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.
Visit some of St Lucia's more secluded coves on a relaxing boat trip
down the coast.
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
Flight time from UK:8-9
Tourist Information:Further St Lucia
tourist information can be found here.
Visa & Health:Before you travel,
click herefor recommendations and advice on visas and health
for your holiday to St Lucia.
Temperatures:Late 20s and early 30s
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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).