Cultural Activities in St. Lucia

A Taste of Caribbean Authenticity

Discover a different side of the Caribbean on an island where nature is what's trending, social media means a roadside chat, and shares or likes take place at rum tastings and village fish frys. St. Lucia is an island in bloom, where rich volcanic soils nurture rainforests, gardens and groves. This organic bounty is highlighted both in the traditional dishes of Creole culture and the fusion cuisines showcased at premier restaurants and resorts. St. Lucia honors its past, appreciates its cultural diversity and loves to have a good time, whether it's a weekly street party or an island-wide festival.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, experiences including watersports, yoga, spas and soft to rugged adventures
  • Best season to visit: Year round
  • Weather: Steady trade winds account for relatively minor differences in seasonal air temperatures, which range from the 70s into the mid 80s. Rain showers are less common from December to May

St. Lucia Information

Cultural Activities in St. Lucia Overview

With the exception of the most cosmopolitan attractions of Castries and the amenities of upscale resorts, most cultural activities on St. Lucia center around history, nature and heritage. Fortunately, the island has much to offer in all of these areas.

Cultural Activities in St. Lucia Tips

With the exception of the most cosmopolitan attractions of Castries and the amenities of upscale resorts, most cultural activities on St. Lucia center around history, nature and heritage. Fortunately, the island has much to offer in all of these areas.

Best Places for Cultural Activities in St. Lucia

Wander the grounds of a historic sugar mill. Take a water taxi to a local market to shop for locally-made handicrafts. Learn cocoarina dancing or cassava making. Tour cacao groves then make your own chocolate bar. Take in the art gallery at Anse Chastanet and indulge at Ti Kaye's Rum and Wine Tasting Cellar. Join the weekly fish fry at Anse la Raye, and mark your calendar for special events such as Carnival, Dive Fest, Chocolate Heritage Month and the Jazz & Arts Festival.

What to Pack for Cultural Activities in St. Lucia

Comfortable walking shoes, tropical-weight clothing and a small day pack for sundries such as cameras, sunglasses and acquired souvenirs. No need for snacks, you can pick up something fresh at markets, groves and roadside stands.

Specials

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Ti Kaye Resort & Spa

ANSE COCHON - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 7 night Ocean View Room accommodations, Soufriere Island Delight - Discover the island winding through banana plantations and rich tropical vegetation. Drive through 2 traditional fishing villages, along west coast and into Soufriere, view the majestic pitons. Duration: 5 hours, Magical Soufriere - Explore the panoramic west coast, drive through charming villages, visit sulphur springs in the only drive in volcano, see the majestic pitons, cascading waterfalls and sugar mill plantations. Duration: 5.5 hours, breakfast daily, complimentary use of kayaks and paddle boards, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 12/16/17-4/15/18. Book by 3/31/18.
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From $1,816 per person double occupancy

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Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

GROS INLET - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 7 night Ocean View accommodations, 1 day Snorkelling including equipment (2 stops), Soufriere Island Delight - Discover the island winding through banana plantations and rich tropical vegetation. Drive through 2 traditional fishing villages, along west coast and into Soufriere, view the majestic pitons. Duration: 5 hours, Whale Watching/Dolphin Spotting - Spot Sperm, Dwarf, Pilot and Hump Back Whales. Experience a spectacular show by the dolphins or listen for their incredible songs on the hydrophone equipped boat. Duration: 4 hours, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 4/9/18-6/30/18 & 9/1/18-9/30/18. Book by 2/28/18.
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From $1,270 per person double occupancy

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Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa

RODNEY BAY - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 7 night gardenview accommodations, 1 day Snorkeling including equipment (2 stops), Soufriere Island Delight - Discover the island winding through banana plantations and rich tropical vegetation. Drive through 2 traditional fishing villages, along west coast and into Soufriere, view the majestic pitons. Duration: 5 hours, Whale Watching/Dolphin Spotting - Spot Sperm, Dwarf, Pilot and Hump Back Whales. Experience a spectacular show by the dolphins or listen for their incredible songs on the hydrophone equipped boat. Duration: 4 hours, welcome beverage, breakfast daily, free WiFi, roundtrip, bottled water upon arrival, complimentary shuttle between Bay Gardens properties, complimentary non-motorized watersports, six 1-hour passes per room per stay to Splash Island Waterpark, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 1/3/18-5/31/18. Book by 12/31/17.
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From $1,546 per person double occupancy

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Packages

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Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort

MARIGOT BAY - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights firefly studio accommodations, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Island Tours, Whale Watching Tours, Offroading Adventure and Hiking Tour of the Grand Piton.
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From $1,502 per person double occupancy

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Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

GROS INLET - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 night Ocean View accommodations, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Snorkel Tours, Island Tours, Whale Watching Tours, Zip Line Adventure, Offroading Adventure and Hiking Tour of the Grand Piton.
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From $1,460 per person double occupancy

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Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa

RODNEY BAY - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 night gardenview accommodations, welcome beverage, breakfast daily, free WiFi, roundtrip, bottled water upon arrival, complimentary shuttle between Bay Gardens properties, complimentary non-motorized watersports, six 1-hour passes per room per stay to Splash Island Waterpark, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Cultural Island Tours, Snorkeling Tour, Whale Watching Tours, Hiking Tours, Offroading Tours and Ziplining Tours.
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From $1,317 per person double occupancy

