ISLAND EXPO TOUR
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Start By Meeting Your Driver and Tour Guide from Real St. Lucia Tours
Your excursion will start when you meet your driver and guide. Real St. Lucia Tours will pick you up at your cruise port or at your hotel. You will find that your driver will be holding a sign bearing your name, and will be able to board the air-conditioned vehicle so that your exciting St. Lucia day tour can begin!
Drive Through Castries, The History Packed Capital of Our Beautiful Island
One of the first highlights of your excursion will be in Castries, the remarkable and historic capital of St. Lucia. You will learn about the history of the city as well as the people of the island.
You will get to see sights like Derek Walcott Square, where you will find a memorial of those who died fighting for St. Lucia as well as the "Massav" tree, which is believed to be more than four hundred years old!
At the square's western end, you will find the Central Library, while the east end offers the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Here you will find beautiful altarpieces and illustrations created by the famed local artist Dunstan St. Omer.
Visit Morne Fortune and Witness Amazing Views of the Island's Northern Side
The northern side of St. Lucia is incredibly breathtaking, and you will have the chance to see it in all its splendor when you stop at Morne Fortune. Situated high on the south side of the island's capital, Morne Fortune offers impeccable views of not only the city of Castries, but also of the harbor, the airport, and many of the island's small communities. You will also find Government House located here, offering more insight into the island's history.
Government House- Home of the Island's Governor General
Government House is one of the island's most unique pieces of architecture. It has an incredible historic design, having been erected in 1865, yet years of diligent preservation and care have kept it in beautiful condition. The building features a Victorian design and is beautiful even from afar. You will learn that the building is the official home of the island's head of state, the Governor General of St. Lucia. Within the building are some of the island's most important artifacts and documents, and you will be glad that you didn't miss this exciting and historic destination during your excursion in St. Lucia!
Take in the Majestic Scenery of Marigo Bay
Known as one of the Caribbean's safest anchorages, Marigo Bay provides sailboats with save haven throughout all four seasons. You might be surprised to learn that the location was actually the setting for the famous movie Dr. Doolittle. It is also one of the most picturesque natural harbors in existence with forested hillsides and sandpits that are lined with palm trees. Marigo Bay can be found about twenty minutes to the south of Castries and is roughly an hour from Soufriere, arguably the most scenic town in St. Lucia.
Take a Ride Through St. Lucia's Largest Native Banana Plantation
Once we have done a little St. Lucia sightseeing at Marigo Bay, we will get back on the road, which will lead us directly through the lush, green Roseau banana plantation. Here, you will learn about the history of the plantation and exactly how bananas are harvested. You will find that our bananas are smaller than traditional bananas, but that they provide a flavor that is much sweeter. Of course, don't take our word for it- you will get the chance to try our bananas for yourself!
Experience Local Crafts and Delicacies While Visiting Canaries and Anse La Raye
During St. Lucia excursions, you want to see it all, and there are two fishing villages on our tour that are absolute must-see destinations, steeped in tradition and rich in culture. The first of these is Anse La Raye, where you can view and even shop for beautiful crafts using all locally sourced materials. Anse La Raye is the first of two remarkable fishing villages located in coves heading south along the island. When we are finished here, we will head to Castries, the second village, to enjoy a taste of the island's cuisine. Sample local foods and delectable dips that are guaranteed to tantalize the taste buds. While here, make sure to try our local mangoes and sugar apples!
Soufriere- A Destination to Remember
After we visit the fishing villages, we will head to one of our main attractions- Soufriere. You will find that this is the island's second largest city and was its original capital. As we drive by the sea, you will see boats in an array of bright, brilliant colors. Take in all that the island's most natural and scenic town has to offer and enjoy the many attractions that are to be found in the island's premiere sightseeing stop.
Take in the Beautiful Plants and Wildlife at Toraille Botanical Gardens
Located on Soufriere's outskirts is the majestic Toraille waterfall, which is situated amid a simply incredible botanical garden. The garden is home to many tropical flowers and other incredible plants and is a colorful and relaxing spot to unwind, go bird watching, or even enjoy a dip in the pool surrounding the waterfall. With lush vegetation, the aroma of the flowers, and the sounds of the waterfall and the birds, Toraille Botanical Gardens are an oasis for the senses!
Check Out the Only Drive-In Volcano in the Caribbean- Sulphur Springs
Soufriere has no shortage of things for you to do during your St. Lucia tour, and up next we will visit Sulphur Springs- the only drive-in volcano in the Caribbean. Spanning a total of seven acres, this crater certainly produces a unique aroma. The volcano has more than 20 mud pools and sulphur deposits that produce a unique multicolored visual. While it is billed as a drive-in volcano, you will find that we only drive within a few hundred feet of the pools and then walk along the path to the crater.
Let the Black Water Pool at Sulphur Springs Refresh and Rejuvenate You
Relaxing is certainly a key element of any good vacation, and you will find that Real St. Lucia Tours makes it easy to do so. While visiting Sulphur Springs, you will have the unique opportunity to enjoy a mud bath in the famed black water pool. There are built in areas for shade and for sitting, and the waters are about four feet in depth. The water is believed to have many medicinal properties and is enjoyed by travelers and locals alike. The mud deposits around the pool are ideal for a relaxing scrub, while the pool's waters are perfect to wash it away. There are showers onsite for you to rinse off, so feel free to enjoy a rejuvenating mud bath! Next Stop Tet Paul Nature Trail.
Up Next- A Snorkeling Excursion at Jalousie or Anse Chastanet Beach!
Here at Real St. Lucia Tours, we want your St. Lucia sightseeing experience to be beyond compare, and our next stop helps make sure this is a trip you will never forget. Nestled in between the Piton Mountains, you will find Jalousie Beach. The beach's waters are home to majestic coral reefs and a wide array of incredible marine life. With clear, calm waters, you will find that the beach is perfect for swimming or for going snorkeling. Take in the beautiful views and enjoy the chance to get up close and personal with puffer fish, parrot fish, and more. Who knows, you may even see an octopus! This is definitely a stop to remember, and if you have an underwater camera, we definitely recommend that you bring it along!
View the Majestic Piton Mountains- A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Rising up from the mighty Caribbean Sea are two forest covered volcanic plugs known as the Piton Mountains. The mountains are yet another of Soufriere's wonderful sightseeing destinations and are symbolic of the island itself. They are easily among the Caribbean's most recognized icons and are as treasured by modern day St. Lucians as they were to the island's first inhabitants, who considered them sacred. The twin peaks are known as Gros Piton and Petit Piton, and they are so famous that our local beer is known as Piton Beer!
Heading Back to Your Hotel or Cruise Ship
When your St. Lucia day tour is over, it is time to head back to your ship or hotel. On our way back to the island's northern side, we will stop in Castries to visit La Place Carenage where you can visit the duty free shops. The air conditioned complex offers ample shopping opportunities, and you will find yourself within walking distance of Pointe Seraphine, which presents more shopping options that are also duty free. Here, you will find liquor, china, porcelain, leather goods, crafts, local art, and more.
Experience Type Privately Guided
Physical Demand Minimal
Tour Type Customizable
Duration 5-6 hrs (can be shorter or longer if you wish)
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We booked our airport transfers and a private island tour with Real St. Lucia Tours. Our drivers were wonderful. We met Shane and he was so informative of the island and very funny. Shane was also our photographer for many our pictures at our stops. I highly recommend booking with Real St. Lucia Tours. We will be back and book through them again. The private island tour was great for hiking and seeing the beautiful island. They even provided lunch that was great as well. Thank you for your hospitality.
Reyanne from Phoenix, AZ USA
Reyanne from Phoenix, AZ USA