St Lucia Things to Do
Balenbouche is an ideal starting point for many St Lucia things to do. We are located only 20 minutes from the International airport, and 30 minutes from the town of Soufriere and just 5-20 minutes from two great beaches; Laborie beach and Sandy beach in Vieux Fort. In and around Soufriere, you’ll find the best of what St lucia has to offer: diving and snorkeling, hiking, waterfalls, hot springs, botanical gardens, plantations, restaurants, spas and world renowned resorts. Some of the island’s most famous attractions, such as the Pitons and the sulphur springs volcano, are located near Soufriere. However, accommodations in and around Soufriere tend to be either very high end, or low end and too close to the noise and activities of the town. So it makes sense to stay at a place like Balenbouche, which offers affordable accommodations on one of the island’s most beautiful and historic properties.
A visit to the nearby Laborie fishing village is one of the most authentic st lucia things to do. Enjoy a swim in the calm, palm fringed bay, stroll through the friendly village, and experience the magnificent view from the Morne Le Blanc Viewing point above the town.
Further south, the second largest town of Vieux Fort offers grocery shopping, banking and the Saturday Morning Farmer’s market. The Anse de Sable beach, a short walk or drive from town, is a long white sand beach and a great spot for wind surfing, kite surfing and horseback riding. Hanging out at the Reef, Tornado and Island Breeze beach cafés are popular things to do in st lucia for visitors and locals alike. Above Vieux Fort, the Moule a chique lookout opposite the lighthouse offers another spectacular view of the island and the St lucia Pitons.
Just to the north of Balenbouche is the small village of Choiseul with its impressive church and traditional arts and crafts.
In Soufriere, you will find some of the best st lucia things to do. From Balenbouche, follow the main road to Soufriere, or take the scenic coastal road via la Pointe Carib, an old Amerindian settlement, to Anse L’Ivroigne, a beautiful secluded beach at the base of the Gros Piton. The coastal road reconnects with the main road near Fond Doux Estate. Before arriving in Soufriere town, you can visit the Tet Paul Trail, Ladera Resort, Hotel Chocolat, the Sulphur Springs, Coubaril Estate, Malgretoute Beach, the Pitons waterfall and Sugar Beach. The town of Soufriere offers a number of small restaurants, bars and shops. You can take a water taxi to Anse Chastanet or Sugar Beach, the best places for snorkeling and diving. To the back of the town further inland, there is the famous Diamond Falls Botanical garden, as well as New Jerusalem Hot springs, Toraille Waterfall, the Edmond Forest and En bas Saut rainforest trails.
Further up the West Coast road, Marigot Bay and La Plas Kassav are worth a stop, and you can also take a tour of the rum distillery. If you have a few hours, you can swim and snorkel at Ti Kaye Resort/Anse Cochon, or experience the popular Friday night St Lucia Attraction; the Fishfry in Anse La Raye.
Along the east coast, you can stop at Mamiku Gardens near Praslin, which offers an abundance of tropical plants and splendid views. Latille waterfall is set within a charming organic garden just after the town of Micoud. The privately owned site is powered by hydro from the waterfall. Through the Forestry Department, you can book a guide to take you on the Descartiers Rainforest Trail. Further along the east coast, there are several viewing points and rest stops, as well as the the Fond’ D’Or National Park and Mabouya Valley Project, which offer several tourist attractions and cultural experiences.
Finally, a visit to the capital Castries, as well as Rodney Bay and Gros Islet further north, completes your list of st lucia things to do. Our suggested places to stop are the Castries Market, Pigeon Island, Gros Islet village, the Rodney Bay Marina, and Cas en bas beach.
Every May, St Lucia hosts an Annual Jazz Festival, one of the most popular st lucia things to do, which brings together a wonderful mix of regional and international talent.