If you’re looking for a picture-perfect paradise that has it all and more, why not consider Saint Lucia? The mango-shaped Caribbean island, which is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, is fringed with brilliant soft sandy beaches, golden in the north, and exotic dark silver in the volcanic south west.

But beautiful beaches are just an introduction to the immense beauty that Saint Lucia has to offer. A lush, emerald blanket spreads over much of the island, covering lofty mountains and plunging valleys in dense verdant rainforest. And in a dramatic culmination of scenic wonder in the south west, the Pitons rise impressively out of the sea. This pair of rainforest covered, magical mountains are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and a strong contender for the Caribbean’s most arresting attraction.

Apart from Saint Lucia’s stunning scenery, the island’s beauty can also be found in its wide choice of award-winning accommodation. Whether you are looking for a small family-run guesthouse, a boutique hotel, an all-inclusive resort, a spacious villa or luxurious resort, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. So whether travelling as a couple, family or with a group of friends, you are sure to find your ideal home away from home.

For a small island, there is so much to see and do. Many of the natural attractions are based in the Soufriere area where the majestic Piton Mountains reside. In this area, you will also find the Caribbean’s only drive in volcano at the Sulphur Springs where you can take a lovely mud bath. There are beautiful botanical gardens to explore, as well as marvelling at the sparkling waterfalls. For the adventurous why not go diving or snorkelling? You can also zip-line through the rainforest, jungle-bike through an old sugar plantation, horse-ride along the beach, go whale and dolphin watching and enjoy a number of cultural tours to learn more about Saint Lucia’s rich Creole heritage.

With three street parties every weekend and the vibrant restaurants and bars of Rodney Bay Village, Saint Lucia is also great for evening entertainment.
The island is also perfect for chocolate lovers offering fantastic cocoa plantation tours where visitors learn how chocolate is grown and processed with the opportunity to make their very own chocolate bars and do some tasting along the way.

But there is no pressure to do anything in Saint Lucia. You can be as active or relaxed as you want to be.

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Airports / Gateways / Flying times

Airports: Hewanorra International Airport (UVF), 37 miles drive from the capital, Castries; George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU), 3 miles from Castries.

Gateways/Flying Times: British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly directly to Saint Lucia from Gatwick; Thomas Cook flies from Manchester. London: 8 hours. Manchester: 8 hours.

Climate

Average temperature High/Low. Summer 95/75 degrees F. Winter 85/65 degrees F. Humidity ranges from 66-94%. Average rainfall 3 to 5.7mm. Approximate sunrise 0535. Approximate sunset 1829.

Dining

Restaurants available - Local, Fast Food. Gourmet, International. Dress code-casual is accepted almost everywhere except for the odd restaurant where a jacket and tie may be required.

Language

English is the official language but most locals speak a French Creole commonly called patois.

Nightlife

Entertainment available includes – Nightclubs. Cabarets, Dances. Most hotels offer Dining, Live Music or Steelband and Folk music.  Gros Islet Friday Night Street Party. Anse La Raye Seafood Friday evening. Dennery Fish Fry Saturday.

Sightseeing

The Pitons. Sulphur Springs. Pigeon Island National Park. Marigot Bay. Cocoa Plantation Tours. Derek Walcott Square, Ruins and Barracks at Morne Fortune. Mamiku Gardens.  Diamond Waterfall and Botanical Gardens. Fregate Island.  Maria Island Nature Reserve.  La Sikwe Sugar Mill and Plantation, Tropical Gardens. Nature Heritage Tours.

Upcoming events

La Marguerite Flower Festival

17 Oct '17, Saint Lucia

St. Lucia Bill Fish Tournament

28 Oct '17 - 31 Oct '17, Saint Lucia

Joune Kweyol Entenasyonnal

28 Oct '17, Saint Lucia

ARC Flotilla - Saint Lucia

19 Nov '17, Saint Lucia

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)

19 Nov '17 - 17 Dec '17, Saint Lucia

Festival of Lights & Renewal/Lantern Parade

12 Dec '17, Saint Lucia

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National Day - Festival of Lights & Renewal

13 Dec '17, Saint Lucia

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