castries

Vigie Beach
Vigie Beach at sunset

Street Preacher
Street Preacher in Gros Islet