Pitons
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A spectacular landmark of St. Lucia visible for miles, Petit Piton and Gros Piton are twin volcanic spires majestically soaring out of the sea with waves crashing around their bases.
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  • Kelsey W
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hike to the top of the Piton!
    We made it to the top!!! What a great feeling of accomplishment and a way to take in some of the best views in the Caribbean! The local tour guides are great and help you stay safe on the steep trails. This hike is not for the faint of heart. If you had too many Piton beers the night before or haven’t worked out recently, I’d skip it for sure! But if you’re in for a challenge, you’ll be rewarded by the vast views, culture and foliage along the trail. It’s $50 USD per person, the guides work on tips and you can grab a taxi to take you there. Could be one of the more affordable tours available!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Kelli A
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip!
    We enjoyed our stay here. The food was delicious and the service was mostly outstanding! I want to make a special mention of Keyanna at The Pitons restaurant. She was the best! I would also like to give a shout out to Lershon at The Pitons restaurant. He had the best attitude and personality. We enjoyed him bring our waiter the second time we ate there. This was our favorite restaurant for dinner and we enjoyed Armando’s for breakfast.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • GrandTour360150
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gros Piton Hike
    St Lucia is paradise! My husband and I climbed the Gros Piton (we are 51 and in moderate shape). Start early (7:00 am) and bring a lot of water (2 litres each). Our guide, Abi, was the best!!! It is an uphill, gruelling hike but it is doable. The couple behind us were 70! It took us four hours and we have never sweat so much...the last 1/2 hour the heat was killing us (so don't start any later than 7:30). It was such a great experience though and reaching the top was a highlight for us! The guides are amazing. Do it and for the remainder of your holiday you will gaze at the Gros Piton and marvel that you climbed to the top.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 3, 2024
  • Ian H
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice medium challenging hike.
    The reviews universally say that Gros Piton is streneous. We are a reasonably fit couple aged 64 & 72. It is a bit of a scramble; but our benchmark of 1,000 ft per hour was pretty accurate. 2 1/4 hours to go from 600 ft to 2,620 ft, and the same time to descend. The ascent started at 09:15 a.m. and happened in shade, which was great. The descent was more sunny, hence more hot. The view along the way and from the top were very nice.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 17, 2024
  • JJam
    Nashville, Tennessee30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Challenging yet rewarding hike with amazing views
    We set out at 7am with the goal to only hike halfway. We are 50 & 55 and while physically active and exercise regularly we are not accustomed to hiking rocks and boulders. Everyone also said the best views are at the halfway point. Shane was our guide and was excellent and great to have along the trek to the halfway mark. It is difficult so be sure to wear proper hiking boots, start early due to the heat and bring plenty of water. We will be back next year and plan to hike the entire route.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2024
  • Suedrs
    Becker, Minnesota137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    See the Pitons by Water!
    Took a ship excursion on a catamaran from the port in Castries, St. Lucia to view the Pitons. Well maintained boat with helpful, friendly and informative crew. Cruised down the coast while the guide crew member explained about building the villages and roads, talked about the infrastructure of the island and,of course, highlighted mega expensive resorts. Sighted some dolphins playing alongside the boat. Captain took us close enough to see the detail of the sharp drop of the twin peaks to the ocean. Had a short swim stop. Was a great way to see the Pitons without having to spend a long time in a vehicle.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2024
  • BigMerk
    Glasgow, United Kingdom2,559 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view from the water
    I took part in a Princess Cruise on the Queen of the Carnival which is a catamaran. The scenery throughout was stunning and the mini-cruise was very good. The highlight was The Pitons which were outstanding. We only viewed from the water but it was well worth it - and avoided a long dusty drive in searing heat!!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 18, 2024
  • psudino
    Weehawken, New Jersey4,390 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Symbol of the island.
    These mountains are the symbol of the island. They are a unique geological structure due to their size and somewhat odd location being right on the water. Many islands that have mountains like this are centrally located, but not these. The larger one has a hiking trail, but if you are not physically fit, then seek advise before trying to climb it. If you visit St. Lucia and travel to the south you will encounter these unique peaks.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2024
  • helgre2016
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The view is worth the climb
    We made our way early to the Pitons meeting point and began our climb at 7.20 am with our guide Larry. Larry was knowledgeable about the area and walked at a good pace to get us up and down in 4 hours. The climb itself was not too bad it was more coping with the heat whilst climbing.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2024
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molly578
Knoxville, TN28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I am in great shape at 50 this was awesome and a tough hike. Plan for the hike down it takes a lot more strength than going up. I can't get hurt I have to be 100% at work and the foot placement on the way down was highly taxing!! Take hand sanitizer there is a fruit stand at the top, bring more water than you think you need and love every second! Strangely when you get to the top don't be defeated by the miniature puppy that climbs it every day!!
Written February 11, 2020
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JWGrayson
Hilton Head, SC76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We were on the Norwegian Escape over Christmas and New Year. We made a stop in St. Lucia and 6 other islands, on this 9 day cruise. It was our 43rd cruise and 1st time to visit St. Lucia. The island was really mountainous with narrow, winding roads. It was a beautiful site and our long bus ride took us around much of the south end of the island.

Our excursion, that we booked through the ship, was called "Touch the Pitons." I had no idea what that meant, except that we would be able to see these iconic peaks. We drove for at least an hour on a medium size bus as the bigger buses would not fit the roads. We stopped a few times at scenic over looks to take pictures.

