Today’s sponsored post is about family friendly activities in St. Lucia – an island in the Caribbean that has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I have not visited yet but hope to one day with my family.
The Caribbean is frequently praised for its luxury properties, villas and resorts which make it an idyllic and romantic destination for loved-up couples. Less frequently mentioned is how many of these Caribbean islands also offer a great deal of activities for families to do.
St. Lucia in particular continues to be popular, which is why we’ve put together this little guide on the different activities that youngsters can get involved with during their time staying on this beautiful island.
Drive into a Volcano
Another once in a lifetime experience for you and the children is a visit to the Sulphur Springs. The chance to walk through the bubbling pools of an active volcano is an opportunity that you will only find in St Lucia – no other volcano in the world offers such close access to tourists. What’s more, there’s also the chance for you all to enjoy a mud-bath in one of the wonderfully soothing natural pool.
However, if you have young ones in tow, be sure to alert them in advance that the sulphuric smell that naturally arises as a result of the gases offers quite a pungent scent!
One of the most popular activities for children is the opportunity to enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled zipline tour over the beautiful rainforest of the island. As well as the thrill of the zip-lining itself, the cost also covers a tour through the stunning aesthetics of the rainforest.
The guides that work on the tour are knowledgeable, experienced and happy to answer any questions your little ones might have. This day out has been considered one of the essential ‘to-dos’ for any family visiting St Lucia for the last three years.
Visit the Beach
A visit to the beach might be a more typical family activity, but that doesn’t mean for a moment that it should be one you pass up. The bays in St Lucia are amongst some of the most stunning in the whole of the Caribbean.
Most experts in the area point to the beautiful Reduit beach as being the standout. Don’t expect privacy (the Reduit’s quality has inevitably led to increase popularity), but do expect more than a mile of the finest golden sand stretching out into the bluest of blue seas. As well as being perfect for safe swimming, the beach also offers various places where both you and the children can get a bite to eat and drink.
Splash in the Sea
Watersports are another definite essential for those children of a more active disposition, and in St Lucia there are a wide variety of different sports available, all easy to book and get involved with.
The waves at Cas en Bas and Vieux Fort offer an outstanding challenge to those who love to windsurf, with both advanced and intermediate surfers taking advantage throughout the year.
As well as this, the snorkelling and diving offers a great chance for your young ones to view some of the beautiful sealife that lives in the waters surrounding the island. Water-skiing and parasailing are also very popular for most of the year, and the beautiful hot sun above offers the perfect way to warm yourself up again after your time in the water.
Another choice for the active is the range of adventures that are available throughout the island. The naturally beautiful terrain of St Lucia mean many locations across the island lend themselves well to hiking and cycling treks; ideal for helping your children burn off some steam.
The biking tours in particular are a great way for your family to explore the island, the ocean-side trail near Anse Chastanet, offering as it does the beautiful view of the Gros Piton and Petit Piton hill rises. There are various suitable hiking destinations available too, with the Pigeon Valley and Cactus Valley very popular amongst the tourists.
Finally, after a busy day spent burning off all that excess energy, you and your children can enjoy a nice meal at one of the many beachside restaurants that can be found across the island.
Whether they’d prefer some of the world famous jerk chicken, or something further up the gastronomic scale, St Lucia’s dining options are plentiful and varied. They also offer mom and dad the ideal chance to finally relax after a day of sports.
*Note: This is a sponsored post and has been submitted by a third party.