St Lucia is an island nation in the eastern Caribbean with 2 distinctive mountains, the Pitons, on its west coast. It’s known for its beaches and reef-diving sites, as well as its rainforested interior with waterfalls such as at Toraille. It’s home to quiet volcanic beaches and fishing villages as well as luxurious resorts, and the capital, Castries, is a regular cruise ship stop.
HOW TO GET TO ST.LUCIA
Getting around by air. Confusingly, St Lucia has two airports: Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort is at the remote southern tip of the island. It handles flights from North America, the UK and Europe plus a few regional flights.The fast-ferry service L’Express des Îlesoperates a daily 80-minute express catamaran between Castries and Fort-de-France on Martinique. It also has occasional service to Guadeloupe (six hours). Departure days and times change frequently; check in advance.
WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO SEE IN ST.LUCIA
Much of St. Lucia’s activity happens on the west coast and specifically, in the Soufrière area. That’s where you’ll find the iconic Pitons that visitors like to climb, or Mount Soufrière, the pungent volcano that emits sulfurous steam as opposed to lava. Nearby, honeymooners like to snorkel in the transparent waters of Anse Chastanet. There’s also plenty to do farther north in the Rodney Bay area. That’s where you’ll find the lively Reduit Beach and Pigeon Island National Park.
Pigeon Island can appeal to an eclectic mix of travelers. You could get a history lesson about the park’s previous occupants (including a pirate with a wooden leg) or learn more about the formation of the man-made causeway that currently connects the island to the mainland. You could also attend a concert (this is the site of the annual St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival) or explore 18th century military ruins, including Fort Rodney, which affords panoramic views of the ocean and Rodney Bay. There are also some beaches and a few restaurants situated around the 44-acre national park.
St. Lucia beaches are a dime a dozen, but none are quite as loved (by travelers and locals alike) as Reduit. The expansive shoreline, glorious sunsets and close proximity to the bars, restaurants and shops of Rodney Bay make for an easygoing beach experience. Adjacent to the Rodney Bar Maina, Reduit is also a great place to try water sports like windsurfing and waterskiing. What it’s not ideal for, however, is honeymooners. As the most popular shore on St. Lucia, it goes without saying that this isn’t the spot for a romantic rendezvous.
Arguably the best beach on St. Lucia for snorkeling and diving, picturesque Anse Chastanet is also a more peaceful alternative to the sands of Reduit Beach. If you’re indecisive about lodging, you should consider the nearby resort of the same name. Recent guests appreciate its attentive staff and unspoiled views of the water. Even if you don’t stay at the nearby resort, you can still use its on-site restaurant and dive shop, or visit its on-site bar.
Rising tall from a Caribbean sea base and covered in emerald-colored vegetation, these volcanic plugs (or land formations made out of volcanic materials) are the most iconic sight in all of St. Lucia. Situated between the towns of Soufrière and Choiseul, Gros Piton and its smaller sibling, Petit Piton, are easy to spot from many points in the southwest.
Travelers frequently gush about just how perfect the fraternal twin peaks are to gaze at or hike through. Those who took the hike loved the beauty of the trails and said the views at the top were breathtaking, with some describing their experience as unforgettable. Despite there being two peaks available for climbing, locals caution against hiking Petit Piton unless you are a pro climber, as the hike is incredibly steep.
There’s a reason Hollywood comes calling to Marigot Bay (scenes from the original “Dr. Doolittle,” starring Rex Harrison and “Fire Power,” starring Sophia Loren, were shot here). It’s because this gorgeous shore, just south of Castries along the central western coast, is idyllic Caribbean: complete with swaying palm trees, anchored boats, and white sand beaches. Travel guides describe Marigot as romantic and it’s true that it’s more blissfully quiet than jumping Reduit — making for a great escape.
Sulfur Springs Park is billed as having the Caribbean’s “only drive-in volcano,” meaning that visitors are able to safely drive right by an active volcano. This belching mountain located in the western town of Soufrière emits sulphuric steam rather than lava (sorry kids), so remember to hold your nose to protect yourself from the overpowering rotten egg smell. The attraction also features warm sulphuric pools that visitors are allowed to bathe in.
ACCOMMODATION IN ST.LUCIA
Noted for its oodles of small and luxurious resorts that drip color and flair, St Lucia is really two islands in one. Rodney Bay in the north offers modern comforts amid a beautiful bay. In the south, Soufrière is at the heart of a gorgeous region of old plantations, hidden beaches and the impossibly photogenic Pitons. Prices go from 50 dollars up for rooms , most of the resorts are not so cheap but if you look around you can always found something for your budget.
As other countries in that area best time to go is in the winter from December to March , from April to June and from September to December is also very good to go and is cheaper than peak of the season which is in winter.