St Lucia is one of the Caribbean’s most popular vacation destinations, especially for honeymooners and romantics enticed by the island’s striking natural beauty, its many wonderful resorts, and the welcoming atmosphere. St Lucia has palm-fringed beaches, the Piton mountains, and beautiful waterfalls. This draws travelers from all over the world to visit St Lucia. It is really two islands in one. Rodney Bay in the north with the modern comforts amid a beautiful bay. In the south, Soufriere, which is the heart of the region of old plantations, hidden beaches and the geologic wonder of photogenic Pitons.
Come sip on a rum cocktail, sunbathe on a white-sand beach, hike rainforest covered mountains, or try rock climbing. Everyone should have St Lucia on their travel list! To learn more about all the beautiful beaches on St Lucia, visit here. Now view our St Lucia Travel Guide to help plan your next Caribbean vacation!
St Lucia Weather – When to Visit
As with most Caribbean destinations, the winter season is the most popular time to visit St Lucia. The weather brings the crowds and prices go up, especially during the driest period from December to March. Winter has average temperatures of around 81°F. Summer is quiet and hot with July temperatures averaging 85°F.
If you’re on a budget, consider traveling to St Lucia in April thru early December. Just remember that June thru early December does see high humidity and heavy rainfall. If you are looking for dry weather and sunshine, visit in January thru June, with April thru June is going to being the least crowded time of year.
Hurricane season runs from June to October. You can expect more rain this time of year and maybe some storms.
St Lucia Attractions
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens & Mineral Baths
Wander amid tropical flowers and trees at this old estate. Mineral baths date from 1784, when they were built atop hot springs so that the troops of France’s King Louis XVI could take advantage of their therapeutic effects. You can take a dip in small public pools among the nature or in the less appealing enclosed private bathhouse.
Pigeon Island National Park
Pigeon Island can appeal to an eclectic mix of travelers. You could get a history lesson about the park’s previous occupants, or learn more about the formation of the man-made causeway that currently connects the island to the mainland. You could also attend a concert, or explore 18th century military ruins, including Fort Rodney, which affords panoramic views of the ocean and Rodney Bay. There are also some beaches and a few restaurants situated around the 44-acre national park.
St. Lucia beaches are a dime a dozen, but none are quite as loved (by travelers and locals alike) as Reduit. The expansive shoreline, glorious sunsets and close proximity to the bars, restaurants and shops of Rodney Bay make for an easygoing beach experience. Reduit is also a great place to try water sports like windsurfing and waterskiing. What it’s not ideal for, however, is honeymooners. As the most popular shore on St. Lucia, this isn’t the spot for a romantic rendezvous.
The Castries Market has been the capital city’s local food and flea market for the last century. Open every day except for Sunday, locals gather to sell homegrown produce and spices as well as St. Lucia-stamped souvenirs for tourists.
There’s a reason Hollywood comes calling to Marigot Bay (scenes from the original “Dr. Doolittle,” starring Rex Harrison and “Fire Power,” starring Sophia Loren, were shot here). It’s because this gorgeous shore, just south of Castries along the central western coast, is idyllic Caribbean: complete with swaying palm trees, anchored boats, and white sand beaches. Travel guides describe Marigot as romantic and it’s true that it’s more blissfully quiet than jumping Reduit — making for a great escape.
