Who doesn’t need a romantic getaway once in a while? We’ve partnered with travel expert and newlywed Angie Orth fromAngieAway.com to share her top picks for fun, romance and things to do in Saint Lucia.
In case you hadn’t heard, Saint Lucia, an island nation in the Eastern Caribbean, is a honeymooner’s paradise. On our visit a few weeks back, most of the couples we met were either on their honeymoon or were back to celebrate a big anniversary. Without fail, every driver, guide and concierge asked, “Did you guys just get married?”
It’s no secret that there are two celebrities in this romantic destination — Gros Piton and Petit Piton, two dramatic mountains on the island’s west coast. Volcanic beaches, rainforests, excellent snorkeling and diving and some of the top resorts in the world make Saint Lucia much more than a cruise ship stop. It deserves a vacation all its own!
Saint Lucia is spoiled with natural beauty, and the hotels near the Pitons take full advantage of the drop dead gorgeous views. The first half of the week, we stayed at Ladera Resort, a 37-room property nestled on a high ridge in between the two mountains. Every room has a wall open to the Caribbean Sea and the Pitons, so it was like a rainforest treehouse for adults, with private plunge pools, butler service and one of the best restaurants on the island, Dasheene.
Next, we went to Jade Mountain, which you might recognize from appearances on The Bachelor. Like Ladera Resort, Jade Mountain’s sanctuaries don’t have the 4th wall so you can stare at the Pitons from bed in many of the rooms. There are private infinity pools with handmade glass tiles in most rooms and bridges connecting the sanctuaries to staircases and lush hanging gardens, not to mention the terrace on the very top level which is one of the best spots to catch a sunset on the entire island.
When you’re not canoodling at the most romantic hotels in the world, grab your sweetie and check out some of the fun things to do in Saint Lucia!
Explore the World’s Only Drive-in Volcano
Saint Lucia’s smoking, sulfurous caldera is a source of pride — it’s known as the world’s only drive-in volcano, after all.
Take a Mud Bath at Sulphur Springs Park
Just below the smoking, bubbling caldera is the chance to cover your traveling companion in mineral-rich mud from head-to-toe.
Have a Private Moment at Toraille Waterfall
Most guides will take you to the volcano and mud bath first so you can wash off in Toraille’s refreshing falls, but if you want it all to yourself, reverse that and head to the falls before cruise passengers get there.
Explore Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens & Mineral Baths
If you’re at all interested in flora and fauna, definitely take some time to explore the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. Home to countless hummingbirds, you’ll find some of the most colorful flowers and trees you’ve ever seen on this short nature walk. I loved the Flamboyant Tree the most, with its bright orange blooms reaching skyward.
You can also pay a bit extra to soak in the mineral baths pumped in from underground, which are said to have healing properties.
Snorkel at the Base of the Pitons
You can’t come all the way to the Caribbean and not go snorkeling! We snorkeled three times and loved the sites at the foot of the Pitons the most. It’s a protected marine area, so there are more fish than you can count and some colorful coral near the surface.
Hike the Pitons
This was probably the least romantic activity of our trip to Saint Lucia, but only because I decided to stay behind and get a deep tissue massage instead of tackling Gros Piton with my husband. Sneaky, aren’t I? While he ascended the mountain with a guide, I enjoyed some “me” time and cheered him on from our private plunge pool at Ladera. If you’re in shape and ready to tackle the mountain together, it takes anywhere from 3-6 hours for most people. Bring good shoes and plenty of water and snacks.
Take a Sunset Cruise
It was cloudy for most of our visit to Saint Lucia, so I worried our sunset cruise would be underwhelming. I am glad I was wrong! The moment the sun melted into the horizon, the sky caught fire and we were in awe of the colors. And there’s nothing like seeing how the Pitons change color as the sun moves through the sky, from green to gold to purple to silver.
Have you ever visited St. Lucia? Tell me your favorite activities in the comments, and don’t forget to check out more photos from St. Lucia here!
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