An emerald blanket of rainforest covers much of this easterly island. It makes it a paradise for flora and fauna. If you feel like taking a break from the golden sands and warm waters, you’ll find a world of towering ficus trees and flitting hummingbirds waiting to be explored. For the more daring amongst you, zip lining through the forest canopy offers a unique perspective.
On the Caribbean-facing west coast you’ll find a mix of volcanic beaches with dark, glistening sand and shorelines dotted with beach bars and restaurants.. Sugar Beach is unmissable. Flanked by the towering Piton mountains, the views are just as good of the land as they are of the sea.
In the shade of the Pitons, you’ll find the town of Soufrière. It’s the heart and soul of St Lucia’s old plantations, home to brightly coloured stop fronts, colonial buildings and a bustling beachfront.
Take to the tropical waters for safe swimming, water sports or reef diving on a west coast teeming with marine life. The deeper surrounding waters are home to a number of whale and dolphin species and boat trips run regularly.
We recommend making it a twin-centre stay. Enjoy time in the quiet, secluded south near the Pitons, then head north for a few days on the livelier side of the island. We think taking a sunset Champagne cruise is one of the very best ways to see the island.
When to go
Peak season on Saint Lucia ranges from the middle of December to April when the weather’s best.