Things to Do in St Lucia
Rainforest Adventures St Lucia Aerial Tram and Zipline Tour
Explore St Lucia’s rain forest via aerial tram and zip line. During this half-day eco-adventure, enjoy a guided nature tour that allows a bird’s eye view of the lush tropical forest. Then clip into a harness to zoom through a 10-zip line canopy tour and enjoy a hike through the rain forest accompanied by an expert adventure guide. Read more about Rain forest Adventures St Lucia Aerial Tram and Zip line Tour
St Lucia Catamaran Day Sail
Sail along the west coast of St. Lucia aboard a catamaran on this full-day excursion. Visit some of the island’s highlights, like Sulphur Springs, the region’s only drive-in volcano. See the marvelous Pitons, looming 2,000 feet (600 meters) over the coast and stop at the Diamond Botanical Gardens to view the waterfalls. After an included buffet lunch, return to the boat for a relaxing swim in the Caribbean’s tropical waters. Read more about St Lucia Catamaran Day Sail
Treetop Adventure Park Canopy Tour
Visit Treetop Adventure Park during your time on the island of St. Lucia for a family-friendly adventure in the air. You’ll zoom through the tropical rainforest on a series of 12 ziplines, including the island’s longest, fastest, and highest. When booking, select the option that matches your pickup location. Read more about Treetop Adventure Park Canopy Tour
St Lucia Champagne Sunset Cruise
Sail along the coast of St. Lucia during the Caribbean sunset during this evening excursion. Board a comfortable catamaran staffed by an expert crew as the sun sinks below the horizon. Toast the island’s beauty with complimentary champagne and nibble on the provided appetizers, watching the sky change color. After the elusive ‘green flash’, the moment right after the sun slips below the waterline, head back to the harbor. Read more about St Lucia Champagne Sunset Cruise
St Lucia Snorkeling Tour with Lunch
Board a dive boat from Marigot Bay to access some of St. Lucia’s best snorkeling spots on this tour. Use the provided mask, fins, and snorkel to explore the underwater world of shipwrecks, coral reefs, and marine life in the company of a guide. Between the two stops, dig in to a buffet lunch on board the boat. Read more about St. Lucia Marigot Bay 2-Stop Snorkeling Tour
Best St Lucia Restaurants
The Coal Pot $31 – 60
This tiny waterfront restaurant overlooks pretty Vigie Cove. For a light lunch, opt for a bowl of creamy pumpkin soup, Greek salad with chicken or shrimp, or broiled fresh fish. Dinner might start with a divine lobster bisque, followed by fresh seafood accompanied by one (or more) of the chef’s fabulous sauces—ginger, coconut-curry, lemon-garlic butter, or wild mushroom. Heartier eaters may prefer duck, lamb, beef, or chicken laced with peppercorns, red wine, onion, or Roquefort sauce. Telephone: 758-452-5566 Web: The Coal Pot.
Dasheene at Ladera $11 – 30
The terrace restaurant at Ladera resort has breathtaking, close-up views of the Pitons and the sea between them, especially beautiful at sunset. Appetizers may include silky sweet-potato-and-coconut soup or Caribbean lamb salad. Typical entrées are “fisherman’s catch” with a choice of flavored butters or sauces, shrimp Dasheene (panfried with local herbs), grilled rack of lamb with coconut risotto and curry sauce, or pan-seared fillet of beef marinated in a lime-and-pepper seasoning. Light dishes, pasta dishes, and fresh salads are also served at lunch—along with that million-dollar view. Telephone: 758-459-6623 Web: Dasheene at Ladera.
Buzz Seafood & Grill $11 – 30
Opposite the Royal St. Lucia by Rex Resorts hotel and Reduit Beach, this dining spot is part of Rodney Bay’s “restaurant central.” Starting with cool drinks and warm appetizers at the bar, diners make their way to the dining room or garden for some serious seafood or a good steak, baby back ribs, West Indian pepper-pot stew, spicy Moroccan-style lamb shanks, or simple chicken and chips. The seared yellowfin tuna, potato-crusted red snapper, and seafood creole are big hits, too. There’s also a vegetarian menu. Telephone: 758-458-0450 Web: Buzz Seafood & Grill.
The Cliff at Cap $31 – 60
Lots of non-residents eat at The Cliff at Cap, the restaurant at Cap Maison, a very smart hacienda-style hotel near St Lucia’s northern tip. Part of the reason is the open-air restaurant’s sensational clifftop location: below you, frigate birds swoop over the ocean, and the panoramic views extend to Martinique on the horizon. But the creative French/West Indian cuisine is also a big draw. At the very least, go to The Cliff at Cap for a drink: the bar has an impressive selection of rums. Telephone: 758-457-8681 Web: The Cliff at Cap.
