Home to palm-fringed beaches and blue waters, St. Lucia has become a premier spot for honeymoons and relaxing getaways. While the Caribbean island is the perfect place to relax and unwind, you’ll also find that it holds a lot of surprises. From driving on an active volcano to exploring 18th century ruins, we have rounded up some of the most unique things you can do to uncover another side to St. Lucia beyond the beaches and all-inclusive resorts.

Forget Drive-in Movie Theaters – Visit St. Lucia’s Drive-in Volcano!

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St. Lucia is home to the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano at Sulphur Springs Park. The La Soufriére Drive-In Volcano invites travelers to drive within a few hundred feet of its active crater. Reeking of sulfur, the park showcases the bubbling, boiling heart of the island. In addition to the drive up to the volcano, the park also offers full-body mud baths, which are known for their health benefits. Sulphur Springs Park remains the hottest and most active geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles.

Jet Ski in the Air and Zipline like Tarzan

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flickr creative commons – Cody

Thrill seekers can also ride a Jetovator, essentially a jet ski that propels you up in the air. A St. Lucia company allows you to glide over the island’s blue waters with the help of a water sports accessory that takes a jet ski and redirects the water thrust along a 40-foot hose. After you are done levitating over the waters, you can swing like Tarzan on the Adrena-Line Canopy Tour from Rainforest Adventures. The tour allows you to zip from platform to platform in a high tree canopy and even swing down to a net if you dare, á la Tarzan.

RELATED: If you want to get hitched on a beautiful island, read this article on great wedding destinations and beautiful honeymoon locations in the Caribbean!

Need a Dose of History? Explore 18th Century Ruins on Pigeon Island

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flickr creative commons – David Pearson

History buffs will delight among the ruins of Pigeon Island National Park’s 18th century military fortifications, from the time the French and British fought for control of the island. Located in St. Lucia’s northwest, Pigeon Island isn’t just about history. Connected to the mainland via a man-made causeway, the island also boasts two beaches with calm waters and a lookout point at the top of the fort with panoramic views of the coastline.

Love Jazz? Don’t Miss the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival

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flickr creative commons – Ron Burch

At first glance, you might not consider St. Lucia to be a music hotspot. However, the island nation is home to the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, which is considered one of the best in the Caribbean and in the world. Aside from a full line-up of Caribbean musicians, international artists also make it down for the festival that’s spread out over a week and across 15 venues. What makes the festival particularly unique is the fact that it isn’t just about music. Visitors can join in on Carnival-style street parties or experience fashion and art events throughout the island.

No matter how you spin it, St. Lucia isn’t just a honeymoon haven, but rather an island fraught with adventure and unique experiences too.

 

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Suzy Guese is a travel writer from Denver, Colorado. She caught the travel bug after taking her very first flight at just three months old—she was headed for Disney World—and has been a total travel junkie ever since. From family car trips across North America to stints abroad in Europe, Suzy travels the globe with her redheaded temperament in search of sarcasm, stories, and travel tips to share with anyone willing to listen. She blogs about her travels at http://suzyguese.com.