Best Places to Visit in Saint Lucia

St. Lucia is the Caribbean's beauty queen, crowned by the towering twin volcanic peaks of the Pitons. St. Lucia's many features include crescent-shaped beaches, little fishing communities, rainforests, reefs, waterfalls, geothermal sites, and lush highlands.

Castries, the island's capital and cruise ship port, provides a colorful snapshot of life in St. Lucia. Shop at its bustling market and take photos of the city's remarkable historic landmarks. You can learn about the history of the island's many wars between the French and English, who fought ferociously for its sovereignty, at Morne Fortune and Pigeon Island National Park.

On St. Lucia, adventure enthusiasts will find much to do. Popular island activities include ziplining, climbing the Pitons, hiking the many marked nature trails, horseback riding, sightseeing cruises, and exploring the island's active volcano. On the west coast of St. Lucia, diving is superb, with a diverse array of corals, sponges, and reef fish.

After all of the excitement, you may unwind on St. Lucia's golden beaches under rustling palms or soak in the island's curative hot springs. Read our list of the best attractions in St. Lucia for more ideas on what to do and see on this beautiful island.