Holidaying In Saint Lucia

St.-Lucia-MountainSaint Lucia is one of the most popular Caribbean holiday destinations. This island nation has a landmass of 617 km2 and is located in the eastern part of the Caribbean Sea. Saint Lucia is bordered by Barbados to the northwest, Saint Vincent to the northeast and Martinique to the south. St. Lucia is home to numerous attractions including “The Pitons”, a world heritage site that consists of twin volcanic peaks. Other things that make Saint Lucia a top tourism destination include:

Climate

Saint Lucia has a tropical climate and this makes it a perfect holiday destination for tourists from the northern hemisphere. The best time to book a holiday is during the dry season, which extends from December to May. The rest of the year, June to November, is generally wet. It is worth noting that temperatures rarely vary much throughout the year because St. Lucia is close to the equator. During the day, temperatures average about 29 °C. At night, temperatures drop to an average of 18 °C.

Attractions

1. The Pitons

The Pitons (Petit Piton and Gros Piton) are volcanic cones that rise majestically from the blue Caribbean ocean and tower over surrounding natural landforms. In particular,the Gros Piton is similar to the Matterhorn though at a smaller scale.

2. Sulphur Springs

This landform has earned the nickname “The Drive-In Volcano“. However, visitors should not expect to come across a volcano spewing magma because Sulphur Springs is a natural landmark that consists of bubbling mud interspersed by vents that release sulfur gas. Adventurous visitors can make a beeline to the nearby thermal baths for a dip.

3. Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens & Mineral Baths

This location consists of three attractions packaged as one. To start with, the well-maintained botanical gardens contain numerous species of tropical trees and flowers. This is in addition to the impressive Diamond falls. Lastly, the Mineral baths were built on top of hot springs by French troops in 1784 to take advantage of the springs’ therapeutic properties.

4. Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay or “hurricane hole” is a natural harbor where famous and wealthy tourists anchor their yachts. The bay is surrounded by steep, lushly forested hills. You can enjoy this view from the comfort of the palm-dotted sand bar that juts into the bay.

5. Pigeon Island

Pigeon Island is a national park with a colonial fort built atop one of the island’s hills. Visitors who make it to the top are rewarded with breathtaking and glorious 360-degree views as far as the eyes can see.

Accommodation

While on your luxury holidays, you will find out that Saint Lucia has five star resorts, villas, and hotels nestled in some of the most romantic and otherworldly locations in the entire Caribbean. This is especially true for luxury holidays resorts located in the forested southwestern part of St. Lucia. Some of the highly rated accommodation facilities include East Winds Inn, Sugar Beach resort, Cap Maison, The Jalousie Plantation, Ladera Resort, Hummingbird Beach Resort, The BodyHoliday Hotel, Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain Resort, Ti Kaye Hotel, and Stonefield Estate Villa Resort.

Nightlife

As soon as the sun sets, St. Lucians and visitors flock to bars and nightclubs spread across the island to knock back a few bottles of beer or glasses of martinis. You too can join the merry making cavalcade by visiting entertainment spots such as Delirius, Gros Islet Jump Up, Treasure Bay Casino, The Cane bar, Anse La Raye Seafood Friday, and JD’s Mangrove.

Fun Activities

Visitors to Saint Lucia can undertake water-based activities like swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing. On dry land, one can play lawn chess, play golf, play croquet, play beach volleyball or go hiking. Visitors staying at any of the top notch St. Lucian resorts can enjoy relaxing and rejuvenating spa sessions. At night, one can attend a live band show, visit a karaoke bar, attend a fashion show, or spend time relaxing at a piano bar.

Local Cuisine

St. Lucian dishes are a combination of British, West Indian, Creole, and French cuisine. Popular dishes that you should try include:

• Banana and salt fish
• Breadfruit and salt fish
• Bouyon. Consists of chicken, fish, ground yams, meat, plantains, bananas, dumplings, and dasheen
• Accra. Fried fish cakes prepared using salted cod mixed with spices
• Langouste. Lobster cooked using local ingredients
• Lambi (conch)
• Callaloo soup. Soup prepared using leaves of the dasheen plant.
• Fried plantain

Conclusion

Saint Lucia is a tropical paradise with pristine bays, sandy white beaches as well as steep and thickly forested hillsides. Popular attractions in Saint Lucia include The Pitons, Pigeon Island, Marigot Bay, Sulphur Springs, and Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens & Mineral Baths. Fun activities on this Island nation include scuba diving, mountain biking, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, zip lining and nature walks.