- Coastline Rugged mountains, tropical rainforests
- Coast life Punch and plantations
Shades of emerald, ebony and teal form the colour palette on this breezy and relaxed island – making St Lucia, the second largest of the Windward Islands, the ultimate Caribbean destination.
The lifestyle here is laid-back – live music and Creole cuisine flow freely in its pastel-tinted towns – while the landscape switches between powder-soft beaches and lush pitons that soar 2,000ft up towards the deep-blue sky. Culture-proud St Lucians are keen to show you a good time, and with a myriad of spectacular viewing points (helpfully highlighted by hand-painted road signs), verdant botanical gardens and bustling markets to draw on, they’re bound to point you in the right direction.
Do go/Don’t go
Though it’s hot all year round, the best months weather-wise are between mid-December and mid-April, which predictably coincides with the biggest influx of tourists. June to November is the wettest time of year, and the island is occasionally threatened by hurricanes at this time.
- Planes International flights arrive at Hewanorra International Airport | though it’s also possible to fly into George FL Charles Airport from the US and other Caribbean islands.
- Boats Boats are available from coastal hotels and can be picked up from popular beaches or harbours. Marginally more expensive than a regular taxi, they is the quickest way to get around – as well as offering spectacular island views.
- Automobiles Car hire is easy to organise from Hewanorra airport or your hotel | and it’s probably the most affordable and interesting way to see the sights. Driving on St Lucia requires a permit – for $22 | you will be free to roam the island’s roads for three months. Be prepared to tip friendly locals keen to offer you directions.
- Taxis Taxis are easily available but expensive. You can flag cabs down in the streets – licensed cars have red number plates. But, beware, the winding roads on the west of the island can make for a queasy journey.