The Pitons

Saint Lucia is famous for the twin peaks of the Pitons, which rise dramatically from the sea to form one of the Eastern Caribbean’s most famous landmarks. In addition, the island also boasts a verdant, mountainous interior, with lush tropical flora and fauna, and active volcanos.

Saint Lucia is a favourite port-of-call for many Caribbean cruise liners and yachts. If you’re planning an island-hopping trip in the Eastern Caribbean, this can be easily planned using the wide network offered by Antigua-based LIAT airlines. I recommend including at least a few days in St. Lucia in your itinerary. The inter-island airlines utilise the conveniently located Vigie Airport in the capital, Castries, whilst other international flights use the Hewanorra Airport in the extreme southeast corner of the island.

Diamond Botanical Gardens

From Vigie Airport, it is easy to rent a car to tour around the island. Soufriére, in the south of the island close to where the Pitons are situated, is about a two-hour drive from Castries, along a good road that hugs the coast and winds past many banana plantations, villages and tropical jungle (look out for the beautiful tree ferns), and that offers gorgeous views of the Caribbean Sea. On the way, you can stop for lunch at one of the many waterfront restaurants lining the very scenic Marigot Bay.

The southern part of the island features dramatic scenery that includes the Pitons and dense tropical vegetation that cover the mountainous interior. In this area, not far from Soufriére, you’ll also find what is touted as a ‘drive-in’ volcano at Sulphur Springs, as well as the lovely Diamond Botanical Gardens (scenes from one of the Superman movies were filmed here). The Pitons are indeed breathtaking. They dominate the scenery for miles and are best viewed from the sea (book a sunset cruise from Soufriére or one of the hotels, such as Anse Chastanet) or from the deck of the Ladera Resort (if you’re not staying here, this is a great place for a lunch with an unforgettable view!). The upper reaches of the Anse Chastanet resort and the adjacent Jade Mountain resort also offer fine views of the Pitons.

Sunset in St. Lucia
Sunset in St. Lucia

There are several notable beaches in St. Lucia including those fronting Rodney Bay in the north. In the south, the Anse Chastanet resort has its own private blackish lava beach a few meters away from which a stunning coral reef can be explored.

In addition, the Jalousie resort, near Soufriére, has a beautiful white sandy beach (which was purportedly imported from another Caribbean island!).

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  • It looks amazing. Have yet to get to the Caribbean and am hoping to visit St Lucia next year as my first port of call. Can’t wait to swim in that water!

  • Love your Blog and write up on St. Lucia!

    My name is Corey Devaux, I am the Sales and Marketing Manager at Sea Spray Cruises. If you ever do visit St. Lucia again we would be more than happy to have you as a guest on one of our trips if not all! Its on the house! Below is some information on my company and the tours we offer.

    The Sea Spray Cruises fleet comprises of three catamarans: Mango Tango (52′ long, maximum capacity 50 passengers); Jus Tango (65′ long, maximum capacity 110 passengers); Tango Too (80′ long, maximum capacity 150 passengers) and a Pirate Ship that is a spacious 18th century replica of a gaffed rigged schooner.

    History of Sea Spray Cruises:

    Sea Spray Cruises is a locally, family owned and operated company offering day sailing tours to Soufriere and our surrounding attractions. We started operations with our smallest catamaran Mango Tango in October of 1991. At the time it was a husband and wife running the business with two employees, a big change from our operations now which consist of four boats and 26 employees.
    In 1994 we realized that Mango Tango (our 52 ft cat) was too small to cater for the fast growing cruise ship business. The cruise ships were getting bigger and we had to grow too. Our second catamaran, Tango Too (80 ft) was built and could carry 150 passengers comfortably. Buying this boat was a great decision because we not only had a boat for cruise ships but could also hold large groups for weddings, birthdays and company outings. Local rides are also very popular on Tango Too.

    In 2000 we took delivery of Jus Tango (65 ft) licensed to carry 110 passengers. Jus Tango proved to be very popular with our guests, she is large, comfortable and has lots of area for tanning.
    In February of 2003 we had a new and exciting challenged added to our fleet. The 138ft Tall Ship, Brig Unicorn. She was featured in several movies, most recently Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 2 & 3. We have been very successful in creating Pirate themed tours with cannons, pirates and fun activities for everyone, especially the kids. Unfortunately Brig Unicorn could only last so long and has since been retired and replaced by Liana’s Ransom.

    We have received Two Thompsons Gold awards for excellence and have been recognized by the Ministry of Tourism for our excellent service. Additionally we recently received a Tripadvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence, 5 star rating, and an award from Princess Cruise Line for the “Best High Volume Tour of the Season”. We now have a new saying, Come Do It All with Sea Spray Cruise. We offer numerous tours and adventures!

  • My personal Favorite Resort in St. Lucia is Ladera Resort ( http://ladera.com ) Its has the most amazing views of the island i have ever seen, and its location makes its quiet and totally relaxing.

  • The first time I traveled to St Lucia, I knew that I had landed in paradise. With lush mountains, fresh fruit everywhere and secluded coves, St Lucia is picture perfect Caribbean. Ladera Resort is then the Caribbean resort.

  • Yes, LIAT has a pretty extensive network in the Eastern Caribbean connecting islands like Antigua, St. Martin, Anguilla, Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, Trinidad & Tobago, etc..

  • I loved St Lucia! It’s one of my favorite islands in the Caribbean! It’s a beautiful, green island with lots to see and do. I only went for a day as a stop on a cruise (http://bit.ly/bhs8h). We made an excursion with a catamaran and one of the sights were the (smelly 😉 Sulphur Springs. I wouldn’t mind going back and explore some more of this island! 🙂 Thanks for bringing back memories to this lovely island!

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