Dreaming about a tropical vacation? There are so many beautiful islands in the Caribbean, so it’s not easy to choose a destination for your trip. I traveled to the island of Saint Lucia and discovered that there’s something for everyone. There are so many things to do in St Lucia for every type of traveler. Do you want a relaxing vacation where your biggest decisions are deciding between the beach and the pool? Are you an outdoor adventurer who loves hiking and water sports? Do you love sightseeing and want to check out the most popular St Lucia attractions?
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I’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in St Lucia for the vacationers, adventurers, and tourists. You can easily do all of these activities when you spend one week in Saint Lucia. There’s always lots to do at the resort, even if you want to spend your entire holiday there. However, there are plenty of tour options that you can book directly at the resort, too. I always like to venture away from the hotel, at least a little bit, to experience the country that I’m visiting. Here are my top choices for things to do in St Lucia for a highly memorable vacation.
Where to Stay in St Lucia: Sandals Grande St Lucian
If you’re looking for where to stay in St Lucia, the Sandals Grande St Lucian is a fabulous choice. This beautiful resort is the perfect option for a romantic couples getaway in Saint Lucia. It’s a 5-star, luxury property in Gros-Islet, situated on a peninsula between Rodney Bay and the Atlantic. You can relax on the white sand beaches at the resort or enjoy sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean’s crashing waves, all within steps of one another. I’m going to show you exactly why staying at the Sandals Grande St Lucian is one of the best things to do in St Lucia.
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My Room: Caribbean Oceanview Luxury
Welcome to my beautiful hotel room at Sandals Grande St Lucian! This spacious and elegant room features a king-sized, four-poster bed, a flatscreen TV, and an additional living space with a love seat and chair. There’s air conditioning and a ceiling fan, keeping the room at an ideal temperature. As this is an all-inclusive resort, there’s an in-room bar that’s restocked daily. Enjoy beverages like water, soda, juice, beer, and wine from the convenience of your room. There’s also a coffee maker and tea kettle in the room, too.
The bathroom is clean and roomy with lots of counter space and shelves. There’s a shower and a bathtub, and I love all of the shelves in the shower for toiletries. Every room has a hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, and a fluffy robe to use throughout your stay.
My favorite part of the room is the private balcony. There’s a table and chairs for two, and this is the best spot to enjoy room service breakfast in the morning. I also enjoyed sitting on the balcony with a cup of coffee in the afternoon. There’s delicious Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee served throughout the resort, and you can order a pot of it from room service. I woke up each morning to gaze out towards the palm trees, the ocean, and the mountains off in the distance. Every evening, I watched the brilliant Saint Lucia sunsets from the balcony, too. The views from this balcony truly made my stay extra special.
Over-the-Water Bungalows in Saint Lucia
While I didn’t stay in one of the Over-the-Water Bungalows, I had the opportunity to take a sneak peek inside one of them. There are a limited amount of bungalows at Sandals Grande St Lucian, and they book up very far in advance. You might even need to reserve them a year ahead of time, if you’re looking for specific dates!
If you thought that you needed to jet off to the Maldives or Bora Bora to experience an over-the-water bungalow, think again. These dreamy huts over the water offer an intimate and memorable experience for you and your partner. Positioned over the Caribbean Sea, you can look down to the glass floor panels for a glimpse of the sea any time you like.
The private patio showcases breathtaking scenery of nearby Pigeon Island and the ocean. Relax on the patio’s sun deck and soak up the sunshine. You’ll also have Butler Elite service where your personal butler will tend to any vacation requests. One of the ultimate things to do in St Lucia is spending the night in an over-the-water bungalow. If you end up staying in one, you’ll have to let me know how you enjoy it!
Sandals Grande St Lucian Property
The Sandals Grande St Lucian is on one of the most beautiful spaces on the island of St Lucia. There’s a mile-long beach with many varieties of loungers, chairs, and hammocks both in and out of the water. At Rodney Bay, these are some of the calmest waters in Saint Lucia, perfect for floating around and swimming. Surrounded by volcanic mountains and lush greenery, you’ll quickly see why the Sandals Grande St Lucian is simply picture perfect.
In addition to the white sand beach and turquoise waters, there are several swimming pools, swim-up bars, and quiet areas if you’d prefer to curl up with a good book. In addition to the pools and the beach, there are so many things to do in St Lucia at the Sandals Grande St Lucian resort:
- Snorkeling (including equipment)
- Paddle boards, kayaks, and Hobie Cats
- Beach volleyball, basketball, pool tables
- Tennis at day and night
- Fitness center and land sports
- PADI-Certified scuba diving (and equipment)
- Green fees and transfers to 2 nearby golf courses
- Free wedding (for stays of 3 or more nights)
There’s also complimentary Wi-Fi in the rooms and throughout the resort. And one of the best perks of staying at Sandals Resorts? All tips, taxes, and gratuities are all included in the price of the trip! The staff won’t accept tips, so don’t worry about bringing any extra cash along like at most other resorts.
