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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 adventurers:

Explore the luminous coral reefs of Anse Chastanet.

Fast facts

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 here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to St Lucia.

Weather & Climate

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.

Getting Around

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.

Events

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.

Holidays in St Lucia

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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.

Prices start from £729

You’ll find the rich green scenery and soft sands of Choc Bay on St Lucia’s north western coast. Take the kids for a swim in its calm waters or pick up some souvenirs at a market in the capital, Castries. Nearby, Malabar Beach’s pristine golden sands make it an ideal spot for a long romantic walk on a balmy evening. Some of the main attractions can be found near Cap Estate in the northern tip of St Lucia. Explore the island’s history at nearby Pigeon Island National Landmark, or head to the restaurants and bustling nightlife of Rodney Bay.

Choc Bay

Choc Bay's beach is a beautiful combination of warm sand‚ coconut palms and inviting blue sea – a perfect tropical picture‚ so keep your camera at the ready! If you're in search of more entertainment than this small town can offer‚ St Lucia's capital‚ Castries‚ and popular Rodney Bay are each no more than 6km away.

Malabar Beach

On the north edge of St Lucia‚ Malabar Beach is home to glorious honey–coloured sand and a really exclusive‚ relaxed atmosphere. As it's not surrounded by tall buildings‚ you might feel as though you've found a hidden gem. Castries is just a short trip away if you want to venture out for an evening.

Cap Estate

Once upon a time Cap Estate was a sugar plantation‚ but now it's home to exclusive sea–view mansions‚ an 18–hole golf club and a sandy cove that's just perfect for sunbathing and watersports. Nearby‚ the lively town of Gros Islet offers one of St Lucia's best family beaches (Reduit Beach).



Recommended offers in St Lucia

St Lucia, Rodney Bay

St Lucian by rex resorts

7 nights All Inclusive flying from Manchester

  • Located on one of the most popular beaches in St Lucia
  • Traditionally-styled hotel
  • Hotel-run kids' club

Stay from £948

St Lucia, Cap Estate

Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa

7 nights All Inclusive flying from Manchester

  • Friendly, relaxed atmosphere
  • Private beach
  • Elegant rooms

Stay from £1069

St Lucia, Vieux Fort

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa

7 nights All Inclusive flying from Manchester

  • Located on the oceanfront
  • Onsite waterpark with chutes and a lazy river
  • Adults-only hotel wing

Stay from £1031





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