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Touching Down In Paradise — Navigating St Lucia’s Airports

November 21st 2023
Touching Down In Paradise — Navigating St Lucia’s Airports
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Welcome to Saint Lucia, the lush and green jewel of the Caribbean, renowned for its breathtaking natural wonders, including the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Piton Mountains. With its abundant beaches, enchanting waterfalls, and romantic charm, this island is the perfect destination for those seeking a dreamy vacation. But before embarking on your adventure, let's familiarize you with where Saint Lucia is.

Piton Mountains Underwater Shot

Saint Lucia is nestled in the Eastern Caribbean, closely neighbored by enchanting islands such as Barbados, Saint Vincent, and Martinique. The most convenient way to reach this tropical locale is by air, and you have two options: Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) and George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU), each offering its unique advantages for your journey.

Expert tip: The best time to visit Saint Lucia is between mid-April to December, when you'll enjoy the finest weather and vibrant events, allowing you to explore all the incredible things Saint Lucia is known for.

Flying to Saint Lucia via Hewanorra International Airport (UVF)

Your choice of airport often depends on your point of origin. For international travelers, Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) near Vieux Fort, situated about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of the capital city, Castries, is your primary gateway. UVF is Saint Lucia's largest and most popular international airport, guaranteeing modern facilities and amenities, including shopping, dining options, and parking. UVF is the preferred choice for guests arriving from international destinations, such as the United States and Canada. Most visitors heading to Saint Lucia from these locations will land at this southern airport.

Good to know: UVF is very close to Vieux Fort, a town that was once the capital of Saint Lucia.

Flights to UVF

Hewanorra International Airport receives daily flights from several airlines, offering a convenient connection to and from Saint Lucia:

  • From the United States: Four airlines offer flights to Saint Lucia from Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Miami, New York City, Newark, and Philadelphia.

  • From Canada: There are three airlines that offer flights to Saint Lucia departing from Montreal and Toronto.

We’ve provided more general information on flight options from the US and Canada to UVF below:

Gateway Airline Schedule Duration
Atlanta (ATL) Delta Daily 4hr 12min
Boston (BOS) JetBlue Sat 4hr 45min
Charlotte (CLT) American Airlines Daily 4hr 45min
Chicago (ORD) United Sat 5hr 30min
Miami (MIA) American Airlines Daily 3hr 40min
Montreal (YUL) Air Canada Mon 5hr 00min
Montreal (YUL) Air Transat Sun 5hr 10min
New York City (JFK) JetBlue Daily 4hr 40min
Newark (EWR) United Sat, Sun 4hr 45min
Philadelphia (PHL) American Airlines Sat 4hr 45min
Toronto (YYZ) Air Canada Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun 5hr 05min
Toronto (YYZ) WestJet Tue, Thu, Sun 5hr 10min

Flying to Saint Lucia via George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU)

The George F.L. Charles Airport is the smallest of Saint Lucia's two airports, primarily serving inter-island regional travel and ideal for guests embarking on island-hopping adventures or staying at Sandals Resorts in the Caribbean. Located in Vigie, just outside Castries, SLU offers a more compact and efficient experience, with facilities like snack bars and souvenir shops.

George FL Charles Airport Saint Lucia

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While George F.L. Charles Airport handles regional flights and can be an option for those connecting from other Caribbean islands, the majority of international visitors to Saint Lucia choose Hewanorra International Airport.

Good to know: The George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU) is closer to Sandals Resorts than the Hewanorra International Airport, making it the perfect choice if you're traveling from other Caribbean destinations. Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon Beach, and Sandals Grande St. Lucian are excellent options for a vacation conveniently located minutes away from SLU.

Flights to SLU

Travelers originating from the below Caribbean destinations can book flights to George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU) in Saint Lucia:

Expert tip: Elevate your Caribbean escape by embarking on an island-hopping adventure across multiple Sandals Resorts in various destinations, then flying into Saint Lucia via SLU. This strategic choice grants you quicker access to the northern resorts and attractions, so you can get started on your Saint Lucian adventure even faster.

Transfers from St. Lucia airports to Sandals Resorts

Good news for travelers to Saint Lucia! Airport transfers to and from the resort are included in Saint Lucia vacation packages for all Sandals guests. Regardless of your choice of airport or room category, you can enjoy hassle-free transportation to your resort.

Sandals Resorts Airport Transfer Bus

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Saint Lucia's airports are all accessible by car, with the furthest being just around an hour and a half away. For a quicker arrival, consider booking a helicopter transfer that will give you a scenic introduction to the island from the sky.

Here’s a little more detail on the distance of the various Sandals Resorts from Saint Lucia airports:

  • Hewanorra International Airport

    • To Sandals Regency La Toc: 34 miles (55 km), ~1 hr 10 min [Directions]
    • To Sandals Grande St. Lucian: 41 miles (66 km), ~1 hr 40 min [Directions]
    • To Sandals Halcyon Beach: 36 miles (58 km) ~1 hr 20 min [Directions]
  • George F.L. Charles Airport

    • To Sandals Regency La Toc: 3.9 miles (6.3 km), ~12 min [Directions]
    • To Sandals Grande St. Lucian: 8 miles (12.9 km), ~20 min [Directions]
    • To Sandals Halcyon Beach: 1.8 miles (2.9 km) ~5 min [Directions]

Expert tip: Sandals Halcyon Beach is one of the closest resorts to Hewanorra International Airport in Saint Lucia, ensuring a swift start to your vacation. It's renowned for its intimate atmosphere and lush surroundings, making it the perfect choice for a Caribbean escape.

BONUS: Other things to know when flying to Saint Lucia

Do you need a passport to go to Saint Lucia?

Yes, international travelers must carry a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond their travel dates. Be sure to also have a return ticket as part of your travel documents. If you don’t already have a passport, be sure to apply for one well in advance of your vacation.

Do you have to pay departure tax in Saint Lucia?

Saint Lucia imposes a departure tax included in your airfare for passengers aged 12 and above leaving the island by air.

Choosing a Saint Lucia airport: First steps to a spectacular vacation!

Now that you're well-informed about the Saint Lucia airports and your transportation options, you're one step closer to experiencing the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Whether you decide to explore every corner of this enchanting island or simply revel in the comforts of your Sandals Resort, Saint Lucia promises an unforgettable experience.

Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Main Pool Aerial

If you’re traveling from a Caribbean destination, George F.L. Charles Airport can be a great option as it is more convenient in terms of accessibility to northern resorts and attractions. Though the Hewanorra International Airport is further away from some of the major resorts on this island, it is close to some of the best attractions in Saint Lucia including waterfalls, hiking trails, and the popular Sulphur Springs (drive-in volcano). Despite the differences in distance, no matter where you choose to stay on this island you’ll have access to the best tours, attractions, and amazing resorts.

Somewhere before or after making the decision on which airport to travel to, you will need to think about where to stay in Saint Lucia. Sandals all-inclusive resorts offer three different accommodation options on the island. Each resort in Saint Lucia has its own distinct personality and is adults-only. Have fun and create good memories whether or not you leave your resort.

Expert tip: The stunning beauty of Saint Lucia and the friendliness of the people will definitely make this one destination you won’t soon forget, as will this Saint Lucia food and drinks. If you’re not sure which resort will be best for you, check out our post on the best Sandals Resort in Saint Lucia to help you decide!

The Best Sandals Resort In Saint Lucia: A Comprehensive Selection Guide!

November 14th 2023
The Best Sandals Resort In Saint Lucia: A Comprehensive Selection Guide!

Planning your dream getaway to Saint Lucia? We totally get it – picking the perfect resort can be a game-changer! The good news is that with Sandals Resorts, you've got a wide array of options to suit every kind of traveler. So, getting your vacation plans in order just got a whole lot simpler. Even better, in Saint Lucia, you've got not one, not two, but three fantastic all-inclusive resorts to choose from!

Saint Lucia Piton Boat Shot

Saint Lucia, often referred to as the 'Helen of the West,' is a paradise adored by vacationers for its breathtaking natural beauty. Each of the Sandals Resorts on this stunning island has its own unique charm and character. In this post, we're going to dive into the essential factors to consider when picking your ideal Sandals Resort and share some incredible adventures you can embark on in Saint Lucia. So, let's get started on planning the vacation of your dreams! 😊

Good to know: When it comes to Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia, you're in for a treat! They've got a fantastic array of accommodation choices, diverse inclusions, and lots of fun activities to keep you entertained.

Top-rated Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia

Sandals Stay at 1, Play at 3 Program in Saint Lucia

Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Halcyon Beach, or Sandals Regency La Toc… Picking the perfect resort is just the start of your amazing Saint Lucia adventure. When you stay at any of our fantastic all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia, you get to dive into our incredible Stay at 1, Play at 3 Program. It opens the doors to a world of possibilities!

Sandals Halcyon Pool Couple Chairs

Imagine this: you can enjoy all the perks, dining delights, and experiences not only at your chosen Sandals Resort but also at our two other fantastic resorts. So, you can bask in the sun at one resort during the day and savor a delightful dinner at a completely different one. Plus, our complimentary resort shuttle service makes zipping between them a breeze.

The best part? Your dining choices skyrocket to a whopping 27 restaurants! Plus, if you're a fan of diving, it’s worth mentioning that you'll have access to even more incredible underwater spots. And let's not forget the entertainment – each resort has its own unique and fun schedule of activities, so there's always something exciting happening.

Insider tip: When you're at Sandals Grande St. Lucian (especially if you're making the most of the Sandals Stay at 1, Play at 3 Program), make a game plan for the restaurants you want to savor first. Trust me, there's a culinary adventure waiting for you at this resort, so having a dining strategy ensures you won't miss out on any mouthwatering delights!

Now, here's a tip for you if you want to 'Stay and Play' with us: timing is everything! Our shuttle service departs from the resorts on the hour, creating a smooth schedule with even and odd-hour departures. And Sandals Halcyon Beach is right in the middle of this fantastic timeframe. So, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime – it's all right at your fingertips!

Sandals Grande St. Lucian: A lively beachfront getaway

Alright, let's dive into the amazing options waiting for you in Saint Lucia! One resort that truly stands out is the fabulous Sandals Grande St. Lucian. It's a place where relaxation meets excitement, and guests absolutely adore the lively yet relaxed vibe it offers. If you're into a mix of unwinding and thrill-seeking, this is your sweet spot. Here's why this resort may be great for you:

Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Main Pool Aerial

  • Prime beachfront location: Imagine stepping out of your resort and finding yourself just a stone's throw away from one of the best beaches in Saint Lucia, Pigeon Island Beach. Sandals Grande St. Lucian knows how to pamper beach lovers, and it's a paradise for those who want to dive into water sports. While the beach is open to the public, it's mainly enjoyed by Sandals Resorts guests, so you get that exclusive feel.

  • Scenic vistas: The views at Sandals Grande St. Lucian are truly lovely. You can soak in the beauty of the beachfront and gaze beyond the yachts to Rodney Bay and other charming communities in the north of Saint Lucia. This resort is where you'll find the most stunning sunrise and sunset views right at the beachfront. And hey, don't forget to arrange a sunset photoshoot with the Resort Photo Shop once you're there!

  • Culinary delights: Foodies, get ready to be spoiled for choice because Sandals Grande St. Lucian boasts 12 restaurants, giving this resort the most dining options among all Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia. There's something for everyone, from scrumptious buffet-style lunches at The Bayside Restaurant to seafood delights at Barefoot by the Sea, and a gourmet crêperie named Josephine's that serves mouthwatering French crêpes and desserts. Craving something spicy? The Jerk Shack has you covered. And the unique overwater restaurant, Gordon’s Pier Restaurant, has an ambiance you can't miss.

  • Poolside bliss: As soon as you check in, you won't have to wait a minute to dive into the aquatic fun. This resort spoils you with five inviting pools, and the star of the show is the zero-entry pool, which usually buzzes with entertainment. And if you're a fan of whirlpools, congratulations, you found three of them! When it comes to staying refreshed, you've got seven bars to choose from, including swim-up bars, and cozy nooks tucked away everywhere – seriously, you'll lose count of them. So whether you're in the mood for a lively gathering or a peaceful moment, you're covered.

Insider tip: Those swing sets by the ocean are perfect for capturing Instagram-worthy moments. Or you can simply settle in and let the island's relaxed vibe wash over you. Sandals Grande St. Lucian has something for everyone, whether you're craving excitement or pure serenity!

Sandals Halcyon Beach: The Garden of Eden vibe

Ah, the Caribbean – where the vibes are all about chill and peace, and Sandals Halcyon Beach embodies this to perfection. We like to think of this Castries, Saint Lucia gem as a real-life Garden of Eden, and the lush surroundings play a big part in creating that heavenly feel. So, if you're considering Sandals Halcyon Beach for your next escape, here's a sneak peek of what's waiting for you:

Sandals Halcyon Pool Overview

  • Tropical tranquility: As soon as you step foot into Sandals Halcyon Beach, you'll be wrapped in an intimate, laid-back atmosphere that's all about serenity and seclusion. The lush greenery all around beckons you to unwind and truly savor your vacation. And when it comes to rooms and suites, you've got some fantastic options. Picture private pool sanctuaries, swim-up pools, and oh-so-inviting Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ – it's your own paradise within a paradise. And to top it off, the resort boasts three pools and three whirlpools for you to indulge in – talk about relaxation!

  • Dining excellence: Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure because Sandals Halcyon Beach serves up delectable dishes day in and day out. You'll be spoiled for choice with our restaurants, including the delightful Bayside Restaurant and the Beach Bistro. In total, there are six fantastic dining spots at your disposal, each with its own unique charm. Whether you're craving Caribbean flavors or international delights, this resort has you covered.

  • Water sports extravaganza: If you're a water sports enthusiast, Sandals Halcyon Beach is the place to be. We recommend diving into the aquatic fun early on during your stay so you can make the most of it. Think snorkeling, scuba diving, and a whole lot more – the options are as vast as the ocean itself.

Insider tip: With seven bars and the option to explore the culinary wonders of all Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia, your Sandals Halcyon Beach vacation can turn into a diverse foodie journey. That's right, you'll have access to 21 more restaurants during your getaway, expanding your culinary horizons. This 'Stay at 1, Play at 3' Sandals perk comes at no extra cost to you!

Sandals Regency La Toc: Sweeping views and stellar villa suites

Now, let's talk about the breathtaking Sandals Regency La Toc – it's an absolute gem, and the tropical beauty and great views are just a few reasons why it's a top choice for our guests. If you're considering this resort for your next getaway, here's what to expect:

Sandals Regency La Toc Pool Overview

  • Relaxed atmosphere: Sandals Regency La Toc is the kind of place that grabs your heart from the moment you arrive. The resort's laid-back atmosphere invites guests to unwind amidst stunning surroundings. So, if you're dreaming of a standout getaway that makes you feel truly away from it all, this is the spot.

  • Outstanding scenery: Guests at this resort can't get enough of the views, and some suites are especially renowned for their panoramas. Take the Sunset Bluff Oceanfront Suites, for example – they'll treat you to sweeping vistas that are worth every second of your vacation. You might even get a gentle nudge from your personal butler to savor the sunrise or sunset, preferably by your private pool – pure bliss!

  • Golfers paradise: If you're a golf aficionado, you're in luck. Our guests get free green fees and complimentary transfers to the Cap Estate Golf & Country Club, an 18-hole gem located in the north of Saint Lucia. But that's not all – Sandals Regency La Toc has its very own 9-hole golf course, adding to the excitement. With narrow fairways and rolling hills, it's a golfer's dream come true.

  • Culinary adventures: Get ready to embark on a global culinary journey at Sandals Regency La Toc with its nine restaurants. You can literally hop from Italy one night to France the next, followed by England, Asia, or the Caribbean, depending on your mood. And with eight bars on-site, you're in for some delicious cocktails too.

Insider tip: Sandals Regency La Toc offers butler service in many top-tier room categories. It might cost a little more, but trust us, it's worth every penny for a hassle-free and indulgent vacation!

Let's dive a bit deeper – check out Kimonos, a Japanese-themed dinner spot that's all about live cooking demonstrations teppanyaki style. The restaurant’s signature cocktail, the Sake Cruise, is scrumptious and combines traditional sake with the sweet flavors of the tropics. Other favorites include Armando’s, which boasts incredible ocean views, and the intimate La Toc Restaurant with its French-themed delights. With such diverse options, you won't run out of exciting flavors to savor.

Tailoring your vacation experience at Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia

Let's chat about how you can tailor your vacation experience at Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia – because personalizing your dream getaway is what it's all about! The more specific your vacation goals are, the easier it becomes to find the resort that's a perfect fit for you. So, what's your preference? Are you all about adventure and action, or do you lean more toward serenity and tranquility? Maybe you're craving some overwater indulgence? Well, guess what? We've got you covered. Let's dive into the details:

Watersports and excitement

We get it – watersports are a must for any beach vacation. At Sandals Resorts, we make it a breeze to include some thrilling watersports in your vacation agenda. Here's where you can find the best watersports activities in Saint Lucia:

  • Sandals Grande St. Lucian: This resort is a water sports hotspot, offering a wide range of options. From water skiing and wakeboarding to non-motorized fun like Hobie Cats, paddleboards, and kayaks, they've got it all. Plus, your vacation package includes snorkeling and scuba diving (up to 2 tanks per day) – dive in!

  • Sandals Halcyon Beach: If you're keen on water sports but haven't tried activities like wakeboarding, tubing, or waterskiing, this is the perfect place to start your adventure in Saint Lucia.

