On a Caribbean cruise, you’ll find a laid-back haven in St. Lucia, where you can ride horses on the beach, enjoy delicious creole creations, or take a dip in thermal springs. Walk the colorful, bustling downtown to the intimate Derek Walcott Square, followed by shopping for souvenirs at Castries Market, or take a variety of St. Lucia shore excursions from downtown Castries. Adventurous days of hiking, swimming and snorkeling, and historic sites await you in St. Lucia.
A few can’t-miss St. Lucia cruise excursions include hiking the dramatic set of Pitons, two volcanic mountains in the southwest corner of the island, or crystal-clear snorkeling at the peaceful Pigeon Island National Park. If you’re not afraid of heights, you can zipline down the Pitons from Morne Coubaril Estate, a perfect excursion for active thrill-seekers. Take in the full skyline and tropical forest unfolding before you from the top of the Pitons. It’s a grueling four-hour hike to the summit of this UNESCO World Heritage site, but climbers will find the view well worth it.
Ever taken a mud bath before? Submerge yourself in sulfuric mud at the “drive in volcano” of Sulphur Springs, which some say have healing and anti-aging properties. Then, explore the quarter of Soufriere, which was once the capital of St. Lucia. Today Soufriere is home to plenty of coastal shops, bars, and restaurants for you to explore during your St. Lucia shore excursions. Love nature but not huge on hiking? Learn about local tropical plant life at Diamond Falls Botanical Garden, or take the kids to Reduit Beach for swimming and water slides at the nearby playground.
While St. Lucia overflows with natural beauty, history, and an incredible tropical landscape, it’s also known also for its celebration of its Creole roots and its cultural festivities, like the annual Creole Day each October. Jazz lovers won’t want to miss the St. Lucia Jazz Festival each May, either.
Try the region’s signature Caribbean dish of saltfish wrapped in green banana (also called fig) while on St. Lucia shore excursions. Local lobster is a popular staple on the menus in St. Lucia. Seafood lovers must try the lambi, or conch, which is typically served pan-fried in plenty of spices.