BARS & NIGHTCLUBS
●Cane Bar – Soufriere (at Jalousie Plantation); 011-758-456-8000; jalousieplantation.com; owned by Rolling Stones’ former accountant, Roger Myers; unique artwork abounds.
●T’Cholit Bar – Soufriere (at Ladera Resort); 011-758-459-7323; ladera.com; try rum and lime, Ti Punch.
●Whispers – Bridge Street (Soufriere); 011-758-720-8486; weekday bar turn night club on weekends; cadence, reggae, and soca lovers delight; many themed dances; up above dance floor and away from strobe lights is private lounge where more reserved can hang out with friends or by oneself.
●Anse Chastanet Beach – Old French Road (Soufriere); not beautiful in blue-water-white-sand sense; dark water and gray sand; but, excellent visibility and great for diving and snorkeling.
●Anse Cochon Bay – Castries (access at Ti Kaye Village Resort); 011-758-456-8101; tikaye.com; best for snorkeling to see seahorses; resort sells day passes to non-guests.
●Sugar Beach – Jalousie Drive (Anse des Pitons); between two Piton mountains; beach bar and restaurant; also, snorkel rentals; at cove’s north end, trumpet fish abound below Petit Piton.
●Anse Chastanet Reef.
●Fairy Land – coral reef washed by strong currents; drift-diving spot.
●Key Hole Pinnacles – 4 coral-encrusted seamounts, home to grouper, jacks, wrasse, etc.
●Lesleen M – sand eels, seahorses, and turtles; intentionally sunk in 1986.
●Soufriere Marine Management Area.
●Superman’s Flight – 1.6K' coral wall.
●Anse Chastanet – Old French Road (Soufriere); 011-758-459-7000 or 800-223-1108; ansechastanet.com; on 600 acres of dense greenery; Piton views; Jade Mountain is part of resort (see below); unmemorable food.
●Balenbouche Estate – Laborie; 011-758-455-1244; balenbouche.com; 4 cottages on historic plantation that grows own fruit; inconvenient if no car.
●Cap Maison – Smugglers Cove Drive (Cap Estate, Gros Islet); 011-758-457-8678; capmaison.com; Spanish-style villas arranged around courtyards.
●Discovery at Marigot Bay – Marigot (Marigot Bay); 011-758-458-5300; discoverystlucia.com; perched on hillside fronting Marigot Bay; 124-room resort with long, frangipani and ginger lily lined footpath; guest rooms have wide verandas and Brazilian hardwood flooring; pillowtop beds; slate-tiled bathrooms; giant showerheads; Kiehl’s toiletries; friendly service; 1 restaurant; go late January and early February; book top-floor Bay View suites, which have unobstructed harbor views, plus 4-poster beds and lofted ceilings.
●Fond Doux Estate – Soufriere; 011-758-459-7545 or 011-758-459-7548; fonddouxestate.com; Creole cottages; ask for refurbished unit.
●Hotel Chocolat – Rabot Estate (Soufriere); 800-757-7132; thehotelchocolat.com; 10-room, boutique hotel; 6 stone cottages.
●Jade Mountain – 100 Anse Chastanet Road (Soufriere); 011-758-459-7000; jademountainstlucia.com; Soufriere; ask for sun suite; private infinity pools.
●Jalousie Plantation – Soufriere; 011-758-456-8000; jalousieplantation.com; 42 hillside bungalows with plunge pools; 100+ acres; UNESCO World Heritage site.
●Ladera Resort – Soufriere; 011-758-459-7323; ladera.com; former cocoa plantation looks out at Pitons; “missing wall” in all rooms allows views from canopy beds with mesquito netting; plunge pools; average food; spa.
●The Landings – Rodney Bay; 011-758-458-7300; landings.rockresorts.com.
●Boucan – Rabot Estate (Soufriere, at Hotel Chocolat); 800-757-7132; thehotelchocolat.com.
●Coal Pot – Castries (on water); 011-758-452-5566; local food favorite.
●Dasheene – Soufriere; 011-758-459-7323; ladera.com; awesome view.
●Fond Doux Estate – Soufriere; 011-758-459-7545 or 011-758-459-7548; fonddouxestate.com; Creole lunches; call 1st.
●Great Room – Soufriere (at Jalousie Plantation); 011-758-456-8000; jalousieplantation.com; Caribbean dishes.
●Jardin Cacao – Soufriere (at Fond Doux Estates); 011-758-459-7545; fonddouxestate.com; almost all produce grown on site.
●Anse Chastanet Resort – Old French Road (Soufriere); 011-758-459-7000 or 800-223-1108; ansechastanet.com; diving.
●Chocolate Bean to Bar Experience Excursion – Castries; 011-758-450-0507;
(ask for Alison); www.barefootholidaystlucia.com; they also offer other tours.
●Dive Fair Helen – Marigot Bay (Castries); 011-758-451-7716 or 888-855-2206; divefairhelen.com.
●Fond Doux Estate – Soufriere; 011-758-459-7545 or 011-758-459-7548; fonddouxestate.com; will arrange cocoa plantation tours.
●Gros Piton Tours – Fond Gens Libre; 011-758-286-0382; will arrange hiking tours up Gros Piton (3-4 hours round trip).
●Rabot Estate Cacao Plantation – Rabot Estate (Soufriere); 800-757-7132; thehotelchocolat.com; raw-to-refined tour, starting in orchard and ending in processing.
●Rainforest Spa – Jalousie Plantation (Soufriere); 011-758-456-8000; jalousieplantation.com; huge spa surrounding 18th Century Sugar Plantation.
●Scuba St. Lucia – Soufriere; 011-758-459-7755; scubastlucia.com; diving.
●Batik Studio – Anse Chastanet Road (Soufriere, at Hummingbird Beach Resort); 011-758-459-7985; istlucia.co.uk; showcases owner’s work (Joan (Joyce) Alexander-Stowe), as well as son’s (David Simmonds).
SIGHTS & SITES
●Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens – Soufriere Estate; 011-758-459-7565; diamondstlucia.com; make sure to see Diamond Falls and Mineral Baths.
●Pigeon Island National Park – 011-758-452-5005; slunatrust.org/index.php?id=30; 40 acres of abandoned forts and beaches.
●Sulphur Springs Park – Soufriere (10 minutes south); 011-758-459-5726; soufrierefoundation.org; mineral-rich waters in collapsed caldera; admission fee allows you to enjoy these hot-springs and their enriching mud; dress in something you don’t care about.
●Tet Paul Nature Trail – Soufriere (near Fond Doux Plantation); 011-758-720-1779; soufrierefoundation.org; hiking trail that follows gentle trail between 2 Pitons.
●Treetop Canopy Adventure – Dennery; 011-758-458-0908; adventuretourstlucia.com; zip-line rainforest tour.
●Volcano – Bay Street; 011-758-459-5500; world’s only “drive-thru” volcano.