St Lucia is famous for its dramatic and beautiful scenery -
it's lush and exotic with spectacular mountains, tropical
rainforests, and acres of banana, coconut and spice plantations.
For beach lovers there's a glorious mix of golden and black sand
beaches; for divers, translucent waters shelter reefs crowded with
The most outstanding feature of St Lucia is the Pitons, twin volcanic peaks which rise straight from the sea to over 2,500 ft on the island's southwest coast. At their base sits the sleepy fishing port of Soufriere, St Lucia's second-largest town and oldest settlement. It's typically West Indian, comprising a cluster of brightly painted old wooden buildings set against the rainforest. In the hills around, we've found some wonderfully romantic hideaways with some of the most stunning views in the Caribbean.
Although St Lucia is becoming an increasingly popular destination, much of the island remains unspoilt. It's relaxed, informal and incredibly friendly, with little of the jaded hustle found in the more established Caribbean destinations. Direct flights from the UK and year-round warm weather make it an ideal destination for a winter break.
As with most of the Caribbean, holidaying here is not cheap - hotels, car hire and eating out are often more expensive than in Europe. The roads are pretty ropey, so journeys are often slow and bumpy. Be prepared for rain showers (especially from May to November) - that's why it's so green. If large resort hotels and busy beaches are not your bag, avoid the more developed tourist hotspots in the north west.