St. Lucia is a stunning natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest, towering mountains, fertile valleys, and the majestic Piton Mountains – twin peaks that soar high above the ocean floor on the southwest coast. Natural waterfalls, breathtaking views, friendly locals, and authentic culture impress even the most experienced travelers.
Things Not to Miss in Saint Lucia
- Kite Surfing – Saint Lucia is the perfect place for kitesurfing; the constant strong breezes, shallow calm waters and soft sand beaches make the bay of Anse de Sables a world-class destination for kitesurfers and windsurfers.
- Pigeon Island Nature Reserve – Just north of Gros Islet, the park has some of the oldest buildings on St.Lucia and affords views across to Martinique.
- The Sulphur Springs – These hot springs are one of the main attractions on the island and are just south of Soufriere. There is a pool that the hot water runs through. You can go for a dip so don’t forget your bathing suit.
- Rainforest Hikes – there are several official hiking routes on the island.
- Climb the Gros Piton – The trail begins at an elevation of about 600 feet above sea level and requires about two hours of moderate to strenuous hiking to reach the summit. A further hour and a half is needed to descend. Guides are required and entrance costs $30.
- Scuba Diving – Best at Pigeon Island, one of the island’s Historical Landmarks, as well as between The Pitons, a World Heritage Site.
Saint Lucia Tips
When to Go – The high season runs from mid-December through mid-April and during the annual St. Lucia Jazz and Carnival events; at other times of the year, hotel rates may be significantly cheaper. December and January are the coolest months and June through August are the hottest. Substantial rain is more likely from June through November.
Drinking – The minimum legal drinking age in St. Lucia is 18.
Electricity – Electricity in St. Lucia is 220 volts, 50 cycles. U.S. appliances will require a plug adaptor and, if they are not dual-voltage, a transformer.
Tipping & tax – A 9.5% government V.A.T. is added to all hotel and restaurant bills. A 10% service charge is usually added to restaurant bills; otherwise, tip 10%–15%.
Money Matters – U.S. currency is accepted almost everywhere on the island, but you’ll get change in local currency. It’s helpful to have some local currency if you plan to shop in smaller markets or ride buses.