St Lucia tours give you a chance to experience the island's highlights. Whether you spend a whole day exploring or a few hours, you'll have the chance to soak in what makes St Lucia special, including its volcanoes, beaches, rainforests, and colonial cities.
For those who arrive on cruises, Castries tours are some of the most popular shore excursions, besides duty-free shopping and waterfront dining. Some cruise lines include St Lucia tours in their array of shore activities, while others allow passengers plenty of free time to explore. At both of the capital city's cruise ship terminals, it's easy to find travel companies who lead trips all over the island.
Some of the most popular Castries tours are walking tours through the colonial city. Along the way, you'll have the chance to see many of the attractions and historical sites that reflect the island's rich heritage. Knowledgeable guides, who speak English as a first language, lead the way, explaining the events and people who shaped the history of St Lucia. Some of the landmarks to experience on Castries tours include the beautiful Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the Castries Crafts Market, the central market, and Derek Walcott Square, which was named for the native poet who won the Nobel Prize in 1992.
Tours in St Lucia can take you beyond the capital city. Because the island is relatively small, it won't take you very long to get to the city of Soufriere, the volcanoes, or one of the most interesting rainforests found anywhere. It takes about an hour to get from the Castries to the southern coast of the island, so you can include a lot of places on your St Lucia tours. Transportation is readily available, including rental cars and drivers for hire. Many tour operators include a trip from Castries right in the price of a tour.
The French settled Soufriere in the 1700s, and the city today retains much of its colonial flair. The city is known for its colorful architecture as well as its scenic setting, right at the base of two extinct volcano peaks called the Pitons. On Soufriere tours, many people include the Diamond Botanical Gardens, one of the old plantation houses, the Diamond Waterfall, and the mineral baths. In addition, one of the most popular things to do on a trip to this area is a visit to the world's only drive-in volcano, Mount Soufriere.
Soufriere also serves as a base for Jeep tours in St Lucia. The dense, interesting rainforest is possible to explore on foot, but the hikes can be quite arduous. When you choose one of the Jeep tours in St Lucia, you can sit back, enjoy the scenery, and listen to the guide tell you about the amazing world of the jungle. Some of the tours include visits to working banana plantations, and many pause for a lunch made with fresh, local favorites.
Just like the Jeep tours in St Lucia, a visit to the Pigeon Island National Landmark is another one of the distinctly St Lucian experiences to include on your vacations. This historic site has been home to many of the cultures that shaped the island, including Native West Indians, the British, and the French. Today, the heritage site, separated from the mainland by a causeway, is home to a museum, pub, and military ruins, and two lovely beaches. From the observation point, you can admire the beauty of St Lucia and the blue waters of the Caribbean.