With its extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Pitons jutting from the cerulean waters right up into the clear blue sky, its blanket of emerald green and its shimmering palm frilled silver-gold beaches, Saint Lucia is an incredibly beautiful island. Bask in the beauty of this island as you slather yourself in mud at the Soufriere Sulphur Springs, as you hike the Gros Piton trail or gaze out to sea at Pigeon Island National Park.
Its natural charms are undoubtedly what make Saint Lucia such a honeymoon dream destination, but with its array of accommodation from small family-run guesthouse to luxurious all-inclusive resorts, Saint Lucia is also popular with families and friends too. For a shot of pure Saint Lucian culture, sink into the rhythm of the Soleil Summer Festival, head for a cocoa plantation tour or for a jamming Friday night ‘jump up’. For adventure, take your pick from zip-lining and jungle-biking to horse-riding and whale and dolphin watching. And for relaxation, you need do nothing more than sit back and let the wonder of Saint Lucia suffuse your soul.
Airports / Gateways / Flying times
Airports: Hewanorra International Airport (UVF), 37 miles drive from the capital, Castries; George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU), 3 miles from Castries.
Gateways/Flying Times: British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly directly to Saint Lucia from Gatwick; Thomas Cook flies from Manchester. London: 8 hours. Manchester: 8 hours.
Average temperature. Summer: 23ºC-35ºC. Winter: 18ºC-29ºC. Humidity ranges from 66-94%. Average rainfall 3 to 5.7mm.
A fine dining experience in a 5 star restaurant prepared by a Michelin starred chef, or some hearty home cooking at a local beach bar, codfish served from a roadside stand or soaking up the atmosphere at the Gros Islet Friday night fish fry. In Saint Lucia you can experience all of this and more on an island where traditional Caribbean fare sits alongside international food and local, organic produce is the star of the show.
English is the official language but most locals speak a French Creole commonly called patois.
The best nights out when you travel are those with a real local flavour, and that’s what you’ll get in Saint Lucia. As well as great food, Gros Islet is also home to the biggest street party on the island where you can party with the locals each Friday night. On the west of the island Anse La Raye has its own Friday Fish Fry, with local seafood, dancing and plenty of music! For a different flavour, try exclusive Rodney Bay where the cool restaurants and bars take you from day to night, with added clubs and casinos for after hours.
Stepping onto the 40 acre islet of Pigeon Island National Park is like stepping into Saint Lucia’s history. With its abandoned relics of ancient battles, and its fort complete with cannons trained out to sea and panoramic coastline views, you can take the time to relive the past before relaxing with local food and an afternoon on the beach. Any holiday in Saint Lucia will surely feature a visit to the majestic Pitons, two mountains sitting side by side in the Caribbean waters and one of the most revered sites in all of the Caribbean. Hike to the top of Gros Piton at over 2500 feet for views of Soufriere, Vieux Fort, and the island of St. Vincent. The other natural wonder of Saint Lucia is its dormant Soufriere Volcano where you can take a tour to the top of the volcano and visit the therapeutic mud baths of the Soufriere Sulphur Springs.