Two days on the island of St. Lucia lets you see the island’s volcanoes, rain forests, waterfalls, and iconic Pitons, while still leaving time to soak up the sun on a sandy beach, enjoy the turquoise Caribbean waters, and get a taste of the local island culture. Here’s how to make the most of your 48 hours in St. Lucia.
Day 1: St. Lucian Culture
**Morning:**Get oriented this morning with a half-day tour to some of the island’s most important sites. Learn about the history and culture of St. Lucia as you visit Soufrière, the Diamond Botanical Gardens, Sulphur Springs mud baths, and the towering Pitons. Opt for a private tour to make sure you hit all your top sites.
**Afternoon:**This afternoon, treat your tastebuds to the flavors of St. Lucia. You have a few options, from touring the island’s only rum distillery to taking a Caribbean cooking class. Alternatively, join a local shopping consultant for an afternoon of retail therapy to help you track down the best gifts and souvenirs.
**Night:**As the sun sets, gear up for an evening of drinking and dancing without having to drive. Book a guided nightlife experience in Rodney Bay to visit some of the island’s nightlife hot spots for local rum and live music. Many venues offer discounts and specials for guests visiting on a tour.
Day 2: Outdoor Adventure
**Morning:**St. Lucia’s beaches are beautiful to be sure, but it’s the mountainous interior that sets this island apart. Start your morning by heading inland to explore the island’s rain forests on a ziplining tour through the canopy. If you’d prefer to stay on solid ground, opt for an ATV tour or guided hike instead.
**Afternoon:**No trip to St. Lucia would be complete without some time in the water. Cool off this afternoon with a dip in the Caribbean Sea. Simply relax at the nearest beach, or opt for an adventure, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, or Sea Trekking in the clear waters. Families traveling with kids can head to Splash Island Water Park on the island’s northwest coast.
**Night:**Refuel this evening with a food tour through the streets of Castries. With the help of a local foodie, you can sample the flavors of Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean that fuse together in the island’s traditional cuisine. If you’re on the island on a Friday night, head to a local Fish Fri, a St. Lucian street party, for fresh seafood and dancing into the night.