By Nancy Fulton
“There’s a T-Rex around the corner .. I know it!” exclaimed my very excited son as we passed our first view of the famous Pitons. I can see his point of view as the stunning views of the Pitons unfolds in front of my eyes. Two perfectly cone shaped volcanoes arise out of the sparkling turquoise water dripping with dense green foliage reminiscent of scenes from the Jurassic Park films. Whilst we may not have seen a T-Rex foraging in the jungles surrounding us, we did experience a magical A Seven-Night Family Adventure through one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean.
Where to Stay
St. Lucia is divided into two distinct areas. In the North you will find the busy capital of Castries where cruise ships come into port and where the bulk of the larger resorts will be situated. The quieter, more mountainous region in the South is dominated by a town called Soufriere which is where the two Pitons and oodles of old plantations are waiting to be discovered.
The type of holiday you are after will dictate which area you should be considering. The South part of the island is perfect if you are looking for adventure or unique experiences for your children. The North has lovely activities to do as well, but is more focused on relaxation at resorts.
Some high-end resorts to consider are Viceroy Sugar Beach and Anse Chastanet. Additionally, Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa and Marigot Bay Resort & Marina are among others worth exploring. Options for mid-range resorts include Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Fond Doux Plantation & Resort. The Landings Resort & Spa, St. James’ Club, Morgan Bay, Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, and Windjammer Landing are among the choices available. For an extra special experience, consider staying higher up one of the cliff edges overlooking Soufriere. You can do so at an incredible boutique hotel called Caille Blanc Villas, where you will experience one of the best views in the world.. Budget hotels to consider are La Haut, Villa Beach Cottages, Coco Palm, Mango Beach Inn and the Ginger Lily Hotel.
If you ever venture out to St. Lucia on your own for a break without children, then do check out Jade Mountain and Ladera. Additionally, The BodyHoliday, Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, and Boucan by Hotel Chocolate are hotels where only adults can frolic in paradise.
The island offers a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about true Caribbean culture and experience the incredible natural surroundings. This is an island surrounded by dense rainforest, magical waterfalls and charming fishing towns that remain untouched by commercialism. During a Saint Lucia family holiday, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age. So, get out there and explore!
Activities and Things to Do in St. Lucia with Kids
Hike The Pitons: Hiking the Pitons offers an exhilarating adventure with a rewarding view at the summit of Petit Piton and Gros Piton. The unparalleled vistas from the top are a testament to the island’s natural beauty. They make the trek well worth the effort.
Diamond Falls: Diamond Falls stands as a stunning testament to St. Lucia’s natural wonders, showcasing the most vibrant waterfall in the Caribbean. The opportunity to immerse oneself in the mineral baths adds a rejuvenating touch to the visit, allowing for a refreshing and unique experience.
Tet Paul Nature Trail: Tet Paul Nature Trail stands out as a premier hiking trail in St. Lucia, offering an immersive journey through the island’s history and diverse flora and fauna. The awe-inspiring views that rival those of the Pitons provide an unforgettable backdrop to this exploration of nature and heritage.
Castries Central Market: The Castries Central Market buzzes with vibrant energy, offering visitors an authentic taste of local life in St. Lucia. This colorful open-air market, situated in the heart of the capital, is an ideal spot to mingle with locals and indulge in the island’s rich culture.
Pigeon Island: Pigeon Island, a 44-acre National Park, holds a storied history of piracy and battles between colonial powers. Exploring the ruins of Fort Rodney and basking on the picturesque powder white sand beaches create an immersive experience in St. Lucia’s captivating past and natural beauty.
Drive-In Volcano and Sulphur Springs: The Drive-In Volcano and Sulphur Springs offer a unique chance to witness the raw power of a volcano. Bathing in the bubbling mud baths and soaking in the warm, mineral-rich waters presents a therapeutic and otherworldly experience. It’s situated in the heart of St. Lucia’s geological wonders.
Horseback Riding on the Beach: Horseback riding on the beach offers an unmatched Caribbean experience. The Pitons frame the view as riders gallop along the soft sands. It’s an exhilarating and picturesque way to embrace the natural beauty of St. Lucia.
Open Tram: The Open Tram provides a unique perspective, allowing visitors to experience the lush green rainforest from high above the jungle canopy. This immersive journey offers panoramic views and a deep connection with the island’s rich natural landscapes.
Ziplining above the Rainforest: Ziplining above the Rainforest promises an exhilarating journey through the lush canopy, providing an adrenaline rush while offering breathtaking views of the tropical ecosystem from above. It’s an adventure that combines thrill-seeking with immersion in the wonders of nature.
Family-Focused Excursions: Kid-Friendly Tours in St. Lucia
Speedboat Sightseeing Tour: A Speedboat Sightseeing Tour offers an efficient and thrilling way to discover the island’s highlights, especially for those with limited time. It’s a high-speed adventure that allows travelers to cover a lot of ground while enjoying the picturesque coastline and noteworthy landmarks.
Sea Trek Adventure Helmet Diving Tour: The Sea Trek Adventure Helmet Diving Tour offers a unique chance to explore underwater realms. It does so without the need for traditional scuba equipment. Wearing a specialized helmet allows participants to experience the sensation of diving. It enables them to get up close with marine life, creating an unforgettable adventure beneath the sea’s surface.
Hotel Chocolate Cocoa Experience: The Hotel Chocolat Cocoa Experience provides an educational and indulgent journey into the world of chocolate cultivation and production. Through hands-on involvement, visitors gain insight into the fascinating process of growing and crafting this beloved treat.
Snorkeling in Anse Chastenet reveals a mesmerizing underwater world. The area boasts crystal-clear waters, vibrant reefs, and a kaleidoscope of colorful fish species.This spot stands out as one of the island’s premier snorkeling destinations. It offers an unparalleled glimpse into St. Lucia’s marine beauty.
Where to Eat in St. Lucia with the Whole Family
The food in St. Lucia is an aromatic mixture of French and Creole cooking. This fusion creates unique flavors that shouldn’t be missed. I love resort restaurants as much as the next person. However, in St. Lucia, the magic happens when you step outside your hotel and explore off the beaten track. Here is a selection of tried and tested restaurants to suit everyone’s needs.
- Bayside Restaurant at Sugar Beach for BBQ Night
- Dasheen at Ladera for dinner
- Breakfast at Ladera
- The Mango Tree at Stonefield Villa Resort
- Boucan by Hotel Chocolate for lunch or dinner
- Anse Chastanet Beach Restaurant for Caribbean dinner
- Martha’s Table for lunch
- Bamboo Restaurant at Fond Doux Plantation Resort for lunch
The warmth and hospitality of St. Lucia’s people combined with the jaw dropping beauty of the island makes this one of my favourite destinations to visit. Do not hesitate in adding a Saint Lucia family holiday to your bucket list!
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