Immerse Yourself In Nature, Culture And History
Saint Lucia is an island thriving with vibrant flora and fauna, lush landscapes, rich culture and history. A great way to experience it is by guided tour. Heritage Tours is part of a voluntary organisation providing visitors with out-of-the-ordinary experiences based on the natural, cultural, and historical heritage of Saint Lucia, one of the most scenic islands of the Caribbean. Their expert guides will take you to remote parts of Saint Lucia, giving you the opportunity to discover the island's fascinating landscapes, local history, and traditions: From exploring the Diamond Botanical Gardens, thermal springs and the rainforest waterfalls to exploring the island on horse-back, going turtle watching and soaking up the atmosphere at the Anse La La Raye Fish Friday.
There are half day, full day and overnight tours which can be booked through an excursion provider or your hotel. Guides will usually pick you up from your accommodation. Immerse yourself further at www.heritagetoursstlucia.org.
Top attractions in Saint Lucia
The magical Piton Mountains
The magical twin Pitons are Saint Lucia’s iconic landmarks and sit majestically on the South West coast of the island in the town of Soufriere. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Piton Mountains are two famous volcanic cones that erupt from the sea. Many hotels in the south provide stunning views of the Pitons from their own sanctuaries, villas or rooms. The Pitons also provide the perfect backdrop for wedding ceremonies, film locations as well as a great spot for diving and snorkelling. The Gros Piton trail, which takes approximately 4-5 hours, enables visitors to climb to the top of the mountain to take in the breath-taking views of the island.
Pigeon Island National Park
The beautiful Pigeon Island National Park is a notable landmark in Saint Lucia. Once used as a lookout point and military base when the British and the French fought over Saint Lucia, visitors are still able to see remnants of the military forts and bunkers used during this time. There is also a small museum on site which houses relics and artefacts from the battles. A popular venue for picnics and weddings due to its stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, Pigeon Island is also home to the main stage performances of the annual Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival held in May. One of the leading music events in the Caribbean, the festival showcases international artists in Jazz, RnB, Soul, Reggae and Pop.
Visit the Caribbean’s only drive in volcano at the Sulphur Springs in Soufriere. Here a guide will give you a history lesson on how the volcanic crater was created and the therapeutic properties of the mineral waters and sulphur mud. For more information, visit www.soufrierefoundation.org.
Tet Paul Nature Trail
The Tet Paul Nature Trail is an easy to moderate 45 minute hike offering visitors a number of stunning views en route of Martinique and St Vincent, Sugar Beach and the Petit Piton among other attractions. There are traditional medicinal plants and exotic fruit trees along the way and you will also see a traditional house where the ancestors of Saint Lucians used to live. Find out more at www.tetpaulnaturetrail.com.
This beautiful bay was the scene for the original Dr Doolittle film and is also famous for being the only bay in the Caribbean which forms a hurricane hole providing shelter for boats. Marigot Bay has a marina village offering various services and facilities including a boat repair shop, clothes shops, a bank and supermarket. The marina can accommodate 40 yachts and a chartering service is available.
Gros Islet – Friday Night ‘Jump Up’
On Friday evenings the place to be is a small fishing village called Gros Islet, just north of Rodney Bay. Gros Islet’s narrow streets are dotted with candy-coloured houses. And they provide the perfect backdrop for jammin’ Jump Ups. Here the local residents set up and host street barbecues, street bars and sound systems. The sizzling smells of barbecued fish gently waft through the streets, smooth sounds fill the air, and party-goers dance the night away.
Lushan Country Life
Learn more about Saint Lucian culture on this family run and owned tour. Your informative guide will take you back in time by showing a traditional house which would have been inhabited by their ancestors and forefathers. You will go on a tour through the rainforest and garden trails where you will be invited to smell spice leaves, see tropical birds and sample some of the seasonal fruits grown on the grounds. This is a great tour for all the family. Visit www.stlucia-tours.net for more information.
Fond Latisab Creole Park
Learn more about Saint Lucia’s Creole heritage through demonstrations of Cassava bread making, traditional methods for catching cray-fish, log-sawing to the rhythm of a chak chak band and honey collection. Go to www.heritagetoursstlucia.org for more information.
Diamond Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls
Situated in Soufriere, Diamond Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls is a nature lover’s dream with a wide range of plants and colourful flowers on display. An informative guide will take you on a tour of the gardens pointing out some of the medicinal uses of the plants. The waterfalls originate from underground thermal springs and the rocks that the water spills over are encrusted with minerals tainted yellow, purple and green. There are also mineral baths on site which have reputedly therapeutic benefits for rheumatism, respiratory complaints and ulcers. It is believed Josephene Bonaparte bathed here as a young girl.
Fond Doux Plantation
Fond Doux Plantation sits on 135 acres of land and is still a working cocoa plantation. Watch the fermentation and drying process of the cocoa beans as well as the traditional ‘cocoa bean’ dance which polishes the beans before roasting. There are also a number of trails on the estate which can either take you through cocoa trees and other exotic crops grown on the plantation, or offer a slight hike to follow the old maroon escape route or alternatively a trail leading to the old ruins of a battle scene when the British and the French fought over the island in 1795. Find out more at www.fonddouxestate.com.
Mamiku Gardens sits on 12 acres of natural woodland in Micoud and offers a number of hidden gardens full of colourful blooms and wildlife. They have recently added a Creole medicinal herb garden and a mini banana plantation for visitors to explore.