Must see attractions in St Lucia

  • Top ChoiceSights in Soufrière & The Pitons

    Sugar Beach

    The most famous beach on the island, gorgeous Sugar Beach is spectacularly situated between the two Pitons, ensuring phenomenal views both from the sand and in the water. Like most in the area, it was originally a gray-sand beach – the soft white sands are imported from abroad. There are free basic public loungers at the far northern end; alternatively, when occupancy is low, you can rent one of the resort's more luxurious models.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Pigeon Island

    Pigeon Island National Landmark

    Pigeon Island is a fun place to explore, with paths winding around the remains of barracks, batteries and garrisons; the partially intact stone buildings create a ghost-town effect. The grounds are well endowed with lofty trees, manicured lawns and fine coastal views. Bring a picnic and make a day of it. Guided tours of the site can be arranged at the ticket office for EC$59 for groups of one to seven visitors.

  • Sights in Eastern St Lucia

    Mamiku Gardens

    A relaxing focal point for any eastern day trip, the Mamiku botanical gardens are located on the grounds of a former plantation and boast an extensive collection of tropical flora including some wonderful orchids. Upon arrival you'll be given a booklet to assist in identifying the 297 named species in the gardens. But it's not just about the plants, there are also historical ruins to explore, hiking trails and birdwatching tours.

  • Sights in Soufrière & The Pitons

    Sulphur Springs

    Looking like something off the surface of the moon, the Sulphur Springs are saddled with the unfortunate tagline of being the world’s only drive-in volcano. The reality is far from the garish description. There isn’t a classic crater, or a cauldron of magma, to check out – but it's still an awe-inspiring place. Stinky pools of boiling mud are observed from platforms surrounded by vents releasing clouds of sulfur gas. Kids will love it.

  • Sights in Soufrière & The Pitons

    Anse Chastanet

    Stretched out in front of the resort of the same name, Anse Chastanet is a fine curving beach. The sheltered bay is protected by high cliffs. The snorkeling just offshore is some of the best on the island; hassle-free access is through the resort, which also offers day passes if you want to use the sun loungers and water-sports facilities.

  • Sights in Vieux Fort

    Sandy Beach

    At the southern tip of the island, Sandy Beach is a beautiful strand of white sand that looks out on the rugged Maria Islands. There's always a stiff breeze, making it a hot spot for kitesurfers. It’s also suitable for swimming – on a calm day. It’s never crowded.

  • Sights in Eastern St Lucia

    La Tille Waterfalls

    Off the beaten track and rarely visited, La Tille is one of the better waterfalls on the island, with a high-volume cascade falling into a large pool surrounded by greenery. But a visit here is about more than just the falls; the Rasta guardians of the site constantly work on the flower-filled grounds and a relaxed, natural vibe abounds. There is a nature trail and rope swing, and vegetarian meals are offered.

  • Sights in Soufrière & The Pitons

    Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens & Mineral Baths

    Wander amid tropical flowers and trees at this old estate. The mineral baths date from 1784, when they were built atop hot springs so that the troops of France's King Louis XVI could take advantage of their therapeutic effects. You can take a dip in small public pools among nature or in the less appealing enclosed private bathhouse. The gardens are 1 mile east of Soufrière town center.

  • Sights in Marigot Bay

    Anse Cochon

    Offering clear waters with some of the best diving and snorkeling on the island, Anse Cochon is a secluded bay and a favorite of the day-trip boats; it can either be blissfully quiet or way too crowded depending on when you arrive. Be aware of pushy vendors on kayaks offering to tow snorkelers to the best spots for exorbitant fees.

  • Sights in Soufrière & The Pitons

    Pitons Waterfall

    In the mood for a dip in tepid waters? Make a beeline for this picturesque cascade surrounded by lush forest and fed by a mix of natural streams and underground thermal sulfur springs from Soufrière volcano. There are two small concrete pools fed by the main waterfall and another at the end of a side channel. You can shower under the flow but watch out for the slippery rocks.

  • Sights in St Lucia

    Millet Bird Sanctuary

    This nature reserve lies about 6 miles (10km) inland from the west-coast highway, in Millet. Here’s your chance to spot endemic species, including the St Lucia parrot and the St Lucia warbler. Book in advance and a knowledgeable forest ranger will take you on a tour. There’s also a scenic 2-mile loop hiking trail that alternates between thick forests and wide-open hilltops.

  • Sights in Rodney Bay & Gros Islet

    Reduit Beach

    This long stretch of white sand is the most popular beach on the island. The sea ranges from turquoise to azure, the waves are benign and there are plenty of beach activities and cafes at hand. The central part of the beach gets mobbed, so head to the south end on the far side of the vast Rex Resorts. It's less crowded and has more shade.

  • Sights in Soufrière & The Pitons

    Anse Mamin

    Backed by lush rainforest, this dreamy secluded enclave of sand edges a gently curved cove that's about a 10-minute walk north of Anse Chastanet, or about 30 minutes from town. The resort also has sun loungers and a grill restaurant here but they are tastefully done and don't take away from the absolute tranquility.

  • Sights in Castries Region

    La Toc Beach

    South of Castries, this splendid golden-sand beach remains largely off the tourist radar, not least because it’s a bit hard to find. Go in the direction of Morne Fortune, then head to the lower gate of the Sandals Regency Golf Resort & Spa, where the guards will show you the path that leads down to the beach.

  • Sights in Castries Region

    Choc Beach

    A promontory separates Vigie and Choc Bays. The southern section of this long swath of honey-colored sand is flanked by the highway (noise!) but if you walk to the north it gets much quieter.

  • Sights in The Northern Tip

    Cas-en-Bas

    Apart from kitesurfers who come here for the excellent winds, few visit this wide curve of gray sand because it’s a bit off the beaten track. It’s a stunning beach to sun yourself on.

  • Sights in Castries Region

    Vigie Beach

    This 2-mile beach runs parallel to the George FL Charles Airport runway. Vigie Beach is where you can find locals taking a quick dip on hot days. The color of the sand? Brown-gray.

  • Sights in Soufrière & The Pitons

    Gateway to Soufrière

    Around a mile and a half up the road to Castries, this lookout at the side of the road affords fantastic views across the Soufrière valley to the Pitons.

  • Sights in Castries

    Fort Charlotte

    Sitting atop the 853ft Morne Fortune, about 3 miles south of Castries center, is Fort Charlotte, whose construction began under the French and was continued by the British. Because of its strategic hilltop vantage point overlooking Castries, the fort was the location of fierce fighting between the French and British in colonial times. The fort buildings have been renovated and given a new life as the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, but there are still some interesting places to see.

  • Sights in Soufrière & The Pitons

    Malgretoute Beach

    This rugged gray-sand and pebble beach, just north of looming Petit Piton, has some good snorkeling just offshore. There is an interesting petroglyph covered in moss on a large rock about 200m north of the entrance. It faces the jungle so you have to walk around the back to spot it. The entire area around Malgretoute has been bought for yet another resort which remains in construction – access was still possible when we visited but may be restricted in future.