St. Lucia is arguably one of the most attractive islands in all of the Caribbean. This tiny settlement, based just north east of Barbados, has long been a favourite amongst honeymooners, families and couples, who are in search of a dream escape.
St. Lucia’s landscape is made up of luscious green valleys, luxurious beaches and expansive rainforests. Historically, the island has changed hands between the British and French no less than fourteen times.
The Caribbean island has been nicknamed ‘Helen of the West Indies’, after Helen of Troy - the daughter of Zeus and according to Greek mythology, the most beautiful woman in the world.
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St. Lucia’s long lasting appeal has cemented it as one of the world’s most sought after destinations for luxury holidays to the Caribbean. Both families and couples alike will love this remarkable island, which offers numerous opportunities for exploration.
Whilst it’ll be hard to keep away from St. Lucia’s white sand beaches, it’s also worth venturing across the country’s mountainous inlands, including Sulphur Springs – the area is considered the world’s only “drive-in” volcano and can be found toward the south west of the island, near Soufrièr.
To the east of the island you could spend a day up in the canopy of the rainforest, with the sky rides in Chassin. The adventurous can traverse specially set up zip lines and the less bold can ride an aerial tram through the inner forests of the island offering some wonderful views. Tour guides will also offer great insight into the local plant life. And if scenic excursions are for you, a trip up Gros Piton is a must while on the island. You can hike up the island’s highest peak seeing some spectacular scenery of the island and getting up close to the inner rainforest that covers the peak.
Head to the east of St. Lucia to Chassin to explore the island’s rainforests, all of which can be explored via one of the area’s many aerial trams or zip lines! Frequent tours and excursions run around the region, offering an insight into the local plant life. If this sounds like your idea of fun, you may also want to take a hiking trip up Gros Piton – the second highest peak on the island.
Be sure to make some time for a trip to Castries during your holiday. The bustling capital is home to some bustling markets, historical monuments and cathedrals, including the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. On top of cultural and historic landmarks, St. Lucia is home to your favourite holiday pastimes, including snorkelling, sailing, water sports and more!
Being a Caribbean island, St. Lucia enjoys warm weather throughout the year. The best time of year to visit St Lucia is between December and March, where the temperature ranges from the mid to high twenties. There is also less chance of rain during this time. St. Lucia’s summer lasts from June right up until October. You will experience hotter weather during these months, but weather and tropical storms are also possible.
You have a sense of adventure! St. Lucia’s rainforests and mountains are perfect for keen hikers. That being said, it’s also worth visiting the island for its fabulous beaches, volcanic spas and world-class resorts.