St Lucia Holidays
With beautiful palm-fringed beaches and a stunning blanket of emerald that cloaks the peaks and valleys of the island St Lucia is a culmination of scenic wonder. St Lucia is also a spectacular setting for adventure and abundant ocean experiences as well as a romantic retreat and holiday hotspot for families.
St Lucia has oodles of attractive beaches and the island's volcanic nature means that some are darker in colour than the classic Caribbean white sands. In the north west the vast horseshoe of Rodney Bay hosts a medley of things for tourists to sink their teeth into. Swim in the impressively large turquoise lagoon or browse the charming market stalls and high-end retailers in Rodney Bay Village. Other beaches in this corner of the island include Vigie and the golden sands of Reduit, which has lovely views across the bay to double humped Pigeon Island.
Further south you'll find Anse Couchon, where beachgoers can enjoy the shallow reef and its array of fascinating sea life, and Anse Chastanet where smooth, soft sand begs to be squished between your toes and warm inviting waters are perfect when you need to cool down. On the north east coast there's tranquil Grand Anse.
While secluded shores suit those seeking relaxation, thrill seekers in search of a high dosage of adrenaline, wont' be disappointed! Zip-wire over the tropical rainforest that tumbles over the valleys of the island; join a 4WD buggy or mountain bike tour; or perhaps hike up the majestic volcanic plugs of the twin Pitons, the real gems of this magical island. St Lucia's iconic landmarks sit majestically on the south west coast and are now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Gros Piton trail, which takes approximately 4-5 hours, enables visitors to climb to the top of the mountain.
Take a trip to the Sulphur Springs in Soufriere where you can drive right into the very heart of the volcano and afterwards, why not cleanse your spirits in the volcanic mud bath? Alternatively, marvel at a glorious collection of exotic flora and volcanic black rock cascaded in shimmering spring water at the Soufrière Estate and St Lucia Botanical Garden, which is bountiful in ornate and delicate beauty.
In the capital Castries there are a number of shopping experiences to be had. Duty free shopping malls provide the perfect opportunity to purchase perfumes, leather goods, jewellery and other souvenirs, or shop like a local at Castries Market where you can haggle with stall holders.
Whilst St. Lucia's celestial landscapes are arguably her most striking features, the island is by no means lacking rich and vibrant culture. With a cocktail of Carib, African, French and English ancestry, that influences day-today life, St. Lucia is the mother of distinctive local cuisine; a sumptuous and flavoursome blend of West Indian, Creole and French food.
Once the moon begins to peek out behind the stars, you swap the chorus of waves crashing on the shore for upbeat music and the chaotic buzz of people. For sophisticated drinks, stick to Rodney Bay Village, which is laced with classy cocktail bars, open-air wineries and modern, hip taprooms serving ice-white rum. But for those who like to venture on the wilder side of life, bask in glitz and glamour at the Treasure Bay Casino.
- Lovely beaches
- Awe-inspiring scenic landscapes
- UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Activities galore
- Snorkelling and diving