St. Lucia is one of those unique destinations you should visit in 2017. The volcanic Pitons mountains, Gros Piton and Petit Piton, and the waterfalls of St Lucia are as close to paradise as it comes. Ideal for honeymooners, families and those generally in search of wonder. Offering much more than your standard tropical getaway, St Lucia holidays are a haven for adventures as well as those looking to unwind. Whether in search of romance or adventure, all inclusive luxury or beach-side hotels, St Lucia will immerse you in your preference.
Accommodation is plentiful during St Lucia holidays, especially in the slightly more populated area of Marigot Bay. Waterfront apartments and villas host small to large groups with views overlooking the beach and bay. If you fancy all inclusive relaxation (who wouldn't?) then there's plenty to choose from in St. Lucia, one of the Caribbeans top destinations.
Top hotels in St Lucia
Papillon by Rex Resorts
Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa
Bay Gardens Inn
Bay Gardens Hotel
Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort
Bay Gardens Beach Resort
Royal ST Lucia Resort & Spa
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- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +-4
- Average flight time: 8h 30m
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You’d be forgiven for thinking that holidaying in the Caribbean is all about relaxing on the beach at your all inclusive hotel. While this small island conjures up images of lush rainforests and palm-fringed beaches, there is a wealth of things to do in St Lucia. Take a hike through the magnificent rainforests – St Lucia is a paradise waiting to be discovered.
If you’re looking for more than all inclusive sun, sea and sand in 2017, you’ll find plenty of action-packed things to do in St Lucia. Embrace your sense of adventure with a trip to La Soufriere, a drive-through volcano. Journey to the centre of the live volcano, walk between the bubbling sulphur springs and indulge in a volcanic mud bath. The aquamarine water and nearby reefs surrounding the island are ideal for water sports. Equipment available to hire for windsurfing, snorkelling and scuba diving is widely available on the island. Don't forget to the quaint capital Castries, a beautiful, green coastal city.
Wine and Dine
Of all the potential St Lucia attractions, it is the Caribbean cuisine that will be engrained on your memory the most. St. Lucia is among the top Caribbean destinations for cuisine: from your hotels all inclusive restaurant, to beachfront dining, prepare to be amazed. Boasting a unique and unforgettable dining experience, the tastes and smells of the island will delight and surprise you. For a dream-like taste of St Lucia, visit the Boucan Restaurant at Hotel Chocolat. This dessert island treat boasts 180° views of the Pitons as well as a cocoa-inspired menu. Indulge in confit duck with bittersweet orange-cacao sauce or sip a chocolate daiquiri at the bar. For food with a distinct Caribbean twist, head to Jump Up Friday for local street food, including delicious lobster cooked in spices and chilled coconut milk.
Saint Lucia is the perfect Caribbean getaway for family holidays. Aside from the beaches and stunning range of pastimes to be had there, Saint Lucia also offers an enviable variety of family holiday fun. If you are the kids are feeling energetic, you can also dust off the sports kit for a family round of golf, tennis or squash. Helicopter tours give stunning views over the southern and northern tips of the island, as well as the Soufriere volcano crater and rain forest areas. Plantation tours give unique insights into how Saint Lucia’s people lived, and live, as well as an opportunity for all the family to learn about the fruit crops and their cultivation, the polishing of the cocoa beans, and delicious lunches with local produce. Any family holiday should also take in Saint Lucia’s natural splendour of the 3,117ft Mount Gimie, a breathtakingly cool shower under Diamond Falls, or the insects and birds around the Union Nature Trail. Kids of all ages will love Saint Lucia! Plenty of the all inclusive hotels will have extensive kids entertainment plans, leaving everybody more time to enjoy themselves!
Action and Adventure
As well as hiking trails, yachting and boat trips are especially popular, though it must be said, the ideal way to appreciate the St Lucian seas is via a snorkelling or scuba diving trip. Explore the Lesleen M shipwreck and come face to face with over 150 species of fish on this family friendly activity. If you feel like using your holiday to swap the beach towel for some adrenaline-fuelled activities there’s reef diving, deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, water skiing, and boat trips just off Saint Lucia’s golden sands. Extra keen divers may also visit a submerged shipwreck and stunning reefs. Ask at the concierge desk at the entrance of your all inclusive hotel, they’ll be able to find the right activities for you!
Life's a Beach
A beach holiday is a dream come true in Saint Lucia. Book an all inclusive hotel for a slice of your own private beachfront. As soon as you step into Castries, you'll come across a palm-tree lined bay. From the volcanic beaches to golden sands, Saint Lucia has it all.
Without venturing too far you can also find quaint fishing villages and any number of delicious beachside restaurants on Saint Lucia’s coastal paths. For those with an equestrian persuasion, there are even horseback riding tours that take in beach picnics and swimming in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean. Other once-in-a-lifetime experiences to be found on or near Saint Lucia’s beaches also include amazing night time turtle watching under the stars. A beach holiday in Saint Lucia – really, what else can be said about such an island paradise.
The town of Gros Islet is widely considered as the party capital of St Lucia, perfect for night owls. Nights here are buzzing, full of energy, a great place to make the best of your Caribbean holidays. Every Friday evening, the town is host to a vibrant street party, with a myriad of stalls selling barbecued fish and chicken accompanied with brews of spiced rum. A synaesthesia of Caribbean beats, St Lucian cuisine and spirited atmosphere, this is a must-see event for anyone wanting to experience true West Indian culture. Meanwhile, for more things to do in St Lucia, head to Rodney Bay, a particularly lively location for a wealth of night life. Try Happy Days bar for excellent barbecues and drinks offers all night long.
If you prefer something with a slower pace, take a trip to the fishing village of Anse-la-Ray where there are plenty of restaurants and quiet bars to choose from. Fresh seafood as well as salt fish, a local delicacy, is readily available in this beautiful location. Don't forget, your all inclusive is likely to have its own evening entertainment.
For those looking for seclusion on their holiday, St Lucia is the perfect option. Choose the right all inclusive hotel, and let us take the worry out of your holiday. A popular destination for honeymooners, there are an array of St Lucia attractions for you and your sweetheart to partake in. For the more adventurous couple, a climb up the volcanic mountain of Gros Piton is a must. The rocky terrain makes for an exhilarating climb, but is worth it if only for the spectacular views. For something a little less energetic, cruise aboard a catamaran to the Diamond Botanical Garden. With a pleasing menagerie of flora and fauna, the garden is also home to the Diamond Waterfall, a backdrop for scenes from 1984 film Romancing the Stone.
Saint Lucia holidays are awash with the island’s culture from the moment you arrive in the Caribbean sun. Saint Lucia’s capital, Castries, is a bustling cruise port famous for its port heritage and associated diversity of lifestyles, festivities and attractions. With British and French influences prominent in the arts, music, dance and literature scenes of Saint Lucia, your holiday is sure to serve you up with a fantastic blend of European and Caribbean sights, sounds, smells and tastes. Holidays in Saint Lucia also offer up the rarer cultural inspirations passed on from the early Amerindian settlers on the island, with treasures such as farina and cassava bread and fish-pots still evident, as well as the ancient tradition of fishing from dug-out canoes. With so much variety on offer in a relatively small area, a cultural holiday in Saint Lucia is sure to delight and inspire you with lifelong memories and experiences of how other cultures and generations lived on the island.