06 April 2018
From the Piton Mountains to its golden shoreline, Saint Lucia is a destination that delights the senses. Full of awe-inspiring scenery and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, it is a popular port of call for cruise ships and also attracts those looking for elegant luxury in breathtaking surroundings.
This small island nation sits between Martinique and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean Sea and is a lush, tropical gem just waiting to be explored. Here are some of the main reasons why you should make Saint Lucia your next destination.
While some islands are famed for their beaches, some their diving and others for lush, green vegetation, only one has it all – Saint Lucia. The island is just 27 miles long and 14 miles wide and is lined with beautiful, palm-fringed beaches, idyllic bays and stunning waterfalls.
The volcanic island's main landmarks are the Pitons, two soaring peaks on its southern coast that rise up from the sea and shelter a magnificently dense rain forest, where wild orchids grow and brilliantly-plumed tropical birds abound.
Saint Lucia’s rich history and culture stem from both French and British influence. The official language of the island is English, even though many villages and towns bear French names and a French Creole dialect, Kweyol, is widely spoken.
Learn more about the battle between France and Great Britain over the island and get a glimpse of Saint Lucia’s past by visiting Pigeon Island National Landmark. There are also many cultural tours including the family-owned and run plantation at Lushan Country Life where you can learn about the medicinal purposes of different plants. You can also sample a traditional Saint Lucian breakfast and make your own chocolate at a working cocoa plantation!
The north and south of the island provide different experiences for visitors to enjoy. The north is an entertainment hub with the weekly ‘Jump Up’ street party in Gros Islet, and is also home to Rodney Bay Village with its numerous bars, restaurants, and casino.
The south has more of a relaxed demeanour and is where you can find most of the natural attractions. There are also delicious restaurants such as Dasheene Restaurant & Bar and Jade Mountain Club, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Pitons with your meal. Be sure to spend time in both parts of the island to capture the true essence of Saint Lucia.
Saint Lucia is more than just a sun, sea and sand destination – there’s also an abundance of activities to choose from. Zipline through the rainforest at Treetop Adventure Park, mountain bike through the jungle, tour the island on a Segway or go snorkelling, diving, yachting or dolphin and whale watching to add some adrenaline to your adventure!
Saint Lucia has a jam-packed cultural calendar as part of its Soleil Summer Festival, with exciting events taking place throughout the year. Indulge in delectable cuisine at the Food & Rum Festival in January, and enjoy some sweet island music at Saint Lucia Jazz in May.
Saint Lucia offers a diverse range of accommodation and unique properties which appeal to all tastes - from small guesthouses and boutique hotels to all-inclusive resorts and luxury villas.
Couples will love Saint Lucia’s most romantic resort – Jade Mountain – with its grand, sweeping spaces and infinity pools overlooking the Pitons. Those looking for a family getaway may prefer the all-inclusive Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa with its ‘Splash’ water park and kids club.