Swim-up serenity

There's something truly magical about swim-up suites – you can step right from your room into the pool. Talk about convenience and fun! Here are some of our favorite Sandals swim-up suites in Saint Lucia:

  • Sandals Grande St. Lucian: If you're craving a swim-up room experience, check out the Swim Up Lover's Lagoon Honeymoon Club Level. Your morning swim is just a few steps away.

  • Sandals Halcyon Beach: For an intimate and serene experience, the Beachfront Crystal Lagoon Swim-up Butler Room at this resort strikes the perfect balance between ease and tranquility. Swim by day, unwind beneath starry skies at night.

  • Sandals Regency La Toc: While you won't find swim-up suites at this resort, you can get close by booking accommodations with a private pool. Take the Oceanfront Two-Story One Bedroom Butler Villa w/ Private Pool, for example – it comes with its very own private pool and even a Tranquility Soaking Tub™ for two. Talk about ultimate relaxation!

Overwater bliss

Our guests absolutely adore the Overwater features at Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia, and it's easy to see why. From Overwater Bungalows to an Overwater Chapel and even our Overwater restaurant, these options make your vacation truly unforgettable:

  • Sandals Grande St. Lucian: Prepare to be amazed by the Overwater Bungalows. With a spa-style bathroom, king-size lounging bed, mesmerizing glass floors, a private sun deck, Sandals' signature Tranquility Soaking Tub™ for two, and even an overwater hammock, these bungalows are a dream come true. You'll find that they're even more spacious and cozy in person.

Insider tip: If you've ever dreamt of a tropical destination wedding, the Overwater Chapel at Sandals Grande St. Lucian is an absolute highlight on your special day.

Unleash your adventurous side in Saint Lucia

If you can manage to tear yourself away from the sheer bliss of your Sandals all-inclusive resort (trust me, it's not easy), you're in for an incredible Saint Lucia adventure. This island is a treasure trove of experiences, from hiking through lush landscapes to lounging on pristine beaches, exploring mineral springs, chasing waterfalls, and even conquering the towering Piton Mountains. There's no shortage of things to do here, and the best part is that no matter which Sandals Resort you choose, you're perfectly positioned to dive into the best of Saint Lucia's attractions.

Over Water Bungalow Sandals Grande Saint Lucian

Saint Lucia's natural beauty alone is enough to inspire you to venture out and explore. The island is brimming with captivating sites, from the otherworldly Sulphur Springs in the south to the historic Pigeon Island National Landmark in the north. And here's a little secret – you can easily book some of the best excursions on the island through Sandals Resorts. So, your adventures are just a click away!

Saint Lucia is a dream destination, with its lush landscapes, stunning beauty, and a laid-back vibe that's simply irresistible. Whether you're in the early stages of planning or ready to book your trip, one thing's for sure – you can't go wrong with Saint Lucia. It's the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, and it's waiting to make your vacation dreams come true. So, what are you waiting for? 🏝️🌅🌿🌊

Looking for some inspiration? Well, we've got you covered with a list of our favorite things to do in Saint Lucia.

Unleash Your Inner Explorer: Explore Soufriere on Your St Lucia Vacation

The Islands
March 28th 2023
Unleash Your Inner Explorer: Explore Soufriere on Your St Lucia Vacation
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Located in the eastern Caribbean, the island of Saint Lucia appeals to nature lovers and romantics searching for a peaceful and memorable vacation in the sun. Although the entire island of Saint Lucia is filled with stunning and fascinating natural sights, some parts of the island have more of them than others. Soufriere, in the south of the island, is home to some of Saint Lucia’s most well-known natural attractions, including the Diamond Falls and the Sulphur Springs.

Soufriere is a quiet, charming, and beautiful fishing town. The Soufriere Bay is definitely worth seeing, as are the Piton Mountains, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you’re considering visiting Soufriere while in Saint Lucia, we’ve taken the time to list some of the exciting adventures you can find in this area as well as some fun travel tips!

About Soufriere in Saint Lucia


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The town of Soufriere is located on the west coast of Saint Lucia. Soufriere is known for having some of the best natural attractions in Saint Lucia and was once this island’s capital. In the early 1800s, Castries became the capital of Saint Lucia. Soufriere is well known for being home to the Pitons but there’s much more to look forward to seeing in this southern town including the world’s only ‘drive-in’ volcano, waterfalls, hot springs, and mineral baths. While in Soufriere, it can be exhilarating to hike through the lush rainforests and visit some of the scenic beaches in this part of the island.

Did you know?: Soufriere translates to “sulfur” in French. This name is quite appropriate for the southern Saint Lucian town as there are quite a few mineral baths and hot springs located in this area.

10 things to do in Soufriere

Soufriere is one of the most vibrant parts of Saint Lucia. In this community, you’ll not only be able to explore the best of Saint Lucia but interact with friendly and welcoming locals as well. Some of the best attractions in the area include tours to places like Sulphur Springs, waterfalls, and some of the best beaches in Saint Lucia. We've listed some of our favorite things to do in Saint Lucia to help you make the most of your time in the Saint Lucian south.

1. Snorkeling at Soufriere


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There are lots of things Saint Lucia is known for and diving is definitely one of them. Snorkeling in particular is an activity that pretty much any visitor can enjoy on this island and there’s a wide variety of sites to choose from where you’re likely to have cool sightings. Soufriere is one of the best places to go snorkeling on this island some of the sea life you might come across in this area include squid, sea turtles, sea horses, eels, a range of tropical fishes, and a variety of colorful sponges. Visibility is usually good for snorkeling in Soufriere.

Snorkeling in Saint Lucia isn’t necessarily something you’ll have to plan in advance as in many places you can snorkel right off the beach. There are at least five beaches in Soufriere that are good for snorkeling including Sugar Beach, which has stunning views above and below the ocean. You won’t need to go far out to see the stunning underwater views which include thriving coral gardens. You can also dive along the Piton Wall in Soufriere but this is more popular with scuba divers. Many of the beaches in Soufriere have shallow waters which is a plus for newbie snorkelers.

2. Soak in Sulphur Springs

Soufriere St Lucia Sulphur Springs

Going to the Sulphur Springs is one of those signature Saint Lucian activities that you absolutely must try while on this island. At this attraction, you’ll find the world’s only drive-in volcano, mud baths, and natural jacuzzis that you can dip into. As you walk around this extensive property, you’ll see just why it's known as a drive-in volcano as you view the steaming vents and inhale the pungent smell of sulfur in the air. Historically speaking, the seven-mile-wide caldera in this area last erupted in 1766.

Even though Sulphur Springs is known as a drive-in volcano, you’ll be doing mostly walking once you arrive and disembark from your taxi or rental. Once you get inside, a guide will instruct you on where you can and cannot go during a tour. After your tour of the property, you can settle into one of the mud baths — they are said to be incredibly healing!

Expert tip: If you go with your partner to Sulphur Springs, you can make your own intricate designs on their body with the mineral-rich mud. This is a popular thing to do at this attraction before getting into the mud baths. You can use the on-site showers afterward to clean up. The best tours to the Sulphur Springs end with a visit to the refreshing Toraille Waterfall in Soufriere!

3. Hike Gros Piton


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In 2004, UNESCO added the Pitons St. Lucia to its list of World Heritage Sites. These majestic mountains have become an iconic representation of Saint Lucia and a popular draw for visitors. The Pitons, often called “twin peaks," are situated in two different communities even though they appear to be side by side from certain vantage points. Both Gros Piton (big Piton) and Petit Piton (little Piton) are located in the southwest corner of Saint Lucia and are dormant volcanic plugs.

While in Saint Lucia, it will be possible to go hiking up Gros Piton. Gros Piton is located in the community of Soufriere while Petit Piton is in Choiseul. Of this pair, Gros Piton is the mountain that is most often climbed, as it can be quite treacherous to attempt to climb the much steeper Petit Piton. Gros Piton is 2,619ft tall and from the summit, you can see panoramic views of the island. It can take three to six hours to complete the 3.2-mile hike up Gros Piton. A tour guide is recommended for this excursion. Comfortable shoes are a must for this hike. You can sign up for the Gros Piton hikes through your resort or via a local tour company in Saint Lucia.

4. Travel the Tet Paul Nature Trail


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Nature trails and hikes are among the things Soufriere is most famous for. There are a number of places where you can go hiking in this part of Saint Lucia and the trails range from easy to a little more difficult. One of the most popular nature trails in Soufriere is the Tet Paul Nature Trail. This hike is on the shorter end but along the way, you’ll see some striking Saint Lucian scenery.

The Tet Paul Nature Trail takes about 45 minutes and it is easy to moderate in terms of difficulty. If you sign up for this adventure, you’ll have a knowledgeable tour guide with you who can share the ins and outs of this space. Along the way, you’ll learn about the various plants and their medicinal properties, local farming, and even the history of this area. It’ll cost $10 USD to access the Tet Paul Nature Trail.

5. Visit the Diamond Waterfalls

Diamond waterfall Saint Lucia

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There’s a lot to see at the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens (also known simply as the Diamond Falls) and quite a bit of history to discover as well. For most people who choose to visit this attraction in Saint Lucia, the waterfall is a central focus. The waterfall at this location is truly spectacular and some say it changes color throughout the year due to the combination of rainwater and volcanic material.

It’ll cost around $7 USD to get into the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens and once inside you can explore this 6-acre space which is the oldest botanical garden in Saint Lucia. As you look around, you can admire the lush and colorful foliage which includes flowers like the ever-so-tropical hibiscus. This site includes mineral baths which you can access for an extra $6 USD.

6. Escape to the Jade Mountains Spa

Kai en Ciel Jade Mountain Spa St Lucia

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For an extra special spa date in Saint Lucia, why not go to the highly-rated Jade Mountain Spa? This is the only property in Saint Lucia that can boast panoramic views of both Petit Piton and Gros Piton. The spa at Jade Mountain, known as Kai en Ciel, is located on Anse Chastanet Beach, which is adjacent to the resort. The spa has a number of rejuvenating options available to guests including massages, body scrubs, and facials. In addition to a varied menu, there’s also a sauna, steam room, and outdoor hot tub. Couples will love that they can find classic beauty treatments, ayurvedic and holistic services available all in one place here.

Expert tip: If you’re looking to spend time at a phenomenal spa during your vacation, you should definitely check out Red Lane Spa at the Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia. Available only to resort guests, this calming spa experience adds something extra special to your stay in paradise and complements a visit to rejuvenating attractions like Sulphur Springs in Soufriere.

7. Eat in a treehouse at Anse Chastanet

Treehouse View Soufriere St Lucia Sunset

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The Treehouse at Anse Chastanet has some really great reviews and this restaurant offers some of the best dining in Saint Lucia. The great thing about the Treehouse Restaurant is that it is a farm-to-table establishment which means that you can be assured of the freshest ingredients. This restaurant is part of the 600-acre estate where Anse Chastanet is located. The organic produce used in the dishes served here is grown at Anse Mamin and Emerald Estate, all part of the same property.

Not only is the Treehouse Restaurant designed to be sustainable by supporting local farmers and fishermen, but the food is also delicious as well. If you choose to dine here, expect an open-air treehouse that overlooks the tropical greenery and the Caribbean Sea. The menu at the Treehouse is a mix of Caribbean and international flavors and changes daily. Romantic, candlelight dinners are a sure possibility here!

8. View history at Stonefield

Stonefield Estate Pool St Lucia

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Stonefield Estate is promoted as being a unique and tranquil escape from a too-busy life. This is one of those places where you can fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Saint Lucia, soak in some serenity, and explore some of the histories of this island. In terms of the historical aspect of this space, you can view petroglyphs at this estate. You’ll find a nature trail to these historic carvings that you can explore while there. The largest of the rock carvings at Stonefield is about 10 cm. The petroglyphs here are said to have been drawn by the Carib Indians and the place where they are located is thought to have been a birthing site.

9. Taste Caribbean chocolate

Caribbean Chocolate Process Saint Lucia

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Distinct and flavorful, it'll be hard to say no to the local chocolate while in Saint Lucia. This is one of the islands where you can find estates that produce their own rich and indulgent chocolate made with a unique blend of cocoa beans. To start off your chocolate adventure on this island, you might want to visit Hotel Chocolat ran by Rabot estate. If you go here, you can expect to be served chocolate-infused cuisine that is unique and scrumptious. One of the most popular dishes at this establishment is their cacao marinated black Angus. Hotel Chocolat also offers chocolate-infused cocktails and has excellent views of the Pitons.

Another option for satisfying your chocolate craving is a visit to the Fond Doux Plantation. Fond Doux offers a hands-on experience where you can not only tour old estates but also participate in chocolate making. As you work closely with an experienced chocolatier, you will be able to make your own chocolate that you can take home with you. Both of the locations in Soufriere where you can try local chocolate are old sugar plantations that continue to process cacao.

10. Soak in the St. Lucian Sun

Soufriere Bay Saint Lucia

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There’s nothing like relaxing on a gorgeous, sunny beach to calm your mind and body. Even better if that beach is on a beautiful island like Saint Lucia where you can simply relax and enjoy the scenery. You’ll feel fortunate to have found such a gem of an island as you unwind seaside with the sound of the waves in the background and chirping birds flying overhead!

There are many beautiful beaches in Saint Lucia’s north and south. Soufriere has a few that are well-known for their breathtaking vistas. Sugar Beach is one of these and it is one of the most popular beaches in St. Lucia. You’ll find this beach tucked away between the Piton mountains. This fortunate location equates to views that are simply divine! Some of the perks to going to Sugar Beach are that you can find water sports, restrooms, and a restaurant and bar nearby as well. While in Soufriere, you might also want to visit Malgretoute Beach which is a pebbly beach with grey sand. Malgretoute Beach is more secluded than Sugar Beach and it is north of Petit Piton with great views as well.

Expert tip: There are many great beaches in Saint Lucia outside of Soufriere. Other options for a relaxing beach day in Saint Lucia include Anse Chastanet and the beach on Pigeon Island in northern Saint Lucia.

The best time to visit Saint Lucia

The best time to visit Saint Lucia is between the months of mid-December to mid-April. Like many other Caribbean isles, this is the peak season for this island. Peak season tends to see the highest volume of visitors to Saint Lucia. If you plan on traveling to Saint Lucia during the high season, you’ll need to book your flight well in advance.

Whether you travel to Saint Lucia during peak season or not, the truth of the matter is that there really isn’t a bad time to go to this island as the temperatures are mostly consistent year-round. It is worth noting that June to November can be a bit rainier on this island, but even then it is still possible to enjoy a vacation with sunny and wonderful days on this island. In the low and shoulder seasons for travel to this island, you might find better airfare and deals on accommodation too.

How to get to Soufriere and where to stay in Soufriere

The best way to get to Soufriere and Saint Lucia overall is by plane. Saint Lucia’s international airport, the Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) is located in Vieux Fort which is about 30 minutes from Soufriere. From Miami, it’ll take about four hours to get to Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia by plane. Direct flights are available. Even if you want to spend time in Soufriere while in Saint Lucia, it will be perfectly alright to stay in any other part of the island as tours can easily be arranged.

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In terms of where to stay in Saint Lucia, keep in mind that if you stay at an all-inclusive resort like Sandals Grande St. Lucian, or even Sandals Halcyon Beach or Sandals Regency La Toc, you can arrange tours to Soufriere through your resort. Most tours include transportation but if you’d prefer to get a rental, it won’t be hard to book one in Saint Lucia. Consider the things you want out of a resort when selecting where to stay. Sandals Resorts have a host of quality inclusions guests will love including luxurious accommodations, private plunge pools, spas, panoramic views, and so much more.

Expert tip: Do you need a passport to go to Saint Lucia? If you’ve been asking yourself this question while planning your trip, you can rest easy knowing the answer is yes. All international visitors need a passport to go to Saint Lucia, and you should make sure your passport will be valid for six months past your departure date.

Soufriere, Saint Lucia FAQs:

Best way to travel around Soufriere?

The best way to travel around Soufriere is either with a taxi or with a car rental. Car rentals in Saint Lucia can cost $400 USD per week on average. Renting a car can be helpful on this island if you want to get from place to place without a hassle. For guests who choose to stay at all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia, Sandals Resorts in particular include things like airport transfers (round trip), and you can book tours through the resort that include transfers as well.

How much will a week in Soufriere cost?

A week in Soufriere, Saint Lucia can cost around $2,075 USD for a solo traveler, $3,727 USD for a couple, and roughly $6,987 USD for a family of four. Keep in mind that the price you pay will depend on your accommodation and the activities you choose to do while in Saint Lucia. Whether or not you get a car rental can influence your costs as well.

Good to know: When planning your accommodation in Saint Lucia, keep in mind that you can arrange tours to enjoy some of the attractions in Soufriere no matter where on the island you stay.

What is Soufriere known for?

Soufriere is best known for its amazing scenery and for being home to the Pitons Saint Lucia, twin mountains that are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are other things this southern town is known for, like the Sulphur Springs, the Diamond and Toraille waterfalls, mineral baths, hot springs, hikes, and just overall adventure. Soufriere has many local restaurants where you can enjoy authentic Saint Lucian food and it can be a great place to spend the day while on this island.

Explore more of Saint Lucia with an all-inclusive package

Well, there you have it. Proof that there’s just so much to explore in Soufriere and Saint Lucia overall. If you plan carefully, you can enjoy the best of Soufriere during your island getaway. A great way to take it all in will be to plan your vacation through an all-inclusive resort. Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia offer couples everything they need in an all-inclusive vacation, from accommodation and meals, and all the way down to entertainment (day and night) and land and water sports as well. You can plan your tours and excursions through the resort and enjoy top-quality inclusions as well. Sandals Resorts caters to couples and has three resorts in Saint Lucia — that means you can choose the most fitting resort for your Caribbean dream vacation!

