Castries is home to the largest open-air market in St. Lucia, which first launched in the 1890s. From Monday to Saturday you’ll find stalls selling fresh local produce (fruit, veg, herbs & spices), crafts, fashion, food and more. It’s a buzzing, popular location, and definitely makes the must-visit list.
We stopped for fresh coconut water, which was super refreshing (why don’t they do them like that here?!), as well as some rock buns, in between spending time perusing the stalls for souvenirs. If we’d visited earlier on our holiday, we’d definitely have bought more of the fresh local produce to cook with! You can easily spend a good couple of hours wandering, window shopping and snacking. My advice – go early in the holiday, and go hungry!
The sulphur springs can be found in the world’s only drive-through volcano in Soufrière. The mud baths attract many from afar, with the sulphur springs said to detoxify the body and help with sun burn, eczema, athiritis and more. But it’s not just this, it’s such a fun experience – our skin felt incredible afterwards!
The hot pool/sulphur spring is used before and after coating up in the mud. We had a lot of fun getting dirty, before heading back into the pool – think really hot bath temperature! It’s definitely something I’d recommend. Chris goes back each and every time he goes out to St Lucia! It’s roughly $32EC, or £9, each for both the tour of the volcano and the baths, which is really good.
Toraille Waterfall in Soufrière is one incredible natural wonder. It plunges 50 feet from a cliff into the pool below. There is a man-made plunge pool, but it allows visitors to take a dip and stand under the falling water if they wish. There are changing rooms on-site, so you can easily nip into your swimming costume or get dry after taking the plunge.
When we visited we were the only ones in the pool, and it honestly felt like we were the only ones in the World for a second. It was an amazing experience. Nothing like I’ve ever done before. I loved it. So powerful, so cold, incredible.
At about $8EC, or just over £2 each, it’s a bargain for the experience!
You can visit a number of these by doing a tour of the island. This is definitely one of the best decisions we made. We got to see so much, soak up the culture and learn a thing or two along the way from our knowledgeable tour guide. We really had the best day, and it’s 100% worth the money! If you’re going to go to St Lucia, you should try to see as much as possible of the paradise island.
Drink on the beach
Just enjoy the feeling of paradise some more with a drink on the beach. We went to Mahi’s, right on the front, for a couple of Piton beers. It was chilled and friendly with stunning views of the beach. Beers are pretty cheap, and it’s a great spot for enjoying a little people watching or laughs a little further from the sand (sometimes you just fancy a little break from being constantly sandy).
Alternatively, Massey, the supermarket, isn’t far from the beach. So grab a couple of drinks from their huge selection of alcoholic and soft beverages, and head to the shore with those. We spent our last afternoon drinking local bounty rum, sat in our swimwear, catching the last of the rays and giggling the day away. Absolute bliss.