Activities in St. Lucia
|St. Lucia has a full range of recreational facilities. Chartering a yacht for a day cruise, visit to the weekly market at Castries or relax with a round of golf amid St. Lucia's entrancing natural beauty. For those who enjoy the thrill of more vigorous pursuits, there are plenty of places to windsurf, dive, water-ski, or play tennis or squash.|
|Beaches: St. Lucia is famous for its beaches. They are great in number and each distinctively attractive. To learn more about beaches, click here.|
|Nightlife: St. Lucia is known for the variety of its music and the local people never miss an opportunity to display their love for it. Most hotels and some restaurants offer entertainment, including Shak Shak bands, Steel Pan bands, limbo dancers and local dancers and singers. On Friday nights, the village of Gros Islet hosts a weekly "jump-up," a local street party for St. Lucians as well as visitors, lasting until the early morning hours. There is music in the streets and vendors selling barbecued chicken and other local foods and beverages.|
|Shopping: St. Lucia offers shoppers the option of browsing for duty-free imports like designer perfumes, crystal and china at Pointe Seraphine, a harbour-front shopping complex. Or, experience market day, when farmers' wives flock to Castries' 100-year-old outdoor market and gather under parasols to display their colourful wares. Fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, woven baskets and other local crafts are offered. Local handicrafts can also be found in a number of shops in Castries, in addition to hand-screened batik apparel and prints featuring island scenes at Caribelle Batik factory and Bagshaws silk-screening studio.|
|Hiking: Hiking over St. Lucia's mountainous terrain is a must for dedicated hikers. The Pitons, near the southwestern coastal town of Soufriere, present a worthy uphill challenge for climbers.
Whether you choose to scale the peaks or penetrate the jungles, assistance and guidance from the Forest and Lands Department, the St. Lucia National Trust, or local tour agencies are highly advisable to ensure your safety and that of the environment.
|Scuba Diving / Snorkeling: St. Lucia's reefs and shipwrecks offer great underwater exploration. Anse Chastanet, off the island's southwest coast, is especially popular for its beauty. However, it can sometimes become crowded, and it is common to see people diving right off the beach as well as off ships anchored in the bay.|
|Windsurfing: Most hotels offer instructors and first-class equipment for Windsurfing. The most popular spots for intermediate and advanced windsurfers are at Cas en Bas and Vieux Fort. Beginners will find the calmer waters off the west coast more manageable.|
|Turtle Watching: Grande Anse Beach, on the north coast, is the center for this activity during mid-March to the end of July.|
|Birdwatching: In areas such as the Bois d'Orange Swamp, the Rain Forest and Boriel's Pond, visitors can observe some of St. Lucia's rare, indigenous species, like the St. Lucian Parrot, White Breasted Thrasher, St. Lucia Peewee, St. Lucia Oriole, and St. Lucia Wren. Arrangements can be made through the St. Lucia Forestry Department (Tel 450-2231).|
|Golf: St. Lucia has two golf courses, the Sandals La Toc and the Cap Estate public course, which is run by the Cap Estate Golf Club. The club offers a nine-hole course, which can also be played as 18. The clubhouse has a fully-stocked bar and pro shop. Temporary memberships, lessons from the resident pro, and golfing equipment are available.|