St. Lucia in Pictures: 16 Beautiful Places to Photograph
With its striking, signature pointy-green peaks known as the Pitons, the island of St. Lucia is one of the most glamorous (and photo-worthy) vacation destinations in the Caribbean. From beautiful white-sand beaches framed by a calm, turquoise sea to a wild interior forged by volcanic eruptions, where you'll find hikes through the jungle to thundering waterfalls, St. Lucia has plenty of beautiful places to photograph. More photo opportunities abound underwater in the colorful coral reefs.
1. The Pitons from Jade Mountain Resort
What makes St. Lucia so stunning from a photography perspective are the two pointy green peaks known as the Pitons. One of the top places to photograph these mountains is from Jade Mountain Resort (where this photo is snapped), which also happens to be one of the best luxury, all-inclusive properties in the Caribbean.
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2. Marigot Bay
One of St Lucia's most photographic vistas, gorgeous Marigot Bay makes a wonderful picture – it is filled with moored yachts and sailboats juxtaposed against a deep blue sea. For the best image, head to a vista point on the road running parallel to the main coastal route but closer to the bay.
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3. Paradise Beach
Paradise Beach at Soufriere Bay fronts the small fishing village of Soufriere. It is a pretty stretch of gold-hued sand backed by warm, clear turquoise and emerald-hued water, with a Piton view anchoring one end. Families and couples alike will find it a great place for a photo shoot.
4. Diamond Waterfall
Cascading down a cliff into a pool below, Diamond Waterfall is a pretty natural site to photograph. There is a lush green jungle backdrop and moss-covered rocks surrounding the frosted-looking pool that gets its color from mineral deposits.
5. Anse Chastanet Marine National Park
Bring an underwater camera when exploring the protected coral reef in the Anse Chastanet Marine National Park. Here, you'll find excellent snorkeling and diving amid tropical fish and gardens of colorful coral along the edge of a plateau wall that drops down 46 meters.
Some of the best views of the Pitons can be seen from the small fishing village of Soufriere. On St. Lucia's west coast, it was founded by the French and originally served as the island's capital city. Today, it is filled with colorful buildings.
7. Gros Piton
Take in the lush pointy wonder that is Gros Piton from a sailboat for a dreamy view. The largest of the peaks, it is 798 meters high. A number of companies around St. Lucia offer sailboat and yacht charters, which are a popular way to explore around the island – and take great pictures of the Pitons.
8. Sulphur Springs Park
St. Lucia is home to the Lesser Antilles most active geothermal area, Sulphur Springs Park. It is considered a "drive-through" volcano because the road traverses the 274-meter crater that once was Mount Soufriere. Although the volcano hasn't erupted in more than 40,000 years, there are still boiling-hot pools of sulphur water scattered about. You can soak in some of these springs.
9. Enbas Sauf Waterfall
Hike through lush rainforest on the slopes of Mount Gimie, the highest mountain on St. Lucia, to reach Enbas Sauf Waterfall (pictured above). The waterfall hike takes about 2.5 hours and requires some really steep ups and downs. Keep an eye out for colorful birds along the way.
Castries is St. Lucia's capital city, although really it is more village-like. You'll find gingerbread, colonial-era, pastel-hued buildings like the ones pictured here. Castries is also a harbor, and cruise ships dock here. Head to the harbor's easternmost edge to check out the Castries market. You can buy everything from baskets of spices to local fruits and veggies and a variety of handicrafts.
11. Rodney Bay
Head to pretty Rodney Bay at sunset to snap a photo of the sun sinking low and turning to fire. The bay is located on the northwest corner of St. Lucia, hence the particularly stunning sunsets. The landmass beyond Rodney Bay is Pigeon Island.
12. Tet Paul Nature Trail
Hike the Tet Paul Nature Trail to the observation point for some of the most picture-perfect views in St. Lucia. On a clear day, you can see the nearby islands of Martinique and St. Vincent in the background. The hike to the top takes about 45 minutes each way.
St. Lucia is home to a number of excellent dive spots, where you'll usually have great visibility and plenty of colorful fish and coral to swim amid and photograph. Fairyland is one such spot. Head to the wall for drift diving or stay in the shallow water for an opportunity to possibly see turtles.
14. Derek Walcott Square
In St. Lucia's capital, Castries, Derek Walcott Square is worth a stroll and a few images. Here, you'll find the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The cathedral is right on the square and boasts an Italianate-style clock tower that is hard to miss.
15. Morne Fortune Historic Area
South of Castries, what is now Morne Fortune Historic Area once served as an 18th-century French fort. The cannon in this photo was part of the battlement. Today, you can also take beautiful photographs atop this hill with panoramic island vista backdrops.
16. Fort Rodney
The ruins of Fort Rodney on Pigeon Island are pictured. In the 18th-century, it served as a British fort. Today, it is a national landmark that preserves the original cannons and ruins on the hilltop. The views from up here are also stellar.