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Expert tip: Check out these all-inclusive Saint Lucia resorts if you want luxury and lots of adventure. Our Sandals Grande St Lucian review can also help you decide on where to stay on this island.

Find & Enjoy The Best Restaurants In St. Lucia With No Hassle!

Food & Drink
March 24th 2023
Find & Enjoy The Best Restaurants In St. Lucia With No Hassle!

The cuisine of the Caribbean varies greatly from island to island. While many Caribbean dishes use similar ingredients, the flavors vary depending on the island and region. Saint Lucia in the eastern Caribbean is one of the islands known and loved for its unique local cuisine and a wide variety of restaurants.

Caribbean Dishes Saint Lucia Food

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The restaurants in Saint Lucia range from casual eateries to five-star fine dining selections. These can be found in communities across the island and within some of the hotels and resorts including the all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia. The main areas in Saint Lucia where you’ll find the best restaurants include Gros Islet, Castries, Soufriere, and Vieux Fort, but you can find good restaurants throughout the island.

In this post, we’ve listed some of the best restaurants in Saint Lucia that you might want to try during your vacation.

Expert tip: To experience some of the best local foods in Saint Lucia it’s a good idea to plan your visit around a festival, like the annual Creole Festival (Jounen Kwéyòl ) held in October, or Saint Lucia Carnival which usually takes place in July.

12 Best Restaurants in St. Lucia

1. The Naked Fisherman

The Naked Fisherman has in the past been voted one of the best beach bars in the Caribbean. This restaurant is located on the water at the Cap Maison Resort in Cap Estate. The Naked Fisherman is one of the most scenic restaurants you’ll find in St. Lucia, and the fact that the restaurant is open-air really gives you a chance to appreciate this. You’ll also be right on the beach which is part of the appeal here as well — Smugglers Cove is just steps away from this restaurant.

The Naked Fisherman offers all-day dining. In terms of the food, you can go for “something easy” like the Roast Creole Bakes, “something a little bigger” like the TNF Kobe Burger, or the “Creole BBQ Boards” which include Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Jerk Creole Chicken Kebab. All boards are served with Pumpkin Coconut Curry.

While enjoying the views and food at the Naked Fisherman, you might also want to order a cocktail like the classic Caribbean daiquiri or the signature rum punch.

Insider Tip: If you want to experience one of the most romantic restaurants of Saint Lucia on the water, you have to visit Gordon’s Restaurant. This restaurant specializes in fresh seafood with its menu drawing inspiration from traditional Caribbean cuisine. Every seat in the restaurant offers gorgeous views of Saint Lucia’s Rodney Bay with its open-air seating. Our favorite dishes from Gordon’s Restaurant include Jamaican Style Steamed Snapper Fillet, Surf and Turf, and the Grilled Lamb Chops.

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This restaurant is only available for guests of Sandals Grande St. Lucian and other Sandals resorts on the island. The best part? Gordon’s Restaurant’s exceptional food and drinks are included (and unlimited) as part of Sandals’ all-inclusive vacation package.

2. Jacques Waterfront Dining

Just as soon as you walk into Jacques Waterfront Dining, you’ll be whisked away to your preferred seating area and given a moment to take in all the beauty that is in this restaurant. Everything from the carefully chosen greenery to the decor and the authentic Caribbean feel of this open-air restaurant appears to be perfectly suited. After scanning the menu, you realize why Jacques is one of the most highly recommended restaurants on the island!

Jacques Waterfront Dining is located in Rodney Bay. With delicious food and a captivating view of the marina, this is one of those restaurants you'll want to try at least once during your vacation. In terms of the food, you can expect traditional Caribbean flavors with a French twist. Jacques Waterfront Dining is only open for dinner, but you might catch them open on Sundays for their Jazz Brunch event. Some of the must-try dishes at this restaurant include the fresh catch of the day, baked stuffed sweet pepper, grilled jumbo prawns, and roast lamb cutlets. Reservations are recommended.

3. Rabot Restaurant

Rabot Restaurant is Saint Lucia's only restaurant with a menu featuring cacao cuisine. This restaurant is located at Hotel Chocolat in Soufriere. Rabot Restaurant is popular among foodies who want to sample traditional Caribbean flavors with cacao undertones. Rabot’s food is complemented by breathtaking views of Petit Piton and the rainforest. At night, the romantic ambiance is enhanced by candles, soft music, and the sounds of nature.

Almost every dish on the menu contains cacao, which was inspired by the rare cacao grown on Rabot Estate. The beef filet, for example, is marinated in freshly roasted cacao before being served with sautéed mushrooms, callaloo (local spinach), potato fries, and a red wine and dark chocolate gravy. The yellowfin tuna is seared with a cacao nib crust, fresh spring onions, and cacao butter sauce, then served with sweet potato mash and seasonal local vegetables.

The cacao is used in different ways depending on the dish, with it being the main flavor in some and just a light spice in others. You will not be too full for dessert at this restaurant!

4. The Coal Pot

The Coal Pot restaurant in Saint Lucia is in Castries, the capital. This restaurant has been going strong for quite a few years and serves Caribbean fusion food. The Coal Pot is loved by locals and visitors alike and this has a lot to do with the consistency of the food, the relaxed ambiance, the attentive service, and the scenic views of the harbor. The Coal Pot restaurant is best for an intimate, local, and authentic dining experience in Saint Lucia.

As the Coal Pot relies on locally sourced ingredients, the menu at this restaurant changes often based on the season and availability. Most of the time though, you’ll be able to find your favorites on the menu cooked up by Chef Xavier and his team. Chef Xavier is known for constantly whipping up amazing dishes that really bring out the best of Caribbean flavors. Once you dine here, you’re absolutely going to want to try to go to this spot at least one more time before you leave the island, so be sure to do this earlier on in your trip.

5. Dasheene

The Dasheene restaurant is located at the Ladera Resort in Soufriere, St. Lucia. This restaurant is a good choice if you’re looking for award-winning Caribbean & Creole cuisine with Indian flavors. This southern restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The menu here is often described as eclectic and innovative. If you decide to dine here while in Saint Lucia, you can expect a fun and vibrant atmosphere, and on some occasions, live music.

Dasheene has an extensive menu that includes soups like fish, sweet potato or coconut, Caribbean lamb salad, roasted conch with pickled vegetables, Cajun Creole vegetable bakes, and more. You might also want to try the seafood sampler or a simple chicken roti for a taste of the islands. Aside from the attentive service and delicious food, one of the things you’ll enjoy most is the stunning views of the Pitons (Saint Lucia’s twin mountains) from any table in their dining room. Cocktails before or after dinner are a must at this restaurant.

6. Buzz Restaurant

When it comes to eating out in Saint Lucia, Buzz is a highly recommended option. It won’t take long once you arrive at this restaurant to see why. For one thing, Buzz’s menu is extensive. Added to that, the prices are reasonable, the indoor/outdoor ambiance is appealing, and the food is delicious. This cozy and intimate restaurant is ideal for a tropical date night in paradise.

One thing is certain: you can’t go wrong with the Buzz menu. According to repeat customers, “there’s just such variety!”. Whatever your mood is, there will be something to tempt you. The flavors blend perfectly into the meal selections here, from the Moroccan Lamb Shanks to the Red Snapper or any grilled fish of the day. The staff's accommodating service is the icing on the cake. Thai curry and Shepherd's pie are also on the menu at this restaurant. If you still have room for dessert after you’ve had your fill of Buzz specialties, try the baked cheesecake, chocolate brownies, crème brûlée, or simply some delicious ice cream. After dinner, you can relax with a drink at the pub.

7. Spices of India

Dinner at Spices of India is dinner at a convenient and inviting location, where a warm welcome always awaits you. This restaurant is in the heart of Rodney Bay (Bay Walk Mall) and from the moment you arrive, Chef Adil and his team of friendly staff will ensure that you feel comfortable, and welcome. Spices of India has been open since 2010 and this restaurant is known and loved for its consistency.

A modern twist on the traditional Indian Tandoori style can be found at the top-rated Spices of India. The cuisine here includes traditional favorites like Butter Chicken and Aloo Gobi and new delectable choices such as the Samosa Chaat (a street snack from India), Liver Fry Masala, and Lamb Biryani. On request, halal, gluten-free, and celiac-friendly options are available. Make sure to tell the waiter how mild or spicy you want your dish.

Good to know: Indoor or outdoor dining is possible at Spices of India. As this restaurant is located in Rodney Bay, you’ll be near the beach with quick access to shops at the nearby malls.

8. Chateau Mygo House of Seafood

Chateau Mygo is a family-run restaurant in Saint Lucia’s picturesque Marigot Bay. The location alone enhances the ambiance of this restaurant, and the flavors prepared by the chefs here take things to the next level. This is primarily a seafood restaurant, but there are some non-seafood items on the menu as well.

Chateau Mygo is located directly on the water and is truly a romantic place to dine as a couple. You can step out onto the dock to take in the scenery before or after dining, or even while waiting for your food to arrive. The menu is based on recipes from all over the world, with a French/creole infusion and occasionally an Indian twist. Start with appetizers such as seafood chowder, deep-fried calamari, or spicy garlic wings before moving onto main courses such as whole red snapper with creole sauce, garlic peppered calamari, fresh Caribbean lobster (seasonal), and more. Freshly baked thin-crust pizza and locally sourced fish and chips are also available.

At Chateau Mygo, you can choose between a fine dining experience with a private chef and an open-air dining room. If you come here at sunset, you will undoubtedly have an unforgettable experience. The service here is usually good, and you should definitely order one of their specialty cocktails to get the full experience.

Expert tip: If you want to check out this restaurant or other restaurants near this area, you may want to stay at one of the all-inclusive resorts in Castries. It takes about 15-20 minutes to get to Marigot Bay from Castries, Saint Lucia.

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9. The Pink Plantation House

Rustic, charming, and artsy, the Pink Plantation in Castries is known for French and Creole fusion cuisine. This restaurant has amazing views and a relaxed atmosphere. There are plenty of local specialties on the menu here including Lamb Rack, Jumbo Shrimp, and the Grilled Catch of the Day. The Pink Plantation is the ideal casual spot to grab lunch if you’re looking for a breezy setting with beautiful gardens.

If you want to get away from your resort, the Pink Plantation has three distinct bedrooms where you can spend the night after dinner. The names of the rooms are intriguing, such as Pineapple Pleasure, Vanilla Dawn, and Coconut Rain. They are all decorated with art and flowers. The Pink Plantation also serves dinner.

10. Martha’s Tables

Martha’s Table, one of the standout restaurants in Soufriere to the south of Saint Lucia, is highly recommended by both locals and island visitors. This restaurant serves local ‘home-cooked’ food that may be just what you’re looking for during your island getaway. The atmosphere at Martha’s Tables is warm and welcoming. After you’ve finished eating here, you’ll feel cozy and at home, so much so that you probably won’t want to leave.

Lobster (seasonal), Pan Fried Pork Chops with Martha's Special Sauce, and Fresh Fish with Creole Sauce are among the dishes on the menu at Martha’s Tables. The service here is friendly and attentive, which is exactly what most guests expect from an intimate dining experience. If you’re in the Soufriere area for a tour, Martha’s Tables is a good place to stop for lunch. The local juices are tasty and refreshing. On weekends, Martha’s Tables is closed.

11. The Cliff at Cap

This is a cliff-top restaurant with spectacular views, as the name implies. The Cliff at Cap is located in Cap Estate, Saint Lucia, at the Cap Maison resort. This restaurant is well-known for its Caribbean cuisine and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this is a good option for a meal in a tropical and romantic setting.

Mahi-Mahi, Ravioli Ratatouille, and Yellowfin Tuna are among the most popular dishes on the menu at this restaurant. This is useful information to have because the menu here has a lot of delicious options and you might be stuck deciding what to order. The wine list here is one of the most extensive on the island, so you’re sure to find something that goes well with your meal. In terms of the food, the Cliff at Cap also caters to dietary restrictions by offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

It will be incredible to watch the sunset from this restaurant, or simply to take in the unrivaled view of nearby Pigeon Island.

12. Treehouse Restaurant

The Treehouse Restaurant is an open-air dining spot located at the Anse Chastanet Resort. This is a great location for a date night particularly if you’re looking for somewhere to go outside of the resort for at least one of the nights during your stay. Breakfast and dinner are available at this restaurant and if you stop by in the afternoon, you can sit down for some afternoon tea as well.

The Treehouse Restaurant is highly recommended for anyone who truly appreciates fine dining with a view — the vistas of the Caribbean Sea from this location are exquisite. Locally sourced ingredients are part of every meal cooked up at the Treehouse Restaurant and to spice things up, the menu changes daily. It is possible to sign up for cooking classes with the Executive Chef or book a private dining experience for a romantic candlelit dinner at this restaurant.

At the Treehouse Restaurant, you can expect attentive service and diverse menu selections that include a fully vegetarian menu. The Treehouse Restaurant caters to diners with dietary restrictions and all you’ll need to do is let them know in advance what you need.

Expert tip: Anse Chastanet is one of the best beaches in Saint Lucia and it is located in the Soufriere area. Even if you stay in the north of the island at one of the all-inclusive resorts in Gros Islet or at an adults-only resort in Castries, you’ll still be able to explore this area via a day tour.

13. Spinnakers Restaurant & Beach Bar

Spinnakers Restaurant & Beach Bar is located on Saint Lucia's beachfront. This restaurant has been open ‘forever,’ and its casual, pirate-themed atmosphere has remained consistent over the years. Spinnakers is located on Reduit Beach in Rodney Bay (also known as The Ramp). The best part about this spot is that you can come here for a bite at any time during your beach day and still enjoy the breezy beach vibes because it is an open-air restaurant.

Some of the popular menu items at this restaurant include Lobster, Fish Creole, Chicken Curry, or Local Fresh Fish Stew. The lunch menu here changes daily and if you’re not feeling for a full meal you can order something like a hamburger or baguette. The homemade beef burger with bacon, lettuce, tomato, fried onion rings, blue cheese sauce, and spicy potato wedges is simply amazing. This restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The bar at Spinnakers has plenty of cold alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.

14. Orlando’s Restaurant & Bar

Soufriere is home to Orlando's Restaurant & Bar. This restaurant is popular for its local cuisine, which includes healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Everything at Orlando’s is made to order from fresh, local ingredients. This means that nothing but the best can be expected from Orlando Satchell’s kitchen.

Orlando’s offers an incredible 5-course menu packed with the freshest ingredients from the island. This restaurant’s food and views are both excellent. While dining, you’ll appreciate the grounding feel of the mountain scenery combined with the romantic atmosphere of the entire experience. Guests describe the service at Orlando’s as kind and attentive. If you come here for a 5-course meal, plan on spending about three hours.

To dine at Orlando’s Restaurant, you must make a reservation. Before you make one, keep in mind that a four-person minimum is required for breakfast and a two-person minimum for both lunch and dinner.

15. Mama Rose Restaurant & Bar

While in Saint Lucia, you should stop by Mama Rose Restaurant & Bar for a cool and casual dining experience. This is a lesser-known restaurant in the village of Laborie, located in the island’s south. The authentic Saint Lucian bites and ice-cold drinks available at Mama Rose Restaurant & Bar, as well as the fact that this restaurant is located steps away from one of Saint Lucia’s most beautiful beaches, add to its appeal.

At this restaurant, you can get a taste of Saint Lucia on your plate with Grilled Tuna and Fried Plantain with a side of Accra. Some guests also rave about the Octopus Creole. Mama Rose Restaurant & Bar is located away from the main resorts, but it is the best place to go for authentic Saint Lucian cuisine. Keep in mind that Mama Rose has a laid-back atmosphere if you plan on dining here.

Expert tip: Want something fun to do during your vacation besides restaurant hop? At Sandals resorts, you’ll be able to go snorkeling in Saint Lucia and scuba dive for free (up to 2 tanks per day).

Local dishes to try in Saint Lucia

There are many fantastic dishes you can try in Saint Lucia including some of the island’s signature dishes like Bouyon and Green Fig and Saltfish. We’ve listed some of the most popular local dishes you might want to get a bite of while on this island, and what you can expect:

  • Black Pudding: A traditional dish made with herbs, spices, rice, and sometimes pig’s blood. This dish usually has a sausage shape and many say it has an acquired taste. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to find this street food item at some roadside stops and restaurants.

  • Green Figs & Saltfish: This is considered the national dish of Saint Lucia and it is made up of salted cod and green bananas. To make this dish the salted cod is usually stewed with vegetables and lots of herbs and spices. The green bananas are boiled, peeled, sliced, and served along with the stew.

  • Smoked Herring: This Saint Lucian dish is made by stewing smoked herring with local seasonings. It is usually served with breadfruit and cucumber salad.

  • Bouyon: Bouyon is probably the most popular soup in Saint Lucia. This dish is most commonly seen during the island’s Creole Day celebrations held at the end of October, but it is possible to find bouyon at many restaurants year-round. Bouyon is made of ingredients like yam, sweet potato, carrots, and pumpkin, and usually includes meat like lamb, beef, pork, or saltfish.

  • Lambi: Lambi's main ingredient, conch, is popular among Caribbean islands. This dish is warm, comforting, and flavorful when cooked just right. Conch is prepared in St. Lucia in a creole style, with a variety of local flavors and spices.

  • Pepperpot: Another popular dish in the islands is pepperpot. This is a stew that is typically made with onions, garlic, cinnamon, and cassareep, plus cow foot, oxtail, turkey, or pork. Pepperpot is available in Saint Lucia and is typically served with freshly baked bread.

  • Fried Plantains: A popular Caribbean dish that is loved across the islands. This dish is made by slicing and frying plantain. Usually, fried plantains are included as a side dish to meals particularly jerk meals and steamed fish. Boiled plantains are also common in Saint Lucia.

