Take It Leisurely
Saint Lucia’s beautiful plunging valleys, rising twin peaks and 98 miles of coastline beg to be explored, and you can do so at the pace you prefer. Whether you take a scenic helicopter excursion, sail along the west coast or canter on horseback riding along a stunning beach: there are plenty of ways to enjoy the island. There are also many shopping opportunities and niche tours.
Whale & Dolphin watching
The waters surrounding Saint Lucia not only feature a carnival of colourful coral reefs but also great marine life. Over 20 species of whale and dolphin live and visit these waters. You can spot sperm, humpback and pilot whales as well as spinners, spotted and bottleneck dolphins. This is a great tour for the all the family to enjoy. For more information, visit www.hackshaws.com or www.captmikes.com
Camp overnight and marvel at the wonders of nature as you see Leatherback turtles lay their eggs on Grand Anse beach from March to August. Website.
Saint Lucia’s bountiful wildlife hosts 167 species of bird with six endemic species which includes the island’s national bird, the Saint Lucia Parrot (Amazona Veriscolor). There are a number of bird sites dotted across the island in the form of nature trails and wetlands. For more information, download our Birding Flyer here or request a copy.
There are two horse-riding centres on island offering visitors the chance to canter along the scenic coastline, banana plantations and pasture lands. You can also go into the sea with your horse for an even heightened experience.
There are a number of shopping experiences to be had in the capital of Castries. Duty free shopping malls provide the perfect opportunity to purchase perfumery, leather goods, jewellery and other souvenirs. Visit Castries Market and haggle with the stall holders who offer an array of gifts for your loved ones. Why not pick up a few fiery pepper sauces, the obligatory fridge magnet or perhaps a bottle of banana ketchup! In Rodney Bay Village, there is BayWalk Mall, one of the newest shopping malls on island, which has a number of boutique shops, international branded stores as well as a variety of restaurants.
Rhythm & Rum tour
This fun tour links the production of rum with the cultural heritage of the island. The tour first begins with a short video on rum production and the distillery’s family beginnings. This is followed by a tour of the main distillery factory where you will be able to see the molasses vat, copper stills and the process of casking the spirit in oak barrels. The tour ends with a carnival extravaganza of colourful costumes and steel band music. There is also a tasting station with an array of rums to sample. Go to www.saintluciarums.com for more.