One of the greenest, prettiest and most bewitching places in the Caribbean, you need all the superlatives when you’re describing holidays in St Lucia. With its magnificent twin peaks, its pristine beaches and its dramatic landscape, there are all sorts of wonderful things to do while you’re here. Explore the most interesting sights, find the best St Lucia beaches and enjoy the best Caribbean food with the help of our guide.
When to visit
St Lucia has a tropical climate so rainfall can be expected year-round, however many visitors come here between December and April when the island has some of the driest weather and average daytime temperatures range between 25 and 27 degrees. If you want to avoid the rainy season, avoid travelling between late June and November when temperatures can reach above 30 degrees and humidity is very high. January to April is a great time to visit St Lucia for whale spotting, while a plethora of wildlife can be seen here year-round.
How to get there
The key airlines which fly direct from the UK to Hewanorra International Airport are British Airways, TUI and Virgin Atlantic. The flight time is around 8.5 hours. You’ll find private transfers and taxis as well as car hire options at the airport (always check your taxi fare before you travel), the roads are notoriously a bit hairy on the island, so water taxis are one of the quickest and most efficient ways to get around.
Why visit St Lucia?
Grande Anse Beach, Anse Chastanet and Sugar Beach are just some of the top beaches in St Lucia and the island is renowned for its towering palms, soft, clean sand and world-class diving. Find out about the best diving and snorkelling in St Lucia in our blog.
St Lucia’s natural landscape is among one of the most bewitching of all the Caribbean islands, thanks to its emerald-green rainforest, bubbling La Soufriere Volcano and world-famous Pitons which belong to a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
St Lucia offers many places to stay that take advantage of the island’s unique natural setting. From infinity pools surrounded by ocean panoramas to tropical gardens dotted with hammocks, you’ll have a constant flow of knockout scenery.
Food and drink
Thanks to a blend of French, Creole and West Indian influences, the food in St Lucia is a unique and mouthwatering experience. Green fig and salt fish and chicken roti are just some of the key St Lucian specialities. Rum is, of course, the tipple of choice here.
Thanks to its idyllic scenery and secluded villas, St Lucia is a popular destination for newlyweds and couples looking for romance. Search our collection of intimate sanctuaries for your romantic getaway.
Exploring the gastronomy and music here is a great way to understand the St Lucian culture. Try traditional Creole cooking and mingle with the crowds at the annual carnival held in Castries.
Sault Waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in St Lucia and remains relatively unknown. Often named Errard Falls or Dennery Falls, at 55 ft-tall, it is also among the island’s biggest.
The Tet Paul Nature Trail
The Tet Paul Scenic Trail in Soufriere is a wonderful alternative to hiking Gros Piton. Climbing up a ‘natural staircase’ you’ll pass unique landscape and agricultural land and visit a place called ‘Kaye Kassav,’ or Cassava House, known for its history in cassava production.
The spa at Boucan on the historical Rabot Estate has its own hidden spa where chocoholics are in their element. Choose from an array of cacao-infused body treatments said to offer natural antioxidants and leave your skin positively glowing. Who said chocolate wasn’t good for you?
Where to visit
A beautiful, natural harbour situated on the west of the island, Marigot Bay has become a sought-after destination. This glamorous port is a playground for superyacht owners and it’s worth visiting the marina for luxury catamaran tours and chic restaurants and boutiques.
La Soufriere Volcano
Qualibou, or La Soufriere Volcano, is St Lucia’s dormant volcano and it’s here you’ll see steaming sulphur springs and natural hot-water pools up close. The world’s only drive-in volcano, its famed mud pools offer a brilliant photo opportunity and are said to heal all sorts of ailments.
Pigeon Island National Park
One of St Lucia’s top historical landmarks, Pigeon Island is a must-visit for discovering Caribbean history. The British army built a fort here when they invaded French-owned St Lucia in the 18th Century and today, this ‘living museum’ offers sensational views from its peak.
Gros Piton & Piton Flore
While few people attempt to scale the super-steep Petit Piton a guided hike up Gros Piton is well worth the effort. The Piton Flore, an 1,871-foot mountain set within Castries, is another popular trek here in St Lucia. This strenuous 10km climb takes you through the lush Caribbean rainforest and you might spot the St Lucia parrot.