The beautiful island of Saint Lucia is the perfect destination for adventure, romance and relaxation. The island is laden with stunning palm-fringed beaches from which you can visit the vivid coloured coral reefs, watch the rainbow assortment of fish, and swim with turtles. You can take energising hikes though unspoilt rainforest with an amazing variety of birds and other wildlife, cool off in the natural waterfalls, or stop and take time to marvel at the breath-taking views.
There are many activities to fill your time here, including snorkeling, scuba diving, mountain biking, sailing, jungle trips by foot, jeep or quad bike or even zip lining though the rainforest canopy. You can enjoy fantastic local food and dance the night away at one of St Lucia’s famous street parties – jump ups or fish fry as they are known locally.
Marigot Bay is conveniently located on the Caribbean coast approximately half way between the beaches, resorts and nightlife of Rodney Bay to the North and the majestic beauty of the Pitons, next to the southern town of Soufriere. Near the Pitons can be found a host of other popular attractions, including the Sulphur Springs, the Diamond Botantical Gardens and Waterfall and the famous Hotel Chocolate, which are well worth a trip to experience.
Closer still to Marigot are the traditional fishing village at Anse La Raye, which plays host to a great fish fry every friday night, and Castries, the capital city of St. Lucia, which offers a vibrant array of shops and museums. A little further south from Anse La Raye is Anse Cochin (pictured), known locally as Ti Kaye because of the resort based there. Anse Chastenet and Anse Cochin are considered the islands two best snorkeling sites.
Rodney Bay and Gros Islet
Rodney Bay Village is located in the north of St Lucia and is around a 45 minute drive from Marigot Bay. The beautiful stretch of sand that is Reduit Beach is lined with large resorts and the street behind is filled with bars and restaurants – there is something there to suit everyones taste and budget. Bay Walk Mall offers the most upmarket shopping that can be found in Saint Lucia and even has it’s own Casino.
A few minutes away from the modern attractions of Rodney Bay can be found the old centre of Gros Islet, which has a renowned street party on Friday nights – well worth a visit. During the day, the national park at Pigeon Island has beautiful beaches and a fabulous historical walk, where you can see the remains of the forts used in the 18th century by the British when defending the island from the French ships based on the neighbouring island of Martinique.
Saint Lucia’s capital, Castries, is a twenty minute drive from Marigot Bay and offers dozens of stores as well as the bustling Castries market, where you can stock up on local spices, fruit and vegetables or pick up some locally made wood carvings, jewellery or textiles.
Along the bustling waterfront you can find the duty free shops and the Our Planet exhibition, St Lucia’s new multi-million dollar state-of-the-art attraction which was created in partnership with NOAA/NASA. You can also take a short drive inland which will take you to Fort Charlotte at Morne Fortuné (the mountain of good fortune) where you can learn about Saint Lucia’s history and the battles that were fought between the British and the French.
The town of Soufriere sits in the shadow of Saint Lucia’s world famous peaks, the Pitons. The more adventurous can climb the peaks, although this is a pretty strenous activity and we recommend you take a guide. Alternatively you can visit one of the nearby plantations, such as Tet Paul which has stunning views of the Pitons.
The Sulphur Springs are the world’s only drive though volcano, but we recommend that you take the time to stop and bathe in the mineral rich pools. The landscape here is eerie and dramatic, with dense steam rising from the pools and the lingering smell of sulphur – not easily forgotten! Other hot springs and mineral baths can also be found in this area.
Soufriere is also surrounded by the very best beaches the island has to offer. Take a cooling swim in the Caribbean sea, followed by a spiced rum cocktail while you watch the sunset at Anse Chastenet, Anse Mamin or Jalousie Beach.