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We’ll take you to a tropical paradise in the eastern Caribbean Sea, boasting idyllic beaches and coconut trees when you travel on a holiday to St Lucia. No wonder it’s regarded as one of the most beautiful islands anywhere in the Caribbean. You’ll discover a wealth of family-friendly resorts here, as well as secluded spots for couples’ escapes. Wherever you’re heading on the island, you can expect a warm welcome and staggering beauty: even beyond the island’s beloved hidden coves. Those with a taste of adventures will love discovering dramatic volcanoes, lush rainforests and tumbling waterfalls.
Scorching highs between December and April.
Hewanorra International Airport (UVF).
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So, where is St Lucia? You’ll find this teardrop-shaped island paradise in the eastern Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Central America. You won’t be able to miss the dramatic Pitons, which tower over the island. And of course, you’ll find a wealth of idyllic beaches and coves where you can laze away for days and days in this tropical paradise.
The majestic twin peaks of the Pitons stand in the southwest corner of the island. Jutting out from the sapphire blue sea, these volcanic mountains are covered in a thick blanket of lush vegetation. You’ll be able to join a guided tour on your St Lucia holidays, and take hike to the summit of Gros Piton (that’s the biggest one, so don’t try this climb in flip flops!). When you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous panoramic views of the island’s rich tropical landscape. Sulphur Springs are another natural attraction; you’ll see clouds of hot steam and bubbling pools around this dormant volcano. You can take a hot bath in the gooey black mud if you like; it’s said to be good 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. Located on the north coast, it’s a lively spot where holidaymakers come to sip cocktails and water-ski. Catch it early in the morning or at dusk and it’s a magical spot for just chilling out and watching the dolphins playing offshore.
Warm, translucent waters and a thriving underwater ecosystem makes snorkelling and scuba-diving a real thrill. 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, and if you have your wreck diving certificate, go and discover the shipwreck near Anse Cochon. You’re free to explore the hidden nooks and crannies, which are full of colourful seahorses, lobsters and eels. If you’re keen for more, don’t miss the Keyhole Pinnacles dive sit, which are like underwater versions of the Pitons. New to diving? Don’t worry, there are plenty of PADI-approved schools and instructors on the island, who’ll happily introduce you to the joy of the underwater world in complete safety.
Couples: You’ll find lots of coves tucked away along the coastline, and you’ll feel a world away from anywhere when you sit back on the beach. If you want to do something fun together, why not explore the luminous coral reefs of Anse Chastanet?
Families: Of course, the kids will love spending days on the beach, but they’ll also enjoy magical experiences when they visit the world’s only drive-in volcano! Don’t forget to visit Pigeon Island; this former pirate hide-out is now a national park.
Explorers: The Pitons (two volcanic mountains) are the island’s most famous landmarks. If you’re feeling energetic, take a hike up them and soak up incredible views from the top. It’s an experience unlike any other.
Currency: East Caribbean dollar ($).
Local time: St Lucia is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Hewanorra International Airport. Transfer time to St Lucia resorts are between 1 hour and 90 minutes.
Flight time from the UK: The flight time to St Lucia is 8–9 hours.
Tourist information: Find out more about holidays in St Lucia by visiting http://stlucianow.co.uk.
Visa & health: Before your St Lucia holidays, head to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-lucia for health and visa recommendations and advice.
Temperatures: Enjoy peak temperatures in the low-30s (°C).
Best time to visit St Lucia: Book St Lucia holiday between December and April for the best beach weather.
St Lucia’s tropical climate makes it a year-round destination for warm sunshine. Even when temperatures reach 30°C, trade winds keep things nice and breezy. Remember that hurricane season runs from June to November, so you can expect rainfall at this time of year. Don’t worry too much, as big storms are rare.
By taxi: Driving on St Lucia holidays is best left to experienced taxi drivers. Most drivers will offer you a guided tour of the whole island for a flat fee.
By minibus: If you want an authentic travel experience, this is the way to go. Each minibus holds around 10 people and runs between rural areas and urban centres (such as Castries), and it’s an affordable way to get around and get to know the locals.
Jazz & Arts Festival: Every year in April or May, thousands of music lovers flock to this annual event, which is ranked as the second-best festival in the Caribbean. You can expect big-name jazz artists from all over the world for a ten-day extravaganza, and there’s a real party vibe from start to finish. Beautiful Pigeon Island provides a backdrop to the main stage, with previous performers including Luther Vandross, Rihanna and Elton John.
St Lucia Carnival: Carnival season kicks off in June and runs through to mid-July. It’s all about colourful street parades and neon costumes in Castries Town. You’ll love hearing the traditional steel bands doing their thing.