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St Lucia

Things to do in St Lucia

Whether you're looking for adventure or a relaxing retreat, our range of cheap holidays to St Lucia are sure to have you covered. You can hike into the rainforests or stick to the sandy shores. Both volcanic black and shimmering white sand skirts the clear sea, meaning spotting underwater creatures is an easy activity. It's not all out there in the wilderness though, as many of St Lucia's charming villages have more than enough to keep you occupied.

Swing through the forest - or get soaked

The Treetop Adventure Park is a must see for families on holiday to St Lucia. Even for those without kids, this is a thrill, as some of the obstacles set high above the forest floor are quite tricky to negotiate. Try your luck in the branches with their canopy tours, which start at £62.

If heights aren't your thing, try Spanish Island Waterpark for size. This waterpark floats on the water off the coast of Reduit Beach, requiring you to swim out to enjoy its bouncy inflatable structures. For kids, this is a fantastic spot to slide into the water or catapult off a trampoline, while the adults relax on the beach.

Get close to nature

The pride and joy of St Lucia, the Pitons are a mountain range that challenge adventurers to hike to the top. If you can make it, after hours of walking and climbing, you'll be treated to the best view on the island, with an incredible 360-degree panorama of the entire landscape. Alternatively, you can snorkel in the water between the Pitons and see the beautiful underwater world that lies there.

Next, pay a visit to another of St Lucia's impeccable visual treats, the Diamond Botanical Gardens in the Soufriere Estate. Those who love nature, be they bird watchers, botanists or both, head straight to Diamond for the real treat this magical place has to offer. The jewel at the heart of the gardens is the incredible waterfall, which makes for gorgeous photo opportunities.

Friday nights at Gros Islet

A weekly street party goes off at the Caribbean village of Gros Islet. It's a local hangout and is sure to impress holidaymakers with a lively atmosphere and St Lucian favourites. The village opens up with street food, live music and local bars serving cheap booze to all the festival goers.

Roll for longer with a Segway tour

Hit up LucianStyle Segway Tours and you'll be treated to a roll around the island that you wouldn't expect. Seeing the island in this way, with little to no effort on your part, is a rare opportunity. Benefit from the incredible sights the island has to offer, all in one day without the added tiredness of walking. Nature Trail Tours start at £71.

Relive some history at Morne Fortune

Easily translating as the 'hill of good luck', Morne Fortune overlooks the harbour and offers stunning views not only of St Lucia, but even of neighbouring Martinique on a clear day. Cannons, fortress walls and military fortifications tell the tale of ages past. The hill was once a mighty compound designed to aid in the vicious battles between French and British powers in the Age of Sail.

Bathe in the hot springs at Malgretout

For an intense, and a little bit smelly, day trip visit Malgretout's famous sulphur springs. If you can bear the scent, the hot springs and mud baths are an amazing experience, with an endless list of health benefits that many of the guides in the area swear by. One thing is for sure, you'll have noticeably softer skin for days.