When you are on the island of St. Lucia, adventure is never far away. The island itself may be small, but it is absolutely packed with things to do. If you enjoy physical activity, you may wish to find yourself climbing the majestic Piton Mountains, while travelers looking for a little rest and relaxation may find themselves longing to enjoy the hot mud baths found at the world’s only drive-in volcano. There are butterfly gardens, banana plantations, historic villages, beautiful beaches, and more, and St. Lucia Island Tours are the best way to experience all of these and more.
When you book a St. Lucia excursion with a local guide who really knows the island inside and out, you can truly experience the best that St. Lucia has to offer. You can find tours that offer all sorts of destinations, including chances to not only see local attractions, but experience them. Why drive though Sulphur Springs when you can take a dip in its iconic mud baths? Why drive by the beautiful Caribbean beaches when you can have a chance to lie in the Caribbean sun or even go snorkeling and see the coral reefs for yourself? If you are really adventurous, a hike up the Pitons or even a zip line tour of the rain forest can speak to your sense of adventure in a way that simply seeing these sights could never do.
Of course, St. Lucia adventure tours don’t always have to be for adrenaline junkies. If zip lines and hikes aren’t your speed, you will find that there are many tours that include taking both land and water taxis that offer the chance to see the island’s majestic flora and fauna while giving you a chance to enjoy native cuisine and beverages. You can find tours that offer such opportunities as a barbecue in the middle of a rain forest or a nighttime dip in the hot mud baths of the volcano. From beach parties to sightseeing, it is never hard to find the tour that is perfect for you or your group.
One great thing about the best St. Lucia island tours is that a company made up of people native to the island knows that some people are coming to spend a few days, while others may only be here for a few hours as part of a cruise stop. The best companies are able to cater equally to both groups, providing exciting excursions to cruise passengers who take the time to book in advance. In fact, by calling the tour company and telling them when you will be on the island and for how long, you can essentially create a tour that encompasses the things you most want to see and do while making sure that you are able to get back on your cruise ship in plenty of time.
Of course, as with any tour, your experience is only as good as the person leading it. This is another reason why you want to look for a highly reviewed and respected company that employs only island natives who are certified island guides. When your tour is led by someone who is native to St. Lucia and who wants nothing more than for you to love the island as much as they do, your experience will certainly be much different. You want someone who not only knows how to get to your destinations, but who knows their history and what makes them so special. You want someone who truly loves the island and who is able to convey that love in a way that makes each sight and attraction more exciting.
When you book your St. Lucia island tour from the right company, you will find yourself on an adventure that you will wish could last forever. Your guide will meet you at your hotel or cruise ship and will make sure that you have a good time from the moment you get into the vehicle until you are safely back at the ship or resort. Don’t settle for simply riding a bus while someone points out the unique things to each side, make sure you choose a tour company that goes above and beyond to show you just why St. Lucia is one of the best destinations in the Caribbean and even in the world.
Here in St. Lucia, tourism is quite a bustling industry. Many of our visitors come from the United States, where until this past December, flights to the island only came from cities on the country’s east coast. In December of 2015, however, O’Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois began offering direct flights to St. Lucia. The result? A 15% increase in travel to the island from the Midwest region of the United States. This is certainly a significant increase, and it is one that has people in all areas of the tourism industry working hard to capitalize on.
Given that United States travelers are the primary source for international visits to the island, the Director and Deputy Director of St. Lucia’s tourism board are working hard to capitalize on these new visitors. Many hotels and resorts are adding new rooms and making new renovations to help welcome and accommodate these new guests, while Tourism Board directors are working hard to boost the country’s online presence to help highlight the island’s many exciting sights and attractions to travelers who are uncertain about their next vacation destination.
In short, the addition of flights from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to Hewanorra International Airport is proving to be highly beneficial to the tourism industry here in St. Lucia while also providing an entirely new group of travelers with access to our beautiful island. St. Lucia is packed with exciting things to see and do, and with the help of companies like Real St. Lucia Tours, which caters to travelers looking for the best adventures and experiences the island has to offer, these new visitors are bound to fall in love with the island, creating not only a major increase in traffic from the Midwestern United States, but an entirely new group of repeat visitors as well.
Add to this services offered by companies like St. Lucia Airport Shuttle, which make even airport transfers more of a sightseeing adventure than a transportation service and you will see that St. Lucia is working hard to make sure that these new visitors to our island will want to come back again and again!