The splendid beauty of the island nation of St. Lucia makes it an ideal getaway for enjoying some beach time in the Caribbean. While the beachcombing has its own lures, this stunning island has no dearth of activities for those looking for excitement. Here are top experiences in St. Lucia if you are looking for a more immersive experience:
Zip Through a Rainforest
St. Lucia is even more stunning from several feet high in the sky. Make sure you soak in the panoramic vistas by taking a gondola ride through a lush tropical rainforest. The thrilling ride offers sweeping views of mountains and streams along with the verdant landscapes below. You will also spot a staggering diversity of native flora and fauna, including beautiful butterflies and colourful birds.
Mud Bathing at Sulphur Springs
Head to the island’s only Drive-in Volcano and spot the rejuvenating Sulphur Springs and the Mineral Mud Baths that are believed to have restorative properties. The splendid view of the Pitons from here is an added advantage as is the beautiful drive through the west coast of the island leading to the springs. You will also cross charming local fishing villages on your way where you can have sights of local life and culture.
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Seek dolphins and whales in their natural habitat on dolphin or whale spotting tour. Some of the most commonly spotted ones include Spot Sperm Whales, Dwarf sperm Whales, Pilot Whales, Hump Back Whales, Spinner, Spotted, Bottle nose and Fraser Dolphins. If you are lucky, you will also get to hear the songs of the dolphins from a hydrophone equipped boat that is usually used for such trips. Additionally, the tour also allows you to soak in breathtaking views of the island’s coastline and of its clear, cerulean waters.
Take a Cooking Tour of the Island Nation
Sign up for an authentic culinary experience with a renowned island chef on a cooking experience designed to familiarise you with local produce, cuisine and its history as well as cooking traditions and the evolution. Delve deeper into the Creole cooking methods that see use of various herbs, vegetables and fruits. Several of these cooking experiences also allow patrons to walk through beautiful herb gardens and pick fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables. Also, check out the brilliant display of traditional utensils, shedding light on cooking processes of the past.
Visit a Local Rum Distillery
St. Lucia has a number of old rum distilleries that have maintained their taste and standards over the years. You can choose the award-winning distillery “St. Lucia Distillers” for your visit and learn about the process of distilling. The distillery lays out an extensive “Rum Buffet”, including blends of rums and liqueurs for patrons to have a taste. Make sure to taste most of these local flavours before making a purchase. Rum and rum products can be purchased as souvenirs at the distillery at nominal prices. If you have time, you can also visit the nearby Marigot Bay, just under four miles from here.