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St Lucia Holidays

Whether you want to zip wire through lush rainforest, hike up imposing mountains, dive down to forgotten shipwrecks, dance in the rainbow-coloured waterfalls or soothe your soul in the natural hot springs, your holiday in St Lucia can be as active or relaxing as you wish.

St Lucia is an eastern Caribbean volcanic island with mesmerising beauty at every turn. Sink your toes into the soft white sands of Anse Des Pitons beach and take in the awe-inspiring view of The Pitons. Gros Piton and Petit Piton are two cone-shaped jagged emerald green volcanic peaks that tower majestically over the island. Synonymous with St Lucia and, as a UNESCO World Heritage site, these natural wonders live up to the hype and status. Whether you climb to the summit, dive down and explore the underwater cliffs, sail around them, or enjoy the view from the beach, we highly recommend you spend time by The Pitons during your tailor made St Lucia holiday.

Head to Sulphur Springs in Soufriere to experience the world’s only ‘drive-in volcano’. Here you can enjoy a mud bath in the mineral-rich volcano water, followed by a cooling and invigorating dip at Toraille Waterfalls. Locals claim the volcanic minerals can detox the body, soothe sunburn, and even make you look 12 years younger!

Take a walk on the wild side in St Lucia

St Lucia is a honeymoon hotspot, but it’s also a walker’s paradise with its steep forested hills, breath-taking landscapes and thriving wildlife. Did you know that a whipping 77% of St Lucia is covered by lush rainforest? Among the trees there are 186 different bird species, including the St Lucia’s national bird, the Jacquot parrot. For nature enthusiasts, Pigeon Island (aptly named after the red-neck pigeon) is a great family day out. Pack a picnic and hike to see Fort Rodney, which was built by the British in the 18th century. You’ll see undisturbed forests, quiet beaches and spectacular ocean views along the way.

St Lucia’s position makes it very easy to access other islands for a multi-destination holiday. Team an active break on St Lucia with a relaxing stay on the spice isle of Grenada, or head to Barbados to discover the birthplace of rum. For a faster pace of life and just a five -hour flight away, you can be in New York and take a bite of the Big Apple.

Destination Highlights
  • Hike to the summit of Gros Piton for panoramic views over the island
  • Marvel at the natural beauty of Marigot Bay, and learn about its rich naval history
  • Get your heart racing as you zipline through tropical rainforest that’s teeming with wildlife
  • Visit the mineral baths and technicolour falls at Diamond Waterfall and Botanical Garden

Our favourite hotels

Whether you fancy being a stone’s throw from the beach, nestled in the rainforest or having the ease of your own private villa, we can help you find your dream place to stay during your St Lucia holiday.

Unique Hilltop Dream Suite

Ladera

St Lucia

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,629  pp

Ladera
Unique a bench in front of a lake surrounded by palm trees

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat

St Lucia

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,429  pp

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat
a pool outside of a building

Serenity at Coconut Bay

St Lucia

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,599  pp

Serenity at Coconut Bay

East Winds

St Lucia

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £3,039  pp

East Winds

Time Zone

GMT -4 hours

Flight Time

Approx 9 hours; Direct flights from the UK are available.

Currency

XCD - Eastern Caribbean Dollar

Visa Information

None for British citizens

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations required, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid are recommended

If you’re a bit of a romantic, you’ll want to know this: St Lucia, an island named by 17th century French colonists, has some of the most seductive scenery in the Caribbean. The rainforest-cloaked Piton Mountains will blow you away and many hotels here are perfectly positioned to offer the most dramatic views.

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    Hike in the jungle

    Explore a range of forest trails in St Lucia’s verdant hills. Tropical birds flutter amidst the trees and lizards bask in sunlit glades. Try the Tet Paul Nature Trail outside Soufriere, which gives you a stunning vista over the Gran Pitons and the town below.

  • St Lucia Jazz Festival

    Dive among coral reefs

    Surrounding St Lucia is an astonishing network of coral reefs, which are home to thousands of species of fish and crustaceans At Anse Chastanet beach you can dive or snorkel straight from the sand. Expect to see brightly coloured parrotfish, spotted moray and anemones.