We arrived at the parking area and departed the bus. A local guide pointed way up the mountain to a platform and said that was where we were going. I couldn't imagine that it could be that tough and convinced my wife to go. I am 76 years old and she was about to turn 72. We are in pretty good shape and this excursion proved it.

The trail was cut by locals. It was dirt in most places with roots acting as trip hazards. The trail was barely wide enough for us to go single fine. So, it was a bit difficult when we met folks coming down. My wife asked one of them for their walking stick and they obliged. It took almost an hour to make it to the platform. Part way up we enter a section that was called "Stairway To Heaven."

Well, we made it and you can see by the pictures I posted that it was worth it. Going down only took us 15 minutes.
Written March 27, 2022
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Alex F
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
WOW! First of all, this review is just for hiking Petit Piton. I hiked it with Wayne of Wayne's Tours & Hiking Club. He was a fantastic guide, and though the locals had put some fear in me as to whether I'd be able to climb the mountain (it's apparently trickier than Gros Piton), Wayne guided me up with patience and care. This hike doesn't technically require a guide, but bring one!! Specifically, bring Wayne.

The hike itself was about 5 hours total (2 up + down, plus an hour up top), and it was grueling at times! Wear good shoes, bring some water, and take your time. But the views up top are unbeatable (apparently better than Gros Piton, because you get a 360 view). Just be ready to have your legs and arms feel like jelly for a few days after.

After, Wayne brought me to the warm pools/waterfall at the base (he paid all of my entrance fees), which was a wonderful reward for the hard work. I can't recommend Wayne enough.

An incredible experience I won't soon forget. Thank you Wayne!! (WhatsApp: +17587145454)
Written February 3, 2022
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top-trippers
Bolton, UK621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A ‘Must Do’. The twin peaks are breath-taking, whatever the weather. Unless you are a seasoned hiker, or are staying in one of the hotels in the vicinity, it is probably best to visit on one of the catamaran excursions (these get pretty close and many make a snorkelling stop here). For us, this was one of the few sites on St Lucia that lived up to the hype.
Written January 14, 2020
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Welby1000
Worcestershire, UK55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Great walk up the the Gros Piton, however please note that this a scramble and not a hike. I am 59 and a veteran of many Scottish and Lake District (UK) Hill climbs and it was very tough. If you go on an organised 'Hike' you will have to go at their pace and sticks although advertised as' provided' are actually an additional charge. If you like to take your time, its cheaper to go by taxi and go up on your own. There are some good views to be had. Dont worry too much about getting burnt as its mostly in the shade which or course means lots of mossquitos.
Written March 23, 2020
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Sunshine&Coastlines
Florida387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
The world is an amazing place with so much beauty. This piece of Heaven is so stunning, you don’t want to take your eyes off of it. The Pitons are a MUST! 💕 We also took a catamaran trip from our Sandals Resort to the base of the Pitons for snorkeling! A-MAZING! Absolutely one of the most awesome things I’ve ever done, and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone! 🐠 🌊 🐟
Written February 14, 2021
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Bruce Bennett
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We experienced “Touch the Pitons” with Caleb Tarantula and it was spectacular! Highly recommend this excursion. Caleb narrated on our bus journey to the Pitons. Entertaining and informative with several stops along the way. After hiking the Tet Paul Nature Trail and viewing the Pitons we stopped to splash under the Toraille waterfall then had an enjoyable meal at the Old Sugar Mill Restaurant. A wonderful way to spend the day on St Lucia.
Written February 24, 2022
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Brett H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
I am not one to normally write reviews of geological features, but I could not allow the 1 star reviews of these majestic peaks go undefended.

Others have complained that the mountain was a very difficult hike. Or that it rained while they were hiking which made the rocks slippery.

Yes, it is a cone shaped mountain. One look at it should let you know it is a steep climb. Although you may be on vacation, the laws of physics still apply to the friction coefficient of wet rocks.

Also I would like to defend the guides. People have complained that their guide didn’t give a nature lesson while climbing this beast. They also, predictably, complained about the $50 cost.

The role of the guide is not to teach you about local plants. The guide is there to safely get you up and back down this cone of death.

Also, you try hiking this thing 4 times a day dragging out-of-shape middle aged Karens up this slope. $50 is not nearly enough.

So big dangerous hill. If you get out of breath walking to the mall, this isn’t for you.
Written January 19, 2023
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2nd Chance Travelers
Princeton, NJ107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Pitons are incredible and really make this part of the Island the place to be. We hiked near them, did a sunset cruise by them, and every day we work up at Ladera we stared at them. The view never got old.
Written September 10, 2020
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Beau Schless
Sudbury, Massachusetts10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
If you are mildly fit, climbing the Gross piton is for you. It took us 2 1/2 hours each way. You must hire a guide ($55 a person), but ours was knowledgeable and helpful. The climb is a mix of rocky steps and scrambling over boulders. The trails are moderately busy. Nearly at the top there was a fellow selling beer, energy drinks, and water and some foreign substance (he that can’t be named). The view from the top was so so but pretty. Start early, bring a lunch and water.

Like all of st Lucia, you will be over charged for the experience. But they are trying to build the economy with tourism, and still in the early throes.
Written February 8, 2023
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