Cruise to St. Lucia's guide to cruising to the Caribbean

Top 5 things to do in St. Lucia

  1. Explore the volcanic Piton Mountains
  2. Hike or zipline through the rainforest
  3. Soak in a healing mud bath
  4. Snorkel the marine reserve off of Anse Chastanet Beach
  5. Shop like a local in the Castries Market
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No, you are not on the set of Jurassic Park. St. Lucia's striking landscape is washed with green-mantled mountains, broad swaths of sand, gentle valleys, exotic rainforests, blossoming wildflowers and a steaming volcanic crater. Lush and raw, it boasts breathtaking views at seemingly every turn.

Beaches come in two colors: golden white and jet black. Behold the island's most photographed sites, the famed twin peaks of Gros Piton and Petit Piton. (Look, but don't touch—experienced climbers only.) Hike in a rainforest. Dance in a waterfall. Shop in Castries, St. Lucia's capital, at duty-free malls and at the century-old Castries Market. Bask in a hot mineral spring. Let your jaw drop. And make friends with ajacquot, a rare parrot that calls St. Lucia home. There can't be a smarter bird on the planet.

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St. Lucia Highlights


  • Towering twin volcanic spires of the Piton Mountains
  • Historic buildings at Pigeon Island National Park
  • Beaches with golden white and jet black sand


  • Local spices, wood carvings and banana ketchup at the Castries Market
  • Hand-painted ceramics at the Pink Plantation House
  • Local art and rum at La Place Carenage


  • Figs and Salt Fish (the National Dish) at The Balcony Restaurant
  • Bakes (also known as floats) at Castries Market
  • Internationally awarded Piton Beer

Shore Excursions

  • Zipline through the rainforest
  • Sail to Soufriere and soak in a hot mud bath
  • Make your own cocoa at the Fond Deux Estate


  • Spend the day at Reduit Beach and Splash Island Water Park
  • Take an open-air gondola ride through the rainforest
  • Explore St. Lucia's nature trails by ATV


  • Reduit Beach: Busy and a hotspot for water sports
  • Anse Chastanet: Intimate and fully serviced by the hotel staff
  • Pigeon Island National Park: Quiet and natural

Solo Exploration

  • Bicycle through Anse Mamin plantation
  • Explore St. Lucia by dune buggy
  • Relax on the dark-sanded beach of Smugglers Cove


  • Helicopter ride over the Pitons
  • Day pass at an adult-only Sandals resort
  • Sail along St. Lucia's Northwest Coast


  • St. Lucia's colonial history at Pigeon Island National Park
  • Local crafts and goods and the Castries Market
  • Snorkel and dive the coral reefs at the marine reserve