If you’re looking for a Caribbean vacation, I’ve got the place for you! Check out St. Lucia. It’s a hidden gem in the Eastern Caribbean just south of Martinique. The island is home to beautiful beaches, fishing villages, rainforests and more. My family spent a week exploring the island, and I couldn’t have loved it more. A day stop on a cruise is not enough time to see it for all of its beauty, so PLEASE, book your vacation now and you won’t regret it.
Below you’ll find seven of my favorite things we did throughout the vacation. I highly recommend all of them and checking them out for yourself! I’ve also included some extra stops that I enjoyed and some that I would’ve loved to see. I guess there’s always a next time:)
1. Half-day Trip to Pigeon Island
Pigeon Island is a great little hike for half of your day. It has two peaks with trails that lead you to a beautiful view of the north end of the island. I’d highly recommend this trip in the morning if you’re not great in the heat, like me! The sun gets pretty hot and the trails are a little steeper than you might think.
This islet is easily accessible by foot, but you can decide to kayak or take a boat if those ways sound better to you. The entrance into the islet is also located next to a public beach, so driving and parking is an option as well! It cost $10 to get in, but the views are totally worth it.
2. Take a Catamaran Trip
Our catamaran was a full-day trip from the north end of the island to the south end. Our hotel put together an excursion for a whole bunch of guests to enjoy a day full of activities around the island. If you have a chance, try to book something like this!
In the morning, they took us to the town of Soufriere where we went to the botanical gardens, mud baths, and sulfur springs. We then hopped back on the boat for some delicious lunch and rum punch before we went snorkeling and visited Marigot Bay. For the last part of our trip the crew put on a dance competition and we got to dance the day away. I walked away with a little St. Lucia flag as my souvenir and I was as happy as a clam. Our crew was AMAZING and did a great job putting up with us throughout the day. Check out Carnival Sailing and Barefoot Holidays to book your trip!
3. Go Snorkeling
I’ve been snorkeling quite a few times and nothing can compare to the Caribbean. The reefs were gorgeous and filled with tons of color and exotic fish. Most hotels will let you rent snorkeling gear to snorkel off of your beach, however, I’d recommend a guided tour since they guide you to just the right place.
We went snorkeling during our catamaran trip and were taken into a bay of one of the island’s black sand beaches. I loved to pops of orange and yellow in the reef along with the flounder and other fish I saw. This is another great family activity for everyone to enjoy. I know my family did!
4. Visit Marigot Bay
This can be done by boat or land, in our case, by catamaran. We cruised into Marigot Bay, the famous setting for Doctor Dolittle, and the scene was quite amazing. The bay was filled with sailboats and aqua blue water. Not to mention, the landscape was breathtaking and will leave you in awe during your cruise around the bay.
The bay has a lot to offer including hotels, restaurants, and a little beach to soak in the sun and take a swim. We didn’t have the opportunity to get off of the boat and explore but we were able to enjoy the views from the top deck of the catamaran. I also heard that scuba diving is an amazing experience in Marigot Bay and something anyone certified should consider!
This restaurant is located next to the beach in Gros Islet just below Cap Maison in a natural cove. The atmosphere was laid back but quite divine for a beach bar & grill. You can have the option to sit on the beach, the deck or at the bar. Whatever you pick, you can’t go wrong.
We went on a Thursday night right after sunset. To our surprise, it was BBQ Taster night and we were given a prix fixe meal. The meal consisted of five different tapas-style dishes along with dessert which was my favorite. It was roasted bananas and marshmallows with island rum caramel. Does that not scream, YUM?! I also had the most delicious cocktail called the spicy mango, which had the perfect little kick of jalapeño. Here’s the menu if you want to check it out!
If you can’t make it on a Thursday night, anytime would really work. The food is just phenomenal and perfect for any foodie!
6. Hike a Piton
Be one of the rare tourists that are brave enough to take on the hike to the summit of the Gros Piton. It’s a 2,619 ft hike but, once again, worth the view. Some locals haven’t even made the trek, and most usually go at most one time. Once getting back down I can definitely understand why one time is enough.
In order to make the climb, you must be with a guide due to the steep incline. The whole entire trip can be made in a couple of hours but that all depends on your endurance and the rest of your group. I’m not lying when I say that I might’ve regretted my decision to make the climb halfway through. It is tough and quite the booty builder. If you want a workout that’ll last a week this hike is just enough and will keep your body in tip-top shape for the rest of your vacation. I’d recommend bringing a hat, a towel, tons of water, and of course your camera. Make sure you’re hands-free since the hike is a little strenuous, and don’t let your guide fool you when they are effortlessly scaling the landscape. THIS IS NOT EASY!
Extra: Our trip to the Pitons began at our hotel where we started in a car from Gros Islet to Soufriere. It was about a two-hour drive due to the winding roads and slow speed limit, but we were able to soak in a lot of information from our tour guide, Slim. On our way, we stopped for fresh bananas, cocoa pods and drove through several fishing villages. Who knew bananas could get sunburns and cocoa beans are actually purple? We also had an amazing time with the rest of the people on our tour and became great friends with them by the end of the trip. If you don’t get easily carsick, driving from Gros Islet to Soufriere is a great way to see the island.
7. Dance at a Street Party
Every Friday night the island has street parties in several different towns. We went to the Gros Islet Street Party which was the town we were staying in. Although very touristy at the beginning of the night, the locals eventually come out to party. The streets are filled with local food vendors and plenty of music.
I got myself some freshly caught fish and then proceeded to dance the night away. The music and vibes were great! If you’re looking for a fun night out this would be perfect for you. We also went to a fun bar called Rhumba to get some drinks and soak in the black light. They have markers at the counter, so feel free to sign your name!
Although not on my list of things to do I would still highly recommend spending a couple of days by the beach. Our hotel had a great beach area and offered us lounge chairs, snorkeling gear, kayaks, paddleboards and of course, drinks! We spent three days by the beach and I was able to enjoy a little bit of sun until I got burned. Not to mention, the wild dogs and horses were a cool bonus!
Hotel: The Landings Resort & Spa
I hope you enjoyed some of my favorite things and will consider them during your next trip. The island has so much to offer, you wouldn’t want to miss out!
Extra Places to Eat:
- Toraille Waterfall
- Castries Market
For more travel guides and things to do, check out my travel page!
And as always, until next time…
See ya later:)
Jacqui M. Green