  • Pemmie: It doesn't get more authentic than Pemmie when it comes to Saint Lucian dishes. This is a traditional Creole dish made with banana leaves that have been stuffed with pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar, and dry coconut. During Creole Heritage Month, pemmie is most commonly served.

  • Accra: While in Saint Lucia, you may also hear Accra referred to as fish cake or salt fish fritters. This is a traditional Saint Lucian dish made with salted codfish and vegetables. Accra is typically prepared into a batter and deep fried until golden brown.

  • Banana Bread: Looking for a sweet and comforting treat to try while in Saint Lucia? Banana bread could be the perfect option. This is a traditional dessert made from local nuts, spices, and bananas and it just might satisfy your sweet tooth.

Saint Lucia Traditional Dishes

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Expert tip: While in the Caribbean it can be fun to sample Caribbean street food and popular Caribbean beers. In terms of beer, Saint Lucia’s Piton beer is a locally brewed option that is best enjoyed cold, and at the beachside!

Experience top-tier St. Lucian dining during your Caribbean vacation

There’s just so much to offer with Saint Lucia food and drinks and so many amazing restaurants where you’ll be able to enjoy the best flavors during your vacation. Whether you opt for a more casual dining option, or something fancy and upscale, you're bound to find a restaurant in Saint Lucia where you can enjoy local favorites or international staples.

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If you want both authentic Saint Lucian meals and cuisine from around the world, a good option is staying at one of the best all-inclusive resorts on the island. Sandals resorts have a variety of restaurants, including gourmet offerings, where guests can enjoy unlimited dining during their stay. In Saint Lucia, there are three Sandals Resorts to choose from, all of which promise a world of romance for couples and enough quality inclusions to make this your most memorable vacation yet!

Insider tip: All-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean are the perfect option for couples who want the best food, entertainment, and activities including land and water sports. You’ll have all of this and more in one place at Sandals Resorts, allowing you to have a stress-free and enjoyable vacation.

Antigua Vs. Saint Lucia: Which Vacation Destination Is Best For You?

The Islands
January 5th 2023
Antigua Vs. Saint Lucia: Which Vacation Destination Is Best For You?

Beautiful islands abound in the Caribbean! If you’re trying to decide which island to visit, keep in mind that your choice will be almost entirely determined by the type of vacation you want. There is a lot to consider if you are considering two destinations, such as Antigua and Saint Lucia, which are both located in the eastern Caribbean.

Antigua is an island nation that is made up of two islands (Antigua and Barbuda). This island is east of Saint Kitts and Montserrat. Saint Lucia, on the other hand, is to the south of Antigua, near Martinique. Both of these islands are known for their stunning natural beauty, amazing beaches, vibrant culture, and exciting adventures.


Antigua is mostly flat and has the stereotypical Caribbean landscape, whereas Saint Lucia is characterized by its dramatic volcanic landscapes and lush greenery. Neither of these islands is lacking in natural beauty, so your decision may come down to how these islands compare in specific areas, which we will discuss in this post!

Expert tip: Not sure which of these islands is right for you? Check out our list of things Saint Lucia is known for. We’ve also compiled a list of things Antigua is known for that may be useful in your vacation planning.

Beaches: Antigua vs. Saint Lucia

The beaches are a big reason why thousands of people visit the Caribbean every year. Some of the best beaches in the region can be found in Antigua and Saint Lucia. With 365 beaches that vary in size, Antigua likely has the most beaches of any Caribbean island. Saint Lucia, on the other hand, has about 19 beaches, each of which is distinct and beautiful. When it comes to a beach vacation, it’s a win on either of these islands.

Antigua beaches

Antigua is well-known for many wonderful things, including its beautiful beaches. All of the island’s beaches, which feature powdery white sand and clear turquoise waters, are open to the public. Some of the best beaches in Antigua have palm trees and other types of trees for shade, and you’ll end your day with the purest sense of tranquility at most of the beaches on this island. Whether you want to relax, take in the scenery, go snorkeling, or participate in water sports, Antigua has a beach for you.

Here are a few of our favorite Antigua beaches:

Dickenson Bay - Dickenson Bay is located in Antigua’s northwestern parish of St. John. This is one of Antigua’s most beautiful and pristine beaches, and there’s plenty to do there, including water sports. Dickenson Bay is surrounded by beach resorts, great shopping, restaurants, bars, and lounges.

Fort James Beach - Fort James Beach on Antigua’s western shore is one of those beaches that takes your breath away at first sight. This beach is as undeveloped as it gets, but there are a few restaurants and bars nearby. This beach is ideal for a more tranquil experience.

Pigeon Point Beach - The secluded Pigeon Point Beach is located in English Harbour on Antigua’s southern tip. It takes about 40 minutes to drive from St. John’s (the capital) to this beach. Pigeon Point beach is shady, has calm, clear waters, and is ideal for snorkeling.

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Ffryes Beach - Ffryes Beach can be found on the western coast of Antigua. Traveling to this beach from St. John’s will take about 30 minutes. Ffryes Beach is on the quiet side but there are a few places to eat and drink in the area. (Note: the waters here are a bit rougher than other beaches on the island).

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Expert tip: Ahead of your trip to Antigua you might want to get familiar with some of the best things to do in Antigua. This includes sailing, beach hopping, and heading out on nature explorations.

Saint Lucia beaches

Saint Lucia has lovely sandy beaches, though not as many as Antigua. The beaches in Saint Lucia are spread out across the island, with many of the most popular located in the extreme north or far south. Saint Lucia’s beaches stand out more as compared to those in Antigua, with breathtaking scenery that includes the majestic Pitons, historic sites, vibrant greenery, and more.

Some of our favorite Saint Lucia beaches include:

Reduit Beach - Located in the north of Saint Lucia, Reduit Beach is beautiful, well-kept, and popular. This beach can get a little crowded on cruise ship days, but there is plenty of space along these shores plus beach chair rentals. The sunsets are spectacular, and there is also a beach bar (Spinnakers).

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Anse Chastanet - Soufriere’s Anse Chastanet Beach is serene and gorgeous, making it an ideal location for a relaxing swim or scuba diving in Saint Lucia. Just beyond the shoreline of this beach is a dazzling reef and great views of the Pitons. Traveling time from Castries (the capital) to Anse Chastanet Beach is around 90 minutes.

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Anse des Pitons - Located on the southwest coast of Saint Lucia, this beach has one of the best coral reefs in the Caribbean. During a visit here you can expect calm waters, minimal crowds, chairs, and umbrella rentals, amenities, and stunning views as this beach is set at the foot of the Pitons.

Pigeon Island Beach - This beach is near the Pigeon Island National Park in Saint Lucia and it is great for snorkeling and hiking. You can pay a small fee ($8 USD for adults, $3 USD for kids 5-12) to enjoy the beach area inside the park, or you can relax on the beach area near the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Beach Resort.

Activities: Antigua vs. Saint Lucia

There’s no short supply of activities that you can try in Saint Lucia and Antigua. For the vacationer that wants to try lots of water sports, these islands can be the ideal getaway location. While Saint Lucia stands out more in terms of diving attractions, both Antigua and Saint Lucia offer water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and more.

Snorkeling & scuba diving

Diving is possible on both Saint Lucia and Antigua as these islands both have vibrant coral reefs and interesting marine life. Here’s what you can expect on each island.

Snorkeling & scuba diving in Antigua


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The calm waters of Antigua are filled with beautiful coral reefs that you’ll be able to explore via a snorkeling or scuba diving trip. Here are some of our favorite dive spots on this island:

Deep Bay - Deep Bay’s waters are calm, shallow, and ideal for snorkeling. The Wreck of the Andes, a 3-masted sailboat that sits in 35 feet of water, is the main attraction here. The sunken boat is home to crabs, lobsters, and other sea creatures.

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Galleon Beach - This secluded beach is a good option for off-the-beach snorkeling. Beautiful coral formations can be found on the right side of the beach, and beneath the waves, you can expect to see blue tangs, yellowtail snapper, barracuda, angelfish, and occasionally turtles and stingrays. There are two shipwrecks in this area.

Cades Reef - This is a 2-mile barrier reef off the coast of Antigua. The water here is warm and crystal clear and you’re likely to see lots of reef fish. Sometimes divers here report sightings of moray eels, nurse sharks, barracudas, eagle rays, and much more. You’ll need to take a boat to get to Cades Reef.

Prickly Pear Island - You can take a short boat ride from St. John’s to Prickly Pear Island for a diving adventure in Antigua. When you arrive on this uninhabited island, you can dive in and see the corals, sea sponges, sea fans, and tropical fishes up close.


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Snorkeling & scuba diving in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is a diver’s paradise with dive sites for both experienced and novice divers. Beautiful coral structures, exciting barrier reefs, and shipwrecks can be found all over the island, particularly on the east coast. There are loads of places where you can snorkel right off the beach too. Below are some of the most popular snorkeling and scuba diving spots in Saint Lucia:

Anse Chastanet - Located in Saint Lucia’s south (Soufriere), this area has some of the best snorkeling on the island. There are two large reefs on either side of the beach, and you can expect to see large schools of fish, octopus, large starfish, flounder, trumpetfish, and other marine life.

Rodney Bay - If you go to either end of Reduit Beach in Rodney Bay, you'll find some great snorkeling spots. In some areas, coral and fish can be seen right off the beach, and while snorkeling, you can see tropical fishes, crabs, eels, and more.

Anse Des Pitons (Sugar Beach) - Snorkeling sites in the south of Saint Lucia like Anse Des Pitons are ideal for both snorkeling and scuba diving. This dive site is located between the Piton mountains and it is quite stunning. Expect to see a variety of sea life.

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Pigeon Island - Divers can rent snorkeling equipment from the beach, making this a convenient snorkeling location. There’s lots of coral and beautiful tropical fish in this area, as well as a variety of places to dive. Water shoes are recommended.

Insider tip: You can have access to some of the best snorkeling in Saint Lucia with the all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia. Sandals Resorts offers guests free snorkeling and scuba diving (up to 2 tanks per day).


Antigua and Saint Lucia are excellent destinations for those seeking adventure. These islands provide a variety of exciting tours and excursions that are sure to be highlights of your vacation. Here’s what to look forward to in terms of adventure on both of these islands.

Tours and excursions in Antigua

Antigua is full of exciting opportunities, from sailing to hiking. A variety of day trips, including visits to natural wonders like the Pillars of Hercules, allow you to get out and explore the diverse landscape on land. You can also go ziplining, explore caves, and book boat tours to any of the many small islands off the coast of Antigua, such as neighboring Barbuda.

In Antigua, you’ll be able to:

See The Pillars of Hercules - This is a natural limestone formation a short distance from Galleon Beach. Sculpted by wind, rain, and crashing waves, the cliffs that make up the Pillars of Hercules are a natural geological wonder.

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Tour Hell’s Gate Island - Located northeast of Antigua, Hell’s Gate Island is a small island. This natural landmark is well-known for its caves and fascinating rock formations. At this site, a tour guide is required, as are sturdy shoes.

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Hike Mount Obama - Mount Obama is Antigua’s highest point. It was previously known as Bogey Peak, but it was renamed in 2009 to honor the achievements of black people. This 1,319-ft peak was named after U.S. President Barack Obama and it is possible to see Saint Kitts and Montserrat from the top.

Zipline through the rainforest - With stunning vistas, a zipline adventure is always a good idea in the Caribbean. You can sign up for a ziplining excursion in Antigua during which you’ll be able to see the rainforest from an aerial perspective. You can find zip lines as tall as 350ft in Antigua.

Tours and excursions in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is an adventurer’s dream. There is so much to do on this island for those who enjoy exploring. Some of these options include visiting waterfalls, going on dive excursions, exploring Saint Lucia’s best hiking trails, and even visiting the island’s famous ‘drive-in volcano'! Here are some of our favorite Saint Lucian adventures:

Hike Gros Piton - Hiking Gros Piton is an exciting adventure. At the larger of the two Piton Mountains, the appeal here is not only the hike but also the breathtaking views from the top. The Gros Piton hike can take between 3-6 hours to complete.

Tour Pigeon Island - Pigeon Island, located to the north of Saint Lucia, is a fun place to visit. This area not only has beaches, but also a national park and a few restaurants serving delicious local cuisine. A day trip to Pigeon Island allows you to climb the fort, relax on the beach, and snorkel.

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Trek to waterfalls - In Saint Lucia, a waterfall adventure is a must. Unlike Antigua, Saint Lucia has several waterfalls that you can visit during your vacation. Toraille Waterfall, Diamond Falls, and Piton Falls are among the most popular.

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Explore Soufriere - Soufriere is a popular destination for visitors to Saint Lucia because it offers a variety of exciting activities. Visitors can enjoy excursions to naturally heated pools and mud baths at the Sulphur Springs, as well as tour the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, on this active geothermal volcanic mountain.

Expert tip: Saint Lucia has won numerous honeymoon destinations in the world and is home to some of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. This island is a top choice for couples seeking romance.


Both Saint Lucia and Antigua are enjoyable during the day and after the sun sets. These islands have a wide range of nightlife options, including bars, lounges, and even resorts that provide day and night entertainment, such as Sandals Resorts. Neither of these islands has a huge club culture, but you will find exciting things to do at night. Here’s what you can expect:

Nightlife in Antigua

Though Antigua is not a huge clubbing destination, you will be able to find a few laidback clubs that are fun, especially on nights when special events are being hosted. You’ll also be able to visit open-air beachside bars and late-night restaurants, particularly in St John’s, Dickenson Bay, and English Harbour.


Cloggy's and Mainbrace Pub in English Harbour are two of the most popular bars on the island. Try Abracadabra in English Harbour or The Coast Nightclub in Dickenson Bay for a night of dancing. If you want a great meal, go to the Shirley Point Lookout — on Sundays, they serve good BBQ. Sandals Grande Antigua is an excellent choice for a resort where guests can enjoy day and night entertainment without having to leave the resort.

Nightlife in Saint Lucia

The nightlife in Saint Lucia is diverse. You can attend a street party one night, such as the Gros Islet Friday Night Street Party, and then go to an outdoor club or concert the next! The best of Saint Lucian nightlife can be found in areas like Rodney Bay, Gros Islet, and Castries, especially on weekends.

Rodney Bay is Saint Lucia’s nightlife epicenter. There are numerous bars, clubs, and lounges in this area where you can relax and socialize. Verve in Rodney Bay is well-known for its outdoor club atmosphere. Rodney Bay has a variety of restaurants and bars for a more laid-back night out. You can dine and then go to one of the many bars for drinks. JJ’s Paradise is a cool spot to check out if you’re in the Castries area. Whether you want to dance, listen to live music, or participate in karaoke, Saint Lucia is likely to have it all.

Shopping: Antigua vs. Saint Lucia

Antigua and Saint Lucia both have great opportunities for shopping, whether you’re looking for necessities or something unique. Both destinations have a good selection of independent boutiques and locally made artisanal goods, but not so many luxury items. Handmade crafts, clothing, linens, and jewelry are plentiful. Duty-free shopping is possible on both islands.


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If you want to see what Antigua has to offer in terms of luxury shopping, you should go to Redcliffe Quay, a shopping center with boutique stores and restaurants. In Saint Lucia, you can visit places like La Place Carenage in Castries and the Rodney Bay shopping malls (Bay Walk and JQ Shopping Mall). In both Castries and Rodney Bay, you’ll be able to find jewelry stores, clothing boutiques, and restaurants.

While in Antigua or Saint Lucia, it’s a good idea to visit the local markets for authentic local items. These markets can be found all over the islands, and the majority of them are open every day. Weekends, particularly Saturdays, may have more vendors and options. Popular shopping centers in Antigua include the Heritage Quay Complex and the Vendor’s Mall. In Saint Lucia, you can go to the Castries Arcade for souvenirs and other locally made items.

Insider tip: At the all-inclusive resorts in Antigua, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the best Antigua food and drinks as part of your vacation. Sandals Grande Antigua offers guests access to multiple restaurants including gourmet options, which are perfect for a romantic vacation.

Climate: Antigua vs. Saint Lucia

A vacation surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on an island with wonderful white sand beaches, luxury resorts, and endless ways to have fun is a good choice any day of the year. Even better if the destination you decide on is almost always sunny. This can be said for both Antigua and Saint Lucia, two islands with a warm, tropical climate. On either of these islands, you can expect pleasant weather for the majority of the year.


Antigua and Saint Lucia have the same peak season, which runs from mid-December to mid-April. The weather is usually at its best this time of year (more dry and less rain), and there is also more activity. The “wet” season on these islands lasts from June to November, with slightly more rain but still plenty of sunny days.

Expert tip: For more details on the best time to visit Antigua and the best time to visit Saint Lucia, check out these articles before you go.

Culture: Antigua vs. Saint Lucia

Antigua and Saint Lucia have diverse cultures. As these islands are both melting pots of similar cultures, they expectedly have a lot in common. Carib, Arawak, West African, and British cultural traditions can all be found in Antigua. Saint Lucia’s cultural traditions are a blend of Carib, African, English, French, and Dutch influences.


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Carnival is one of the cultural celebrations that take place on both of these islands. Carnival is said to have evolved over time, and the celebration is connected to the liberation of people of African descent from colonialism in this region. Both Antigua and Saint Lucia have creole influences in their cultures, but while Antiguan creole is a hybrid of West African languages and English, Saint Lucian creole is a combination of English and French.

In terms of cultural celebrations, Saint Lucia annually observes Jounen Kwéyòl (Creole Day). The Rose Festival and the Feast of La Marguerite are two other festivals celebrated in Saint Lucia. Wadadli Day is one of the most important cultural celebrations in Antigua. On this day, there is a grand parade as well as an outdoor fair where local drinks, food, and handmade crafts are sold. This event includes live music and dancing.

