Activities

Soufriere - This small town was once the capital of St. Lucia when it was under French rule. It is typical of the fishing villages along the St. Lucian coast. Soufriere is a five minute drive along the hillside or a twenty minute walk from The Treehouse. Available in town are banks (ATM), bakeries, grocery stores, a fish market, restaurants and many shops for buying souvenirs. The town of Soufriere dates back to the 18th century and offers plenty of activities. It is one of the most visited towns on the island as many natural places of interest are located here. These include the Botanical Gardens, Diamond Mineral Falls, Morne Coubaril Estate, Sulphur Springs and the Drive-in volcano. There are also many adventure tours available including private taxi, helicopter, boat and island tours. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soufri%C3%A8re,_Saint_Lucia

 

Anse Chastanet Beach is a black sand beach with crystal clear water. It is a ten minute walk or three minute drive from The Treehouse and is St. Lucia's top dive center. Boasting views to 100 feet, the swimming area is also highly recommended for snorkeling. An underwater marine reserve is maintained just off the beach and offers amazing views of colorful fish and coral reefs, just 20-30 feet below the surface. Snorkel and dive equipment rentals and dive trips are available to both beginners and experts. Besides swimming and snorkeling, the beach also offers sunbathing, kayaking, sailing, restrooms and spa facilities.  The resort offers weekly passes that allow you to use their water sports, tiki huts and lounge chairs. The beachfront restaurant and bar, which offers lunch and dinner, is perfect if you are looking for that laid back Caribbean vibe. Kayaking, mountain biking and hiking trails are available at Anse Mamin Beach which is just a short walk to the north along the beach.  www.ansechastanet.com

 

Sugar Beach (Jalousie Beach) is located at the base of the Petit Piton and boasts the area's only white sand beach. This beach also has an underwater marine reserve along the base of the Petit Piton that is perfect for snorkelers. Snorkel equipment and chair rentals are available for visitors as well as an excellent dive shop for scuba diving. The beachfront restaurant serves drinks, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, etc. Sugar Beach is a twenty minute drive from The Treehouse or a fifteen minute boat ride from Anse Chastanet Beach. http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/sugarbeach/

 

Sulphur Springs and the Drive In Volcano - This area is a collapsed caldera of an ancient old volcano that stills releases steam and hot air from deep inside the earth's crust. Considered to be the world's only drive in volcano, this is a must see. The Sulphur Springs are next door and provide an opportunity to experience the healing powers of a mineral bath.

 

Diamond Mineral Falls and the Botanical Gardens are great for those interested in plants, flowers and fauna. Taking a walk through trails of multi colored crotons, lobster heliconas, ixoras, gingers and numerous varieties of palms lead you to the black warm water mineral falls. Bring your swimsuit and you can relax in the warm and cold tubs. http://diamondstlucia.com/

 

The Petit and Gros Pitons are the signature symbols of St. Lucia. You can climb the Gros Piton by way of a guided hike that takes about two - three hours each way.  Once at the top, the breathtaking views and sense of accomplishment will make the hike well worth it.  Plan on leaving early in the morning and returning mid afternoon. The Petit Piton does not have any maintained trails, is for experienced climbers only and a guide is a must. You need to be in good physical condition to attempt these climbs.

 

The St. Lucia National Rain Forest is the best place for hiking, bird watching and viewing of numerous plants species such as exotic ferns, bromeliads and wild orchids. The full rain forest hike is a good two hours, but at the halfway point you are rewarded with a cooling waterfall that beckons you for a refreshing dip. The drive to the rain forest from The Treehouse is about thirty minutes and is an experience not to be missed as you pass through small mountain villages where you see the REAL St. Lucia.

 

Marigot Bay, the site of the original 1969 Dr. Doolittle movie, is on the west coast of St. Lucia approx. thirty minutes north of Soufriere. A boat ride provides the most scenic trip as you pass small coastal fishing villages and several snorkeling spots. Marigot Bay has a small beach and is one of the island's most beautiful locations with several restaurants for lunch or dinner.

 

Castries, the capitol of St. Lucia, is also the island's largest city. It is a town with lots of history including a century old marketplace, a historic English fort and a large bay that serves as port of call for several cruise lines. There are lots of shops at Point Seraphine and the marketplace offers a variety of goods including spices, fruits, hand woven items and wood carvings.

 

Dive and explore the underwater world in St. Lucia.

Daily Dive and Snorkel Trips are offered for both beginners and certified divers. Dive walls, wrecks and a variety of fabulous reefs in the pristine waters of the St. Lucian Marine Reserves. An abundance of life awaits you and our unbeatable service you will never forget. Check out http://www.aadivers.net or http://www.scubastlucia.com/.

 

Zipline your way through the rain forests of St. Lucia!

The Rain Forest Sky Ride is a great way to spend an afternoon. Take an aerial tram ride up to the top of the rain forest and enjoy a course of ten ziplines.  http://www.rainforestadventure.com/  Or try the ziplining at Morne Coubaril Estate and zipline with views of the Pitons.   http://www.stluciaziplining.com/activities.htm