Saint Lucia’s west coast is picture-perfect with scenes that leave one in awe. The dramatic ridges that offer incredible views of the Caribbean sea, the quaint villages and hidden bays all make it obvious why some of the most luxurious resorts on the island are located along the west coast. And let’s not forget the famous Pitons. At every point on this side of the island there is a view to marvel at. Although several tours offer trips to Soufriere, roughing it on your own and braving the roads can be quite the adventure. Hop in a rental car and let team TT show you the best places to stop and grab a bite, the sites to see and the things to do. Heading south from Castries, get ready for some serious fun!

Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay is remembered as the location of the 1967 movie Dr. Doolittle but it has remained famous for its stunning views. The Great Lookout at the top of Marigot has a vantage point that sees all – the mangroves, the beach and the variety of restaurants set in this spot of paradise.

Plas Kassav

Plas Kassav is a local favourite; drivers passing by always stop to purchase the delicacies on offer. Established in 1998, Plas Kassav processes cassava into delicious breads. Ingredients and spices such as ginger, cinnamon and chocolate add a fun twist so that everyone can find a flavour to suit their palate.

Anse La Raye

Anse La Raye is the first fishing village that you’ll drive through. Points north and south of the village offer excellent photo ops. The busy village is known for its Friday Fish Fry when locals catch and cook fresh seafood, with several streets closed so that pedestrians can mingle and sample from the various vendors. Anse La Raye was named by French settlers for the abundance of a type of fish found in the waters at the time.

Canaries

Another Saint Lucian fishing village, Canaries (pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable) is smaller than Anse La Raye but has no less to offer. Canaries was named after the Amerindian word for clay pots. With an easy stroll through the village, you’ll find delightful homes, proud churches and charming locals. The beach at Canaries is often lined with fishing boats and is great for photo ops.

The Beacon Point

Your first unhindered view of the Pitons is along this stretch of road heading south into Soufriere – and what a view it is! There’s absolutely nothing quite like parking your car and hopping out to get some photos with Petit Piton and Gros Piton photo-bombing you!

Soufriere

Soufriere is one of the most popular destinations in Saint Lucia. Aside from the Pitons, other attractions include the Sulphur Springs and mud baths, Morne Coubaril Estate, Tet Paul Nature Trail, Fond Doux Estate, Malgretout beach, various waterfalls and some top-rated resorts. It’s easy to see why so many visitors adore Soufriere and we bet that on your trip, you’ll fall in love too.

Choiseul

The village of Choiseul is known locally for its arts and crafts centres. The people here make wonderful wooden furniture, woven baskets and place mats, and some really nifty clay cooking pots.

Laborie

Laborie is the last stop before reaching Vieux Fort. The village over looks Laborie Bay, which beckons with cerulean waters and coconut trees lining the beach. It would be a rare sight not to see a yacht anchored here enjoying the views from the water!