Expert tip: In addition to the Saint Lucia Carnival and Antigua Carnival, there are other diverse and exhilarating cultural festivals that take place all across the Caribbean. Read our Caribbean Carnival calendar for more information on them!

Food: Antigua vs. Saint Lucia

Food certainly is a big consideration for anyone planning a vacation. In that regard, it may be reassuring to know that both Saint Lucia and Antigua have a rich food culture. On either of these islands, you’ll be able to find signature dishes that are tasty and unique. As the cuisine on these islands has West African and European influences, you may find some similarities as well as many differences.

Here are some of the local dishes you might want to try in Antigua:

Fungee and Pepper Pot - This is the national dish of Antigua and it is a hearty stew made with yams, sweet potatoes, okra, and more. Fungee (a cornmeal and okra-based bread ball) and pepper pot is one of those meals you’ll want to try at least once during your stay.

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Conch - Conch is prepared in various ways through the islands and, in Antigua, you can try conch fritters, conch chowders, and conch curries. You’ll find various conch dishes served at roadside stops in Antigua, as well as in some of the local restaurants.

Souse - Souse is a light soup made with pickled pig trotters, hot peppers, onion, garlic, and various vegetables and seasonings. This clear broth is typically served cold.

While visiting Saint Lucia, there are many foods and drinks to try, and we've listed some of our favorites below:

Green figs and saltfish - This is Saint Lucia’s national dish. This dish is filling and delicious, made with salted cod, green bananas, vegetables, and spices.

Bouyon - Bouyon is a hearty and delicious soup that you must try if you visit Saint Lucia. This dish is typically made with lamb, beef, pork, or saltfish, with dumplings occasionally added. Bouyon also contains ground provisions such as green fig, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots, and more.

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Smoked herring and breadfruit - This Saint Lucian favorite is made with smoked herring that has been well-seasoned and it is served with a breadfruit and cucumber salad. When done correctly, it is quite tasty and worth trying in Saint Lucia.

Insider tip: The all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia are among the wonderful things Saint Lucia is known for. These resorts offer guests a host of quality inclusions including multiple restaurants where they’ll be able to try the best Saint Lucia food and drinks. You’ll have access to some of the best things to do in Saint Lucia from your resort too!

Transportation: Antigua vs. Saint Lucia

Both Saint Lucia and Antigua have good public transportation systems. To get around on both islands, minibusses, taxis, and car rentals are available. You can even travel around these islands by ferry or private boat. As Antigua and Saint Lucia are relatively small, you should have few, if any, accessibility issues.

Saint Lucia is quite a bit larger than Antigua overall. In some parts of Saint Lucia, particularly in the south, the roads are quite winding. This is due to the mountainous interior of the island. As a result, getting from one side of the island to the other can take longer. It takes approximately one and a half hours to travel from Gros Islet in the extreme north of Saint Lucia to Vieux Fort in the south.

Antigua is less tricky in terms of navigation. In Antigua, you’re generally never more than 45 minutes away from your destination.

Economy & currency: Antigua vs. Saint Lucia

Antigua and Saint Lucia both use the Eastern Caribbean Dollar as their currency (XCD). The Eastern Caribbean Dollar is the regional currency. It is administered by the central bank of Saint Kitts and Nevis. It should be noted that the Eastern Caribbean Dollar is linked to the U.S. dollar. The exchange rate for the U.S. Dollar to the Eastern Caribbean Dollar is about $1 USD to $2.70 XCD, although this can change from time to time. Despite the fact that these islands have their own currency, most businesses also accept USD.

Though Antigua and Saint Lucia use the same currency, your dollar may go further in Saint Lucia than in Antigua. Saint Lucia is significantly less expensive than Antigua. On average, a trip to Saint Lucia is 40 percent less expensive than a trip to Antigua.

Safety: Antigua vs. Saint Lucia

Both Saint Lucia and Antigua are safe places to visit. Crime on these islands is relatively low. Much like vacationing in any other destination, it is important to stay alert and on guard, especially if you choose to go out at night. If you do venture out and do not know the way back to your resort, it is recommended to take a taxi back.

When walking alone at night on either of these islands, it is a good idea to maintain slightly higher levels of alertness than you would in your hometown. This would be recommended for any vacation in a foreign territory.

Antigua vs. Saint Lucia:

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Now that you know what to expect from Antigua and Saint Lucia, your final decision will ultimately depend on the sort of vacation experience you’re looking for. After taking into account the differences in culture, food, beaches, topography, and other factors, you can make an informed decision about which vacation destination is best for you. When you've decided where to go, the next step is to figure out where to stay.

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A vacation on either of these islands will allow you to enjoy a luxury-included vacation. At Sandals Resorts in Antigua and Saint Lucia, couples will enjoy dining at multiple gourmet restaurants, bars including swim-up bars, land and water sports, day and night entertainment, and more. The staff at these resorts are friendly and accommodating, and they can also recommend the best things to do on either of these islands!

Saint Lucia Carnival: Get Set For An Explosion Of Color & Excitement!

October 4th 2022
Saint Lucia Carnival: Get Set For An Explosion Of Color & Excitement!
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Most islands in the Caribbean identify with carnival being a part of their culture in some way. Saint Lucia has one of the most popular carnival celebrations in this region, making it a great place to start when discussing all things carnival.

In case you’re wondering where is Saint Lucia, this island is south of Martinique and north of Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. When carnival rolls around, residents of neighboring islands fly in or take a boat to Saint Lucia to be part of the fun, and lots of international visitors join in as well. Saint Lucia is roughly 238 square miles and the capital city of this island is Castries, where the main carnival festivities take place. The main seaport in Saint Lucia is also located in Castries. Ahead of your trip, find out 19 beautiful things Saint Lucia is known for.

Aside from carnival, Saint Lucia is known and loved for its stunning Pitons, the twin mountains that are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other wonderful things about this island are its beautiful beaches and waterfalls, amazing diving opportunities, and delectable chocolate. If you travel to Saint Lucia in July, you can have a taste of just about everything, including the carnival!

What is Saint Lucia Carnival?


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Saint Lucia Carnival is a cultural celebration that happens on the island on an annual basis. This event first happened in 1947, just after World War II. Like other carnival events around the Caribbean, the carnival in Saint Lucia is inspired by an ancient pagan festival rooted in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. If you visit the island during the month of July when the carnival is held you’ll have a chance to attend a host of parties, concerts, boat rides, and other events as well as participate in the grand Carnival Parade.

Saint Lucia’s carnival attracts visitors from all over the world. Some Saint Lucians residing in other countries make a point of returning home for this event. With lots of entertainment, glittery costumes, and opportunities to socialize, let loose, and dance, the carnival on this island appeals to anyone who just wants to have a good time against the backdrop of paradise.

Saint Lucia Carnival was previously held in February/March ahead of Lent. The event’s date was changed for a variety of reasons, but mostly to avoid competing with Trinidad and Tobago's carnival, which is the biggest in the Caribbean. Saint Lucia Carnival continues to grow, and, if you’re on the island during this time, you can expect to hear lots of soca and calypso music, be dazzled by colorful costumes, and parade through the streets with a fun-loving crowd!

Expert Tip: Other than carnival time, the best time to visit Saint Lucia is between the months of December to mid-April, which is considered the peak season for this island. Much like July, peak season is when you can find more activities to do in Saint Lucia and more consistent weather as well.

How can you participate in Saint Lucia’s carnival experience?


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If you’re planning on being in Saint Lucia around carnival time it might be a little difficult to resist being part of the fun. If you're wondering how you can participate, you can either sign up with a Mas Band (carnival band) or watch the carnival festivities from the sidelines. We’ll start with the band option. There are lots of carnival bands to choose from in Saint Lucia including Just 4 Fun, Red Unlimited, Legends Carnival Band, XUVO Carnival, Fuzion Mas, and more. Prices for costumes vary for the different bands (which we’ll discuss later). It might help to watch some videos or search for reviews on these bands in advance, so you can decide which will be best for you.

Once you've selected a carnival band you can start counting down the days to play Mas. Mas is short for masquerade! You can get the ball rolling by making a down payment on the costume of your choice. Closer to the carnival parade, you’ll be able to pick it up at a designated location. Once you put on your costume on carnival day, you’ll join the rest of the masqueraders on the carnival route. In Saint Lucia, this route is usually from Union to Castries. Stick with your band as that is where you’ll get all your provisions for the day, inclusive of drinks and food.

Another option to participate in Saint Lucia Carnival is simply watching the festivities from the sidelines. This might sound a little mundane, but it absolutely is not. If you find the right spot you can feel like you're part of the carnival celebrations even if you’re just a spectator. Dress for the occasion, particularly the hot weather, and get ready to have some fun! After the parade, you can even plan to go to one of the ‘last lap’ carnival parties!

What are carnival costumes like in Saint Lucia?


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Costumes for the Saint Lucia Carnival range from colorful and captivating to elaborate and ginormous. These costumes are what you'll wear in your Mas Band on the two days of the carnival parade. Carnival costumes are available in a range of colors and styles, which means you can do some shopping around before selecting the costume and band that you like best. Most costumes include lots of feathers, rhinestones, and other assorted costume gems. The carnival costumes for women tend to be more elaborate than those for men, although there are a few options for men that are more intricate and detailed. Take your time looking around before you decide!

Carnival music


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Around carnival time in Saint Lucia, you can expect to hear lots of traditional calypso, as well as high-energy soca music, almost everywhere you go. The local music has African and East Indian influences, particularly in terms of the catchy rhythms. There are specific events you can go to in Saint Lucia if you want to experience more of the local music. These events include the Groovy Soca and Power Soca competitions, as well as the National Calypso Monarch competition.

Carnival in Saint Lucia makes room for regional soca as well. You’ll find music from islands like Saint Vincent, Antigua, Trinidad, Jamaica, and other islands playing at some of the major events. Various artists from these islands regularly come to Saint Lucia to perform during carnival. Other genres like hip hop and dancehall are sometimes played on the island at carnival events but these tend to be in the minority.

Carnival events

There is no short supply of events happening in Saint Lucia during carnival time. This includes the Parade of the Bands and other national events in Castries, as well as community events held in places like Soufriere, Vieux Fort, Gros Islet, and other areas. More festivities and individual events take place in Reduit Beach, Rodney Bay Marina, and Pigeon Island. Carnival events in Saint Lucia tend to span a few weeks to a month ahead of the main celebration.

Saint Lucia Carnival’s pre-opening festival


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Pre-carnival parties set the tone for the main carnival celebrations held in Castries. The list of these types of events in Saint Lucia is extensive and continues to grow every year. This list includes club parties, breakfast parties, boat rides, concerts, night Mas events, community carnival activities, and more. Surprisingly enough, even though there are so many parties on the schedule and even some on the same days, many of them are sold out.

Carnival prime-up or pre-carnival events are a fantastic opportunity for visitors who do not plan on participating in the Parade of the Bands to get a taste of carnival. One of the most popular events in Saint Lucia held ahead of carnival is ‘Color Me Red’. This event has been held on Pigeon Island in Saint Lucia featuring regional acts like Patrice Roberts, Kes, Nadia Batson, and Saint Lucian performers like Ezra, Arthur, and more. If you're headed to a pre-opening festival or event in Saint Lucia, keep in mind that most of these events tend to start later than the ticketed time. For events like ‘Color Me Red’, you can dress all in red to keep up with the event theme. Some people go all out and create their own outfits or costumes for this and other themed events.

Other than ‘Color Me Red’, the list of events held ahead of carnival in Saint Lucia includes band parties, concerts, and other celebrations.

Carnival J’ouvert


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J’ouvert is a traditional event that dates back to the early 1830s when slavery was abolished in the Caribbean. This knowledge can really help in understanding where this celebration stems from and what it's all about. J’ouvert is the activity that opens the way for the Parade of the Bands and it is usually held in Castries. The word ‘j’ouvert’ is derived from the French word for daybreak, which is around the time this event begins.

Carnival J'ouvert typically happens on Carnival Monday ahead of the Parade of the Bands. This event involves mud, body paint, powder, oil, and lots of dancing. As far as carnival goes, j’ouvert has an identity of its own. Some people participate in only j’ouvert and not the main carnival event. J’ouvert is also cheaper than carnival. A j’ouvert band package will typically just consist of a t-shirt and that will be all you’ll need for a few hours of excitement.

For many people, j’ouvert is just one of the many activities they participate in on the first day of carnival. This can mean very little sleep so keep that in mind if you’re contemplating it! Ahead of j’ouvert, there are usually carnival parties going on. Some carnival parties end in j’ouvert. Once j’ouvert is over, carnival revelers have just enough time to head home, shower, and get dressed for the Parade of the Bands, which usually kicks off around 11 am.

Parade of the Bands


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Parade of the Bands is the biggest part of the Saint Lucia Carnival. This two-day event gets underway on Carnival Monday & Tuesday. Carnival Monday is usually a holiday in Saint Lucia and some companies either don't open at all on Tuesday or just operate until mid-day. This is done to give their employees a chance to participate in carnival if they want to. Plus, business tends to be slower during the main days of carnival as most people are either participating, watching, or using the day to get some rest at home.

On Carnival Monday & Tuesday, carnival bands usually meet up at Union, which is about 10 minutes or less from Castries by car. Revelers will meet their bands at specific times and each band will head down the road at their allotted time with gaps in between to differentiate them. While some revelers make it to the starting point on time, others join along the way. If revelers miss the starting time, they can sometimes wind up having to walk (or dance!) through the various bands to find their own.

Day 1 of the Parade of the Bands is when costume judging happens. For this reason, revelers will usually show up suited in their full carnival costume, inclusive of headpieces, leg bands, armbands, etc. The bands are rated by a panel of judges at a set point on the route and the best band receives the Band of the Year award. On day 2, costumes tend to be less official and some revelers opt to wear their own ‘Tuesday Wear’ creations. Revelers can still be identified by their wristbands. If you want to be part of the Parade of the Bands in Saint Lucia, you’ll need to sign up with a band to ‘play Mas’. If you don’t, you can simply watch the parade from a location of your choice in Castries.


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Good to know: Carnival is one of the things Saint Lucia is known for but there are many other things that stand out about this island. This includes the island’s intriguing British and French history, the Sulphur Springs in Soufriere, which is the world’s only drive-in volcano, and the Pigeon Island National Landmark with its war-torn history.

Fetes & other celebrations


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Saint Lucia Carnival is a major celebration in Saint Lucia. Apart from the Parade of the Bands, there are many events happening on the island around this time. This includes fetes organized by private companies and individuals. Fetes start happening weeks ahead of carnival and extend well beyond. Local entertainers and DJs take to the stage at these events and many parties feature regional and international acts as well. Most events are soca-oriented, though as time progresses, more mainstream music continues to make its way into Saint Lucia Carnival.

Aside from the parties, the national Soca and Calypso Competitions are also well-attended events. These competitions see Saint Lucian talent going head-to-head to see who can secure the top spot with their music. Other national carnival events include Panorama, the National Carnival Queen Show (beauty pageant), and King & Queen of the Band events. The King & Queen of the Bands event usually showcases the large and elaborate costumes that are representative of the major carnival band themes.

Boat rides and beach parties are also very popular during the carnival season. If you want to get the full carnival experience then definitely try to go on at least one soca boat ride. This can serve a dual purpose as you’ll also get to see the island's coastal beauty, often at a fraction of what you’d pay for a catamaran cruise in Saint Lucia. You may also be able to experience some of the best food & drinks in Saint Lucia at some of these events!

Good to know: Some of the popular fetes in Saint Lucia during carnival include Aura (about $28 USD), which is held on Pigeon Island, Mess (about $25 USD) in Cap Estate, and Sa Ka Fete (about $75 USD) in Castries. You’ll need to get fete tickets early (usually available online) as they can sell out fast. More fetes are added to the list every year!

How much does the Saint Lucia Carnival cost?

Cost as a spectator


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It will cost a lot less to take in the carnival festivities as a spectator than it will to ‘jump’ with a Mas Band. As a spectator, you can have a front-row seat to the action without having to walk the whole route. Some people who go to Saint Lucia during carnival time find that it is enough to just watch the parade and attend a few parties. The cost of carnival parties can range from $25 USD to $125 USD. Some all-inclusive events can cost $200 USD and upward. Typically these events would include drinks, food, and a wide selection of entertainers.

If you’ll be watching carnival only, you won't need to pay for access. All you’ll need to do is find a good spot to watch the celebrations. You can bring a small amount of cash with you if you plan on getting drinks and food, or you can bring your own. Some people stock coolers and head to the roadside to watch the carnival parade.

Overall, as a carnival spectator, the biggest cost you’ll need to think about is your flight. Round trip fares from the U.S. can cost a couple of hundred dollars while flights from Europe tend to be in the region of $1,000. Your accommodation will influence your carnival costs as well. Decide on your budget from early on so you can find the type of accommodation that is just right for you. All-inclusive resorts like Sandals Regency La Toc can be a good idea for carnival as all your costs are handled upfront. You can party the days away knowing all you really have to think about is letting loose and having a good time. Plus, it can feel amazing after a day of dancing through the streets to relax in all-inclusive bliss.

Cost as a masquerader


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Carnival is the ultimate street party! In Saint Lucia, one of the first things you’ll need to decide is whether or not you’ll be participating as a masquerader in the Parade of the Bands. If you decide to do so, you can expect to spend anywhere from $400 to $1500 USD for a costume. Women’s costumes tend to be on the higher end in terms of price, while men can usually get a costume anywhere from $500-600 USD. Carnival costumes for women tend to be more intricate hence the higher price point. If you want to participate with a Mas Band in Saint Lucia, a costume is a must.

