The pristine beaches and emerald waters of St Lucia draw in hordes of visitors every year. The island has earned the title of world's leading honeymoon destination no fewer than eight times, and with good reason.

Most guests arrive on cruise liners at the island's main port, Castries, where they can go hunting for souvenirs at the Castries Central Market. Many then head for the white sands of Sugar Beach and enjoy snorkeling in the crystal clear waters.

More adventurous souls can enjoy a mountain bike ride beneath the dense rainforest, or brave a zip-line tour through the tree canopies. A visit to the fascinating Soufriere Volcano with its bubbling sulphur springs is not to be missed. Likewise the UNESCO-listed twin peaks of the Pitons, which await the daring hiker. Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens offers a stunning retreat from the world, with its astonishing variety of tropical fauna and flora, hot mineral springs, and rainbow coloured waterfall. The Pigeon Island National Park is also popular among tourists for its pristine beaches. For the best panoramic views of the island, visitors can head up to the old town of Vieux Fort.

Not just the domain of the newly weds, St Lucia has plenty for the whole family. Children can enjoy attractions such as the safe swimming beach of Anse Chastanet, and pirate-themed sea adventures.

Gros Islet

Gros Islet

North of Castries lies the small, rather unremarkable fishing village of Gros Islet, a collection of dilapidated wooden homes lining narrow streets and a rather grubby beach. But come Friday night this unprepossessing town is the place to be for everyone on St Lucia,...  see full details

Pigeon Island

Pigeon Island

Pigeon Island, north of Castries, is St Lucia's first national park, reached from the mainland across a causeway. The islet has a romantic past, having been the hide-out of Jambe de Bois, the much-feared peg-leg pirate who preyed on Spanish galleons. It was also...  see full details

View of Soufriere


Soufriere in the south is the oldest settlement on the island, having served as the French capital in the 18th century. The deep-water port stands at the base of St Lucia's main landmarks, the two towering extinct volcanoes known as the Pitons, rising...  see full details

Sandy Beach, Vieux Fort

Vieux Fort

St Lucia's second largest town is on the south coast, adjacent to the island's busy Hewanorra International Airport on the southernmost tip of the island. At St Lucia's most southerly point just outside the town is the Cape Moule, a Chique Lighthouse, which offers...  see full details

Jalousie Beach


St Lucia may not have coral reefs, but it does have perfectly clear emerald waters and brightly coloured tropical fish, perfect for snorkelling and other aquatic activities. All of St Lucia's beaches are public and travellers can pop onto any of the island's most...  see full details

On the trail

Jungle Biking

Although St Lucia's mountain bike trails may not be the easiest in the world, they are definitely some of the most beautiful. An attraction geared more towards older children and adults, jungle biking is a great way to see the island and get...  see full details

The Brig Unicorn

Pirates Day Adventure

Children will go mad for this exciting tour aboard the Brig Unicorn, the actual boat from the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The 140-foot (42-metre) replica of a 19th-century tall ship takes passengers from St Vigie Cove sailing south towards Soufriere into the...  see full details

Diamond Waterfall

Diamond Waterfall

Located in the Diamond Botanical Gardens, the Diamond Waterfall is a popular attraction and a great walk for the whole family. This waterfall is created by the water from the bubbling sulphur springs of the Diamond Mineral Baths and changes colours a few...  see full details

Castries Market

Castries Central Market

For cruise passengers to St Lucia, the Castries Central Market will be the first port of call for those looking to stretch their legs, do some shopping and take in some local culture. This wonderful fresh goods and produce market provides a great introduction...  see full details

Sulphur Springs

Sulphur Springs

Known as the 'world's only drive-in volcano', Sulphur Springs - located near the gorgeous town of Soufriere - is a popular tourist attraction for visitors to St Lucia. Sulphur Springs is a dormant volcano (some scientists say that it is due to erupt...  see full details

The Pitons

The Pitons

The Pitons - two volcanic plugs that stand like sentinels on the headland outside the St Lucian town of Soufriere - are not only UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but provide active visitors with a glorious opportunity to do some hiking in what are...  see full details