Unusually beautiful

Even if you’re a beachcomber or water-lover, you’ll want to take a tour of the island while you’re here. The scenery St. Lucia has to offer is unusually beautiful, including the Qualibou Volcano and its boiling sulfur springs, exotic plants and flower-lined roadsides, and the Pitons, ancient volcanic forest-covered cones that rise out of the sea on the west coast.

How you choose to tour the island is up to you, but keep in mind that the roads are not very well marked, and you may have trouble finding some of these sites on your own. There are plenty of taxis on island, with knowledgeable drivers who are happy to provide an island tour. You should negotiate your fare before you embark. Expect to pay about $120 for a tour of the whole island. One driver who comes highly recommended is Fabian (758-384-7847, www.FabianToursStLucia.com).

St. Lucia Helicopter Tours (758-453-6950, www.StLuciaHelicopters.com) offers aerial tours of the north of the island, the south of the island and a combination of both.

Jungle Tours St. Lucia (758-450-0434, www.JungleToursStLucia.com) leads hikes on three trails of varying intensity lead to secluded waterfalls in the rainforest.

The Maria Islands Tour offered by Trim Tours (758-452-2502,www.trimtours.com)
includes a tour of St. Lucia as well as a ride on a St. Lucia fishing canoe to Maria Island Major, where you’ll take a short hike with a St. Lucia National Trust tour guide.

The National Rain Forest is an especially appealing site for bird watchers, hikers, and nature lovers. For an organized tour, contact the Forest and Lands Department at ((758) 450-2231).

If you choose to take the Southern Safari (758-452-5005), a tour bus will take you through the island’s interior with stops at historic sites such as an old plantation house and the remains of a waterwheel. Alternatively, you could visit the Pitons and a petroglyph site, returning by boat along the west coast.

A number of plantations are available for tours, including the Errard Plantation (758-453-1260), Marquis Estate (758-452-3762), and Morne Coubaril Estate (758-459-7340).

The Pigeon Island Museum and Interpretive Centre provides an insight into the island’s history through interactive audio/visual aids and ancient artifacts. The museum is open daily from 9-5, and admission is EC$5 for adults. Contact the St. Lucia National Trust (758-452-5005) for information.

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