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St. Lucia Sample Itinerary

Congratulations! Chances are, if you’re headed to St. Lucia, it is to celebrate a big milestone or achievement. St. Lucia is the world’s number one honeymoon destination, though there is plenty to see and do for families, girls/guys trips, multi-generational, and even solo travelers. The average trip to St. Lucia is six days – most visitors tend to either visit the island directly for six to 10 days or visit for one day via cruise ship. With that in mind, we’re giving you our suggestions for both – whether you only have one day as a cruise stop, or an entire week to enjoy this island nation.

If you only have one day in St. Lucia

If you are visiting St. Lucia by cruise ship, chances are you’ll be visiting the capital city of Castries, which lies to the north along the western shore. Castries is a great little town, vibrant and fun, so try to save a little time in your day to explore. The priority here is getting the best cruise excursion and trying to set out first thing once your ship docks. Cruise passengers tend to be a little disappointed when they step out on their balcony and do not immediately see the Pitons … that’s because they lay about 45 minutes to the south in Soufriere!

We recommend either a small group or even a private tour to the Soufriere area. Once in Soufriere, depending on the level of activity you are comfortable with, visiting the Pitons is a must. For the adventurous, take a hike! (Note: Gros Piton is a much easier hike, as its incline is more gradual. Petit Piton, though not as tall, has a nearly vertical incline!). If hiking isn’t for you, hop on a catamaran and view from the water. A water excursion would take you for a sail along the Pitons, followed by snorkeling and a trip to a local beach. Also nearby: gorgeous waterfalls, a drive-through volcano, and the Sulfur Springs mud baths. There are land excursions that typically include most or all these activities in one outing, before returning you back to your ship.

If You Are Visiting St. Lucia for a Week (Seven Days)

A whole week in St. Lucia means seven days of pure bliss. This idyllic destination sets the stage for ultimate R&R, with a little adventure mixed in. When you mix the size of the island with its draw for down time, the goal is to take your time and spread out activities throughout the week. Keep in mind that cost of airfare can vary greatly from season to season, and even day to day. Flying in and out on days other than Friday or Saturday is most ideal. Our itinerary is from Thursday to Thursday/Friday.

Your first day is all about transitioning into vacation mode. Most flights to St. Lucia will get you there by mid-afternoon, which means you’ll only have a few hours left to get checked in and acquainted with your accommodations. Also, most international flights will arrive on the south side of the island, and the most popular resorts are in the north, which can be a one to two-hour drive. Unpack, rewind, and enjoy dinner on site.

Ease into adventure today. This is a great time to dive into the culture and get to know the island a bit. After breakfast, take a trip to the capital city of Castries. Things to do – head up to the city viewpoint, or even tour the Hilltop View Guesthouse to get a literal lay-of-the-land, and then take a stroll through Central Market, along the main harbor, and along the beach. By late afternoon, make your way to the town of Gros Islet, and get ready for a truly St. Lucian experience! Most of the town is transformed into their weekly street party, which includes local food vendors, performers, live music, and a blend of locals and tourists enjoying island life!

This is a great day to sleep in and take your relaxation to the max. Consider brunch on the beach or even in your room and spend the day basking in the sunshine and warm waters. If you’d prefer to venture off property, this is a great time to head up to Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island. Once there, go for a swim, meander through the fort, or even snorkel offshore.

Today is the day for epic adventures! You’ll notice other visitors heading home today, which makes today perfect for doing the more popular attractions. There are a few companies that will do a half or full day tour, either as a small group or even privately – they will pick you up and return you to your resort and will take you to all the best sites! Start with a morning hike near or on the Pitons (depending on your activity level and commitment!). If you choose only a half-day adventure, head over to explore either Diamond or Toraille Falls, followed by a drive literally through the volcano, and then a stop at the Sulphur Springs and Mud baths before heading back to your resort. If you choose a full-day adventure, we suggest hiking first, followed by a trip to the chocolate farm for a tour and tasting, then heading out after lunch to do the waterfalls, volcano and finally mud baths before returning to your resort.

After all of yesterday’s activity, today is for decompressing, and probably going through all of your pictures from your adventures. Grab a pool or beach cabana, order some lunch, and give yourself permission to do as little as possible. Six months from now, you’ll be glad you took the time to do nothing! St. Lucia is also known for its world-class spas, so we highly recommend pampering yourself today! This evening, consider getting dressed up a touch and enjoying an unforgettable dinner on the beach, watching the sun sink below the horizon.

There’s one more thing you must do before heading home: getting out on the water! Seeing St. Lucia from the water is the best way to appreciate its incredible landscape. Water charters/tours can range from two to eight hours, depending on your preference. Ideally, choose an excursion with a little bit of everything: swimming, snorkeling, food, and sailing. Aim for an afternoon adventure too, that way you can catch one last sunset, but from the water this time.

Depending on your flights, you may leave either mid-afternoon or later into the evening today, giving you part or most of the day today to get in a few more hours of enjoying St. Lucia. Chances are, your resort has so much to do, and you’ve realized you haven’t quite seen or done it all yet – well this is your chance! One more restaurant, one more dip in the pool, or one more stroll along the beach, before packing up, checking out, and heading back home.

Enjoy your trip!

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