Styles vary with carnival costumes within the different Mas bands and even in sections of the same band. Some costumes are simpler than others, but most include glitter, feathers, jewels, and bright colors. Typically, the more complicated the costume, the more you can expect to pay for it. Usually, bands have frontline or VIP sections that cost more. The added cost for VIPs will generally come with more benefits. Sometimes VIP for carnival means more party tickets, a wider selection of food and drinks, boat rides, and other exclusive conveniences and services while you’re parading down the streets.

Overall, the cost you’ll pay to participate in carnival as a masquerader can be calculated by adding the cost of your flight, accommodation, fete tickets, the cost of your costume, and other incidentals. The price can vary but there are ways to keep your cost down including carefully selecting the right band for your budget, booking your flight and accommodation early, and being selective about which parties you go to as there are a ton to choose from!

How to get to Saint Lucia & where to stay


The best way to get to Saint Lucia is by plane. There are two airports on this island, one in the north and the other in the south. If you’ll be heading to Saint Lucia from the United States, you’ll more than likely arrive via the Hewannora International Airport (UVF) in Vieux Fort. It takes just about 4 hours to get from Miami to Saint Lucia by way of this airport. The Hewannora International Airport is about 1 hour away from Castries, the capital.

Other than Castries, there are other popular areas, you’ll want to check out, especially if you're wondering where to stay in Saint Lucia. These include Rodney Bay, Pigeon Island and Gros Islet. All of these places are located in the north of the island, which is the best place to stay if you’ll be in Saint Lucia for carnival. Most of the major carnival fetes and parades take place in the north and there are some pretty amazing resorts in this area as well.

In terms of how to get around in Saint Lucia, you'll have the options of taking a cab, renting a car, or taking the bus. A car rental in Saint Lucia will cost around $400 USD per week. This can vary depending on the car rental company and the type of car you want to rent. It can be convenient to get a car, but if you stay at an all-inclusive resort like Sandals Grande Saint Lucian or Sandals Halcyon Beach, you may not need one. You can book tours through these resorts that include pick up and drop off. You’ll also be able to arrange transportation to get to the carnival parade easily as well. In fact, the carnival parade passes right in front of Sandals Halcyon Beach resort in Saint Lucia on both days!

Good to know: If you’ll be going to a few carnival parties in Saint Lucia, renting a car can be the more convenient option as you’ll be able to get from place to place with ease. If you plan on drinking, a cab might be the better option.

Planning your visit to Saint Lucia’s carnival


We hope the above information helps you get a head start on your Saint Lucia carnival planning! This island is definitely one of the best places to experience carnival, whether it's your first time or you’ve walked these carnival streets before. For the best carnival experience in Saint Lucia, it makes sense to do your research and get ready for a truly liberating and exhilarating event.

When planning a Saint Lucia Carnival getaway, it is important to decide early on where to stay. Look in the direction of the resorts in Castries because these will best position you for the carnival action. Sandals all-inclusive resorts are perfect for couples who want to be part of the fun! Not only will you be able to make your way easily to the various events from any Sandals Resorts property in Saint Lucia, but you can also return to luxury and complete relaxation when the festivities come to a close. A trip to the Sandals Resorts Red Lane Spa might be in order after a day filled with excitement along the Saint Lucia Carnival route!

Expert tip: Staff at all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia are usually willing to share carnival tips if you ask. This can help you navigate the newness of this experience and have a blast! Staff can also help you plan other activities and excursions on the island.

Want Great Golfing? These Saint Lucia Golf Courses Won’t Disappoint

Island Life
September 26th 2022
Want Great Golfing? These Saint Lucia Golf Courses Won’t Disappoint

A small, volcanic island in the southeastern Caribbean Sea, Saint Lucia has quite a lot to offer. The alluring things Saint Lucia is known for include the island’s mesmerizing beaches, the luxury all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia, endless adventure, and of course, some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean.

Conceptualized by world-renowned designers, the golf courses in Saint Lucia emphasize the natural beauty of this island making for a memorable and fun golfing experience. If you want to enjoy golf in the Caribbean inclusive of challenging elevations, captivating fairways, and even cozy golf clubs, you should definitely give Saint Lucia some consideration.

Saint Lucia Pitons Overview

Presently, there are two golf courses in Saint Lucia — the Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club and the Sandals Regency La Toc golf course. The first of these is an 18-hole championship golf course, while the latter is a 9-hole course that is suitable for golfers of all skill levels. There is soon to be a third golf course in Saint Lucia, which we’ll share more information on.

For now, here’s everything you need to know about the best golf courses in Saint Lucia!

Good to know: Saint Lucia is one of the most romantic islands in the Caribbean, making it the ideal spot for a romantic couples’ vacation!

Saint Lucia Golf: Where to tee off during your stay

1. Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate (18-hole course)

The Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club boasts an 18-hole golf course that is one of the most popular on the island. This golf course is located in Cap Estate, a scenic and serene area in the north of Saint Lucia. A par 71 championship course, the Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club course was redesigned in collaboration with Australian golf legend Greg Norman and was reopened in 2021.

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This picturesque golf course is well maintained and reasonably challenging. It spans 7,000+ yards and allows players to experience the most stunning views and exciting elevation changes. One of the perks of this location is that there is a golf clubhouse on-site with a restaurant, pub, pro shop, and locker rooms. As a guest of any of the Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia, you will have full access to this golf course and the clubhouse during your stay. Plus, your green fees will be completely free! Non-Sandals guests can expect green fees of about $125 USD for 9 holes, and $175 USD for 18 holes.

There are a few other expenses to think about when golfing on this (and really any other) course. You should factor in the cost of golf carts, caddies, and shoe and club rentals (if you don't bring your own). At the Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club, golf carts cost around $20 USD for 9 holes and $30 USD for 18 holes. There’s also a driving range that is open seven days a week ($4 USD for 40 balls), and golf lessons are available via the golf pro shop for an additional cost.

Good to know: Aside from the driving range, the Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club is closed on Mondays.

2. Sandals Regency La Toc (9-hole course)

The Sandals Regency La Toc golf course is a 9-hole course that is minutes away from Castries, Saint Lucia. From the northern areas of the island, specifically Gros Islet and Rodney Bay, it takes just about 30 minutes to get to this course located on the property of Sandals Regency La Toc. This golf course includes a driving range, putting green, and chipping green.

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As you tee off on this tropical golf course, you won't be able to keep from admiring the lush surrounding greenery and the rugged hillsides. The Sandals Regency La Toc golf course is about 3141 yards, and it is a par 33 executive-style course. Many describe this as a challenging golf course that is fun at the same time. The breathtaking views definitely take away some of the seriousness of the game, but you’ll certainly need extreme focus at some points for the sake of accuracy. Both beginners and more experienced golfers will love how engaging this golf course is and how pristine it is overall.

Sandals Resorts guests have full access to the Sandals Regency La Toc golf course during their stay. By staying at Sandals in Saint Lucia, you’ll also benefit from complimentary green fees (regular cost: $17 USD for 18 holes, and $10 USD for 9 holes), and free transportation between this course and Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club. Free transportation is also provided between the Sandals Regency La Toc golf course and the various Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia.

Good to know: The Sandals Regency La Toc golf course is open daily.

3. Coming Soon: Cabot Saint Lucia (18-hole course)

Cabot Saint Lucia is set to open a new golf course in Saint Lucia towards the end of 2022. This is expected to be an 18-hole course, and it will be located at Pointe Hardy in Gros Islet. Designed by renowned golf course architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, in collaboration with Cabot co-founder Ben Cowan-Dewar, this course will add to Saint Lucia’s offerings on the golf scene. Cabot’s course is a par 71 course that spans 6,575 yards.

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Ahead of Cabot’s golf course being opened, small details have been announced. For example, golfers can expect the sort of stunning views that Saint Lucian golf courses are known for, as well as just the right dose of island challenge. Ocean views might be a possibility here, and players will have access to a clubhouse and other amenities.

Details on green fees and other pricing for this golf course have not yet been announced.

Golfing in Saint Lucia FAQs

Can I golf in Saint Lucia?

Yes, you will be able to golf in Saint Lucia during your vacation! There are a few options for places to golf on the island including the Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club in Cap Estate and the Sandals Regency La Toc golf course in Castries. These golf courses are both relatively challenging and feature amazing views and convenient clubhouses where you can have a bite to eat or something to drink before or after your game.

The Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole championship course, while the course at Sandals Regency La Toc has 9 holes. Late in 2022, another golf course is expected to be made available to golfing enthusiasts -- Cabot Saint Lucia is expected to open a much-anticipated 18-hole golf course in the Gros Islet area.

How many golf courses are there in Saint Lucia?

There are two golf courses in Saint Lucia, an 18-hole golf course located in Cap Estate (Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club), and the 9-hole Sandals Regency La Toc golf course. A third golf course (Cabot St. Lucia), an 18-hole design, is expected to open in late 2022. This will be located in Point Hardy, Gros Islet.

How much does it cost to play golf in Saint Lucia?

The cost to play golf in Saint Lucia ranges from $10 USD to $175 USD, not including any additional costs like golf carts, caddies, and shoe and club rentals.

It costs around $175 USD to play 18 holes at the Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club (near Sandals Grande St. Lucian) and $125 USD to play 9 holes. At the Sandals Regency La Toc golf course (near Sandals Regency La Toc and Sandals Halcyon Beach), it costs $10 USD to play 9 holes, and $17 USD for 18 holes (the same course played twice).

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Sandals guests do not have to pay green fees at the Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club or the Sandals Regency La Toc golf course.

Expert tip: Your golfing adventure in the Caribbean doesn’t have to end in Saint Lucia! Check out these great golf courses in The Bahamas and learn about the best golf courses in Jamaica once you’re hooked on golf in the tropics.

Bonus chapter: Other must-dos during your stay in Saint Lucia

Hike Pigeon Island

Pigeon Island is located in the north of Saint Lucia. This is a must-visit attraction if you’re looking for a place to relax and reconnect with nature. There's a national park on Pigeon Island that is loved for its gorgeous scenery, including coastal views, old forts, and wide grassy areas that are ideal for a hike and picnic. You’ll need to pay an entrance fee of $6-8 USD to get into the park.

Pigeon Island National Park Saint Lucia

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While at the Pigeon Island national park, there are a number of activities you can get into including hiking, snorkeling, SNUBA, dining, and exploring. At the highest elevation in this park, you'll find 18th-century military ruins and 360° views of the island. These old ruins are the remains of Fort Rodney, a structure that played a significant role in the wars of Saint Lucia’s past. If you plan on hiking at Pigeon Island, bring comfortable shoes and expect a moderately challenging hike.

Expert tip: If you're up for the challenge, you can try some of the best places to hike in Saint Lucia, which will help you get to know this island in a more intimate way.

Snorkel Saint Lucia’s many coral reefs

You’ll hardly be able to resist a snorkeling session in the crystal-clear waters of Saint Lucia, which is known for great snorkeling and scuba diving. If you plan on snorkeling during your golf vacation, you’ll have lots of dive sites to choose from in areas like Pigeon Island, Rodney Bay, and Marigot Bay in the north. Southern dive sites include Anse Chastanet Beach, Anse Des Pitons (Sugar Beach), and Anse Cochon Beach.

Scuba Diving Saint Lucia Coral

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Speaking of the south, that is where you’ll find the best places to snorkel in Saint Lucia as most of the island's reefs are located there. Even with that said, no matter where you choose to dive on this island, you’re bound to have a magical experience. Sightings in Saint Lucia during a snorkeling expedition include coral of all varieties, sea life such as squid, sea turtles, eels, and of course an abundance of tropical fish!

Experience the Sulphur Springs

If you're in Saint Lucia for a golf adventure, it could also be an ideal time to take part in some of the best things to do in Saint Lucia, like visiting one of the island's most popular attractions - the Sulphur Springs. Located in the southern town of Soufriere, the Sulphur Springs in Saint Lucia is credited for being the world's only drive-in volcano where you can have a natural, DIY spa experience.

Sulphur Springs Drive Volcano Saint Lucia

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The volcano at the Sulphur Springs is dormant, but once you arrive, you’ll notice steam emitting from the crater. Once inside the volcano, you sure won't miss the sulphuric steam smell, which is reminiscent of rotten eggs! Don’t worry: this won’t dampen your experience in the slightest as you explore the Sulphur Springs area via a guided tour, bathe in the mud baths, and even take a dip in the rejuvenating hot springs.

Expert tip: Want some more fun in the south of Saint Lucia? Try the Gros Piton Hike, one of the most popular things to do on this island. Read our post on the Pitons in Saint Lucia before you go so you're well prepared for this experience!

Golf enthusiasts love the golf courses in Saint Lucia!

Saint Lucia golf is well worth the experience. With the combination of gorgeous surroundings and challenging courses, you’re bound to fall in love with playing golf there. Regardless of your skill level and preferences, golfing in Saint Lucia could be everything you’ve dreamed of. Those who conquer the courses on the romantic Caribbean island can truly claim the title of Golf Aficionado.

Saint Lucia Golf Course

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Make your golf vacation in Saint Lucia hassle-free by staying at a Sandals all-inclusive resort in Saint Lucia. Not only will you be perfectly positioned and within 30 minutes of each course, but you also enjoy complimentary green fees and free transportation between the course and your resort! There are also lots of quality inclusions at Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia like multiple gourmet restaurants, multiple bars including swim-up bars, water and land sports, day and night entertainment, and so much more.

Plus, guests at any of the Sandals Resorts on this island will have access to the amenities at all three properties (Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, and Sandals Halcyon Beach), which can only make things more exciting for your Saint Lucia golf experience!

So Much To Love About Anse Chastanet Beach In Saint Lucia

Island Life
September 29th 2021
So Much To Love About Anse Chastanet Beach In Saint Lucia
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In and out of the water the pristine Anse Chastanet Beach in Saint Lucia titillates the senses. Set on the southwest coast of Saint Lucia, the allure of this strand has much to do with how effortlessly the surrounding mountains, greenery and other natural elements blend with sandy white shores, and how peaceful it can feel to settle down here staring out at an ocean of the richest blues.

As the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is known for being lush and mountainous with lots of amazing beaches, it is not at all surprising that Anse Chastanet Beach in Soufriere falls into this category. This beach is known for great diving and it’s beautiful and peaceful ambiance.

These attributes are made even more appealing by the fact that it only takes a short boat trip to get to Anse Chastanet Beach from some of the best all-inclusive resorts Saint Lucia has on offer. Anse Chastanet Beach is also near some of the most popular attractions in Saint Lucia including the World Heritage site the Pitons and the Sulphur Springs.

In this article we’ll detail why Anse Chastanet Beach is worth a visit while in Saint Lucia and some of the best places you can stay on the island for an amazing vacation.

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The perfect getaway – Anse Chastanet Beach

There are plenty of reasons Anse Chastanet Beach should be high on any travellers’ list of things to do in Saint Lucia. For starters, it is a gorgeous beach made even more amazing because of the surrounding natural elements like the Pitons (one of UNESCO’s 176 natural World Heritage sites), which are located in the vicinity.

Anse Chastanet Beach is also located in close proximity to other activities, restaurants, and not-to-be-missed dive sites. Here’s a few more reasons Anse Chastanet Beach just might be the perfect beach stop while in Saint Lucia:

1. Anse Chastanet Beach is teeming with underwater beauty


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Anse Chastanet Beach is a top choice for divers in Saint Lucia and that has a lot to do with the Anse Chastanet Reef which is thriving with marine life and some of the most vibrant coral reefs along the island’s coast.

The reef at Anse Chastanet Beach is near shore, which makes it easy to access by snorkelers. Anse Chastanet Reef is also buoyed off, which makes this protected marine reserve a no-boat zone.

Notably, there are two reefs on either end of this beach. Both of these are great for snorkeling and scuba diving. Sightings at the Anse Chastanet reef in particular which is home to more than 150 species of fish include parrot fish, grunts, sergeant majors, squirrelfish, needlefish, sea turtles, octopus, cuttlefish, crabs, trumpet fish, peacock flounders, puffers, seahorses and sea urchins.

There are also a variety of large sea sponges along the reef and a soft coral garden with lots of sea fans, plumes, rods and more. In the seagrass beds near shore, you can often catch glimpses of fish, turtles and rays.

Generally, Anse Chastanet Reef is considered one of the best reefs in Saint Lucia.


Insider tip: Love scuba diving? Guests of any of the three Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia dive for free during their stay (max. two tanks per day). This includes professional equipment! Anse Chastanet Reef is regularly visited by Sandals’ dive boats.

2. Anse Chastanet’s location is unbeatable

Anse Chastanet Beach in Soufriere is just about 25 miles from Castries, Saint Lucia, so it isn’t that hard to get to no matter where you stay on this small island.

From Castries, you can get to Anse Chastanet Beach in about one hour and 20 minutes, while from Vieux Fort in the south where you’re likely to arrive via the Hewanorra International Airport (UVF), you can be at Anse Chastanet Beach with just an hour’s drive.

As this beach is in Soufriere Saint Lucia, while in this area you’ll also have the opportunity to see the Pitons (Gros Piton and Petit Piton) up close.


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Some of the other attractions in this area include the Sulphur Springs which is known internationally as a drive-in volcano where visitors can have a natural spa experience dipping into hot springs and mud baths. There’s also the popular Soufriere Estate, countless rainforest trails, waterfalls, and more.

Around Anse Chastanet Beach there are a few beachside restaurants and bars including Orlando’s Restaurant Bar which is about a 10-minute drive from the beach. One of the best things about Orlando’s is that there isn’t a set menu, but instead a five course tasting menu that varies on a daily basis according to what’s in season. The view of the Pitons from Orlando’s is unrivalled.