Sandals Exchange Program: Stay at One, Play at Three
Why hang out at one resort when you can spend time at three? If you’re looking for what to do in St Lucia, you could easily spend a week exploring all three Sandals Resorts in the country. In Saint Lucia, there are three Sandals Resorts: Sandals Grande St Lucian in Gros-Islet, Sandals Halcyon Beach in Castries, and Sandals Regency La Toc in Castries. When you stay at one of these properties, you have access to all three for free!
There is a shuttle service between all three resorts, so you don’t need to worry about transportation. With the Sandals Exchange Program, you can experience 11 pools, 11 whirlpools, 21 bars, and 27 restaurants in total. There are also two golf courses, unlimited water sports, and entertainment at all three resorts. And of course, it’s an all-inclusive resort, so all food, drink, activities and entertainment are included in your stay.
Things to Do in Saint Lucia: Hiking at Pigeon Island
Looking for what to do in St Lucia? Let’s start with a short hiking trip to Pigeon Island. It’s one of the best things you can do in St Lucia from the Sandals Grande St Lucian resort because it’s only a short walking distance away. Furthermore, Pigeon Island is a national landmark with a rich history and spectacular views.
Pigeon Island isn’t technically an island anymore; it used to be an island, but was joined to the mainland in 1972 with a man made causeway. In 1979, the Saint Lucia government designated Pigeon Island as a national park, and it became a national landmark in 1992. Over the years, the islet was used as a home for indigenous Arawak and Carib peoples, a base for French pirates, a British fort, a US naval base, and a communications station. Nowadays, it’s a popular tourist destination and home of the annual Saint Lucia Jazz Festival.
When you visit Pigeon Island, you can see the remnants of military forts and barracks and try to imagine what they once looked like. Then, hike to the lookout point at the top of the fort for panoramic scenery of the coastline. I could see the Sandals resort quite clearly, with the calm Caribbean Sea on one side and the wavy Atlantic Ocean on the other side. You can see beaches and lush, green mountains all around. It’s one of the most magnificent views of the island, and one of the best things to do in St Lucia.
If you’re looking to add additional activities to your trip to Pigeon Island, you can spend some time at the beach on the Atlantic side. There’s also a tour by Island Routes called Pigeon Island Pirate Treasure Hunt where your pirate tour guide will teach you some fun facts about the national landmark within a treasure hunt game.
St Lucia Catamaran Cruise with Island Routes
One of the top things to do in St Lucia is to travel around the island by boat. Why not do it in style with Island Routes’ Soufriere Adventure Cruise tour? I’m going to break down some of the most amazing St Lucia attractions and activities, and you can enjoy them all in one day on this catamaran tour.
On this tour, you’ll sail past the famous Pitons, visit the sulphur springs for a mud bath, check out Morne Coubaril Estate, travel to Toraille Waterfall, go snorkeling at a protected reef, sail past Marigot Bay, and enjoy some delicious beverages while you’re on board. Also, I must mention that you’ll feel the ocean breeze in your hair and the hot sun shining down as you sail along the west coast of the island.
St Lucia Points of Interest: The Pitons
You can’t visit Saint Lucia without seeing The Pitons. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Pitons are two volcanic spires: Gros Piton and Petit Piton, linked by the Piton Mitan ridge. The mountains are 798 meters high and 743 meters high, respectively. They’re the most distinct feature of the Saint Lucian landscape, and you can see them from almost every spot on the island. They’re lush, green, and unspoiled.
On our catamaran tour, we had many opportunities to admire the spectacular Pitons from the comfort of our boat. We all took turns snapping photos of ourselves with these majestic mountains in the background. If you’re interested in hiking the Pitons, it takes about a day to hike up and back down. I recommend booking this tour to hike the Pitons.
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Have a Mud Bath at the Sulphur Springs
One of the top things to do in St Lucia is visit the Soufriere Volcano for the hot springs. Don’t worry, this volcano had its last major eruption 40,000 years ago, and hasn’t erupted at all since 1780. There are active boiling mud pits around the volcano, as well as sulphur vents with smelly smoke billowing out. Despite the slight rotten egg aroma, one of the most popular St Lucia activities is relaxing at the sulphur springs.
There are natural pools with a suitable bathing temperature about a couple hundred yards from the volcanic hot springs. You’ll be able to dive right into the mud baths of the volcano here. The tour guides will tell you all about the medicinal properties of the mud baths: they detoxify the body and help with sun burns, arthritis, eczema, sore joints, and more. The minerals within the mud bath and waters of the pools are said to make people look 12 years younger. I’m not sure that it worked that well, but my skin felt super soft after a soak!
Be sure to wear a dark bathing suit to the mud baths as the mud can leave stains on lighter colored swimsuits. There are also two different muds, a light gray one that you primarily use and a dark gray one for decoration. The dark gray one tended to stain a little more than the light gray one, so I chose not to use it. A visit to the volcano’s mud baths is one of the most fun things to do in St Lucia.