Big Chef Steakhouse $31 – 60
This classy indoor restaurant is the most reliable bet for a really good dinner. The steaks are outstandingly tender, and the sweet potato fries are delicious. Leave room for the scrumptious puddings, which are memorable. Telephone: 758-450-0210 Web: Big Chef Steakhouse.
Best St Lucia Bars & Nightlife
This is the most civilised watering hole in the heart of Rodney Bay Village. The elegant, horseshoe-shaped cocktail bar does lots of original martinis, caipirinhas and mojitos, using fresh fruits and herbs, and the restaurant is one of the better ones in the resort. Telephone: 758-451-3354 Web: Delirius.
Treasure Bay Casino
St Lucia’s first, and so far only, casino, located upstairs in the Baywalk Mall [pictured below], has slot machines, and roulette, blackjack and poker tables. It’s all very casual – there’s no dress code, and no passport or ID is needed to gain entry, though as the sign says at the entrance “No firearms allowed”. Telephone: 758-459-2901 Web: Treasure Bay Casino.
The Cane Bar
Sample the planet’s best aged rums in this specialty St Lucia rum bar, designed with a chic white-and-charcoal palette, glowing white bar, and comfortable, oversized furniture. The Cane Bar also provides a professional “rummelier” to aid in the selection of the expertly chosen native and international rums. Telephone: 758-456-8000 Web: The Cane Bar.
One of St. Lucia’s most famous nightspots is Rehab, a tribute bar named after a song by singer Amy Winehouse. Rehab serves up specialty cocktails and Motown music in Rodney Bay Village, a coastal town on the northwestern tip of the island. Telephone: 758-458-4708 Web: Rehab.
Doolittle’s Restaurant & Bar
Doolittle’s site was one of the filming spots for the movie, which featured sweeping views of the nearby Marigot Bay. Located approximately 9 miles south of Castries on the western coast, Doolittle’s serves gourmet meals during the day and transforms into a tranquil bar at night. Telephone: 758-458-3323 Web: Doolittle’s Restaurant & Bar.
Best St Lucia Hotels
Tet Rouge Resort
In your modern bathroom enjoy his and her sinks and an indoor shower, Situated near the majestic Gros Piton, the property includes a large infinity swimming pool, sun deck with shade palapas, stunning sea views and sunset vistas at the pool-side bar, free parking and Wi-Fi. Exclusively for resort guests, their highly trained chef provides unforgettable St. Lucian culinary experiences in a romantic open-air setting. Many of the most popular attractions are located nearby, including the world-famous Pitons, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, botanical gardens and cocoa plantations.
East Winds St Lucia All Inclusive
East Winds Saint Lucia is a breathtaking garden-by-the-sea, planted on the island’s most picturesque sandy bay. Our Island Hideaway is Saint Lucia’s original boutique resort featuring 30 cottage style suites, tucked away among lush plants, trees and a kaleidoscope of colorful bird-life. East Winds is home to what many consider the finest beach on the island and our guests share it with very few others just like them; travelers looking for personalized care and all-inclusive service in the most authentic of Caribbean experiences.
The resort’s intimate design, with just 37 rooms and suites, offers the perfect setting for forging a connection to the beauty, romance and lifestyle of St. Lucia. Befitting the resort’s eco-friendly philosophy, each is uniquely constructed from locally harvested tropical hardwoods, stone and tile. Furniture is made on site by St. Lucian artisans. Your suite’s “open wall” gives way to a private plunge pool and magnificent views of the Pitons and Caribbean.
Villa Beach Cottages
An intimate, boutique, beachfront hotel featuring deluxe fully self-contained one and two bedrooms villa suites nestled among the coconut trees and lush tropical gardens at Choc Bay with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and offering comfortable, casual luxury with friendly, impeccable service.
Sandals Regency La Toc All Inclusive Golf Resort and Spa – Couples Only
Three magnificent freshwater pools, sixty-five personal plunge pools, and four whirlpools •Voted Sandals Resorts “World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company” 20 years in a row •Voted Sandals Resorts “Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand”, 18 years in a row •Voted Saint Lucia’s Leading Spa Resort •Five Star Diamond Award – American Academy of Hospitality Sciences