I was lucky enough to be invited to Saint Lucia by Saint Lucia Tourist Board. Virgin was the airline of choice for this trip, although British Airways also fly to Saint Lucia daily from London.
The island’s international airport (Hewanorra) is in the South of the island. I love this small airport, off the plane and through passport control with luggage collected within 15 minutes!
- Saint Lucia is part of the Windward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean.
- The island is only 14 miles wide, 27 miles long meaning it is easy to explore
- The main language spoken is English. As a result of Saint Lucia’s dual British-French Heritage, a French based Creole is also spoken.
- Official currency is Eastern Caribbean dollar. Prices quoted are mainly in US dollar which is widely accepted. Cashpoint machines dispense EC dollars.
- Entry requirements: no visa is required for British passport holders. A valid passport is required for at least six months from the date of departure from Saint Lucia.
Why Saint Lucia?
Scenery: the magical Piton Mountains, lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, idyllic bays and sparkling waterfalls are absolutely stunning.
Accommodation: from boutique hotels, quaint cottages and spacious villas to all-inclusive resorts, luxurious apartments and hidden sanctuaries, Saint Lucia offers unique and diverse accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
Activities: Whether you are the adventurous type or prefer a leisurely activity with your partner or want something for all the family, there is so much to choose from.
Cuisine: whether you are fine-dining, sampling the many restaurants in Rodney Bay Village or eating local food at the Friday night street parties, the cuisine, influenced by Saint Lucia’s rich heritage is delicious. The Island’s Cuisine is a unique blend of West African, European (mainly British and French) and East Indian cuisine.
People: Saint Lucians are renowned for their happiness, friendliness and welcoming nature. Wherever you go you are greeted by a smile and a hello and a chat if you have time.
- The magical Piton Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- The Sulphur Springs, the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano
- Pigeon Island National Landmark
- Tet Paul Nature Trail
- Diamond Botanical Gardens and waterfall
- Tree-To-Bar (a chocolate making experience) at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat
- Zip-lining through the rainforest
- Segway tour
- Jeep safari tour
- Horseback riding
- Helicopter tour
- Scuba diving
- Snorkelling, SNUBA and Sea-trekking
- Wind-surfing & Kite-surfing
- Motorized watersports
Nature & Relaxation
- Rainforest Canopy Tram Ride
- Mud bath at the Sulphur Springs
- Maria Island
- Whale, Dolphin & Turtle Watching
- Rainforest walks and trails
- Numerous spa options
- Castries Market
- Point Seraphine, Castries (duty free)
- La Place Carenage, Castries (duty free)
- Baywalk Mall, Rodney Bay (duty free)
- JQ Shopping Mall, Rodney Bay
Evening Entertainment & Dining Out
Rodney Bay Village
When the sun goes down on Saint Lucia, it’s time for liming. That’s the local expression for just hanging out – ideally with a bottle of the local Piton beer or a refreshing rum punch. The liveliest nightlife on the island can be found in the Rodney Bay Village. Here, you may wish to start the evening with a cocktail at a fantastic beach bar, before heading over the the ‘strip’ where you will find several bars and clubs. If you are feeling lucky you can round the night off at the roulette and poker tables, or on the slot machines at the Treasure Bay Casino (www.treasurebaystlucia.com). Food lovers will have their taste buds tantalised with an array of fantastic dishes from a number of great restaurants on the island. Dining range from fine dining restaurants to seafood restaurants to steakhouses to Asian restaurants and, of course, the usual fast food outlets.
Gros Islet – ‘Jump Up’
This rustic and sleepy fishing village comes alive at weekends with its popular Friday night Street Party. Fun, food, music. Come and meet the locals and enjoy the St Lucian hospitality.
Anse La Raye – Fish Friday
A seafood lover’s dream featuring the fisherman’s catch of the day each cooked in their own secret sauces. Stalls line the main street in this west coast village with music adding that Caribbean vibe.
Dennery Seafood Fiesta
Every Saturday the East coast village of Dennery comes alive, a diverse offering of seafood is served and local music such as soca (the soul of calypso) and zouk (fast jump-up carnival beat) can be heard.
Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival (May)
Since 1992 the island has hosted the most famous international Jazz festival in the Caribbean. Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival not only celebrates iconic Jazz artists, but also showcases performances from top singers and musicians within RnB, Soul, Reggae, Soca and Pop. www.stluciajazz.org
Saint Lucia’s month long, heady carnival season culminates in mid-July with steel band and soca monarch competitions, a carnival queen show and two days of intense street partying. www.stluciancarnival.com
Chocolate Heritage Month (August)
Are you a chocolate lover? Every August Saint Lucia celebrates its chocolate heritage. The island’s long rich history in producing some of the world’s most sought-after chocolate, dates back to the 1700’s. With a number of on-island experiences, this month of festivity offers plenty of fun.
Wedding Symposium (September)
Saint Lucia has won the Caribbean’s most romantic destination 8 times. This event highlights just why and workshops and seminars are run to ensure that Saint Lucia stays on top of leading trends.
Jouen Kweyol – International Creol Day (October)
This month focuses on Saint Lucia’s fascinating mixed African and French heritage. Kweyol is the French-based local dialect spoken by over 90% of Saint Lucians. The end of the month sees the peak of celebrations on Creole Day (Jounen Kweyol) when selected communities lay on traditional creole cuisine, crafts such as pottery and basket weaving, music, dance & games.
Organised by Human Race, this is the foremost triathlon in the Caribbean. The triathlon centres around the historic Pigeon Island National Landmark, featuring four distances of swimming, biking and running. Pre and post event activities include a reception party, BBQ and boat trips. www.tristlucia.com
Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (November)
The world’s largest transoceanic sailing event from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia. A 2,700 nautical mile crossing takes 2-3 weeks and ends in Rodney Bay Marina, where concerts and celebrations are held to welcome the sailors. www.worldcruising.com/arc
Windjammer Landings http://www.windjammer-landing.com/
Saint James’s Club Morgan Bay http://www.morganbayresort.com/uk/index.html
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa http://www.coconutbayresort.co.uk/
For couples (adult only):
Le Sport the Body Holiday https://www.thebodyholiday.com/
Sandals Grande St Lucian http://www.sandals.com/main/grande/gl-home/
For solo travellers:
Le Sport the Body Holiday https://www.thebodyholiday.com/
Jade Mountain http://www.jademountainstlucia.com/
The Landings http://www.landingsstlucia.com/
Cap Maison https://www.capmaison.com/
Calabash Cove Resort & Spa http://calabashcove.com/
Capella Resort & Marina by Marigot Bay http://www.capellahotels.com/saintlucia/
There is a hotel for everyone in Saint Lucia and every single hotel is unique and offers something different. Luxury, boutique, active, all-inclusive, bed & breakfast, adult only, family, golf, sporting, spa, weddings. The hotels listed above are a small selection of hotels available.