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Family Activities in St. Lucia

Kids' Program

St. Lucia has one of the most unique children’s programs in the Caribbean. “Safari Summer”, designed by the National Trust, is designed for family vacationers to learn more about St. Lucia’s heritage and to have fun.
The program is for kids 5-14. Programs last for two weeks, and participants can see various natural and cultural sites. Young people can get to know the island, and understand St. Lucia’s natural envirnoment. Call the National Trust, Tel. 758/452-5005, for scheduling and costs.

Pigeon Island

On the northern reach of the island lies Pigeon Island, a 35-minute drive from Castries. No longer a true island but connected to the main island by causeway, Pigeon Island has a long history as everything from a pirate hideout to a military fort. The ruins of the fort can still be seen at Pigeon Island National Park, a popular day trip for north shore vacationers and the site of many of St. Lucia’s festivals.

The Pitons

The Soufriere region is the heartland of the island’s many attractions. There’s no denying that the most scenic part of the island is this south-central region. Starting with the rain forest and continuing down to the Pitons, this spectacular region is the breadbasket of the island. Every tropical fruit and vegetable thrives in this rich region, which is sparsely populated.

For many families, the most fascinating area is the rain forest. You’ll need a guide to enter the restricted rain forest region, so sign up for a guided tour with one of the island’s tour operators. Hiking tours are available with guides from the Forestry Department. You’ll walk through the dense foliage, swim in a tropical waterfall, and learn more about the plants that make up this fragile ecosystem. And, if you’re lucky, you may have the opportunity to see the rare St. Lucian parrot.

The Drive-Through Volcano

This area is also home to a unique Sulphur Spring volcano, often called the “drive-through volcano.” Actually, you cannot drive or walk through the volcano anymore; you'll walk only to the edge of the volcano which last erupted two centuries ago. With the smell of sulphur heavy in the air, you’ll see jets of bubbling water black with ash and bubbling with gases released from deep in the earth’s core.

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