Although St Lucia is known as a romantic honeymoon destination, it’s also a great place to take kids on vacation. Here are five ways to keep the little darlings entertained during your St Lucia holiday.
With St Lucia being globally recognised as one of the world’s most romantic destinations, it would be easy (and lazy!) to write the island off as not being very child-friendly.
But that’s not the case at all. There is in fact plenty for children to do in St Lucia – here are just five fun suggestions.
Take to the water
Being an island, of course St Lucia is surrounded by water. The calm waters of the Caribbean Sea on the west side of the island are ideal for swimming and snorkelling, but also for enjoying boat trips. Pick up a water taxi and ask to be shown the bat caves, where your water taxi operator will take you as close as possible to the entrance of tall, narrow caves where bats can be seen roosting during the day. The bats make quite a noise and even during the day you’ll see a few of them flying around in the cave’s gloom. Children love seeing the bats in their natural habitat – it’s really something for them to go home and tell their school friends what they’ve seen.
Our Planet Centre
Our Planet Centre in Castries is a fairly new attraction, just a few years old, where children (and adults!) can learn about the environment and have fun with interactive displays. There are eleven different ‘spaces’ to explore, including an immersion zone showing a view of Earth’s past in two giant screens; an astronaut’s view of the Earth showing real time weather and earthquakes; a special effects theatre where you can experience a hurricane and a tsunami; and much, much more. This is a truly exciting experience which all visitors to St Lucia should try to see – especially if they have children, as it’s one of the most entertaining and exciting attractions for children on St Lucia.
Drive-through volcano and sulphur springs
St Lucia’s dormant volcano is another exciting experience that children really enjoy – and they’ll especially enjoy being able to tell their friends back home about the distinctive eggy smell! The natural minerals of the island provide a fun experience at both the volcano and the sulphur springs, where your children will enjoy covering their skin with the mineral-rich mud (adults will enjoy this too, as the mud is said to be very good for the skin).
There’s plenty to see and do at Pigeon Island National Park. The views are fantastic, and there’s an old fort that kids will love to explore (no doubt they’ll want to play at pirates while they’re there – as pirates play a part in the history of Pigeon Island). There’s a great interpretation centre where you can learn about the history of the landmark, and there’s also a gift shop where you and the children can pick up a souvenir or two. Pigeon Island also has two fabulous sandy beaches, and there’s plenty of wildlife to see too.
Learn about chocolate
St Lucia is a leading source of the world’s most delicious chocolate, and we even have a whole month every year dedicated to this tasty treat (November – Chocolate Heritage Month). There are several chocolate-related tours available on the island, where you can learn about how chocolate is grown and processed. Hotel Chocolat offer a ‘tree to bar’ tour, where visitors can select ripe cocoa pods and make their own chocolate. Other chocolate tours are available through Marquis Estate, Anse Mamin Plantation, Emerald Estate, Morne Coubaril Estate, Fond Doux Estate and La Dauphine Estate. For more information, see http://stlucianow.co.uk/press/2012/11/chocoholics-rejoice-november-is-chocolate-heritage-month-on-saint-lucia.