Visit Morne Coubaril Estate for a Tour and Lunch
Morne Coubaril Estate is an 18th century plantation where you can take a tour of the property. There’s a replica village of stick huts used by local villagers over two centuries ago. You’ll also be able to admire the beautiful gardens and flowers throughout the area. We learned about how chocolate is made from cocoa beans, and watched one of the employees de-husk a coconut. We drank fresh coconut water and sampled pieces of fresh coconut. Both were delicious and refreshing.
Following the tour, we enjoyed a Creole buffet lunch that included a few vegan options (pasta, rice, veggies, and lentils). If you’re looking for even more things to do in St Lucia, you can spend another hour or two at Morne Coubaril Estate trying 8 thrilling zip lines.
Admire Toraille Waterfall (or Swim up to it!)
Next on our tour (or on your road trip of Saint Lucia, should you wish to visit on your own), we visited the magnificent Toraille Waterfall. It’s one of the most beautiful St Lucia attractions, and it’s one of the easiest waterfalls to access on the island. It’s just a short walk from the parking area to the waterfall.
The waterfall plunges 50 feet from a cliff to a natural pool down below. It’s possible to go swimming in the pool beneath the waterfall. The water is a little cold, but very refreshing on a hot day. Put your head right beneath the waterfall, if you dare.
St Lucia Activities: Go Snorkeling at a Protected Reef
Snorkeling is one of the best things to do in St Lucia, and about 44% of the island’s coastline is protected by coral reefs. You can see many species of colorful fish and perhaps even some turtles if you’re lucky. Our catamaran tour stopped at Anse Chastanet Beach, one of the best places in St Lucia to snorkel. If you love snorkeling and diving to view incredible marine life, here are some more amazing places in the Caribbean for snorkeling.
St Lucia Attractions: Marigot Bay
On our catamaran tour, we sailed through Marigot Bay to catch glimpses of this beautiful region of Saint Lucia. While drifting around the bay, we learned a few interesting facts about it. First, the bay functions as a hurricane hole, meaning that it provides refuge for boats during a hurricane. Marigot Bay is also a historical landmark as the French and British had many battles there. The bay is surrounded by forested, green hills, and it’s quite stunning.
Visiting Marigot Bay is one of the best things to do in St Lucia, especially if you’re able to spend the day there. You can relax at Marigot Bay Beach, kayak around the mangroves, and shop for some locally made souvenirs. Marigot Bay is one of the most important St Lucia points of interest, whether you’re sailing by or visiting for the day.
Wake Up Early for Spectacular St Lucia Sunrises
Waking up early for the sunrise is one of the most memorable things to do in St Lucia. I managed to get up early one day on my trip, and I was thankful that I dragged myself out of bed.
At the Sandals Grande St Lucian, you can watch the sunset over the sea at the beach. However, the sun rises on the opposite side of the resort, behind the beach. With that said, the atmosphere surrounding the sunrise is absolutely glorious. I haven’t ever seen a sky turn such vibrant shades of pastel pink, peach, and purple.
Don’t Miss the Beautiful Sunsets on the Island of St Lucia
It might be a little bit easier to observe the sunsets of Saint Lucia as you’ll already be awake! The sunsets at the Sandals Grande St Lucian are brilliant. I was lucky to witness them throughout my stay, and each sunset seemed to outdo the last. Streaks of red, orange, and yellow filled the sky at dusk as the sun dipped down below the horizon. A walk along the beach during sunset is one of the most romantic things to do in St Lucia, especially at a resort that’s known for romance.
Dine at All Three Sandals Saint Lucia Resorts
Lastly, one of the top things to do in St Lucia is eat all of the delicious food. Hands down, Sandals has the best restaurants out of any resort that I’ve visited. There’s so much choice, whether it’s a casual eatery or a fine dining restaurant. Through the Sandals Exchange Program, you have the chance to dine at 27 restaurants across all three resorts. You might have to return to the resort several times to dine at all of the establishments. While I will be highlighting all of the food at the Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia in another blog post soon, here are a couple of my favorite meals.
Soy is a Japanese and sushi restaurant at the Sandals Grande St Lucian. They have lots of vegetarian and vegan options, and they’re able to easily adapt many meals for gluten-free diets. I ordered several dishes, including the miso soup, edamame, veggie spring rolls, tofu salad, and vegetarian sushi rolls.
Bombay Club Restaurant
The Indian restaurant at Sandals Grande St Lucian is a feast for the senses. There are a few vegetarian/vegan options on the menu, including the Aloo Gobi (cauliflower and potato curry), Dal Basanti (yellow lentil dish), Vegetable Bullets (battered and fried veggies) and Vegetable Samosas.
The staff at Josephine’s Creperie can make both vegan and gluten-free crepes, upon request. I ordered a sweet crepe filled with chocolate and bananas, topped with chocolate sauce that made my day! It was so tasty, and I was so grateful that they could prepare a sweet vegan treat.
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There are so many amazing things to do in St. Lucia, even if you’re only spending a few days or a week on the island. Whether you love nature, outdoor adventures, or soaking up the sunshine, you will fall in love with this gorgeous Caribbean island.
Thanks so much to Sandals Resorts for hosting my stay and Island Routes for hosting my tours.