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Anse Chastanet

SOUFRIERE - TOTAL ROMANCE PACKAGE includes 7 nights superior accommodations, welcome drink, fruit basket and drink package, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and afternoon tea, most alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, bottle of French champagne, tour of Volcano, Sulphur Springs, and Diamond Mineral Baths, escorted walk of the Old French Colonial Plantation, guided boat snorkel trip, a resort scuba diving course for beginners or 2 dives per person for certified divers, a one-hour Swedish Massage per person, half-day Jungle Biking in Anse Mamin Valley, half-day sailing on skippered resort yacht Searenity, and 2 Anse Chastanet T-shirts use of non-motorized watersports, $500 anniversary return certificate, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $3,936 per person double occupancy

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Anse Chastanet

SOUFRIERE - TROPICAL TRANQUILITY PACKAGE includes 7 nights superior accommodations, welcome drink, fruit basket and drink package, escorted walk of the Old French Colonial Plantation; 2 one-hour classic spa treatments per person; sunset celebration (bottle of champagne with appetizers delivered to your room at sunset once during stay); and 2 ANSE CHASTANET handmade bathrobes, use of non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $2,398 per person double occupancy

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Ti Kaye Resort & Spa

ANSE COCHON - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 night Ocean View Room accommodations, breakfast daily, complimentary use of kayaks and paddle boards, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Island Tours, Zip Line Adventure, and Hiking Tour of the Grand Piton.
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From $1,529 per person double occupancy

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Jade Mountain

SOUFRIERE - AMAZING ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 nights sky accommodations, welcome drink, fruit basket and drink package, scuba diving for certified divers or one scuba beginner, resort course including two dives for non-certified divers; jungle biking; boat snorkel trips; guided walks and hikes on ANSE CHASTANET’s 600-acre estate; and one Rain Forest Hike. Exchange a day of scuba diving or Jungle Biking for a “Kool Kayaking” coastal adventures, use of non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $6,281 per person double occupancy

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Resorts

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Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa

RODNEY BAY - The Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa is the flagship property of the Bay Gardens Resorts chain, featuring striking designs inspired by the French Caribbean and Georgian Plantation style, truly giving guests a “Window to Paradise.”
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Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort

MARIGOT BAY - Marigot Beach Club and Dive Resort is a villa-style St Lucia hotel that has true St Lucian character. Sitting on the water’s edge nestled within a lush tropical rainforest on the north side of Marigot Bay and accessible only by boat, the resort’s understated elegance blends effortlessly into its natural surroundings.
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Ti Kaye Resort & Spa

ANSE COCHON - Nestled on the cliffside in one of the best snorkeling and shore diving bays in St.Lucia, Anse Cochon cove. In 2012 it was one of the top resorts in St. Lucia for romance and with only 33 rooms (14 adjoining, 19 private and 11 of those with private plunge pools), is one of the ultimate place to relax in luxury cottages with beautiful views and sunsets across the Caribbean sea, amazing personable staff, unbelievable spa treatments in our Kai Koko Spa.
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Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

GROS INLET- From the friendly and approachable staff, to the white sand along the Caribbean Sea, to the hillside Villas offering stunning views of the ocean. Windjammer Landing is ideal for your next dive vacation. An independent, one-of-a-kind resort, once you experience the personal touch at Windjammer Landing, you’ll never want to leave.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens need a valid passport that must be valid 6 months beyond the date of entry into St. Lucia, with available space for entry stamp. No visa is required with proof of onward or return ticket and accommodation confirmation. Check the entry/exit requirements here. A departure tax of $68EC, approx $25.30 should be included in your international airline ticket.

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entering the Caribbean if you're coming from the United States. Before traveling check with the CDC here.

Culture and Customs

St. Lucia is a land of vibrant greens set in a sapphire sea. Rainforests cover the island's interior, providing vacationers with a variety of eco-adventures that range from sedate birding hikes and relaxing rides on an aerial tram to off-road adventures and soaring zip line flights through forested canopies home to endemic birds such as the St. Lucia parrot. The lush surroundings also set the stage for a number of unique resort properties that blend luxury and nature, and provide some of the best dining experiences in the Caribbean. The island's rich volcanic soil yields a cornucopia of tropical fruits and vegetables. This bounty is reflected in the savory dishes of traditional Creole cooking, and it has inspired a new wave of organic and fusion cuisines that have earned island chef's top honors in international culinary competitions. In addition to enlivening resort kitchens, St. Lucia's farms and orchards support a thriving agricultural export sector that includes bananas and chocolate. One of the island's sweetest day trips involves a tour of historic cacao plantations, followed by a chance to create your own chocolate confections. Across the island English influences are obvious, but so too are the cultural contributions of France and Africa. The local version of relaxing is known as “going on the lime” or “liming,” which simply involves stopping by a favorite local pub or rum shop and spending time with friends.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

St. Lucia runs on 220 to 230-volt AC (50 cycles), so bring an adapter if you plan to use U.S. appliances. Some hotels are wired for U.S. appliances.

Check with your local provider to see what plans are available, otherwise, you will be subject to roaming charges. The country/area code for Saint Lucia is 758.

Many hotels offer WiFi.

Water Quality

The local tap water is chlorinated and considered safe to drink. Alternatively, bottled water is available for purchase at restaurants, bars, hotels and local grocery stores.

Language & Currency

English is the official language, but islanders often speak a French-Creole patois or Kweyol similar to that heard on Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Grenada and Dominica.

The currency in St. Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, (EC$). You can see the current exchange rate here. However, nearly all hotels, restaurants, and shops accept US dollars. Change may be given in EC Dollars. ATMs are available which dispense EC dollars and credit cards are widely accepted.

Time

Saint Lucia is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. St. Lucia is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

St. Lucia is a sovereign island country in the Eastern Caribbean that is part of the Lesser Antilles. St. Lucia is a mountainous island of 238 sq. miles, located about 25 miles north of St. Vincent and 25 miles south of Martinique and northwest of Barbados.

The population of St. Lucia is 185,868 (2016).