Set apart from other Caribbean islands by its volcanic terrain, St. Lucia is picture-perfect paradise. Rainforest and vegetation blankets the mountainous island, with the peaks of Gros Piton and Petit Piton rising majestically out of the turquoise ocean, bordered by golden sands which stretch out for miles.
The year-round sunshine and luxurious hotels and resorts makes St. Lucia a favourite getaway retreat for loved-up couples and honeymooners, however, with its extensive water sports and endless opportunities for adventure, St. Lucia can make the perfect family holiday destination too.
With plenty to see and do, a holiday to St. Lucia is what you make of it. While away the hours sipping rum cocktails in a hammock by the sea or get stuck in and go and explore this enchanting island by bike, boat, foot or even horseback!So what are you waiting for?
St. Lucia is the ideal destination to unleash your inner explorer! With deep sea fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, mountain climbing, horse riding, windsurfing, hiking, sailing… the list of things on offer to keep you occupied in St. Lucia goes on and on!
Of course, it is perfectly acceptable to simply sit back and relax on one of the islands stunning expanses of sand too. With dazzling pure white beaches to the north and silvery volcanic beaches in the south, you are simply spoilt for choice on St. Lucia.
The pride and joy of the islands residents is the drive-in volcano at Soufriere. The world’s first drive-through volcanic site, the long-dormant crater is home to sulphuric hot springs and mineral mud bathing pools, famous for their therapeutic qualities. As one of the islands biggest attractions, it is well worth paying a visit, just don’t forget your swimsuit!
The village at Rodney Bay is St. Lucia’s prime tourist resort. With chic bars, cosy restaurants and an abundance of shops, Rodney Bay is also home to the islands first (and only) casino, where you can chance your luck at blackjack, roulette and other casino games.
If you like your nightlife a little livelier however, Friday nights see the sleepy fishing village of Gros Islet come to life as it plays host to a weekly ‘Jump Up’, a carnivalesque street party where you can dine al fresco with the locals, and dance the night away to the Caribbean beat.
With influences from West African, French, Creole, British, Caribbean and East Indian cultures, it is fair to say that St. Lucian cuisine is fairly eclectic!
The national dish of choice is green banana and salt fish (usually cod). The unripened bananas are sautéed with garlic and onions to give them a savoury flavour and then served with the salted, boiled cod with a hot pepper and tomato based sauce. It sounds insane, but it’s meant to be quite delicious!
In the resort of Rodney Bay however, if the local cuisine doesn’t tantalise your taste buds, restaurants can be found serving everything from Italian cuisine to Sushi. In the quaint, romantic surrounds of the bay, whatever takes your culinary fancy, you can dine out in style in St. Lucia.
Once a favourite haunt of pirates for its deep, naturally occurring ports and hidden coves, and with the country’s rich sugar plantation history, the tipple of choice in St. Lucia is of course, rum!
Made with fortified molasses, a by-product of the sugar production process, St. Lucia is famous for its dark and spiced rums, some of which are brewed and bottled in distilleries on the island to this day!
Enjoy neat over ice or as a long drink with a mixer, or why not mix things up with a rum-based cocktail?
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Location of St Lucia
- Language: English
- Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
- Time Difference from Uk: -4
- Flight time: London: 9-10 hours
- When to go: December to April