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Holidays in St Lucia
Against the stunning backdrop of Les Pitons‚ the twin peaks which rise out of the ocean in the south‚ St Lucia is one of the prettiest islands in the Caribbean. With lots to see and do‚ as well a great choice of family–friendly resorts‚ St Lucia holidays are as wonderful for families as they are for couples and newlyweds. With its staggering beauty and warm culture‚ St Lucia is the perfect paradise in which to make wonderful memories.
During the winter when the days are warm and there’s little rainfall.
The main airport on the island is Hewanorra International Airport (UVF), around 56km south of the capital Castries.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to St Lucia for vivid tropical landscapes, crystal clear waters and some of the most awe-inspiring natural attractions in the Caribbean.
The majestic twin peaks of Les Pitons stand in the south-west corner of the island. Jutting out from the sapphire blue sea, the volcanic mountains are covered in a thick blanket of lush vegetation. Join a guided tour and hike to the summit of Gros Pitons and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of St Lucia’s rich tropical landscape. The nearby Sulphur Springs are one of the most famous natural attractions in St Lucia. A dormant volcano, here you’ll see thick clouds of hot steam and bubbling pools of charcoal-coloured mud between the rocks. Take a hot bath in the gooey black mud, which is said to be great for the skin.
A few kilometres north of the old capital Soufriѐre is the volcanic silver sand beach of Anse Chastanet. Vibrant greenery surrounds this quiet cove, where you can enjoy superb views of Les Pitons. Settle down on the soft sand and feel the warm water lapping against your feet as you listen to the swaying palm trees. The calming turquoise waters and ivory sands of Reduit Beach make it one of the most popular places to visit in St Lucia. Located on the north coast, it’s a lively spot where holidaymakers come to sip cocktails and water-ski.
Warm, translucent waters and a thriving underwater ecosystem means that ,snorkelling and scuba-diving are two of the most exciting activities in St Lucia. Plunge into the azure waters at Anse Chastanet to find luminous coral reefs populated by over 150 different species of fish. For a unique diving experience, discover the Lesleen M shipwreck near Anse Cochon. You’re free to explore the wreck’s hidden nooks and crannies which are full of vividly coloured seahorses, lobsters and eels. The Keyhole Pinnacles are four seamounts that are said to resemble Les Pitons. Here you’ll see inky black coral branches and neon frog fish.
Scenery lovers: Les Pitons, the twin peaks of St Lucia's most famous landmark. Take a hike up them for a fabulous view and a unique St Lucian experience.
Romantics: Visit some of St Lucia's more secluded coves on a relaxing boat trip down the coast.
Underwater adventures: Explore the luminous coral reefs of Anse Chastanet.
Language: The language spoken in St Lucia is English.
Currency: The currency used in St Lucia is the East Caribbean dollar ($).
Local time: St Lucia is 4 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: The main airport on the island is Hewanorra International Airport (UVF), around 56km south of the capital Castries.
Flight time from UK: 8-9 hours
Tourist Information: Further St Lucia tourist information can be found at http://stlucianow.co.uk
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-lucia for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to St Lucia.
Temperatures: Late 20s and early 30s (°C).
Best time to visit St Lucia: During the winter when the days are warm and there’s little rainfall.
The island’s tropical climate means that the weather in St Lucia is hot and sunny throughout the year. Hurricane season is between June and November, so you can expect rain and the odd storm during this time.
By minibus: If you want an authentic St Lucian experience, go for one of the local buses. Each minibus usually holds around 10 people and travels between rural areas and urban centres like Castries. They’re great if you’re on a budget and it’s a good opportunity to mingle with the locals.
By taxi: Driving is best left to experienced taxi drivers. Most drivers will offer a guided tour of the whole island for a flat fee.
Jazz: Music lovers will want to come for the popular St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival in April/May. The lush green scenery of Pigeon Island National Landmark acts as a backdrop to the main stage, with previous performers including Luther Vandross, Rihanna and Elton John.
Carnival: The St Lucia Carnival is a glittering celebration of traditional Caribbean culture that takes place every July. Don’t miss the parade, where locals dress up in extravagant neon costumes decorated with feathers and shimmering sequins. Join them as they dance through the streets to pounding calypso and soca music.