ST LUCIA ATTRACTIONS: Island Overview
There are 11 Political and geographic districts in St. Lucia, varying in size and population density. Castries, Rodney Bay, Vieux Fort and Soufriere are the largest towns and the only place where you can find banks, hospitals, hardware stores, and larger supermarkets. The other communities have credit unions, health centers and small convenience stores. The North of St Lucia is the island’s main center of activity and population. Castries, Gros Islet and Rodney Bay offer numerous resorts and guesthouses, st lucia beaches, shopping, a cruise port, two marinas, golf, entertainment and nightlife. While the North may be too crowded and commercial for some, a visit to St Lucia would not be quite complete with a trip to the nation’s capital. Worth seeing is the Castries market, the Derek Walcott square and the Cathedral, as well as the La Toc battery, the Howelton House (Caribelle Batik), and the Government House on Morne Fortune. Further North, popular st lucia attractions include the Rainforest tram and zip line, Pigeon Island National Park, Fond Latisab, and Lushan Country Life.
The West Coast is mountainous and lush, with a scenic but narrow winding road. Soufriere, where many st lucia attractions are located, is known for the majestic Pitons (a World Heritage site) and Sulphur Springs “drive in-volcano.” This area is also one of the best scuba diving spots in the Caribbean. Soufriere offers fine st lucia dining and exclusive high-end resorts and villas. Popular st lucia attractions include the Gros Piton Trail, Fond Doux Estate, Toraille Waterfall, Spyke waterfall, Piton waterfall, Sugar Beach, Anse Chastanet Beach, the En bas Saut Trail & waterfall, Tet Paul Trail, New Jerusalem Hot Springs, Morne Coubaril Estate, Hotwire Zipline, Soufriere Estate and the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. Further north there is the Canaries waterfall, La Plas Kassav, la Sikwi Sugarmill, Anse Cochon, the Anse la Raye Fish fry, the Rum Distillery and Marigot Bay. Many boat rides, fishing tours and whale watching tours start or end in Soufriere.
The East Coast is wild and rugged, offering dramatic vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and coastline. However, keep in mind that many st lucia beaches are not safe for swimming, including the stunning Grande Anse beach where leatherback turtle come to nest. Noteworthy st lucia attractions include Marquis Estate, Fond D’ Or Nature and Historic Park, Mamiku Gardens, Latille waterfall, Maria Islands, Errard Estate, the Rainforest Canopy Zipline and the Dennery Fish fry. The Paradise ATV st Lucia trek starts Fond Estate.
The South of the island is authentic and naturally beautiful. The second largest town Vieux Fort and the Hewanorra International airport (st lucia airport code UVF) are the main centers of activity. The Anse de Sables beach in Vieux Fort is a famous wind and kite surfing spot, and also offers horseback riding. The picturesque communities of Laborie and Choiseul offer secluded st lucia beaches and the opportunity to experience traditional island life. The main sites and st lucia attractions between vieux Fort and Soufriere include the Moule a Chique Lighthouse, Fond Joyeux Waterfall, Laborie, Morne le Blanc Viewing Point, Balenbouche Estate, the Saltibus Waterfall & Trail, the Choiseul Arts & Craft Center, Anse L’Ivroigne, and La Pointe Carib, a historic Carib settlement.
The Interior of St Lucia is covered with tropical rainforest, home to the indigenous St Lucia parrot (Amazonas Versicolor) and many other bird species. Most Hiking trails are maintained by the St Lucia Forestry Department, which manages 19,000 acres of forest reserve. St Lucia’s tallest mountain, Mount Gimie (3117t.), is at the heart of the island and private guides take small groups of people to the summit. Another great way to appreciate the topography of the island is to take a helicopter ride with St Lucia helicopters.