The Most Fascinating St. Lucia Sightseeing
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The Most Fascinating St. Lucia SightseeingPosted on September 10. 2014
When you think of St. Lucia, you think of The Pitons. These two mountains have become the symbol of the island the world over, are even featured on the St. Lucian flag, and are without a doubt the center of sightseeing in St. Lucia. While it is true that the Pitons get the majority of the publicity, you’d be mistaken thinking they are the only sights to see on St. Lucia. In fact, there are several other sights to see, and in today’s blog we’ll be exploring the best in St Lucia sightseeing.
The Drive-Through Volcano (Mount Soufrière)
If you never thought you would see the words “drive through” and “volcano” next to each other, you’re not alone. As unlikely as it may seem, in St. Lucia it is possible to get an up-close view of a volcano from your car. At the site of the La Soufriere volcano, there is a massive crevice that was formed from a collapsed section of the volcano, and you can drive right up to the edge. You will likely smell the volcano before you see it, as the volcano emits large amounts of sulfur nowadays instead of lava. Once outside the car, many people indulge in a mud bath which is said to do wonders for the skin.
Pigeon Island National Park
Combining green natural attractions with colorful historical ones, St. Lucia’s original national park is an entertaining day out. Featuring attractions that highlight St. Lucia’s history involving everyone from native Amerindian people up through to wooden peg-legged pirates, the national park has a little something for everyone. If you tire of the history lessons, there are two white sand beaches on the island as well as an Old English Pub to use as a refuge.
Diamond Botanical Gardens
A fascinating natural feature surrounded by a serene setting make Diamond Botanical Gardens a wonderful stop on St. Lucia. The onsite waterfall is known for changing its colors several times a day due to the natural chemicals in the spring water that bubbles up to the surface here. Spring baths were constructed on the site by the French, and for a small fee you can test their healing powers.
The epicenter of trade on the island, Castries Market hustles and bustles every day of the week but Sunday, and visitors are encouraged to get in on the fun. Bananas are a culinary treat here as the fact that they are allowed to ripen on the tree in St. Lucia leads to a much more tasty variety. All sorts of other crafts are available at the market and it really gives an insight into the local culture.
Just because there are other sights to see on St. Lucia, that doesn’t mean you should skip The Pitons in the least. In fact, no trip to St. Lucia is complete without snapping a picture of them or staring in awe at their beauty. They are good for more than just snapping photos, though, as hiking them is a very popular activity among visitors to St. Lucia.
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