For a quintessential romantic 2019 / 2020 or 2019 / 2020 Caribbean getaway, it simply has to be St Lucia - an island equally famous for its rum punch and Pitons as it is for chic beach holidays in the sun. Sumptuous beaches, lush green rainforests, rustic fishing villages, colourful coral reefs, and roadside waterfalls are just some of the many highlights on a St. Lucia holiday. You’ll discover all night street parties, where the Caribbean beats are served up alongside a gourmet selection of barbecued seafood. Explore hiking trails, plantations and catamaran cruises and sweeping views of the turquoise blues of the Caribbean seas.
Visit Castries, the island’s capital to experience modern day cosmopolitan St Lucian life. With a bustling market to explore and historical landmarks, it’s also a popular port for visiting cruise ships. Whether you’re heading into the rainforest for an adventure, taking part in adrenaline rush inducing water sports, or simply enjoying the latest bestseller on the beach, a St Lucia holiday will be one to remember.
The Pitons, St Lucia’s iconic peaks, are a big part of a St Lucia holiday. Whether you admire them from afar or plan to scale their heights, their scenic beauty will stay in your holiday memories long after you’re home. Below St Lucia’s seas there’s another form of scenery waiting to be discovered. Diving in Anse Chastanet Marine National Park is one of the island’s star attractions. Colourful fish dart in and out of vibrant corals, sponges and rocks on this protected reef. For a sophisticated day of relaxation, the Soufrière Estate has three options. Wander through the lush botanical gardens, enjoy the waterfalls and the rich colours of the nearby rocks, or submerge yourself in the healing hot springs. Originally created to revive the troops of King Louis the XVI, the spring’s healing qualities are renowned on the island. Rodney Bay is the tourism capital - complete with glamourous hotels, shopping malls and a stunning marina. To get back to nature visit either the Tet Paul Nature Trail or Pigeon Island National Park for spectacular views and glorious Caribbean countryside.
St Lucia holidays are made for enjoying top quality food in spectacular settings. With a catalogue of delicious local treats, including the national dish of green figs and salt fish, St Lucia holidays serve up delicacies and delights by the plateful. Whether you’re dining in your hotel restaurant or an authentic beachside grill, local dishes are lovingly made using home-grown ingredients and follow traditional family recipes. A visit to the island wouldn’t be complete without trying one of the island’s most popular tropical fruits. Breadfruit, a St Lucian staple, most closely resembles a potato - with a fruity, sweet taste. A flavour like no other, it’ll be on top of all foodie’s lists. Try it boiled, baked in a pie or fried as a side dish. Many Caribbean islands are famous for their rum exports, and St Lucia is no different. St Lucia’s dark rum is best tried in a rum punch. Added to lime juice, angostura bitters, orange juice, cinnamon and nutmeg, the result is a refreshing cocktail with an authentic St Lucian kick.
St Lucia holidays are an ideal way for busy families to enjoy some quality time together. Whether you’re all enjoying a relaxing day at the beach - with plenty of water-sports on hand to stop things from getting too boring - or ziplining through the St Lucian jungle, there’s so much choice. Inquisitive visitors of all ages will be keen to experience the drive-in volcano, rainforest tours and whale watching trips. Sampling some mocktails and cocktails is a great way for all the family to try the tropical flavours the island is famous for. Duck under an island waterfall for a refreshing cool down, go on a plantation tour or take a family snorkelling trip to see who can spot the most vibrant tropical fish. With all this and more on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Action & Adventure
If you’re looking for an active way to enjoy the Caribbean sun, besides the wealth of water sports on offer, St Lucia is an adventure playground chock full of fun activities. From mountain-biking to segwaying through nature trails, taking in the occasional sugar plantation on the way, there are many ways to explore. Petrol heads will love the chance to whizz through the scenic landscape on quad bikes or a 4x4 safari. If you want to get even closer to nature, a zipline through the rainforest canopy cannot be beaten. The high wire adventures in the tree tops continue with floating stairs and a Tarzan swing. The ultimate thrill ride on the island has to be the ‘drive-in’ volcano. The road takes you straight to the bubbling crater of sulphur and boiling mud. The rotten egg smell might be a bit off-putting but the waters of the nearby hot springs and mud baths will do wonders for your skin. Climbing and hiking fans will want to tackle St Lucia’s two grand Pitons. These two volcanic mountains are iconic spires which soar up from the sea, rewarding trekkers who brave the slopes with lush jungle to hike through and extraordinary views.
Every beach on a St Lucia holiday is yours for the taking. Quite literally. A law on the island ensures that every beach is open to the public. So if you fancy a spot on the sands in front of a grand fancy hotel or lazing in a secluded cove, you don’t have to worry about entry fees or ‘hotel patrons only’ signs. Beach-lovers probably won’t be sun bathing for too long once they’ve found their perfect spot on St Lucia’s west coast. The tantalising, crystal waters of the Caribbean Sea usually prove more persuasive. Whether you just enjoy a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters that lap at the shore, or take part in the many water-sports on offer the calm seas of the west side of the island are the ideal place for a day at the beach. If you’re looking just to sunbathe, the choppy waters on the east of the island aren’t suitable for swimming, but do provide a dramatic view.
Party animals and laid-back couples will love the nightlife on a St Lucia holiday. From chilled out beats on chic cocktail terraces to all night raving, there’s a scene for everyone. An island highlight is the Gros Islet Friday Night Street Party. DJs play bouncing Caribbean beats echo from the speakers, while the street food vendors serve up mouthwatering local cuisine from barbecues. Expect some serious booty shaking alongside the tasty fried seafood and chicken. For a slightly more laid-back vibe, but still with plenty of opportunity to show off your dance moves, hit up the Anse La Raye Fish Fry. Every Friday this bustling fishing village hauls in a catch of snapper, tuna, dorado, barracuda lobster and crab and takes it straight to the villagers' coal pots and grills. Brightly covered tables line the beach selling everything from grilled seafood to local crafts and the beats get louder as the night goes on.
Couples looking for the perfect romantic getaway will find it on a St Lucia holiday. Whether you’re planning an idyllic beach wedding, romantic proposal spot or celebrating a special occasion, St Lucia is a lover’s paradise. Enjoy secluded spots on the beach, romantic walks through lush botanical gardens or adventurous hikes and tours in the rainforest. If you’re looking for something a little more sensual and relaxing, take a mud bath at the Sulphur Springs park. Rinsing off the mud under a water fall completes the experience and beats a luxury spa every time. Sunset champagne cruises on a catamaran or private dining experiences on the shore are the perfect setting for popping the question!
To enjoy St Lucia’s culture to the fullest, you need to get involved. Whether you’re mingling with the locals at a weekly fish fry or getting a cocoa-rina dance lesson in a rural village, the rich cultural heritage is alive and kicking and waiting to welcome you. If your dance moves are restricted by two left feet, there are other ways to immerse yourself in island life. Cassava making workshops or a simple tasting session of St Lucia's local fruits are the ideal ways to discover what makes the island special, without displaying your dancing prowess. Away from the immersive activities, you can while away hours in the Mamiku botanical gardens. Showcasing amazing orchids and a collection of tropical plants, the vibrant colours amongst the lush green are a sight to behold. Pigeon Island - now accessible via a causeway - has plenty to explore. The abandoned stone garrisons and barracks offer a stark contrast to the stunning St Lucia backdrop and the ghost town ambience will send a shiver down your spine on the hottest of days. Elsewhere, plantation tours give an insight into St Lucia’s most profitable exports before the tourists began flocking in. You’ll discover how sugar cane, coffee, cocoa, cotton and many more crops developed the island’s history, economy and culture over the years.