Caribbean Beat Magazine

The Pitons, St Lucia | Bucket list

These twin volcanic peaks are the most recognisable icon of the island sometimes called “the Helen of the West Indies”

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Rising abruptly from St Lucia’s southwestern coast, the twin Pitons — volcanic spires, formed aeons ago — are landmarks, visual icons, and repositories of history, as well as forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gros Piton (2,618 feet high) and Petit Piton (2,438 feet) are both climbable, though the taller peak is the easier challenge, with a more accessible route and tours available from local guides. From the summit, on a very clear day, you can see not just St Vincent to the south but Barbados to the east and Martinique and Dominica to the north. 

Caribbean Airlines operates daily return flights to George F.L. Charles International Airport in St Lucia from Trinidad, with connections on other airlines to destinations in the Caribbean and North and South America