What to See, Do and Buy

See

* Pigeon Island nature reserve – just north of Gros Islet, the park has some of the oldest buildings on St.Lucia and affords views across to Martinique.

Do

* The Sulfur Springs – just south of Soufriere, these hot springs are one of the main attractions on the island. There is a pool that the hot water runs through, so make sure to take your swimming trunks and go for a dip!

* Rainforest hikes – there are several offical hiking routes on the island. The Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries site has links to information about the ones they support.

* Climbing the Gros Piton is an achievable goal for most people. The trailhead begins at an elevation of about 600 feet (approx. 180 m) above sea level and requires about two hours of moderate to strenuous hiking to reach the summit of about 2600 feet (approx. 800 m) above sea level. A further 1-and-a-half hours are needed to descend. Guides are required and entrance costs $30 US. Taxis or local buses can be used to reach the trail head.

* Snorkeling is popular and a number of beaches are suitable.

Buy

Castries market is a good place to buy gifts as is the JQ Shopping Mall in Rodney Bay. There is also La Place Carenage, a duty free and gift and souvenir outlet located in the main harbour of Castries. There you will find fine jewellry arts and crafts, ideal for gifts.

Supermarkets have quite good prices on rums produced or bottled on the island, e.g., Elements 8, Admiral Rodney, and especially Chairman’s Reserve.

Visits by cruise ships over the years have generated a duty free mall (at dockside, Point Seraphine, Castries) with jewelry, souvenirs, art, liquor/rums and other offerings typical for cruise shoppers.

You may also find lower, “duty-Free” prices available across the island in strip malls and resortts. You may need identification as a visitor to qualify for duty-free treatment.

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