St Lucia Holidays
Emerald-cloaked mountains and palm-fringed beaches
When you first lay eyes on St Lucia’s it’s easy to see why it’s regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. The iconic Pitons paint a jaw-dropping backdrop to St Lucia’s forested mountains and beautiful bays, inviting you to immerse yourself in the island’s natural beauty. Often touted as one of the world’s most romantic destinations, St Lucia has long been a favourite with couples and honeymooners.
Best time to visit St Lucia
- Hurricane Season runs from 01 June to 30 November.
- Year round sunshine means there's never a bad time to visit.
Most of St Lucia’s resorts are close to the capital, Castries, which lies on the north-west coast, and the laid-back town of Soufriere on the south-west coast. We’ve hand-picked a selection of exceptional St Lucia hotels, from luxury all-inclusive resorts on sugar-white sands to boutique hilltop retreats offering the ultimate romantic escape.
With an average transfer time of 1-1½ hours from the airport, many visitors opt for a scenic helicopter flight to their resort which is a great way to experience a bird’s-eye view of the island’s mountainous landscapes.
Fringed by largely unspoilt beaches, St Lucia – one of the world’s most romantic destinations – is scattered with sprawling banana, cocoa, coconut and mango plantations which are nestled in thousands of acres of pristine rainforest. The island has long been a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons, with a number of romantic hideaways dotting its golden shores.
While it’s the perfect island for couples seeking secluded shores, there’s more to St Lucia than meets the eye. The best way to make the most of the island’s incredible landscapes is to get out and explore, from nature trails, zip line challenges and mountain biking and Segway tours to hot springs, whale watching, sailing, and diving.
The Pitons & Soufriere
On the south-west shore, the magnificent UNESCO-listed Pitons tower over the town of Soufriere, St Lucia’s first capital. These twin vegetation-clad volcanic spires rise dramatically from the coastline and the surrounding forest to form the island’s most recognisable landmarks. The luxury resorts set in this part of the island have the most spectacular views of the Pitons from the beach and high in the forested hills.
The vibrant capital city of Castries, which was founded by the French and later used by the British as a naval port, sits by a deep sheltered harbour on the island’s west coast. Enjoy the best views of the city from the summit of Morne Fortune, or the ‘Hill of Good Luck’, once a key battle ground. Many of our resorts are set on palm-fringed bays that dot the west coast between Castries and the island’s northern tip. The northern-most town of Gros Islet is a lively destination with a number of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The town’s main stretch of sand – the family-friendly Reduit Beach – offers a great base for watersports such as parasailing, snorkelling and diving.
Diving & snorkelling
One of the best snorkelling and diving sites in St Lucia is the Anse Chastanet reef which lies off the south-west coast of the island. One of the things that makes this site so special is its proximity to the shore – the shallow reef is just 15 yards from the water's edge so it's ideal for beginners. This award-winning marine reserve is home to turtles, parrot fish, moray eels, turtles and sea horses. Nearby ‘Fairy Land’ is a popular diving spot with colourful corals and a good chance of seeing turtles. If you’re a fan of wreck dives then the Lesleen M, a sunken freighter in nearby Anse Cochon is worth exploring. If you’re entranced by the beauty of the Pitons then venture underwater to discover the Keyhole Pinnacles. These striking volcanic peaks are encrusted with Black and Orange coral and are located at the northern entrance to the Bay of Soufriere.
Food & drink
St Lucia cuisine is an eclectic mix of influences including French-Creole, European, African and Indian. The island makes the most of its abundance of local produce including tropical fruit such as mango, banana, coconut and pineapple as well as and vegetables including cassava and breadfruit, which is similar to potato. Try the tasty national dish, green fig and salt fish which is actually made with banana – which is known locally as fig. Fried plantain, conch fritters and accra – fried fishcakes are popular side dishes and you’ll find plenty of fresh seafood including mahi mahi, snapper and lobster. A refreshing bottle of the Piton local beer to wash down some banana cake is a great end to a meal.