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The Pitons at St. Lucia

By January 28, 2016January 3rd, 2020Charter Experiences, Sailing Yacht Charters Caribbean

If your dream vacation includes oceans, lush landscapes, beaches, and mountains, St. Lucia’s Gros and Petit Pitons are perfect for you. The Pitons are two volcanic plugs in a World Heritage Site located in St. Lucia, linked by the Piton Mitan Ridge. Few mountain peaks share the same unparalleled beauty as the Pitons. The larger of these two volcanic plugs is called the Gros Piton while the other is the Petit Piton.

The Gros Piton (2,619 ft) and the Petit Piton (2,461 ft) have become synonymous with St. Lucia’s very identity. It can be found everywhere from postcards to beer labels. The Pitons are a famous tourist attraction for hikers and mountain climbers in St. Lucia and the most photographed landmark on the island. The peaks are located near the towns of Soufrière and Choiseul on the southwestern coast of St. Lucia.

Covered in emerald vegetation the mountains provide an unforgettable view from the top or from afar. Despite being the smaller of the two, locals caution against the Petit Piton unless you are an experienced or pro climber, because of how steep the hike is. Many Pitons visitors choose to take on the taller Gros Piton but consider it a worthwhile, but challenging venture. The top offers panoramic views of the island, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a whale or a group of dolphins. The Piton Mitan Ridge also offers spectacular views of the mountain peaks. Always remember that the Caribbean has a tropical climate, so if you decide to hike, bring plenty of water to drink.

For those who aren’t interested in the hike but want the scenic landscape or want more of the Pitons after the climb, we recommended taking your private charter yacht out into the water to get great views of the peaks.

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