Other than that, you can also eat at Martha’s Tables which serves up local BBQ, cajun and creole food. This restaurant is only open at lunchtime on weekdays. Reservations are required.

3. Anse Chastanet Beach is beautiful


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There are many reasons to come to Saint Lucia including spending some time at Anse Chastanet Beach. Anse Chastanet, like many of the beaches in the south of Saint Lucia, maintains a relatively untouched feel that you’ll notice immediately once you arrive.

You’ll be able to sink your feet into soft sand and make your way to your vantage of choice where you can scope the incredibly clear waters, sunbathe, and spend as much time in the water as possible.

Surrounded by mountains and picture-perfect greenery, you will definitely feel compelled to take as many photos as possible to seal the moment. Views as well on this beach are award-worthy.

The perfect day at Anse Chastanet Beach can end with an incredible sunset hopefully with drinks in hand from a nearby bar like the Jungle Grill and Bar on Anse Mamin Beach which also serves delicious burgers. You can walk from Anse Chastanet Beach to Anse Mamin Beach by using the coastal path.

Good to know: Anse Chastanet Beach is a public beach with free access. Parking is also free. This beach includes nearby restroom facilities and visitors can also use the on-site restaurant, dive shop, or bar.

Things to do at Anse Chastanet Beach

Spend time on and in the water

As Saint Lucia is known for its amazing beaches with calm, clear waters, this Eastern Caribbean island is a great destination to enjoy water sports. Anse Chastanet is a great beach for getting into water sports like kayaking, windsurfing, and diving.


Love water sports? All three Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia include water sports for all guests. From stand-up paddle boarding to kayaking, from Hobie Cats to snorkel equipment - Sandals has it all. Sandals Grande St. Lucian and Sandals Halcyon Beach even include motorized water sports such as tubing and water skiing, including professional instructions if needed!

Go for a hike


While in the Anse Chastanet Beach area you’ll have plenty of hiking trails to explore through the mountains and right along the beachfront. One of these trails is a coastal path that connects Anse Chastanet Beach to the nearby Anse Mamin Beach. This is a fun trail not to be missed by those looking for a bit of adventure. There are also many wooded trails to explore around Anse Mamin Beach.

In addition to trails on and around the beach it is also possible to hike the nearby Gros Piton mountain which offers jaw-dropping views from the top of the towns of Soufriere, Vieux Fort, Choiseul, and even the neighboring island of Saint Vincent. The hike up Gros Piton can take 3 - 6 hours each way. Find out more about this hike here.

For a more leisurely walk around the Soufriere area it is also possible to do a guided tour of the town.

Explore the area


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There’s plenty to do and see in Saint Lucia and if you’re starting in the south around Anse Chastanet Beach. This includes strolling through some of the small communities in the south of Saint Lucia near Soufriere like Canaries, Choiseul, and Laborie, or even doing a sightseeing tour that stops off in some of these areas.

There are plenty of options for excursions in the Anse Chastanet area including boat and helicopter tours, or land tours on jeeps, buggies, taxis and more. Land and sea combo sightseeing tours are also a popular option. Many tours include rainforest hikes with some even throwing in aerial tram rides and ziplining adventures.

Getting to Anse Chastanet

The easiest way to get to Anse Chastanet Beach in Saint Lucia is via a tour, taxi, or boat trip. If you’re going via car rental, be sure to get accurate directions before heading out. It is a good idea to rent a vehicle with good ground clearance to get there as the road is quite rocky and narrow into Anse Chastanet Beach.

If you’re driving, once you get to Soufriere and take the turn down to the beach, drive slowly until you get to the parking area. Otherwise, just opt for a land taxi, a water taxi, or rent a boat. A water taxi from Soufriere to Anse Chastanet costs about $30 one way and you can even set up a tour that includes stops at other beaches in this area. In that instance, you’d need to negotiate a fare with the boat operator.

If you want the freedom of steering the boat yourself, a small boat charter can be procured for a couple hundred dollars for a half or full day rental.

The best time to visit Anse Chastanet


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Anse Chastanet Beach in Saint Lucia can be enjoyed year-round but there are certain times of year when a visit here can be even more magical. Whether you plan on diving or just enjoying the ocean, the best time to go to Anse Chastanet Beach coincides with the best time to visit Saint Lucia in general, which is mid-December to mid-April.

This is peak season, and it is also the time when sea temperatures average 79°F which is great for all things beach related. December to February also have slightly cooler and less humid days as well which makes a beach day during this time most ideal. Additionally, Saint Lucia marks the least rainy days during peak season which is great if you’ll be going to the island for a beach or dive vacation!

Don’t miss out on Anse Chastanet when in Saint Lucia!

Anse Chastanet is definitely one of those beaches you’ll want to spend at least a couple of hours on while in Saint Lucia, especially if you’re visiting for the first time! Not only will you be able to enjoy a fun beach day here, but you’ll truly be able to press the reset button to pure bliss.
Excursions and boat trips to Anse Chastanet can easily be booked through your resort!

Picture: Sandals Grande St. Lucian boasting the calmest waters in all of Saint Lucia.

Want to enjoy unlimited cocktails in Saint Lucia during your entire stay? Book one of Sandals all-inclusive resorts and all food and (alcoholic) drinks are included. Better yet, if you book any of three Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia you’ll get access to all three Sandals Resorts with a total of 27 high-quality restaurants and two golf courses (green fees are included in your stay). Even transfers between the three resorts are free of charge.

Fishing In Saint Lucia: Everything You Need To Know

Island Life
August 9th 2021
Fishing In Saint Lucia: Everything You Need To Know
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If hearing the ‘ZING’ of the line suddenly getting pulled below makes your heart putter, if incessantly changing bait on the hook every hour does not bore you but brings joy to your heart, this place should be on your bucket list. It’s Saint Lucia, the world’s most popular destination for fishing.

Located in the far eastern Caribbean Sea, head south of Martinique and you will discover the volcanic island country of Saint Lucia. A quick Google search will conjure up images of unworldly black sand beaches, and the only drive-in volcano in the world, La Soufrière. But you can’t see pictures of Saint Lucia without coming upon the iconic Pitons. These twin mountain formations rest on the coastline, like beacons for the phantom onlooker. And while these volcanic spires attract many visitors, down at sea-level, anglers from all over the world flock to this island to experience the pinnacle of fishing.


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Sportfishing enthusiasts visiting Saint Lucia regularly catch large game fish like White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and other billfish. Other popular catches include Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Wahoo, King Mackerel (Kingfish), Blackfin, and Yellowfin Tuna.

Closer to shore, Saint Lucia also has great inshore and reef fishing, where anglers can catch Herring, Catfish, Tilapia, Snapper, Jacks, Barracuda, Grouper, and more.

Fishing runs deep in this country, as it is a huge part of Saint Lucian culture. So not only are there a ton of fish, but a ton of experts that can show you exactly where to drop your line.

Ways to fish in Saint Lucia

If you have yet to fish in the Caribbean, you must experience it in Saint Lucia, it’s one of the best fishing destinations among the islands. Although relatively small, Saint Lucia has the most ideal environment for fishing. A sort of Goldilocks combination of just the right conditions has caused large game fish to thrive near the coastline.

Relatively close to shore there are some of the deepest waters in the Caribbean. This is because of sharp drop-offs, when the seafloor suddenly drops steeply. Large fish congregate among these drop-offs, so fishermen can catch big game fish without having to go far from shore. And because of the tropical climate, anglers can fish 365 days a year.

That’s right. You can have an amazing fishing experience whenever you choose to visit Saint Lucia.

Surf and rock fishing

Saint Lucia Surf Fishing

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Along the underwater drop-off only two miles off the coastline, pelagic fish gather. Anglers can catch fish from the shoreline without getting their feet wet or stepping foot into a boat. Soufrière is somewhere you can visit along Saint Lucia’s southwest shore. The town pier that juts out into Soufrière Bay is a great place for catching Tuna, Barracuda, Snapper, and Grouper. So, if rock fishing is your ideal, definitely check this place out. You likely won’t be disappointed!

Another hotspot for rock fishing is at Rodney Bay, on Saint Lucia’s northwest shore. Below these rocks on the bay’s southern shore, you can catch snapper and yellowtail. You can stay at an all-inclusive resort near Rodney Bay, and you won’t have to travel a far distance to go rock fishing. The chefs at the restaurants might even be able to prepare the catch of the day as your dinner later that evening!

Pack a sandwich, meet some people, and enjoy that ocean breeze.

Reef fishing

Saint Lucia Reef Fishing Barracuda

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If you’re itching to get off land and away from it all, like Jack from the Titanic looking for the next adventure, reef fishing is a great choice (and you probably won’t hit an iceberg at the end). Below the surface of Saint Lucia’s western shoreline are vast, colorful reefs, teeming with marine life like Grouper, Snapper, Barracuda, Grunts, and more. Many of these fringing reefs can only be reached by boat, so it is best to hire a reef fishing charter. If you wish to take your own fishing boat, hiring a local guide is ideal. They will show you exactly where the best reef fishing is, so the trip will be more worth your time. And hey, what a better way for you to get to know the community.

Deep-sea fishing

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Far from the coast, many thrill-seeking anglers head out for deep-sea fishing. Escaping out to the ocean, finding the ideal spot to set lines, carefully monitoring navigation, and most obviously, catching some really big fish are what attract fishermen to the deep-sea.

As we mentioned before, the steep drop-offs surrounding Saint Lucia create a perfect habitat for large, deep-sea fish to congregate relatively close to shore. This makes the island a deep-sea fishing mecca for anglers from all over the world. You can catch big game fish like Billfish, including White Marlin, Blue Marlin, and Sailfish, a popular goal for deep-sea anglers visiting Saint Lucia. Other big sport fish like Wahoo, Dorado, and Tuna are regularly spotted in these waters, too.

Just don’t forget to take a picture. Your friends and family won’t believe it.

How to fish in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia has the perfect environmental ingredients, like when you mix a Saint Lucian dish of green fig and saltfish. It’s magic. An abundance of game fish lurking below the steep drop-offs, idyllic tropical weather; it’s what makes fishing in Saint Lucia top notch. But before you start thinking about how good the fish is going to taste, you must first decide how you’re going to fish in Saint Lucia. Whether you decide to take your own boat out, or hire a private fishing charter, it’s bound to be a great time!

Fishing with your own boat

Saint Lucia Deep Sea Fishing Rear

If you decide to take your own boat to Saint Lucia, there are two docking options: Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay. Prices vary according to the size of the boat and the number of nights you wish to dock in the marina. If you want to fish with your own boat but are unfamiliar with the area, you can ask local fishermen, or inquire at the resort you’re staying in for insight on the best places to fish. You can also hire a local guide to come with you on your fishing trip.

Hiring a fishing charter

Saint Lucia Deep Sea Fishing Side

You can enjoy some world-class sport fishing in Saint Lucia.

With an abundance of fish to catch comes a variety of private charters offering fishing tours all around Saint Lucia. There are companies that offer shore and shallow reef fishing, bottom fishing, and deep-sea fishing charters.

Using a private charter is a great idea if you want to ensure you’re using your time (and money) wisely. Skippers are experts on fishing in the area. They will know exactly where you need to go to make your catch depending on the time of year you visit and the time of day, you’re out fishing. And when you’re on a small-group fishing tour, you can expect to get personal attention, if you’re a novice or experienced.

Charter prices vary depending on the type of fishing, and whether you opt for a half day or full day tour. For half days, tour prices are usually around $120 USD/person, and for full days, tour prices are around $200 USD/person. Trips generally include everything you need, such as equipment, bait, licenses, drinks, and sometimes lunch.

Expert tip: Island Routes offers some amazing deep sea fishing excursions in Saint Lucia. Make sure to book in advance to ensure availability!

Saint Lucia fishing regulations

Saint Lucia Fishing Catch Release

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Fishing is a cultural staple in Saint Lucia. The government has laws and regulations in place to protect the local marine life and support the livelihoods of the locals. Before heading out to the open blue for battle, you should be aware of these regulations in Saint Lucia.

There is a catch-and-release policy for visitors for most types of fish around the island. This allows for more fish to remain and reproduce in the ecosystem, so fishing can continue to sustain future generations. Also, anglers do need a fishing license to fish from a vessel, but that price is usually included in the price of fishing charters. However, you do not need a fishing license to fish from shore. That’s right. No license, no problem.

The best time to fish in Saint Lucia

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As we mentioned above, Saint Lucia’s climate stays relatively temperate throughout the year. There are, however, two seasons: wet and dry. The best time to visit Saint Lucia depends on if you want to avoid rain or crowds. If you’re hoping to catch a specific type of fish, the many different fish species have varying peak periods, but you can catch most throughout the year.

Bonus: Saint Lucia sightseeing – other island must-sees

While you’ll have the time of your life fishing in Saint Lucia, you won’t want to miss the rest of what the island has to offer. Saint Lucia features natural wonders that put this destination on the map.

Hike the Pitons

Pitons Mountains Saint Lucia

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Undoubtedly the most picturesque landmark, The Pitons in Saint Lucia are made up of two mountains – Gros Piton and Petit Piton. Nearly 3,000 feet above sea level, the green slopes of Gros Piton are widely explored. Petit Piton is, however, steeper, harder to climb, and can only be explored accompanied by special guides. Gros Piton has marked trails, a less treacherous landscape, and is generally safer than Petit Piton. Once at the peak, prepare for a breathtaking view.

Explore Pigeon Island

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Looking for more stunning views? Located on the north end, Pigeon Island is one of the Caribbean’s most historic landmarks. The island was once separate from the country, until in 1972 when a man-made causeway was built to connect the two. An interest for all types of travelers, you can get a history lesson about previous inhabitants, including a pirate with a wooden leg. You can also explore 18th-century military ruins, including a hike to Fort Rodney, a relic of the American Revolutionary War. The fort is at the top of a hill and surrounded by beautiful, unobstructed views. The hike up and down takes about 50 minutes, so don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and bring some water!

Expert tip: Pigeon Island is located on a short walk from the award-winning all-inclusive resort Sandals Grande St. Lucian. The view on Pigeon Island from its pier restaurant is simply stunning, making it the ideal place for a romantic dinner. The best part: when you’re a guest at this resort, all food and (alcoholic) drinks at this restaurant are included and unlimited!

Drive through the volcano La Soufrière

Soufriere Drive In Volcano Saint Lucia

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Those visiting the island can discover the world’s only drive-in volcano, La Soufrière, located near Soufrière on the southwest side of the island. Last active in the 1700s, La Soufrière is a dormant volcano that produced a series of surrounding geothermal springs. You can drive right up to the edge of the springs and view them from a safe distance.

Located at the volcano is Sulphur Springs; a towering waterfall and natural mud baths, believed to have medicinal properties. You can bathe in the mud pools, hovering around 110°F, and after can rinse off under the 50 foot tall waterfall.

Also read: 40 Amazing Things To Do In Saint Lucia to find out what else is on offer on this beautiful island!

Planning your Saint Lucia fishing trip

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Sandals Grande St. Lucian showcases awe-inspiring panoramic views. The chefs at the restaurants will be more than happy to prepare your catch of the day if you request it in advance!

A marvel of Caribbean pleasure, Saint Lucia has a rich history and offers adventure on the ground or out on the ocean. The underwater ecosystem surrounding Saint Lucia makes it the most ideal island for fishing. For a fun fishing trip that’s sure to be a catch, check out Island Routes’ fishing excursions.

If you’re staying at any of the three Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia, you can even have the chef prepare your catch for you. Located in several beautiful locations, this luxury all-inclusive resort provides 5-star amenities, including international gourmet restaurants, unlimited land and water sports, and spas. The only battle you’ll be fighting will be out on the fishing boat!

Flag Of Saint Lucia Explained: History & Symbolism

The Islands
July 30th 2021
Flag Of Saint Lucia Explained: History & Symbolism
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Known as the ‘Helen of the West’, the island of Saint Lucia is in many ways incomparable. For one thing, it is the only place in the world where you can find attractions like a drive-in volcano and the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘The Pitons’ which are volcanic cones set in the south of the island.


Expert tip: Stay at one of the three Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia and get access to all of them. This includes unlimited food and (alcoholic) drinks at 27 restaurants, two golf courses, and free transportation in between the resorts. It’s like three vacations in one!

Apart from its obvious natural beauty, there are several more things that stand out about Saint Lucia including the island’s flag and related symbolism. Here’s what makes Saint Lucia’s flag special and truly historic:

Saint Lucia’s national flag: a brief history

Saint Lucia has a very distinct yet simple flag, which is much akin with the culture and personality of this Caribbean island. Saint Lucia’s flag is predominantly a cerulean blue color with a yellow triangle and a black isosceles triangle outlined in white in the center. It was created by a local artist known as Dunstan St. Omer in 1967. Now, for much of its history Saint Lucia did not have a flag. This was an island that was fought over for several decades by the British and French, finally gaining independence in 1979. When this island’s flag was finally developed, it really did mark the beginning of a whole new era for Saint Lucia.

The history of the Saint Lucian national flag

Saint Lucia Flag

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The Saint Lucian flag has quite an interesting history.

It has only been around for about 54 years, which makes it relatively young in flag years. For comparison: the oldest flag in the world is that of Denmark, which dates back as far as 1219.

In terms of the flag of Saint Lucia, this island symbol was ushered in just after the island shifted from the status of British Colony to that of a state in free association with the United Kingdom. This was in the year 1967, and this transition was made with Saint Lucia still being a part of the West Indies Associated States.

