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3 Ways To Do Saint Lucia’s Pitons

Rising dramatically from the azure Caribbean Sea, the green forested slopes of Gros Piton and Petit Piton dominate Saint Lucia’s landscape

St Lucia Pitons

The beauty of Saint Lucia’s iconic twin Pitons will take your breath away. Rising dramatically from the azure Caribbean Sea, the green forested slopes of Gros Piton and Petit Piton reach a height of 2,500 feet and dominate the island’s landscape. Choose a hotel with a view and you may not leave your sun lounger. But this volcanic pair of peaks are worth a closer look, and here are three ways you can do so.

    By Helicopter

    There’s no better way to appreciate the scale of the Pitons than from above.

    Take to the skies on a private helicopter tour and you’ll have a beautiful bird’s eye view of the majestic mountains. The 30-minute flight will take you all around the island for a stunning scenic overview. Aside from the Pitons, you’ll catch sight of Soufriere Volcano, as well as the fishing villages and picturesque bays that dot the coastline. A helicopter transfer from the airport to your hotel can also be a great way to start your holiday in style. Not only are the views incredible, but you’ll save valuable sun lounger time too.

    By Boat

    You’ll find some of the island’s best snorkelling directly at the base of the Pitons.

    Cruise out to sea from Sugar Beach and you’ll have an unrivalled view as the two mountains create a dramatic crescent shape. The sights below the water are just as impressive. Through your snorkel mask you’ll see colourful coral reefs and schools of tropical fish gliding through the crystal-clear waters. Then sail back to shore with a cold beer in hand, as these picturesque pinnacles provide the perfect backdrop.

    By Foot

    If you’re up for the challenge, you can hike the rugged trail which winds its way to the summit of Gros Piton.

    It’s a steep climb which does require a good level of fitness, but the stupendous views from the top are well worth your efforts. The trail begins at the village of Fond Gens Libre, and it’s best to set off early to beat the heat. We’ll arrange a knowledgeable local guide to accompany you for the two-hour climb, who will point out the island’s unique flora and fauna as you go. As you look down on the shimmering Caribbean Sea and coloured rooftops of Soufriere from the peak, you’ll feel on top of the world.

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