IYC Cruises brings you to St. Lucia, the gorgeous island known for its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons that reflect into the aqua crystal seas. IYC Cruises visits different destinations within St. Lucia – The island Pride will be going to the Castries and all other IYC Cruises yacht ships will visit Soufriere.
An amazing attraction of Soufriere is that it has one of the only drive through volcanos. Yes, you can drive through it! It is also famous for its hot springs, diving, snorkeling and of course the famous pitons. Mount Soufriere is a volcano that emits steam and is quite a site to see.
For the island Pride Cruises – Castries is also a cornucopia of beauty and nature. Top attractions would be the Castries Waterworks Forest Reserve, zip lining through the forest, and the Millet Bird Sanctuary. One of the top rated attractions is the Immaculate Conception Church next to Derek Walcott Square – it’s a magnificent cathedral with seating for 2000 people. The awe-inspiring walls are adorned with colorful murals which reveal the 12 stages of the holy cross. It was painted for Pope John Paul II’s visit.
Splash in the Healing Sulfur Springs of St. Lucia
One of the most amazing aspects of the Soufriere Volcano besides the fact that you can drive through it – is that you can also dive into it (the mud that is)!! The mud baths at Sulphur Springs attract people from all over the world because it is touted to help detoxify the body and legends say that it helps heal sun burns, eczema, arthritis, sore joints, and more. Natural mud baths are not only healing, but we are sure you are going to have a blast wading, splashing and covering yourself in mud.
The best part is hiking up the mountain to see the volcanic fumes and boiling hot waters. This is the best place for majestic pictures. IYC Cruises excursions’ will also guide you to a beautiful river nook with birds a plenty and tell you the history of the volcanic’s last eruption.
Fun Facts on St. Lucia
English, Saint Lucian Creole French
Eastern Caribbean Dollar, US dollar widely accepted
238 Square Miles
St. Lucia- Waterfalls, Pitons & Botanical Gardens
The waterfalls are abundant in St Lucia and IYC Cruises can take you on an exclusive tour to swim and gush in the wild natural springs of the waterfalls. Enjoy the beauty and warmth of the tropics while walking through lush fertile vegetation and marvelling at the diverse range of tropical flowers and plant life. You will see a breathtaking hidden beach adorned by towering pitons – there enjoy some island BBQ and just relax and take in the views.
For garden lovers, you can visit Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, 6 acres of natural beauty and tropical paradise where you can find lush plants and trees, hibiscus flowers, ixora, heliconia, birds and more.It is also a historical site that is a haven for birds and insects, which gives one a true nature experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the Caribbean.
Make Your Own Chocolate at Project Chocolat
One of the best stops in St Lucia is at Rabot Estate, a six acre chocolate experience from chocolatier and cacao grower, Hotel Chocolat. Here, you can tour the beautiful grounds where you can see large cacao trees and learn about how chocolate is made. IYC Cruises excursions gives you the unique experience to graft your own cacao tree and track its’ growth over time. You will also grind beans, press them with a pesel and mortar, and then melt the mixture into a fabulous chocolate bar created by *you*. After the fun work of making delicious chocolate, indulge in some of the best street-food style food in St Lucia including a Cacao burger, Cacao beer, scrumptuous fries, delicious milk chocolate shakes and of course the famous Ice Cream of the Gods. In case you are wondering, the ice cream does taste heavenly due to an infusion of cacao nibs for 48 hours.