Golden sweeps of sand, emerald rainforests and film-set scenery – everything you want from a Caribbean holiday can be found in St Lucia.
Beaches and beyond
This charming and unspoilt corner of the Caribbean is so much more than a beach retreat. You’ve got a dramatic mountainous landscape that begs to be explored, lush rainforests to get lost in and rare wildlife species to spot. Head inland to find sparkling waterfalls surrounded by botanic gardens and an actual drive-in volcano.
West African and European influences have given St Lucia its distinct character. In the north you’ll find upmarket malls and modern marinas backed by seafront restaurants. Head south to find candy-coloured houses, barbecue stalls by the roadside and fish fry-ups on the beach.
Adventure-seekers will love exploring St Lucia’s diverse landscape, with adrenalin-fuelled activities on land and in the sea. You can zip-line through the rainforest, hike up the Piton Mountains and take a dip in the Diamond Falls. There’s every kind of watersport on offer, from kayaking and windsurfing to deep-sea fishing and jet-skiing.
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This charming old-Caribbean town is overflowing with laid-back vibes. There’s colourful colonial architecture, a pretty palm-lined square and 17th-century buildings to explore. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants and street vendors dotted around where you can sample traditional Caribbean food.
This place isn’t like St Lucia’s typical seaside towns, which sing from a sleepy and secluded hymn sheet. Instead, Rodney Bay delivers the same powdery sunbathing spots with a bundle of up-and-at-them extras. Shack-style restaurants close in on the waterfront, and the nightlife’s the best about. It’s also home to the island’s first and only casino, and puts you within chipping range of a scenic golf course.
This tranquil spot is at the northernmost tip of the island surrounded by rainforest-covered hills, lush greenery and beaches framed by turquoise waters. There’s an 18-hole golf course nearby, as well as easy access to Gros Islet, Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island National Park. You’ve got the perfect balance of activities and relaxation time here.
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