St. Lucia, a 238 square mile (617 km2) island, is home for over 165,000 residents and is a destination for many travelers. After decades of being controlled by the French and British, St. Lucia gained its independence and became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations in 1979. This Caribbean island features countless activities for travelers to enjoy while they’re experiencing paradise.
Peaks of the Pitons
Unlike other Caribbean islands, St. Lucia is very mountainous. The two hallmark mountains of the island are called the Grand Piton (for the taller mountain) and the Petit Piton (the smaller mountain). The peaks of these two islands are synonymous with St. Lucia, and can be seen all over the mountain. If you’re up for the challenge, you can hike to the tops of these mountains.
Pigeon Island National Landmark
Located just off the northwestern shores of the island, the Pigeon Island National Landmark is a popular destination among travelers. Its 40-acre park is connected to the main island via a causeway. Once visitors arrive to the park, they can enjoy learning about St. Lucia’s history, viewing the natural wildlife and landscape or taking in the beauty of the seascape while grabbing a bite to eat at one of the two restaurants on-site. Visitors can also go for a swim in the park’s caves, or hike to the highest point in the park to get a 360-degree view of the park’s beauty. The park, in its past, was home to a naval base, so visitors can walk among the remnants of the base. They can also walk to find the remnants of Jamb de Bois’ legendary pirate cave. However, for those who want to just relax, the park offers two beaches.
If you’ve ever wanted to see what the inside of a volcano looks like, you can find out in St. Lucia. That’s right. St. Lucia is home to one of the world’s drive-in volcano attractions. You can drive into the crater of the dormant La Sufriere volcano, which also happens to be the Caribbean’s most active geothermal area. If you want to get even closer to the volcanic action, you can take a guided walking tour up to a fence, beyond which you can see the volcano’s mud and sulfur.
At this location, you can also take a dip in the sulfur springs and pools located outside of the volcano. Volcanic soil is among the most fertile in the world, so it’s no surprise that sulfuric and volcanic mud has many beauty and detoxifying benefits. Beware, though, that it’s not going to smell nice. When you’re at this location. If you can get over the rotten egg smell, you’re sure to have a blast.
In addition to being an overall Caribbean paradise with white sand beaches and clear aqua waters, the island of St. Lucia has very unique attractions to offer. From the drive-in volcano to the 40-acre national landmark, there are countless things to do on the island and countless ways to immerse yourself in the island’s beauty.