6 Great Reasons To Visit St Lucia
There are many great reasons to visit St Lucia. That must be why we visited four times. The first visit was by cruise ship with Oceania Cruises. A great day on a jeep tour of the island convinced us we needed to return to St Lucia.
We then returned in the summer to stay at a Sandals Resort. A winter visit to a different Sandals Resort let us celebrate a birthday in luxury style. And our final visit was on a Caribbean cruise with Windstar Cruises for a great beach bbq. You can probably guess that we like this Caribbean island.
1) For The Most Stunning Views
St Lucia is a relatively small island. But we found it to be a beautiful island to visit. As we approached, the island the volcanic peaks are evident. The twin peaks of the Pitons are on the south end. The highest peak is Mt Gimie in the central part of the island.
Much of the interior of the island was covered in dense rainforest. Roads twisted through hairpin turns that go up and down through the centre of the rainforest.
The stunning natural beauty is one of the reasons to visit St Lucia.
2) To Visit The Volcanic Sites
St Lucia was yet another of the volcanic islands we visited. As we travelled in the North Atlantic we were awed by the volcanic sites in Cape Verde and the Canary Islands. We then spent 10 days in the Azores and saw even more volcanic sights. I must admit that they kind of spoiled us for smaller volcanic islands.
St Lucia has started to capitalize on its volcanic past. You can visit Sulphur Springs on a road that runs right up to and through the crater of the dormant volcano. It is the only drive-in volcano in the world! Steam and bubbling water are still being emitted. The air is heavy with the smell of sulphur. Further downstream you can enjoy the hot springs and mud baths. These bathing pools are said to have therapeutic qualities. We did not try the hot springs in St Lucia but we enjoyed that luxury in the Azores. It was a great thing to do when the weather was a little cooler or rainy!
Enjoying the volcanic sites and a hot therapeutic bath are more of the reasons to visit St Lucia.
3) To Enjoy The Beaches And Water Sports
St Lucia has many beaches to choose from. In St Lucia beaches are all open to the public, even if they are connected to a beach resort.
We found beaches on all sides of the islands. Most of the resorts with their long stretches of sand are on the leeward side of the island. The wilder waves are found on the west side. They were quite visible as we travelled to the airport.
There are even black volcanic sand beaches to enjoy. As we drove or took a boat around the island, we were never far from a beach.
When our Windstar Cruises ship anchored in the bay by Pigeon Island in St. Lucia, it was a short ride to the beach. The ship put on a great beach bbq. And we found lots of fun ways to enjoy the beach and waters of St. Lucia.
If you visit a beach close to a small town or a resort, there is bound to be lots of water activities available for rent. Certainly when we stayed in St Lucia for a week, we had our pick of water sports. We could see there was a huge range of activities available, including wind surfing equipment!
If you love beaches and water sports, this may be one of the big reasons to visit St Lucia.
4) To Enjoy The Great World Underwater
When we stayed on St Lucia the first time, we were surprised to find that the scuba diving was great. There were a lot of dive sites on St Lucia to choose from. We found clear warm water, great colourful coral, deep walls and wrecks too. Everything a scuba diver wants.
While we found it great for scuba diving, the snorkelling was also good in many places. We snorkelled on our first visit to St Lucia in Rodney Bay by the Pigeon Island National Park. Many of the dive boats went out with both snorkelers and scuba divers. And from the surface there was often lots to see.
We found the underwater world in St Lucia to be quite stunning. It is one of the reasons to visit St Lucia for us!
5) To Learn More About Chocolate
We will admit to being chocoholics. So we couldn’t miss the chance to visit the Hotel Chocolat in St Lucia. We started with a chocolate drink and chocolate lunch. All with the most amazing view of the Pitons.
From there we started a tour to learn about cacao production. We saw the cacao pods being nurtured from seeds, then ripe on the tree and finally as the pods were processed to cacao nibs.
We then got our own chance to make chocolate! With cacao nibs, fine powdered sugar, cacao butter and a lot of arm power, we ground the mixture into chocolate. Once poured into molds and set, we had a most unique souvenir to take home. Of course, if you want a much smoother chocolate, the store offered the most delicious chocolate treats.
On our last visit to St Lucia, our chocolate indulgence didn’t stop there. We celebrated a birthday with chocolate cake and enjoyed a chocolate buffet. We were the happiest chocoholics around.
If you are a chocolate fan, then learning more about the chocolate process is one of the perfect reasons to visit St Lucia. And of course, there will be many opportunities to sample the great local chocolate.
6) For A Great Pampering Experience
There are a large number of luxury resorts on St Lucia. We stayed twice at Sandals Resorts. The nice thing about Sandals Resorts in St Lucia is that there are 3 different resorts. And you can stay at one resort and play at all three. The resorts are built for relaxation in mind. Hammocks and cabanas offered us refuge from the sun. Massages for couples were available on the beach.
Room service or dinner on the beach was a romantic thing to do. Throw in some champagne and the meal was complete. All of this and we had stunning seaside views.
If you want to try another luxury resort, there are many to be found. We really wanted to visit the Jade Mountain Resort or stay at Hotel Chocolat. Both of these have stunning views of the Pitons. Luxury is another of the great reasons to visit St Lucia again!
Do You Need Any More Great Reasons To Visit St Lucia?
Stunning natural beauty, volcanos, beaches, underwater sights, chocolate and pampering are all available. Do you really need any more great reasons to visit St Lucia?
If you are not yet tempted, there are so many other activities to do on the island. If you are adventurous, you can hike up the Pitons. There are numerous beautiful waterfalls to visit. Spend some time exploring the small fishing villages. Visit the markets in the main town of Castries. There is so much to see and do in St Lucia.
What are your favourite reasons to visit St Lucia? What else would you add to this list?
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