On our recent trip to St James Club Morgan Bay in St Lucia we spent a day touring the Island on the resorts Pink Panther Tour.
This takes you to see the real St Lucia and learn a little about its people and heritage. I mean what’s the point of visiting such a beautiful Island and not getting out and really seeing it? If you are wondering what to do in St Lucia here are some great suggestions.
Our guides Darian and Chantal were incredible. I really believe getting the right guides on a tour is the key. And we struck super lucky, not only were Darian and Chantal super knowledgeable about St Lucia and wanted to share it all with us. They were also the loveliest people, making us all feel comfortable from the outset.
This is what we did and here are 6 things you must do when visiting St Lucia. And what you will see and learn on the Island Tour of St Lucia with St James Club Morgan Bay Pink Panther Tour.
Learn about local life in St Lucia
Getting out to see a little of the real Island and meeting St Lucian’s is a must when visiting this stunning country. St Lucian’s are warm people and they want to share all they know with you, booking a tour of St Lucia is a great way to explore.
We were able to drive through the capital of St Lucia, the port city of Castries. We had visited before on a cruise ship but little did we know how easy it is to explore the Island.
Castries is a buzzing city, with a market and many bars, cafe and street vendors. With pretty streets lined with historic buildings mainly of a colonial style. The perfect place to wander and take in the atmosphere maybe do a little shopping. And the local towns are awash with vibrant colours and pretty houses.
Top tip take St Lucian dollars and make sure you have plenty of change to buy souvenirs and tip people.
Check out the street art In St Lucia
Apart from rows and rows of candy coloured houses on pretty Caribbean streets. There is something to see on every corner in St Lucia, including many examples of great street art. Just the colours alone on this beautiful Island are enough to make you smile. Everything is so colourful.
Visit the Pitons
The Pitons are two towering volcanic spires. Thus being the major iconic landmark of the island and a UNESCO world heritage site. These spectacular twin peaks, Gros Piton and Petit Piton, rise side by side from the sea to 770 and 743 m high. They are linked together by the Piton Mitan ridge. The volcanic complex includes a geothermal field with sulphurous fumeroles and hot springs perfect for bathing in.
Check out the Pitons from a short distance for a spectacular close up view, before heading into to hot springs.
Head to the Soufriere Hot Springs/Mud Bath
I am going to admit, I did not think I would like bathing in mud. Yet as a family activity bathing in mud in a thermal spring is one of the boys top activities ever. I was dumbfounded as I watched them laughing as they smeared themselves in mud and forgot how cool they were for an hour. The initial temperature is hot, but as soon as your body adapts it is a nice sensation and great for the skin.
There are changing rooms at the Soufriere Hot Springs to enable you to get into your swimsuit, there are also some vendors selling snacks, drinks and souvenirs.
Shower off the mud at the Touraille Waterfall
Only a 5-10 minutes drive away from the mud baths, the Touraille Waterfall is the perfect place to have a refreshing shower and wash of all that mud. You have to take a minute here to appreciate the fact that you are actually showering in a waterfall, its cold but such a wonderful experience. Once showered you can head to the changing room to get dressed and ready for the rest of the tour.
Tip, take some water shoes its rocky in there.
See how Cocoa is made At The Morne Coubaril Estate Cocoa Plantation
There are many things to do at the Morne Coubaril Estate including zip lining and horse riding. We took the cocoa tour and our amazing guide Vincia took us through the history of the cocoa plantation. Of how the cocoa beans are grown, harvested and baked. This is such an interesting tour, and you get to buy the raw product at the end, ready to bring home and make authentic St Lucian hot chocolate.
As well as the planned activities, we got to see and hear more about the Banana plantations.
I found it fascinating but it also really gave me food for thought. The farmers rely on the weather and it only takes a bad storm to affect a whole years crop. And generally when you are buying produce from a small farmer you will be buying fair-trade.
Actually seeing the plantations and hearing tales of the hours farmers work, and all the influences that can affect their livelihoods makes you realise how important it is to support and buy fair trade where you can.
Darian also told us many facts about the rainforest, which is such a pleasure to drive through with all its giant ferns and coconut trees. And pointed out the Islands most famous movie spot from the Pirates of the Caribbean.
If you are pondering whether you should do the tour. Or wondering whether you should get out and see the Island when you visit St Lucia I would say go for it. We had the most wonderful day and learnt so much about such a truly beautiful island.
For more tips and advice check out Lisa’s post here