Offroading in St. Lucia

Backcountry Adventures on a Green Island

To see the real St. Lucia, you'll need to get a little mud on the tires. You can do it yourself as the pilot of an agile ATV, or hop aboard an open-back jeep and leave the driving to a local guide. Either way, you will soon be climbing high into the hills, fording rivers or negotiating narrow tracks through rainforests and orchards. The driving is fun, but highlights are often the stops, where you can meet native farmers and fishermen, sample fresh-picked fruits, or park and hike to a secluded waterfall. And as a reward for your explorations, there's often a refreshing swim in a jungle pool or the Caribbean sea to end the adventure.

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

Offroading in St. Lucia Overview

More than two-thirds of St. Lucia is mountainous and covered in forest, while much of the remaining land is devoted to farming. This green landscape creates a variety of opportunities for offroad recreation. Some routes follow dirt roads and mountain trails, while others cut through fields, fruit plantations and rainforests.

Offroading in St. Lucia Tips

Don't think of offroad excursions in St. Lucia as just a ride into the woods, but rather as a chance to experience authentic adventures in places that can't be reached in a rental car or tour bus. This is especially true for trips into the mountains and to the island's east coast.

Best Places for Offroading in St. Lucia

Rides through rainforests and St. Lucia's largest banana plantation end at a swimming hole in a jungle river. During stops at Sankofa Rainbow Roots Farm, a local Rastafarian farmer describes the restorative and healing power of native herbs. Trails to the island's east coast pass by waterfalls and the island's tallest peaks. West coast routes take in the majestic piton peaks, sulfuric hot springs and the colorful fishing village of Anse La Ray.

What to Pack for Offroading in St. Lucia

Wear closed-toed shoes if piloting an ATV. Tour companies provide eye protection, but you may prefer to wear your own sunglasses. Choose comfortable tropical-weight clothing, and pack a bathing suit and towel for swimming stops. Don't forget the camera, and use a small fanny pack or backpack to organize personal items.

Specials

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Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

GROS INLET - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 7 night Ocean View accommodations, Adrena Line Zip Line Adventure - Enjoy challenging adventures zipping through 18 platforms, along 9 lines. Scramble up the Floating Stairs past Eagle’s Claw, zip from tree to tree, leap onto Tarantula’s nest. Duration 3.5 hours, ATV Adventure - Thrilling ride aboard ATV through a rural community; taste local fruit juice; breathtaking taking view of Grande Anse Beach. Duration: 3 hours, Gros Piton Nature Trail - Enjoy an exhilarating climb to the summit of majestic Gros Piton, one part of the renowned Pitons icons of the island. Duration 8 hrs, Cycling Adventure - Bike Ride along countryside/forest trails, bathe at a waterfall pool Duration 6 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 6/30/18.
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Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort

MARIGOT BAY - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 7 nights firefly studio accommodations, discover Soufriere winding through banana plantations, traditional fishing villages and view the majestic pitons, spot Sperm, Dwarf, Pilot and Hump Back Whales, view a spectacular show by the dolphins or listen for their incredible songs on the hydrophone equipped, take a thrilling ride aboard an ATV through a rural community; taste local fruit juice with views of Grande Anse Beach, climb to the summit of majestic Gros Piton, one part of the renowned Pitons icons of the island, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 4/9/18-12/14/18. Add 7 days breakfast for $165 per person.
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Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa

RODNEY BAY - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 7 night gardenview accommodations, Adrena Line Zip Line Adventure - zipping through 18 platforms, along 9 lines, ATV Adventure - Thrilling ride aboard ATV through a rural community Duration: 3 hours, Gros Piton Nature Trail - Enjoy an exhilarating climb to the summit of majestic Gros Piton, Duration 8 hrs, Cycling Adventure - Bike Ride along countryside/forest trails, bathe at a waterfall pool Duration 6 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 5/14/18-12/19/18.
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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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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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Resorts

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Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort

MARIGOT BAY - Uniquely situated in a stunning and secluded part of St Lucia that's only accessible by boat, Marigot Beach Club and Dive Resort is nestled in lush tropical rainforest overlooking one of the most beautiful and exotic bays in the world. From the veranda of your studio or villa you'll enjoy spectacular St Lucian sunsets, and within a few steps you'll be on our palm-fringed white sand beach, sipping exotic cocktails from Doolittle's Restaurant and Bar.
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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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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).