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How to Spend 1 Day in St. Lucia

How to Spend 1 Day in St. Lucia

The mountainous island of St. Lucia has become one of the Caribbean’s most stylish and sophisticated destinations, known for its photogenic volcanic peaks, hidden beaches, luxury resorts, and lively nightlife. Here’s how to get a taste of what St. Lucia has to offer with just 24 hours on the island.

Morning: Inland Adventure

First-time visitors to St. Lucia will want to start their day with an island tour to catch the highlights, including Marigot Bay, the Governor General Mansion, Sulphur Springs, Diamond Waterfall, and the towering twin Pitons. Opt for a private tour to make sure you don’t miss anything on your must-see list. If adventure is more your style, start the day by exploring the rain forests of St. Lucia by aerial tram and zipline; it’s a thrilling and ecologically responsible way to enjoy the island’s natural beauty. Other land-based options include ATV tours, off-road-buggy adventures, guided hikes, and excursions to bubbling La Soufrière volcano.

Afternoon: Sun and Sea

As the day begins to heat up, cool off in the beautiful turquoise Caribbean waters. You might head to the nearest stretch of sand for some rest and relaxation in the sun, or opt for a more active afternoon of scuba diving, snorkeling, Sea Trekking, sailing, or deep-sea fishing. If you’re on the island between mid-June and November, consider a whale-watching cruise to spot humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, and spinner dolphins just off the island’s coast. If you’d like to enjoy the water at your own pace, charter a boat for the afternoon and create your own itinerary of swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the sun.

Night: St. Lucian Street Party

After a day of adventure, unwind with an island tradition—a village street party. These parties, typically hosted on Friday nights in towns such as Gros Islet and Anse La Raye, feature freshly caught seafood, beer and rum, and live steel bands or local DJs spinning Caribbean tunes well into the night. Join a tour and leave the transportation to and from your hotel to someone else. If it’s not Friday but you’d still like a taste of the island nightlife, head to Rodney Bay for a guided barhop to some of the town’s most popular after-dark spots. Venues range from waterside pubs to cocktail bars with stellar views over the bay, and each offers the chance to sample local Caribbean beer and rum.

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Rainforest Adventures St Lucia Aerial Tram and Zipline Tour (with Transfer*)

Rainforest Adventures St Lucia Aerial Tram and Zipline Tour (with Transfer*)

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Explore St Lucia's rainforest via aerial tram and zipline. During this half-day eco-adventure, enjoy a guided nature tour that allows a bird's eye view of the lush tropical forest. Then clip into a harness to zoom through a 10-zipline canopy tour and enjoy a hike through the rainforest accompanied by an expert adventure guide. 
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$110.00
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Treetop Adventure Park Canopy Tour
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Treetop Adventure Park Canopy Tour

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Visit Treetop Adventure Park during your time on the island of St. Lucia for a family-friendly adventure in the air. You'll zoom through the tropical rainforest on a series of 12 ziplines, including the island's longest, fastest, and highest. When booking, select the option that matches your pickup location.
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  • 4 hours
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$91.29
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St Lucia Catamaran Day Sailing and Sightseeing Tour

St Lucia Catamaran Day Sailing and Sightseeing Tour

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Sail along the west coast of St. Lucia aboard a catamaran on this full-day excursion. Visit some of the island's highlights, like Sulphur Springs, the region's only drive-in volcano. See the marvelous Pitons, looming 2,000 feet (600 meters) over the coast and stop at the Diamond Botanical Gardens to view the waterfalls. After an included buffet lunch, return to the boat for a relaxing swim in the Caribbean's tropical waters.
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  • 8 hours
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$132.11
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Whale Watching and Dolphin Spotting Cruise

Whale Watching and Dolphin Spotting Cruise

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Cruise the coastal waters of St Lucia while searching for whales and dolphins during this 3-hour excursion. Learn about the marine mammals that live in St Lucia's waters from your expert captain and experienced crew. Have your camera at the ready while the boat skirts the island's northern coast looking for signs of these magnificent animals. Round-trip transportation from local hotels is included.
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  • 3 hours
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ATV Tour in St Lucia

ATV Tour in St Lucia

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Ride an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) through lush tropical forest during this 3-hour adventure in St Lucia. Following your ATV guide, get spectacular views as you ride down nature trails through rural farming communities, plantations and past historical sites. See Grande Anse Beach and the rugged Atlantic coast with a small group of other participants; this tour is limited to eleven people to ensure personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$107.50
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Gros Piton Hike

Gros Piton Hike

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Hiking the Pitons is a great way to see more of St. Lucia off the beach. With a guide, you'll pass by villages and a 200-year-old town before starting the trek up the mountain. This is a moderate to strenuous hike that takes about four hours. You'll be rewarded with views of the island and Caribbean Sea.
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  • 7 hours
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Scenic Tour of Soufriere

Scenic Tour of Soufriere

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Visit the attractions of Soufriere on this sightseeing tour that takes you from the St. Lucia rainforest to a drive-in volcano. Travel along the west coast of the island, enjoy views of the twin Pitons, stop for photos of Marigot Bay, see a plantation and fishing villages, have the chance to take a mud bath at Sulphur Springs, go swimming at a waterfall, and more.
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  • 6 hours
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$115.00
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Private Gros Piton Hike in St Lucia

Private Gros Piton Hike in St Lucia

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Hike the UNESCO-listed twin Pitons in the company of a private guide on this hiking tour from Castries. Go at your own pace and choose which mountain you'd like to conquer: the challenging Petit Piton or the easier Gros Piton. Bottled water and round-trip transportation from your Castries hotel are included.
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  • 4 hours
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St Lucia Sea Trek Adventure at Pigeon Island

St Lucia Sea Trek Adventure at Pigeon Island

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Literally walk underwater with a St Lucia Sea Trek Adventure at Pigeon Island. Don a specially designed helmet that allows you to breath beneath the sea with air pumped in from above the surface and also keeps your head completely dry. Look for seahorses and trumpet fish, swim alongside squid and experience the feeling of walking in space. You don't need a diving certification or even know how to swim to participate in this unique water sport.
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  • 2 hours
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St Lucia Beginner Scuba Diving Tour

St Lucia Beginner Scuba Diving Tour

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Explore the underwater world of the protected marine areas at Anse Cochon or Soufriere Beach on this beginner scuba diving excursion. With all scuba diving equipment provided and supervision by certified instructors, you need just show up and enjoy learning about St. Lucia's marine life. Included lunch, water, and juice on board the boat make for a seamless experience.
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  • 5 hours
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$132.00
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