St Lucia is well regarded as one of the Caribbean’s most scenic islands, which may be why it’s a major draw for honeymooners looking for that perfect photo backdrop. On this gorgeous island there’s no shortage of blissful beaches and beautiful national parks. St Lucia may only be 238 square miles but when it comes to sheer natural beauty, the island is a high ranking contender.
St Lucia’s twin peaks, the Pitons, soar to a height of 798 meters and are undoubtedly one of the most unforgettable features on the island. The best place to view the Pitons is from the nearby ice-white Sugar Beach, which is also an excellent spot for swimming and snorkeling in the shallow waters. But this island is awash with beautiful beaches and some of the best includes the peaceful Donkey Beach and Anse Cochon, which can only be reached by boat. In St Lucia you can swim in the lagoons and snorkel the reefs no matter which season you choose to take your vacation.
The natural attractions
The coast may be the place to spend your days but don’t forget to explore the many nature parks. On this island you can visit the bubbling volcano pits and pools at the Sulphur Springs Park or enjoy a dip in the open air, hot mineral pools of the Diamond Botanical Gardens. Take a slow walk through the Tet Paul Nature Trail for views of the nearby islands of St. Vincent and Martinique; the path of steps leading up to the viewpoint is called ‘the Stairway to Heaven’. If you fancy exploring the best diving spot on the island then Anse Chastanet Marine National Park features a wall that descends 46 meters to the coral reef and is home to a host of exotic marine life.
Kids (and adults) will love the activities on offer at the Treetop Adventure Park, which includes zip-line tours through the trees as well as hiking and jeep rides into the rainforest. Dolphin and whale watching tours are also available from the capital city of Castries, or you can even charter your own private yacht for the day and spend some time exploring the coastline at your leisure. Pigeon Island, once a pirate island, was completely cut off from St Lucia until a causeway was built during the 1970s, but now you can visit this 44 acre national park with its 18th century Fort Rodney ruins and two expansive beaches.
Any family who decides to visit St Lucia will no doubt enjoy a few or even all of these fun activities. It’s a definite option if you love the outdoors, and whatever you choose to do there’s no need to worry about the weather.
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