Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Rodney Bay Marina
Head here for cruises and sailing voyages around the island or further afield to Martinique or St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The marina has 253 slips and a 4.5-acre boatyard, and can shelter enormous yachts measuring up to 280 feet. Resting your sea legs? Opt for a dip in the complex’s pool instead.
One of the best markets in the West Indies is near Derek Walcotte Square—named after the island’s second Nobel laureate in 1992. It’s open every day but Sunday, and it’s a colorful scene: you’ll find hand-woven baskets, tree-ripened bananas, and aromatic spices. Notice how St. Lucian women tie their traditional cotton headdresses in different ways to indicate their marital status.
Diamond Botanical Garden and Waterfalls
A waterfall—brightly hued, courtesy of minerals such as sulfur, calcium, and magnesium—is one highlight of this beautiful six-acre former plantation. It’s also home to the same warm springs that refreshed Louis XVI’s troops when they were stationed in St. Lucia in 1784.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.
To learn more about this exciting port, please refer to our Port Explorer guide.
View or download this port's map and shopping guide here.