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Saint Lucia

SAINT LUCIA TRAVEL TIPS

 

Best time to visit Saint Lucia:

Home to the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival and The Pitons, Saint Lucia is ranked #1 in Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean and enjoys average temperatures from the high 70's to high 80's year-round. The best time to visit Saint Lucia is December - July when the island experiences less rain. During the summer and fall, the island is filled with activity, but there's a greater chance of hurricanes. 

 

Music lovers should consider visiting in early May specifically to attend the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival that's held at Pigeon Island National Landmark. The island is flush with activity in the summer and late fall, but there's a greater chance of hurricanes.

 

Why go to Saint Lucia:

Ranked #1 Best Honeymoon Destination, Saint Lucia is equal parts beauty and mystique, Saint Lucia captivates anyone who sets foot on her coastline. Saint Lucia is the quintessential island paradise. Imagine the majestic peaks of the Pitons reaching to the heavens, the splendor of lush rainforests, and the hypnotizing blue-green waters of the Caribbean breaking just offshore. The island’s landscape, people, customs, and cuisine intertwine to provide the perfect setting for the vacation of a lifetime. Saint Lucia is anything but an ordinary island. Her mountains, jungles, beaches, and historic sites radiate history, beauty, and a sense of living poetry.

 

Saint Lucia is a paradise for novice and experienced scuba divers alike. There are dozens of top-notch dive spots to explore the vibrant Caribbean waters. Snorkelers and free divers can swim with sea turtles in the shallows, while scuba divers can explore reefs around the island.

 

Saint Lucia is a renowned Caribbean destination for culturally adventurous food enthusiasts when it comes to culinary experiences. With local favorites such as pepperpots, langouste, and bouyon. The island’s culinary traditions are characterized by dishes harvested from the sea and farm-to-table locally grown produce. Get ready for a foodie experience that is not to be missed.


 

Best Beaches in St. Lucia

The beaches on the western side of the island front the tranquil turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and are favored for swimming and water sports. In contrast, the wild but beautiful eastern side churns with the more turbulent waters of the Atlantic Ocean, making it great for surfers and those who like the watch the waves.

 

  • Reduit Beach - Reduit (red-wee) beach is a favorite, loved by both locals and visitors. It's great for snorkeling, windsurfing, or water skiing, it’s also close to bars, restaurants, and shopping.

 

  • Anse Chastanet Beach - This stunning natural black sand beach reflects the volcanic origins of St Lucia. Anse Chastanet is situated in the heart of the St Lucia marine reserves and is surrounded by most of the island’s coral reefs which are excellent for watersports. 

  • Grande Anse - Perfect for a quiet, peaceful, and romantic stroll and turtle watching. Visitors come for Turtle Watch, they can see endangered leatherbacks, coming out of the water to lay their eggs.

 

Best Hotels in St Lucia: 

  • Jade Mountain

  • Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

  • Ladera Resort

  • Sandals Grande St. Lucian (AI)

  • Sandals Regency La Toc (AI)

  • Body Holiday Resort (AI)

  • Calabash Cove Resort & Spa

  • Hotel Chocolat

  • Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa

  • Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia (AI)

 

Best Hotels in St Lucia for a Wellness Experiences:

  • Body Holiday Resort

  • Jade Mountain

  • Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort


 

Best Way to Get Around:

Exploring St Lucia is very easy, with numerous methods of transportation to choose from it is easy to make the island your playground and soak up its Caribbean beauty! 

 

By car: For travelers who love to explore independently, this is a great way to see the island. However, a temporary driving license is required for visitors and may be obtained with a valid driving license upon arrival at the airport, at the police station in Castries, or at the car rental offices. Remember to drive on the left side of the road!

 

By Ferry: True adventure awaits with some island hopping, St Lucia is linked to Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe by ferry. 

 

By Helicopter: Helicopter transfers provide a quicker way to get to and from the north and south of the island. Ask your TripVAX Travel Advisor about air transfers to your resort.  

 

By Minibus: Traveling by bus is a good option for visitors who wish to experience the island’s culture up close. Buses run at various times depending on the route, but most do not operate on Sundays. Fares range from $1 to $3. Minibus have a green number plate with an M prefix.

 

By Taxi: Fares vary by destination, the number of people, amount of luggage, and the company. Before you hire a taxi, confirm the fare. Taxis are easily available at taxi stands or by telephone. All authorized taxis have a light blue number plate with a TX prefix.


 

Best Places to Eat:

  • 7th Heaven Swiss Bakery

  • Dasheene at Ladera Resort

  • Orlando’s Restaurant

  • Pink Plantation House

  • Roots 2 Bar & Grill

 

Top 5 Excursions/Activities:

  • Soufriere Experience

  • Horseback Ride ‘n’ Swim

  • Treetop Zip Trip

  • Rainforest Hike & Waterfall Safari

  • Saint Lucia lover’s Rock Sunset Cruise

 

Travel requirements: 

https://www.stlucia.org/en/covid-19

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