Saint Lucia is ever-popular as a Caribbean holiday destination and there are so many reasons why!
Saint Lucia, sitting in the middle of a Martinique and St. Vincent sandwich, is the most versatile of islands. A wild and untamed isle of volcanic sand beaches and rainforest-clad mountains, a place that delivers highly on both luxury, adventure and everything in between.
This small island is one of striking contrasts - both in landscape and atmosphere.
So whether you'd like an action-packed adventure holiday or a tranquil escape on a blissfully quiet beach getaway, there's something for you in Saint Lucia!
And with Virgin Atlantic flying direct to this idyllic Caribbean island until June 2020, there has never been a better time to go and experience Saint Lucia. Why not upgrade your flights to Upper Class to experience ultimate in-flight relaxation? Unwind in a fully flat bed and enjoy a sumptuous selection of meals as you make your way to the incredible sights and activities of St Lucia which include:
- Les Pitons
- Lunch in Rodney Bay
- Segway Tours
- The Jazz and Arts Festival
- Chocolate tour
- Dining in Gros Islet
- Volcano drive-in
- Yachting and sailing
- Enjoying a sundowner
Here are just a few examples of the diverse delights that await...
1. Take in Les Pitons
Undoubtedly the most iconic feature of Saint Lucia's magnificent landscape, the twin peaks of Gros and Petit Piton are a sight to behold. These places are so iconic they are even included on St Lucia's flag. Discovering these mountains should be number 1 on your list of things to do in Saint Lucia.
But the Pitons are more than just pleasing to look at. One of St. Lucia's most interesting chapters of history played out amongst these revered rainforest-clad summits that were formed around 260,000 years ago. During the mid-1700s, when the island's plantations were divided into 'masters' and 'slaves', a band of freedom fighters broke away and fled to the largely impenetrable peaks of the Pitons. They may have escaped a life of gruelling hardship but their new home wasn't one without its problems. Unable to recapture their slaves, the masters set about releasing poisonous snakes in the foothills of the Pitons.
You can view them from afar whilst sipping a cool drink on the beach, but if you're feeling energetic, the views from the summit of Gros Piton are well worth the 4-5 hour hike!
Of course, you can experience the Pitons in more ways than one. Down at sea level, there's a new and rather novel approach offered by Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort. As the only property to enjoy a privileged location between the two pointy peaks, it delivers unrivalled up close and personal views, and that's not all. It has also recently become the only hotel in the world to offers guests access to Schiller 'water bikes', pioneering contraptions that are part bicycle and part catamaran. Take one out for a spin and enjoy the unusual sensation of pedalling on water across the sparkling waters of Anse des Pitons, the bay that separates the mountains.
You'll need to hire a guide and get a permit to hike the Pitons, but you can do this without a reservation at the base of the mountain
The Pitons in Saint Lucia are iconic
2. Have lunch in Rodney Bay
Set on the island's northwest coast, Rodney Bay is a vibrant area that seems to have it all:
- a stylish marina
- a gloriously long sandy beach.
A culinary hotspot, with many eateries using fresh, local ingredients, we recommend you grab a bite here at least once on your luxury Saint Lucia holiday.
3. Segway tours
Another Saint Lucia activity that you can't miss is a Segway Tours. Segway tours are a great way to explore the island whilst doing something a bit different.
Local guides will teach you how to ride your Segway before heading off up Mount Pimard along a two-mile track. Along the route, you'll stop to take in the incredible views (and maybe snap a few photos) of Pigeon Island, Rodney Bay Marina and Reduit Beach.
Discover Reduit Beach on a Segway tour
4. Soak up the vibes at the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival
The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival has been attracting and dazzling visitors for over 25 years.
This annual event continues to draw increasing numbers of visitors, with this year's line up featuring an array of artists such as George Benson, Ronald 'Boo' Hinkson and Kool & The Gang!
This year's festival will take place from 1st May to the 10th of May.
5. Follow your chocolate from tree to bar
There are still plenty of working cocoa plantations on Saint Lucia, many of which are open to the public, with tours and walking trails available. Every August is Chocolate heritage month.
Indeed, the world-renowned Hotel Chocolat uses cocoa beans from this region, and even has it's own hotel here.
This means that you'll be able to understand the inner workings of what it takes to turn a cocoa bean into a chocolate dream. A chocoholics paradise!
Immerse yourself in style and chocolate decadence at Boucan
6. Dive straight in
The scuba diving sites along Saint Lucia's coast are truly incredible, with teeming coral, underwater caves and even shipwrecks to explore.
Beginners lessons are available, but if you'd rather stay close to the surface, or are on a luxury family holiday with youngsters, snorkelling is also a fantastic option. Many resorts offer snorkelling tours too!
7. 'Jump Up' in Gros Islet
One of the great things to do in Saint Lucia for adults and for a night out like no other head to the small fishing village of Gros Islet on a Friday evening. Here, local residents open up their doors and set up barbecues and bars on the charming, narrow streets.
Once the sound-systems are pumping you'll know why these evenings are called 'Jump Ups'; you really can dance the night away in paradise!
Soak up the atmosphere at Gros Islet and it's beach
8. A volcanic 'drive-thru'
Known as the Caribbean's only 'drive-in volcano', the Sulphur Springs at Soufriere are a real highlight of the island's natural wonders. Visitors can explore this dormant volcanic crater by foot or car, weaving between steaming hot springs.
Just outside the park, you can bathe in warm sulphuric pools, which are thought to have healing properties.
Discover geology up close and personal at the Sulphur Springs at Soufriere
9. Take to the seas on a sailing adventure
Spend a day on a yachting or sailing adventure and find yourself following the trail of pirates and explorers from a bygone age as you traverse the Caribbean Sea with the wind in your hair and the sun gently kissing your skin.
For that added luxury you could charter your own yacht and experience true freedom on the waters as you take in the finest sights of Saint Lucia or anything else that might take your fancy.
If you're interested, our Concierge team can book this and a number of other experiences for you before you travel.
10. Drink a sundowner and enjoy the view!
After all that, end your days watching the famously striking Caribbean sunset, whilst sipping a lovingly prepared rum punch on the beach. Bliss.
Unmistakably beautiful sunset in Saint Lucia
If you'd to book your own Saint Lucian escape, you can browse accommodation options here, or call an experienced Travel Specialist now on 01244 355 600 to find out more about this idyllic island!
If you enjoyed reading this, why not dive into: