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St Lucia Attractions

The island is known for its diverse landscape and myriad of st lucia attractions and things to do to suit every taste and wallet. Many of the best st lucia attractions are in the South of the island, within 15 – 30 minutes from Balenbouche Estate.

It takes about 2 hours to drive from North to South. The main road mostly follows the coast, and the whole loop takes about 3 hours. The best way to see the island is to rent a car. If you prefer to drive shorter distances, consider staying in more than one place. Below is an overview of most of the sites, attractions and activities on the island, organized by route and distance.

Most sites and trails have local guides on staff and charge an entrance fee of $5 – US$ 15 per person. Sometimes you can pay to enter without a guide. Many other places require advance booking and charge more. There are many St lucia hiking and rainforest trails. The entrance to the Forestry trails is US$ 10, if you have your own transportation. Some other hikes cost US$ 50 (for example Gros Piton, Petit piton, Mount Gimie, or other specialized rainforest and birdwatching tour). Many of the organized tours include transportation. However, you can cut costs if you rent a car and arrange to meet up with the guide.

The entrance and guide fees goes towards maintaining the site, providing employment, and ensuring a quality visitor experience, including education and safety. It is generally not advisable to venture most places without a guide because visitors can be a target for crime, and it also takes away valuable income from local people.

For more information on island activities, visit St Lucia Tourist Sites and our St Lucia blog!

List of St Lucia Attractions

St Lucia Things to DoNameLocationDrive from BalenboucheDuration (recommended time)Price
Hiking / WaterfallSaltibus TrailChoiseul / Laborie15 minutes2 - 3 hours< $30
(reserve)
Hiking / ViewTet Paul Nature TrailSoufriere25 minutes45 - 60 min< $15
Hiking / ViewGros Piton TrailSoufriere30 minutes4 - 5 hours< $55
Hiking / ViewPetit Piton TrailSoufriere40 minutes4 - 5 hours< $60
HikingDescartiers TrailMicoud1 hour1 - 2 hours< $15
(reserve)
Hiking / WaterfallEdmund Forest TrailSoufriere1 hour2 - 3 hours< $15
(reserve)
Hiking / ViewMorne le BlancLaborie10 minutes15 minutes
(1 hour if walking)
FREE
Hiking / View / BeachMaria Islands ReserveVieux Fort20 minutes1 - 2 hours$40 - $50
Hiking / BeachRiver DoreeChoiseul5 minutes
(20 minutes walk)
1 - 2 hoursFREE
Horseback ridingAtlantic ShoresVieux Fort / Micoud45 minutes2 - 3 hours$60 - $120
(reserve)
Horseback ridingCoubaril Estate
Morne Chouval
Soufriere40 minutes2 - 3 hours$65 - $85
(reserve)
Zip LineCoubaril Estate
(Hotwire)
Soufriere40 minutes1 hour$50 - $70
(reserve)
Tram / Zipline / HikingRainforest TramGros Islet2 hours1 - 3 hours$50 - $120
(reserve)
ATV / HikingATV Paradise ToursMicoud1 hour2 - 3 hours$20 - $50
(reserve)
Biking / Diving / KayakingJungle Reef AdventuresSoufriere50 minutes2 - 4 hours$40 - $90
Kayaking / FishingSalt Rush CafeLaborie10 minutes1 - 3 hours$15 - $60
Plantation / HistoricBalenbouche EstateChoiseul / Laborie0 min45 min - 1 hour< $15
Plantation / HistoricMamiku GardensMicoud45 min45 min - 1 hour< $15
Plantation / GardenDiamond Falls Botanical GardenSoufriere35 min30 - 45 min< $15
Plantation / GardenFond Doux EstateSoufriere30 minutes45 min - 1 hour< $30
Plantation / GardenHotel ChocolatSoufriere30 minutes1 hour 30 min< $90
(reserve)
Plantation / GardenMorne CoubarilSoufriere30 minutes45 min< $15
Plantation / Garden / CultureLushan Country LifeCastries / Gros Islet1 hour 30 min45 min< $15
Plantation / GardenFond Latisab Creole ParkCastries / Gros Islet2 hours45 min< $15
Waterfall / HikingFond Joyeux WaterfallVieux Fort45 min1 - 2 hours$30 - $50
(guide)
Waterfall / GardenToraille WaterfallSoufriere30 minutes15 - 45 min< $15
Waterfall / Hot SpringsPitons WaterfallSoufriere30 minutes45 min - 1 hour< $15
Waterfall / HikingCanaries WaterfallCanaries1 hour3 - 4 hours$30 - $50
(guide)
WaterfallRiver Rock waterfallAnse la Raye1 hour 15 min1 - 2 hours< $20
(guide)
Zip line / Buggies / WaterfallTreetop Adventure ParkMicoud45 min1 - 2 hours
(various tours)
$45 - $185
(reserve)
WaterfallLatille waterfallMicoud45 min45 min - 1 hour< $15
Waterfall / Hot springsSapphire FallsSoufriere30 minutes1 - 2 hours< $30
(reserve)
Volcano / Hot SpringsSulphur SpringsSoufriere30 minutes45 min - 1 hour< $15
Hot SpringsNew JerusalemSoufriere30 minutes45 min - 1 hour< $15
Historic / Garden / BeachPigeon Island ParkGros Islet2 hours1 - 2 hours< $15
HistoricMorne FortuneCastries1 hour 30 min30 - 34 minFREE
(or tour)
HistoricCastries CathedralCastries1 hour 30 min15 minFREE
(or tour)
Historic / CultureLa Pointe CaribeChoiseul20 min15 - 45 minFREE
(or tour)
Historic / Garden / BeachFond D'OrDennery1 hour45 min - 2 hours< $15
Historic / GardenLa Sikwi sugar millAnse la Raye1 hour30 - 45 min< $20
(reserve)
Helicopterst lucia helicoptersCastries, Vieux Fort20 minutes10 - 30 minutes$175 - $230

To see how to get to these sites and attractions, check out the google map of St Lucia.