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Island Musts

  • The Pitons: Apart from magical Marigot Bay, nothing distinguishes St Lucia from other islands lke the Pitons. These twin volcanic cones rise straight from the crystal Caribbean. Recently given UNESCO World Heritage designation, the Pitons and their surroundings are considered to be of global environmental and cultural significance. Climb the Gros Piton and enjoy a Piton lager on the summit, or enjoy Superman’s Flight, an exhilarating drift dive at the base of Petit Piton.
  • The Rainforest: Lush and green, the rainforests of St Lucia offer a cooling respite from the hot sands of her coastline. The Edmond Forest Reserve, in the shadow of St  Lucia’s tallest peak, Mt Gimie, is home to one of the most spectacular hikes on the island—the En Bas Saut Trail. The 4.5 mile circular trail takes you to the En Bas Saut Falls where deep pools at the top and under its thunderous cascade a perfect for a dip. Ask at the Marina office for recommended tour providers.
  • Canopy Adventures: For fun and thrills, canopy zip-lining is another way to explore St Lucia’s rainforest. There are two zip-line operators, Palm Services at the Dennery Estate, and Rain Forest Sky Rides near Babonneau which also offers an aerial tram ride for the less adventurous.
  • Fish Friday: Anse la Raye Fish Friday. The main beach front road of the fishing village, just 15 minutes away from Marigot, is closed from about 5pm on Friday evenings. Fishermen bring their catch up on to the beach for a street barbecue and party. Try red snapper steamed in foil, conch stew, octopus, tuna, fish cakes and bakes (griddled bread) freshly prepared. This is popular with locals and tourists alike. The best time to go is 7.30pm.
  • Pigeon Island: Pigeon Island National Landmark is home to St Lucia Jazz (May 2 to 11, 2008) and replete with British military ruins. There’s a funky café called Jambe du Bois which serves great cocktails and simple café fare in a relaxed and scenic location looking towards Rodney Bay. There are also two small white sand beaches for swimming. Hike up Signal Hill or Fort Rodney for stunning views of Martinique and St Lucia’s northern coastline.
  • Reduit Beach: This is the longest stretch of sand on St Lucia’s Caribbean coast making it the island’s busiest tourist hub. Bars, restaurants and numerous hotels dot the area which is also the liveliest for nightlife. There are jet skis, and motorized watersports on offer such as waterskiing.
  • Volcano and Sulphur Springs: St Lucia boasts one of the world’s only drive-in volcanoes and it’s well worth taking a look at the steaming crater and bubbling mud pools. Better yet, you can slather yourself in black sulphur mud at the sulphur springs and rinse off in water warmed by the volcano itself. The mud bath is said to help arthritis, sore muscles and minor skin complaints, and to make your skin look years younger.
  • Botanical Gardens: For a taste of St Lucian flora and fauna check out one of the two beautiful botanical gardens on the island. Diamond Falls, Botanical Gardens and Mineral Baths in Soufriere is the most established site for visitors into plants and nature. The rocks surrounding the garden’s falls are stained yellow, green and orange from the mineral rich, volcanic water. You can’t swim in the waterfall, but you can enjoy a medicinal mineral bath in this historic location. Mamiku Gardens on the east coast near Dennery is less established but has an incredible herb garden with plants used in numerous bush remedies,
  • Turtle Watch: Between March and August each year giant Leatherback turtles, Green Turtles and Oliver Ridleys heave themselves up onto St Lucia’s east coast beaches to dig nests and lay their eggs. The community of Desbarras, near the large and remote Grand Anse beach, has combined forces with the Department of Fisheries and the St lucia Heritage Tourism Programme to run Turtle Watch which gives visitors the opportunity to take part in data collection and beach patrolling in a bid to help conserve these endangered creatures. You spend the night on the beach and help with egg counting, turtle measuring and tagging.
  • Golf: Avid golfers can take advantage of a small nine-hole course at Sandals Regency St Lucia, just 20 minutes away from Marigot, or take on the challenge of the 18-hole professional course at the St Lucia Golf and Country Club in the very north of the island (about 40 minutes by car).
  • Sport Fishing: The waters surrounding St Lucia are teeming with tuna, marlin, wahoo and dorado especially during the summer months. The Marina office can recommend top sport fishing tour providers specializing in reel experiences! The St Lucia Bill Fishing Association holds an annual international tournament every October which is open to outside participants. The marina office can coordinate participation on a number of professionally equipped boats.

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