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One of the most scenic Caribbean destinations, St Lucia is a small island renowned for its awe-inspiring natural wonders. Perfect for a short holiday, the island is home to lovely crescent beaches, rainforests, waterfalls, mountains, reefs, and a lot more.
Here in this article, we take a look at some of the places you must visit when in St Lucia.
Pigeon Island National Park
Pigeon Island National Park is a 44 acre national landmark that holds a historical importance. Connected to the mainland by a man-made causeway, the attraction lets you take a peek into its past. Get a chance to explore the 18th century military ruins, Fort Rodney, and learn about the island’s historic stories when here. A hike to the island’s lookout point is worth the breathtaking panoramic view of St Lucia on offer. You can also spend some time at a little restaurant and two white sand beaches present on the island.
The most iconic landmarks of St Lucia, the pitons were formed as a result of volcanic activity some 200,000 to 300,000 years ago. The twin peaks rising from the sea offer great views whether you are watching them from a distance or hiking them. Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, both Gros Piton (798 meters) and Petit Piton (750 meters) can be hiked. Although the hikes are considered difficult, the views are just incredible.
Considered the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean, Marigot Bay is an absolute tropical paradise known for its romantic setting. Drawing a decent amount of visitors, the bay looks gorgeous from the surrounding hills and is equally impressive when you are there. The palm fringed white-sand beaches surrounded by lush hills, anchored boats, and the blue ocean waters make this bay an idyllic Caribbean holiday spot. You can also get a bite to eat at any of the few restaurants, or go shopping at the outlets available in the area.
Mount Soufriere is also known as Sulphur Springs Natural Park. An active volcano, this site has a 274 meter wide crater with a road passing right by it, making it the only active volcano which you can drive by. The volcanic pit vents sulphur into air and heats up pools of water in the area. Visitors are also allowed to take a bath in some of the mildly warm water pools. Although Mount Soufriere is an interesting natural attraction to visit, the overpowering smell of Sulphur might be a concern for many.
Nestled deep within a sheltered gorge lays Diamond Falls, a mystic natural attraction that is surrounded by enchanting nature. It is one of the most visited spots located in the beautiful Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. The falls is known among tourists as it keeps changing its colours throughout the year. When here, you can take a dip in mineral hot spring baths, explore the variety of exquisite flora on display, and dine at the Old Mill & Waterwheel Restaurant.