Kayaking in St. Lucia

A Caribbean Paddling Paradise

It may seem like you are on a movie set while paddling along the emerald coastline of Saint Lucia. And you wouldn't be wrong. The island's lush landscapes have been featured in a number of films, and the twin peaks of the Pitons are one of the most photographed landscapes in the Caribbean. Paddling gives you a front row seat to all this natural beauty, along with access to coral reefs, Jungle Rivers and beaches that can't be reached by road. Whether it's an easy sunset paddle at a beachside resort, or a coastal voyage to seaside villages and parks, Saint Lucia is ripe with paddling possibilities.

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

Saint Lucia Information

Paddle Sports in Saint Lucia Overview

Kayaking excursions take place all along Saint Lucia's western coast, which is sheltered from trade winds and easterly Atlantic swells. A number of resorts provide kayaks for local exploration, and there are also a wide range of organized tours to enjoy, including longer routes that venture into the mouths of coastal rivers and over coral reefs. Itineraries may also include stops at remote beaches, seaside villages and snorkel sites.

Paddle Sports in Saint Lucia Tips

Make your first paddling excursion in sheltered water to get familiar with the equipment and the environment. You don't need to be an accomplished open water paddler to enjoy the majority of coastal tours offered in Saint Lucia, as conditions will range from glass-calm to small chop or swell. Discuss options with the tour company if you are unsure of your abilities.

Best Places for Paddle Sports in Saint Lucia

A sunset paddle to The Pitons is not to be forgotten. Trips to Pigeon Island include shore leave in a nature park and an 18th-century British fort. Take a relaxing paddle through Marigot Bay or try your hand at kayak fishing in the deep blue waters that run close to shore. Take in some local culture with a paddle to the fishing village of Anse La Raye, and then head to Anse Cochon for snorkeling. The shadowed channel of the Roseau River is lined with tall bastions of banyan tree roots and mangroves.

What to Pack for Paddle Sports in Saint Lucia

Wear fast-drying shorts, a shirt that allows full and easy arm movement, and sandals that float. Add a compact dry bag for personal items and a towel. Include plenty of liquids in bottles with no-spill lids.  A neck lanyard makes it easier to grab waterproof cameras on short notice.

Specials

Paddle Sports

Saint Lucia

Jade Mountain

SOUFRIERE - THE AMAZING ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 night’s accommodations in your choice of Sky Room, Star Room, Moon Room, Sun Room, or the Galaxy Room, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, a welcome drink, fruit basket, drink package, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Scuba Diving daily for certified divers, or 1-scuba beginner resort course (2 discover dives for resort course); jungle biking; boat snorkel trips; guided walks and hikes on ANSE CHASTANET’s 600-acre estate; and 1-rain forest hike. Use of non-motorized watersports (snorkeling, kayaking, paddle board, mini-sailing, wind-surfing), sunrise and sunset yoga, beach chairs and towels on the resort’s 2 beaches. Exchange a day of scuba diving or jungle biking for a kool kayaking coastal adventure.

This weekly package can be adjusted to shorter or longer stays. Contact Caradonna Adventures at 800.328.2288 for Exclusive Pricing and Information.
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Saint Lucia

Anse Chastanet

SOUFRIERE - THE AMAZING ADVENTURE PACKAGE for includes 7 night’s accommodations in your choice of Superior Room, Beach Deluxe Room, Hillside Deluxe Room, Premium Room, or the Piton Pool Room, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, a welcome drink, fruit basket, drink package, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Scuba Diving daily for certified divers, or 1-scuba beginner resort course (2 discover dives for resort course); jungle biking; boat snorkel trips; guided walks and hikes on ANSE CHASTANET’s 600-acre estate; and 1-rain forest hike. Use of non-motorized watersports (snorkeling, kayaking, paddle board, mini-sailing, wind-surfing), sunrise and sunset yoga, beach chairs and towels on the resort’s 2 beaches. Exchange a day of scuba diving or jungle biking for a kool kayaking coastal adventure.

This package can be adjusted to shorter or longer stays. Contact Caradonna Adventures at 800.328.2288 for Exclusive Pricing and Info.
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Anse Chastanet

SOUFRIERE - TOTAL ROMANCE PACKAGE includes 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 Serenity, and 2 Anse Chastanet T-shirts, daily resort yoga class with options to add-on specialty yoga activities, use of non-motorized watersports, $500 anniversary return certificate, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid 6/1/21-10/31/21. Package is valid year round at varying rates.
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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, daily resort yoga class with options to add-on specialty yoga activities, use of non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid 6/1/21-10/31/21. Package is valid year round at varying rates.
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Packages

Paddle Sports

Saint Lucia

Jade Mountain

SOUFRIERE - THE AMAZING ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 night’s accommodations in your choice of Sky Room, Star Room, Moon Room, Sun Room, or the Galaxy Room, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, a welcome drink, fruit basket, drink package, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Scuba Diving daily for certified divers, or 1-scuba beginner resort course (2 discover dives for resort course); jungle biking; boat snorkel trips; guided walks and hikes on ANSE CHASTANET’s 600-acre estate; and 1-rain forest hike. Use of non-motorized watersports (snorkeling, kayaking, paddle board, mini-sailing, wind-surfing), sunrise and sunset yoga, beach chairs and towels on the resort’s 2 beaches. Exchange a day of scuba diving or jungle biking for a kool kayaking coastal adventure.

