Walking Holidays in St. Lucia - St Lucia - The Tear Drop Island


St Lucia - The Tear Drop Island - Multi-Centred
Holiday Highlights
  • Set your sights on the majestic spires of Gros & Petit Pitons, the most striking landmarks
  • Walk through superb rainforests, volcanic ridges and beaches – a paradise for bird watchers
  • Visit dramatic waterfalls, beautiful nature reserves and fascinating sulphur springs


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Tiny St. Lucia, shaped like a tear drop, is just 24 miles long and 14 miles wide. It forms part of a volcanic chain of islands and is widely known for its two great spires, Gros Piton and Petit Piton which are among the Caribbean’s most striking landmarks, jutting straight up for over half a mile out of the ocean. Similar in terrain to Dominica, the island has superb rain forests, volcanic ridges, valleys, beautiful beaches and unique flora and fauna – a paradise for bird watchers and walkers. Islanders are anxious to preserve their special island and much is now protected providing the walker with a dream landscape to explore. Discovered by Columbus on St. Lucy’s day in 1502 the island has alternated between British and French rule until being granted independence in 1979. English is the official language, but the French sounding Creole patois is widely spoken.

The Walking

The National Parks of St. Lucia and the National Trust are becoming increasingly active in setting up new hiking routes for bird watching and plant studies.  All the walking we offer is in the region of Soufriere in the south of the island.  This is less populated than the far north and is  lush and green with a greater number of hiking trails.  The Fer de Lance, St. Lucia’s rarely seen poisonous snake, is not native of this southern region.  Aside from the challenging ascent of Gros Piton, most of the walking is easy to moderate. Easy walks can be through the Rain Forest to waterfalls with warm pools for bathing.  Longer walks include several Rain Forest trails in the highlands above Soufriere or a Jungle walk to the steaming volcanic area of Sulphur Springs.  More challenging is the ascent of the Gros Piton for astounding views of St. Lucia and islands beyond or a cross island hike.  Walks generally last for a morning or afternoon, with flexible start times to suit individual interests from bird watching to documenting rare flowers and plants.



Getting Around

The best way to explore the beautiful St. Lucian countryside is by taxi or rental car and with driving on the left, there are few worries other than the avoidance of the odd pothole! A car may be collected from the airport, or we can arrange transfers to your accommodation and have a car delivered the next day. Transfers can be arranged as an alternative in both directions and you can use taxis to get around. Guided walks include transportation to and from your accommodation.



Self Guided Walking

There are a number of short walks  you can take on the island, however we believe that taking a guide is advisable to fully enjoy the walks and ensure maximum safety as paths may often become overgrown and indistinct. We are therefore not producing a self guided walk booklet for this destination, but including a personal guide in our price.


Guided Walking

The knowledge of a local guide can truly enhance a walk along with obtaining any necessary permits required in protected areas. Our guide is a local chap who was brought up in the lush area above Soufriere.  His grandparents taught him the medicinal use of native plants surrounding their home and this he still uses today. This knowledge he passes on to his walkers with great enthusiasm. He has been guiding walkers on St. Lucia for many years and has his own business guiding for hotels and individuals. The duration of most walks is half a day and walks are arranged to suit your interest and ability and may include a picnic or refreshing local fruits.  Transportation is included to and from your accommodation, entry fees are not included into National Parks and Forest Reserves. We include a package of 4 guided walks, a trip to the top of Gros Piton can be substituted, subject to weather, for an additional supplement payable locally.


Walk Grading

Self-Guided - Easy, Moderate and Challenging

Guided - Easy, Moderate and Challenging


Island Hopping

Why not combine St. Lucia with Dominica, a short hop by plane. Dominica is an exceptional walker’s paradise, with St. Lucia not only offering some superb walking but also relaxation by 

the sea in a comfortable resort hotel or villa. You can make your trip to St. Lucia part of a longer trip to 

the Caribbean, we will just take care of the arrangements on St. Lucia and you can make all your other plans.


Accommodation

We have chosen hotels close to the rainforest, the Pitons and a palm fringed silver beach.  Also, unusually for New Experience Holidays, a gorgeous villa overlooking the Pitons where total relaxation and seclusion can be enjoyed.  Still no need to do any cooking as the housekeeper will cater to you requirements - even breakfast!  The nearest town is Soufriere in the quiet, relaxed southern part of the island.

Anse Chastenet - 4 Star

Anse Chastenet Estate is set in 600 lush tropical acres bordering two soft, silver sand beaches near to Soufriere and close to the two renowned peaks of the Pitons.  The hotel rooms are spread over the hillside above a perfect, palm fringed cove. In total there are 49 rooms of four different categories which grow in size and view quality as you go up the grades. Every room is different with a running theme of views, openness and privacy.

There are 12 air-conditioned beach rooms but the rest do not feature electric air conditioning, but are cooled by soft sea breezes and ceiling fans.  Lighting is designed not to attract mosquitoes and other creatures and casts a soft glow over the whole area. Telephones and internet are available from the Reception area.

The hotel does not have a swimming pool as the clear, warm waters of the Caribbean Sea are perfect all year for swimming.  

Pathways at Anse Chastenet are fairly steep and there are a number of steps to negotiate.  However, transportation is always there if you feel to weary to climb to your room!

                

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La Bagatelle - Villa

La Bagatelle is a wonderfully spacious fully serviced villa situated on a hillside overlooking the spectacular Piton mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Surrounded by palm trees, bamboos and a cascade of tropical flowers, Soufriere is just 15 minutes drive away. It comfortably accommodates four persons.
              

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Stonefield Estate

Stonefield Estate is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Estates in the Caribbean with its stunning back drop of the twin peaks of the Pitons. Once a lime and cocoa plantation, the grounds remain lush with abundant tropical foliage and flowers.  Trails meander through the gardens leading to any one of 17 villas - all airy and bright with wide open verandas and colonial styled furnishings.  Soufriere is just 10 minutes away, as is the white sand beach of Jalousie, both served by a shuttle bus from the hotel.

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Jade Mountain - 5 Star

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Rising majestically above the 600 acre beach front of sister resort Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty. Expect grand sweeping spaces where bedroom, living area and an extravagant private infinity pool glide into one another embracing the full glory of St Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site, and of the course, the eternal Caribbean Sea. This makes Jade Mountain one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences.

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Availability Information

Walking is possible for most of the year on St. Lucia with the exception July to September when the heat increases and weather is generally unsettled.  Even during the rainy season, end of September to beginning of November, walking is good as rains mostly fall in the afternoon or just in short cloudbursts.   

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