Things To Do While Here
It is certainly worthwhile to make a sailing trip from the North along the West coast as far as Soufrière. At the Marina a yacht, with or without captain and crew, can be hired for one or more days at - Marigot Bay : a picturesque natural marina, home to the international sailing organisation The Moorings. Rodney Bay : a marina where a maximum of 1000 yachts can anchor or moor.
St. Lucia has splendid wind surfing possibilities thanks to the never ending trade-winds. This guarantees a continuous on shore breeze along the East coast. The most suitable locations are in the South-East close to Vieux Fort at the Anse de Sables Beach and in the North-East at Cas en Bas.
Yachts can be chartered (bare-boat or skippered) through a number of charter operations housed in the marina at Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay . Both areas have safe anchorages, shower facilities, restaurants and bars, grocery stores, and yacht maintenance facilities. There are also Day boat trips which include stops at fishing villages and secret coves, and many of St. Lucia's natural treasures. Sunset cruises along the northwest coast afford a breathtaking view as the sun dips over the horizon. Meals and beverages are usually included on the tours.
Deep Sea Fishing:
There are a number of boat charter operations on the island which offer whole and half-day deep sea fishing excursions. Seasonal catches include mackerel, king mackerel, white marlin, barracuda, kingfish and sailfish.
National Rain Forest:
19,000 acres of lush mountains and valleys. It is home to giant ferns, birds of paradise and many other indigenous tree species, exotic flowers and beautiful birds.
de L'isle Rain Forest Trail
Union Nature Trail
Fregate Island Nature
Located near Soufriere, these primeval twin peaks, topping 2,000 feet, are St. Lucia's most famous landmark. Only the most daring climbers have ventured an ascent to their summits.
The Sulphur Springs:
Now dormant, it is the world's only drive-in volcano. A tour of its bubbly, steamy sulphur springs offers a direct and fascinating lesson in the geology of the Caribbean.
France's King Louis XVI had bathhouses built for his troops at these natural, mineral-rich falls. An invigorating shower under the cascading waters is still a refreshing break.
At 3,117 feet, it is the highest point on St. Lucia. One of the best views of this peak is experienced on emerging from the rain forest. Guided tours are conducted up the mountain.
This beautiful hidden treasure of St. Lucia is filled with luscious fruits, blooming flowers, thriving plants, shading trees, and vibrant waterfalls.
Two small islands off the coast of Vieux Fort, the Maria Islands are a nature reserve and the refuge of two species found nowhere else in the world. The Kouwes Snake, noted as the world's rarest snake, and the Zandoli Te, a ground lizard whose males display a brilliant blue tail. Fregate Island is a haven for fregate birds during mating season.
There are few more exciting ways to view the splendid beauty of the island than by helicopter. Visitors can embark upon flights that loop around the northern and southern portions of the island, offering aerial panoramas that include the steaming cauldron of Soufriere and the emerald carpet of the National Rain Forest.
The Cap Estate Golf Club, situated in the North of the island, has a 18 hole course with beautiful panoramic views. This golf course . was deigned by John Ponko, who worked with the legendary golf course architect, robert Trent Jones, Sr., and offers fabulous views of the Caribbean and Atlantic coastlines. The 6,815 yard, par 71 championship golf course is a challenge to serious and recreational golfers. The club's facilities include a state- of-the-art 350 yard driving range and golf academy, and a club house and pro shop. Club rentals are available, lessons are also available from the club's resident golf professional. Golf carts are mandatory and golf shoes with soft spikes or tennis shoes are also required. There is also a private golf course for the Guests of Sandals La Toc near Castries.
Tennis courts are available at most major hotels. The St. Lucia Racquet Club at Club St. Lucia which has nine lighted courts. The St. Lucian Hotel has two courts, which are available to the public and guest alike. Lessons can be arranged.
Squash courts are located near the Cap Estate Golf Club, the St. Lucia Yacht Club, and at the St. Lucia Racquet Club. Regional friendly and Championship matches are a regular feature on the island's Squash calendar.
The St.Lucia Mountain Bike Tour starts at the Morne Fortune Monument and winds its way to Babonneau, a community on the East coast. There are stops at Caribelle Batik and frequent water stations. In addition, there are spectacular views of the La Sorciere mountain. The roads passes through banana plantations and in Babonneau, bikes stop at Mrs. Joseph's house for fruit and coconut water refreshments. The four hour tour ends at waves on the beach. Jungle Biking provides a 5,000 square foot facility for a unique biking experience. Whatever your experience level, you'll enjoy biking to historical ruins, swimming holes and more. Jungle Biking has been featured on the A&E Channel and CNN.
Sportivo at Rodney Heights, above key Largo Restaurant, is the largest gym and fitness facility in St.Lucia. The centre offers a fully equipped gym with name brand machines a cardiovascular room with treadmills, steppers, bikes and reebok Elliptical trainers. The 2,200 square foot wooden-spring dance floor is used for Jazzercise, Body Pump and Cardio kick Boxing. Other services include personal training, sports and conditioning programmes. St.Lucia Racquet Club offers fitness classes and has a fully equipped Nauttilus gym with treadmill, stairmaster and computerised stationary bikes. The Royal Spa at the Royal St.Lucian Hotel has a small cardiovascular and weight gym, furnished with top-of-the-line Cybex equipment. A personal trainer is on hand and the room is air-conditioned. Mango Moon Total Fitness at lunar, Vigie marina is equipped with cybex, icarian, paramount and Flex equippment. Treadmills and step machines are also available. Body Inc. is a well -equipped gym, located at the Gablewoods Shopping Mall.
Shopping in St Lucia is a real pleasure given the wide variety of Gift and Souvenir shops there are on the Island, for duty-free imports like designer perfumes, crystal and china at Pointe Seraphine, and La Place Carenage on the waterfront or visit one of the shops at the Airports. Experience Market Day and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, woven baskets and other local crafts at the downtown Castries market. Locate hand-screened batik apparel and prints featuring island scenes at Caribelle Batik factory and Bagshaws silk-screening studio.
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