  • Scuba diving

    Relax on the beach

    St Lucia is the Caribbean as you imagine it - white sand beaches, palm trees and piña coladas. There are few experiences more pleasurable than an afternoon spent on a sun lounger, the sound of the surf in the distance and the scent of sun cream in the air. Should you be in the mood for something more lively, you can charter a boat and explore some of the island’s hidden coves.

Best time to visit

St Lucia’s tropical climate means that it is warm and sunny all year round, with average temperatures of 26°C to 29°C. The high season falls between December to April. The cooling trade winds ease the heat of sun-drenched days, so you might prefer to visit Saint Lucia during the hot May and June months when the average temperature is 28°C. The hurricane season coincides with the wettest months (June to December) in Saint Lucia, peaking around August/September time.  

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Average weather in January

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26ºC
92mm

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26ºC
57mm

Average weather in March

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27ºC
60mm

Average weather in April

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27ºC
66mm

Average weather in May

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28ºC
63mm

Average weather in June

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St Lucia
28ºC
140mm

Average weather in July

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28ºC
172mm

Average weather in August

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28ºC
174mm

Average weather in September

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29ºC
180mm

Average weather in October

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28ºC
237mm

Average weather in November

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28ºC
167mm

Average weather in December

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27ºC
102mm
  • Charlie, Destination Manager

    Charlie

    Destination Manager

    "Hike to the summit of Gros Piton in the first few days of your holiday. To avoid the heat and rain, guided tours usually have an early-morning start. This is a great way to get over your jet lag and is an invigorating start to your holiday in St Lucia. The views from the top are unbeatable."

     

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    Val

    Destination Specialist

    "Create your very own chocolate bar in St Lucia with a visit to Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot Estate cocoa plantation. From de-shelling the cocoa beans to creating the recipe, this is a unique and unforgettable experience, and it’s an absolute must if you are a chocolate lover."

Events & Festivals

There’s always exciting events going on in St Lucia, from weekly street parties - or jump-ups as they are known locally -  and fish fries, to music festivals and cultural celebrations. Here are a couple of our favourite events.

 

  • The Saint Lucia Jazz Festival

    Every May, St Lucia comes alive with music to celebrate the Caribbean and international jazz scene. The open-air finale concert at Pigeon Island National Landmark is definitely one for your diary.    

  • Saint Lucia Carnival

    Have you got a Caribbean carnival on your bucket list? Tick it off  during your St Lucia holiday. Taking place in July, this two-day festival is great for people looking to experience a smaller carnival with a unique vibe. The local Dennery soca that is played is very different in style to the other Caribbean islands.    

     

  • Creole Heritage Month

    Learn about St Lucia’s fascinating history and culture when you holiday on the island during the month of October. This month-long celebration explores St Lucia’s French-Creole heritage through dance, art, theatre, food and music.  

     

Local Cuisine

At the heart of St Lucian cuisine you will find a diversity of American, European, Indian and Caribbean flavours. St Lucia is rich in fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, so even the most discerning foodie won’t be disappointed. This is coupled with outstanding restaurant locations - you can tuck into delicious cuisine on the beach with a view of the Pitons, or high up among the rainforest canopy!

 

  • Green figs and saltfish

    Try this hearty dish, which mixes unripe bananas with salt-cured flaked cod, and packs a punch with its flavoursome herbs and spices. As the island’s national dish, it’s a definite must-try during your holiday in St Lucia. Pair this with callaloo soup - made with indigeneous leafy greens - or a side order of breadfruit, a staple in St Lucia that’s similar in taste to sweet potato.

     

  • Hot Creole bread

    Stop at the local bakers to taste St Lucia’s hot Creole bread. It’s similar to French bread, but much sweeter!  

     

Types of St Lucia holidays

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St Lucia Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

The departure tax in St Lucia is approximately $63 (£49) for non-nationals and is included in the price of your air fare.  

Pigeon Island can be accessed via boat or water taxi; however, it’s now connected to the mainland of St Lucia so it is possible to drive there. You’ll find it next to Gros Islet, a fishing village in the northern tip of the island. 

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