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Mountain View, Caribbean, St Lucia

Saint Lucia Holidays

This is a trip that isn’t just about lying back on a beach. With a landscape that is begging to be explored – St Lucia provides some of the most exciting examples snorkelling, treks and rainforests in the Caribbean.

For anyone who becomes a little bored with just lying on a beach, Saint Lucia provides enough additional activities to stimulate the mind.

The interior is lush and dramatic, the colonial architecture and bright colours of the houses are photographically enchanting and the island is big enough to warrant exploration. Add the French legacy of some excellent restaurants, lovely hotels, white sand beaches and superb snorkelling and diving. Astonishingly beautiful landscapes, strong colonial heritage, idyllic beaches, fantastic snorkelling and rich birdlife can be discovered in Saint Lucia. Saint Lucians are incredibly social and it is almost impossible not to get caught up in the party scene with the numerous festivals and street gatherings.

Palm trees on the beach
Palm trees on the beach, Saint Lucia

Highlights of Saint Lucia

An exploration of the west coast of Saint Lucia, from its bays and beaches to its rainforests and waterfalls, this journey strikes the perfect balance between idyllic relaxation and muddy escapades.

11 days

from £2,300 pp

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Sea Side Town, Castries, St Lucia, Caribbean
Castries, St Lucia

Saint Lucia: What to Expect

At 27 miles long and rising to a height of nearly 1,000m in the centre, Saint Lucia is far from being an isolated patch of Caribbean sand. Add in a history that has seen the island oscillate between being French and British no less than 14 times over 200 years and it is hardly surprising that it remains a cultural melting pot of Amerindian, European and African influences. Authentic Saint Lucian island life can be discovered in the colourful former capital of Soufriere, which spreads back from the seafront up to the steep amphitheatre of volcanic ridges that embrace this charming Caribbean town. The French Catholic church occupies a central position, overlooking a collection of colourful houses and shacks, while the twin sentinels of the Piton Mountains stand guard at the bay’s entrance.

Experiences

Climb the Pitons

Explore the lush scenery with gruelling yet rewarding hikes up the iconic Pitons.

‘Fish Friday’

Don’t forget ‘Fish Friday’ at Anse la Raye, a party that rolls into Saturday.

Local Gardens and Endangered Wildlife

Visit the Botanical Gardens or hire a guide and go in search of the critically endangered Saint Lucian parrot.

Relax on the Beach

Sit on one of the country’s famous white sand beach and sip rum cocktails.

Explore Local Plantations

Follow a colonial heritage trail and visit some of the historic plantation houses and fortifications.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

John Faithfull

John has checked out a great selection of Saint Lucia’s properties and was entirely won over by a boutique option with just three walls, the missing fourth perfectly framing a view of the Twin Pitons.
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Frequently asked questions about Saint Lucia

How long are the flights to Saint Lucia from the UK?

From London to Castries, direct flights take approximately 10 hours.

Can I use my mobile phone in Saint Lucia?

Due to its small size, Saint Lucia has excellent mobile phone coverage. As always, roaming charges will apply and these can be quite expensive. However, it is cheap and easy to obtain a local SIM card, which will offer far cheaper rates.

What is the time zone in Saint Lucia?

Saint Lucia is four hours behind the GMT. It does not observe daylight saving time.

Is Saint Lucia safe to travel around?

Saint Lucia is a relatively safe destination, with similar dangers to the UK. However, it is best to be careful. We advise that you leave your valuables behind at the hotel and avoid going out alone at night. For up-to-date information regarding safety and security, check the FCO website (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st -lucia/safety-and-security).

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We knew we wanted to visit Saint Lucia, but we were unprepared for the itinerary that John prepared. He went far beyond just a typical beach stay, arranging snorkelling, guided hiking, and even a visit to a historic plantation house.

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