This weekly package can be adjusted to shorter or longer stays. Contact Caradonna Adventures at 800.328.2288 for Exclusive Pricing and Information.
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From $6,858 per person double occupancy

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Saint Lucia

Anse Chastanet

SOUFRIERE - SNORKEL PACKAGE includes 7 night’s accommodations, 4 by boat snorkel trips, plus unlimited snorkeling with 4 unique areas to explore. Welcome drink and culinary amenity upon arrival, 3 enticing meals daily at Beach and Hill side restaurants, with afternoon tea, non-motorized watersports: kayaking, windsurfing, complimentary resort water taxi to Anse Mamin Beach, sunrise-sunset yoga, a 600 acre lush historical estate bordering on two soft-sand beaches for walks and hiking with pristine coral reefs just off shore, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes, and service charges. Night snorkeling is available- upgrade on-site.

Additional boat snorkeling available in shopping cart, or learn to Scuba Dive, and take a Beginners Discover Course for an additional $110 plus tax/service charges.
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Paddle Sports

Saint Lucia

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, daily resort yoga class with options to add-on specialty yoga activities, use of non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $2,628 per person double occupancy

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Paddle Sports

Saint Lucia

Anse Chastanet

SOUFRIERE - THE AMAZING ADVENTURE PACKAGE for includes 7 night’s accommodations in your choice of Superior Room, Beach Deluxe Room, Hillside Deluxe Room, Premium Room, or the Piton Pool Room, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, a welcome drink, fruit basket, drink package, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Scuba Diving daily for certified divers, or 1-scuba beginner resort course (2 discover dives for resort course); jungle biking; boat snorkel trips; guided walks and hikes on ANSE CHASTANET’s 600-acre estate; and 1-rain forest hike. Use of non-motorized watersports (snorkeling, kayaking, paddle board, mini-sailing, wind-surfing), sunrise and sunset yoga, beach chairs and towels on the resort’s 2 beaches. Exchange a day of scuba diving or jungle biking for a kool kayaking coastal adventure.

This package can be adjusted to shorter or longer stays. Contact Caradonna Adventures at 800.328.2288 for Pricing and Information.
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From $3,813 per person double occupancy

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Paddle Sports

Saint Lucia

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 Serenity, and 2 Anse Chastanet T-shirts, daily resort yoga class with options to add-on specialty yoga activities, use of non-motorized watersports, $500 anniversary return certificate, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Resorts

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Saint Lucia

Anse Chastanet

SOUFRIERE - A spectacular scenic hideaway on a 600-acre tropical estate with two beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, this resort features 49 rooms in a unique hillside/beachside setting, two restaurants/bars, boutiques, art gallery, 42’ day sailing yacht and a full-service spa.

Optional add-ons for Watersports Activities and Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

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bodyholiday Saint Lucia

Castries - All-inclusive resort located in a secluded cove on palm-fringed Cariblue Beach. Free daily shore dives and treatment at wellness center. Focusing on wellness and relaxation with a wide variety of inclusive activities. Four restaurants and a deli featuring innovative and health conscious menus.

Optional add-ons for Watersports Activities and Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

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Saint Lucia

Jade Mountain

SOUFRIERE - Located on St. Lucia’s south-western Caribbean coastline is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty. Beautiful interior spaces with views of the Pitons. Individual bridges lead to infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns. A dedicated resort team ensures outstanding service, Use of Anse Chastanet’s two restaurants/bars, boutiques, art gallery, and 42’ Sailing yacht. Expect grand sweeping spaces where bedroom, living area and an extravagant private infinity pool glide into one another to form extraordinary platforms floating out into nature. With the fourth wall entirely absent, Jade Mountain’s sanctuaries are stage-like settings from which to embrace the full glory of St. Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site, and of course, the eternal Caribbean Sea.

Jade Mountain offers Various Specials & Group Discounts-Contact Caradonna Adventures at 800.328.2288 for Exclusive Pricing and Information.
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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 Saint 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

Saint 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 Saint 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, Saint 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

Saint 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 Saint 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. Saint Lucia is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in the Eastern Caribbean that is part of the Lesser Antilles. Saint 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 Saint Lucia is 185,868 (2016).