The mountainous island of St. Lucia has become one of the Caribbean’s most stylish and sophisticated destinations, known for its photogenic volcanic peaks, hidden beaches, luxury resorts, and lively nightlife. Here’s how to get a taste of what St. Lucia has to offer with just 24 hours on the island.
St. Lucia Aerial Tram
Chassin, St Lucia
This nature and wildlife excursion provides spectacular views of St. Lucia. Board an 8-person gondola that sails above the forest, from where you can admire its sparkling waterfalls, tree orchids, and lush ferns. Also spot abundant animal life, including the native jacquot, or St. Lucia parrot, and the agouti, a small animal related to the guinea pig that rustles in the tropical underbrush. On the return trip, views from the tram are even more stunning, with a panoramic vista of the island’s northern side.
You can experience the St. Lucia Aerial Tram on its own (2.5 hours) or add a 10-zipline adventure and rain forest hike (4.5 hours).
Things to Know Before You Go
The St. Lucia Aerial Tram is ideal for adventure seekers and families with children aged 12 years and older.
The admission fee varies, depending on options and offers. Check specific tours for details.
You can purchase a beverage along the way from the tram’s bar, and there is a café on the premises.
Bring sun/rain protection, insect repellant, a camera, binoculars, and comfortable shoes if you’re doing the hike.
The tram is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
How to Get There
Drive or take a taxi to Castries Forest Reserve in the highland community of Chassin, about 4.5 miles (7.25 kilometers) from St. Lucia’s cruise ship port. There’s a parking lot at the entrance where the tram boards.
When to Get There
The tram operates from 8am to 2pm daily, May through October. Come early to avoid the crowds. The quietest months are between June and November, which is rainy season in St. Lucia and off-season for the Caribbean.
The Fabulous Jacquot
While on St. Lucia, you may have the good fortune to see a special bird—the jacquot. This brightly colored parrot is found only on the island and is officially endangered. When the jacquot was named St. Lucia’s national bird in 1979, residents paid more attention to its survival, and now there are thought to be more than 500 jacquots living in the wild.
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