Full independence didn’t happen for Saint Lucia until years later, in 1979, under the leadership of prime minister of that time Sir John Compton. The island was free in all sense of the word after a brutal war history, but the decision was made also to remain under the British Commonwealth.

Symbolism in the flag of Saint Lucia

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Like many other flags in the world, the colors and symbols of the Saint Lucian flag have meanings that are much deeper than meets the eye.

For starters, the cerulean blue background of the Saint Lucian flag represents the sky and sea, both of which add to the pristine beauty of this island. Notably, both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean surround the Caribbean, with the Caribbean Sea being along the western coast of the island, and the Atlantic Ocean on the opposite side.

The distinct yellow triangle in the center of the flag represents sunshine and prosperity. Considering the flag was conceptualized in 1967, this description seems to be a prediction of sorts of what was to be for the island in years to come — Saint Lucia is today not only one of the sunniest, but among the most popular tourism destinations in the world. So popular is this island that tourism is its number one industry, overtaking bananas and sugar cane which sustained the island in decades past.

The yellow triangle in combination with the black triangle also represent the island’s famous twin peaks, Gros Piton and Petit Piton in the south of the island which goes to show that even in its simplicity the creator of this island’s flag placed every detail on there with absolute intention. The Pitons are today national landmarks in Saint Lucia.

The final detail around the black triangle is the white outline which is symbolic for racial harmony and unity.

Historical Flags Of Saint Lucia

Colonial flags


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Saint Lucia did not have its own colonial flag until 1939. This was long before the island gained independence and it was bestowed by the United Kingdom in the form of a coat of arms.

The coat of arms was the only real colonial flag for this island. It was used to represent the island on the British Blue Ensign which is a flag used by territories who either are or were formally in association with the United Kingdom. This coat of arms had a black shield and featured gold roses for England and fleurs-de-lis for France. Pieces of bamboo in the shape of a cross separated these elements.

Today, Saint Lucia has a new coat of arms. Designed by Sydney Bagshaw in 1967, the island’s existing coat of arms has very distinct features including a blue shield adaptation from the previous coat of arms, a stool, a hand holding a lit torch, and two green parrots with wings outstretched.

All of these components are strategically placed above the island’s motto, ‘The Land, The People, The Light.’

First national flag of Saint Lucia

Independence for Saint Lucia meant many things needed to be put in order, including the development of an island flag. Saint Lucia’s flag was adopted on the day of independence for this island, on March 1, 1967. The island was from that point onward referred to as an associated state.

Full independence happened in 1979, at which point the original flag design changed slightly. The same design by Dunstan St. Omer would remain on the new flag with slight modifications including the size of the triangles and the shade of blue highlighted. It would seem those changes were mostly for aesthetic reasons as everything relating to the flag’s original symbolism remained, even to this day.

See and learn more about Saint Lucia yourself


Saint Lucia is a gorgeous island all around and it is a great introduction to the Caribbean for travellers who may not have been to this part of the world before.

The best time to visit Saint Lucia in the West Indies is generally between the months of mid-December to mid-April which is considered high season. Overall, no matter when you go you’ll be able to enjoy the warm temperature, amazing beaches, exciting tours, great accommodation including some amazing all-inclusive resorts, and everything you would expect from a truly tropical island getaway.

Where To Go For The Best Snorkeling In Saint Lucia

Island Life
May 13th 2021
Where To Go For The Best Snorkeling In Saint Lucia

Towering mountains, a multitude of beaches, the possibility of seeing exotic marine life and shipwrecks up close, coral of all varieties, and the clearest, bluest seas… all of these absolutely good reasons to go snorkeling in Saint Lucia.

This island is surely one of those you would perhaps have seen a picture of in a magazine, and ripped it out to save for that moment where you’d be in a position to get away for the ultimate adventure. Perhaps that moment is now, and maybe… quite likely, you’ll soon dip into one of the most amazing beaches in Saint Lucia, an island known and loved for great diving.

But… before you get there, there are questions. Maybe you want to know about the best things to do in Saint Lucia, where to stay for an amazing all-inclusive vacation in Saint Lucia, and what snorkeling on this island is really like.

In this post, we’ll touch on some of the most ideal spots for snorkeling in Saint Lucia, the best time to go, and where to stay for an unforgettable island getaway.

What to expect when snorkeling in Saint Lucia


Saint Lucia is a mountainous island that is volcanic in nature. It is most known for its beautiful beaches, lush vegetation, captivating waterfalls, and landmarks like The Pitons — the twin mountains on the west coast between the communities of Soufriere and Choiseul. Not only are these mountains jointly a World Heritage Site but they are the backdrop of some of the most amazing dive and snorkel sites in Saint Lucia, most of which are located in the south of this island.

The appeal of the Pitons does not end where the waters begin; divers can spot all kinds of marine life swimming at the base of the Pitons where they have made their home. Under water, the Pitons are in and of themselves part of a dynamic ocean ecosystem that includes a variety of hard and soft corals near shore and further off that any diver to the island can explore.

Even without heading too far out snorkelers in Saint Lucia can explore the soft coral gardens filled with fan, plumes, colorful sponges, and lots of sea life including squid, sea turtles, eels, tropical fish, and so much more. Many snorkeling spots in Saint Lucia aren’t too far from Castries, the capital of Saint Lucia, so you can expect to tick quite a few off your list while on the island.

The seven best snorkeling spots around Saint Lucia

Although some of the top snorkeling sites can be found in the south, the best beaches and resorts can be found in the north of Saint Lucia, and from there, you’ll easily be able to make your way to the south by either a scenic drive or by boat.

7. Rodney Bay / Reduit Beach


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Reduit beach is one of the great snorkeling spots located in the north of Saint Lucia, in the Rodney Bay area. There are parts of this beach that are interesting to snorkel, but those areas would largely be away from the main bathing area, and further out to sea.

The water on this beach is calm and clear most of the time and ideal for beginners. If you choose the right spot to snorkel here you can see many types of fish, crabs, and eels. Reduit Beach is extensive, and nice for strolling any time of day. There’s also lots of restaurants, shops and bars in the Rodney Bay area so you’ll be able to spend the entire day here if you’d like.

Spinnakers Restaurant on the beach is a good option if you’re looking for a quick bite.

Insider tip: Check out these snorkeling tips for beginners that’ll help you feel more comfortable as you explore Saint Lucia’s waters.

6. Marigot Bay


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Marigot Bay is simply mesmerizing and chances are once you go there you simply won’t be able to get enough. This snorkeling spot, just like Reduit Beach, is also located to the northern end of Saint Lucia, just about 15 minutes from Castries.

There are several beaches in the Marigot area but the most popular is the beach you can access by way of ferry service. Once you drive into the Marigot area and make your way to the ferry pick up point or are taken there via a tour, you’ll be able to hop on the ferry for a small fee and get straight to the beach.

Marigot Beach is shallow and great for snorkelers who are just starting off. There’s good visibility on most days. Around the coral reef in Marigot Bay snorkelers often come face to face with sea horses. Offshore there’s even more to see in the waters of Marigot Bay particularly on the outer edges of the bay.

5. Smuggler's Cove Beach

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Smugglers Cove is a small and relatively secluded beach in the north of Saint Lucia. You’ll need to drive to an area known as Cap Estate to get there, and it’s a good idea to ensure you understand the directions before you go.

At this beach you’ll be able to get into some snorkeling fun in a safe place. You won’t even have to get too far out in the water to get the best experience, as sometimes sea turtles and a variety of tropical fish can be spotted near the shore.

Snorkeling on this beach gets more exciting though if you do decide to venture out with a boat. Some of the sea life you’re likely to come across while diving here include flying gurnard, lobster, and large trumpet fish. Many of these creatures live in the trenches and shelves along the seafloor. Smugglers Cove is great whether or not you want to dive as it’s one of the cosiest beaches on the island even boasting its own beach bar.

4. Pigeon Island

Pigeon Island Saint Lucia

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Pigeon Point is to the extreme north of Saint Lucia and though there are many beaches in this area, some of the best ones for snorkeling are inside the Pigeon Island National Park. If you want to get inside you’ll have to pay an entrance fee of $8 for adults and $3 for kids.

With this fee you’ll also have access to some of the best hiking in Saint Lucia and other activities in the park. When heading out on a snorkeling expedition in the park, try to get at least 15-20 feet from shore and near the edge of the rocks where you’re more likely to spot a variety of marine life.

Some of the sea creatures you’re likely to encounter in this location on a good day especially if you snorkel further out include eagle rays, moray eels, lobster, starfish, anemone, and giant barracuda.

Pigeon Island in Saint Lucia offers a gorgeous slice of history and while there you can hike up Fort Rodney (a relic of the American Revolutionary War) which is sure to be both educational and fun. From the top of the Fort you’ll have a panoramic view of the waters surrounding Pigeon Island as well as communities in the vicinity.

Insider tip: PADI® certified guests of Sandals Grande St. Lucian scuba dive for free (max. two tanks a day per guest), this includes professional equipment and the guidance of the dive staff. Not PADI® certified yet? Get certified at additional cost and dive the rest of your vacation for free!

Sandals Grande St. Lucian is located on a gorgeous beach, on a short walk from Pigeon Island.


3. Anse Cochon Beach

Another popular dive site in Saint Lucia is Anse Cochon Beach. This beach is in Anse La Raye just about 20 minutes from Castries which is the capital of Saint Lucia.

Anse Cochon Beach has dark sand, calm seas, and good visibility on most days for divers. The coral reefs on this beach are near shore and they are part of the National Marine Reserve. Sightings here can include lionfish, sharp tail eel, shrimp, trumpet fish, sting rays, and more.

For scuba divers there are also two shipwrecks at this location – Lesleen M and Daini Koyomaru. Both of these have blended seamlessly into their surroundings and now are home to all kinds of marine life. If you plan on diving at Anse Cochon Beach you can either bring your own equipment or rent some on the beach. There’s a beach bar on this beach as well where food and drinks can be purchased.

2. Anse Des Pitons (Sugar Beach)

Sugar Beach Saint Lucia

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Anse Des Pitons (also known as Sugar Beach) in the south of Saint Lucia is great for snorkeling and diving. This location is between Saint Lucia’s famous twin peaks which adds a majestic feel to any dive.

While swimming on this beach you can look up at the towering Petit Piton which stands at 743 m (2,438 ft), before diving in for a snorkeling session. This dive site is quite deep and some of the things you might see here are parrot fish, trumpet fish, moray eels, eagle rays, scorpion fish, and more.

This reef is located within the Anse Piton Marine Preserve and can be accessed via Sugar Beach. At Sugar Beach there’s access to water sports, restrooms, and there’s places to buy food and drinks as well.

1. Anse Chastanet Beach


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Anse Chastanet Beach is located on the southern end of Saint Lucia, in Soufriere. It is a very popular dive and snorkel spot and if you go to Anse Chastanet Beach you’ll have easy access to the Anse Chastanet Reef which is near shore and loved by snorkelers.

The reef in this area is buoyed off, which means no boats can get near it. This works out well for the preservation of the reef itself. Careful consideration and care of the reefs in this area has over the years allowed them to grow beautifully, attracting a wide range of marine life including sergeant majors, parrot fish, trumpet fish, angel fish, needlefish, sea turtles, octopus, peacock flounders, puffers, and even seahorses.

There are actually 150 species of fish that call this reef home and chances are during a dive you will see more than a few of those!

Expert tip: Anse Chastanet has beautiful reefs at both ends of the beach so when you’re done exploring one, you can dive into the other.

The best time to snorkel in Saint Lucia


Saint Lucia is one of those destinations that you can snorkel in year round. Even with that said, there are some times of year where you’re likely to have a better experience, like during mid-December to mid-April, which also happens to be the peak season and the best time to go to Saint Lucia. There tends to be less rainfall at this time of year which means you’re likely to have more uninterrupted beach days. Sea temperatures at peak season are on average 79 °F, and calm and clear weather means the water will also be calm and clear, so things will work out well all around. Overall, Saint Lucia is a sunny and warm destination that’s a joy to visit any time of year.

Snorkeling in Saint Lucia – The choices are endless

Experience the magic of the Caribbean Sea during an excursion by boat or catamaran: Saint Lucia is truly one of the best places in the world to snorkel! Surrounded on all sides by clear blue seas you won’t be short of places to go snorkeling on this island. Whenever you do decide to go snorkeling in Saint Lucia, just know your love and appreciation for the undersea will definitely burn stronger after spending time in the underwater world on this simply incredible island.

Insider tip: Want to get the most out of your Caribbean getaway? Stay at any of three Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia and get access to the amenities and restaurants of all three resorts. This includes 27 restaurants, two golf courses (green fees included!) and free transfers from one Sandals Resort to another. It’s like three vacations in one!

The best part? Food and (alcoholic) drinks are always included, always unlimited!


The Pitons In Saint Lucia: Everything You Need To Know

Island Life
April 28th 2021
The Pitons In Saint Lucia: Everything You Need To Know

Hands down, Saint Lucia is one of the finer vacation destinations in the Caribbean. With plenty of sun, sea, sand, greenery, peace, quiet… and as much excitement as you can fit into your itinerary, you’ll find that these shores are pure magic.

Of all the amazing things to do in Saint Lucia, climbing the Pitons is one of the most popular. These incredible twin peaks are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a trek to the top of Gros Piton in particular, is a sure way to get your adrenaline going. Book an excursion through your resort or online, it’ll without a doubt be the highlight of your trip.

Just so you’re more familiar with the Pitons by the time you get to Saint Lucia, here’s what you need to know:

About the Pitons
Where in Saint Lucia are the Pitons located?
Gros Piton vs Petit Piton: What’s the difference?
Tour options: The best ways to explore the Pitons
Where to get the best views
Climbing and hiking at the Pitons
Where to stay when visiting the Pitons in Saint Lucia

About the Pitons


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Not only are the Pitons in Saint Lucia a UNESCO World Heritage Site (designated in 2004), they have over the years become a symbol commonly associated with the island. What stands out most about the Pitons is that together, they make for a majestic and carefully composed natural monument, but in actuality, they are located in two different communities on the small, volcanic, island of Saint Lucia. The Pitons are volcanic plugs (dormant), and both are located on the southwestern coast of Saint Lucia.

Did you know? So famous are the Pitons in and out of Saint Lucia, that the Windward and Leeward Brewery operating in Saint Lucia named a beer after them. Piton beer is light, refreshing, and might just be worth purchasing just to pop out of your bag at the summit of Gros Piton!

Where in Saint Lucia are the Pitons located?

The Pitons are located in the south of Saint Lucia near the towns of Soufriere and Choiseul on the southwestern coast.

Gros Piton vs Petit Piton: What’s the difference?

Gros Piton is located in Soufrière, and Petit Piton a little way off in Choiseul. Though these mountains are side by side along the island’s coast, they are not identical. Gros Piton measures 2,619ft, while Petit Piton rises to 2,461ft. Gros Piton is the wider and more navigated Piton as it relates to excursions. Petit Piton is rarely climbed, and especially not during rainy weather. Some people attempt to climb Petit Piton, but special permissions and guides are required. Strenuous and steep with an unmarked trail, the Petit Piton climb is not usually offered by tour companies. Gros Piton on the other hand is frequently climbed and includes marked trails. You can easily sign up to hike up Gros Piton through your resort or via a local tour company.

Tour options: The best ways to explore the Pitons


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There are many ways to experience the best of the Pitons while in Saint Lucia. You can hike up Gros Piton, or visit surrounding areas during a day tour where you’ll be able to catch a glimpse and feel the enchantment of this natural landmark.

Or, you can head out on a Catamaran Cruise, which will allow you to approach and scope the Pitons right out on the sea. Many boat tours are available in Saint Lucia whether during the early hours of the day, or around sunset. The best thing about a sea tour will be the amazing photos you’ll get to go home with afterwards.

Last but not least, you can book a helicopter tour to see the majestic twin peaks from above.

Expert tip: Land, sea or air, all these excursions will give a different perspective of the amazing Piton Mountains. If you’re not sure which option would be best for you, do all of them. You won’t get bored of this amazing sight!

Where to get the best views


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Heading south from Soufriere, you’ll be treated to a marvellous view of the Pitons rising triumphantly from the ocean. You can in the same breathtaking manner, take in these views from southern beaches like Sugar Beach. Hiking trails in proximity to the peaks, are also an excellent way to take in the views. And finally, a more leisurely way to appreciate the beauty of these peaks from up close is going on a Catamaran Cruise.

Expert tip: Saint Lucia is a great diving location, and it is possible to snorkel or go scuba diving at the foot of the Pitons while on the island. PADI® certified guests staying at any of the three Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia scuba dive for free (max. two tanks a day), this includes professional equipment!

Climbing and hiking at the Pitons


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Climbing the Pitons is without a doubt one of the best things to do while in Saint Lucia. A vast majority of visitors climb Gros Piton and not the more challenging Petit Piton.

The hike up Gros Piton can take 3 to 6 hours each way, and for that reason, comfort is key. Go for footwear you’ll be comfortable in for the duration of the hike (no flip flops!). Bring along sunblock and water as you’re likely to be out for a half or full day.

Expert tip: If you don’t necessarily feel like hiking for more than an hour, try out the Tet Paul Nature Trail which is located in proximity to the Pitons. This 45-minute hike will give you plenty of amazing viewpoints over Saint Lucia’s famous peaks.

It is best to start the hike up Gros Piton in the early morning hours when it’s cooler. You also don’t want to get caught making your way back to the bottom at night fall, so plan accordingly. A tour guide is highly recommended for this excursion. Bring a camera with you as well, as the view from the top is simply divine. Find a full packing list further down this article.

How long is the Gros Piton Trail?

The Gros Piton Trail is about 3.2 miles (5.1 kilometer) long. The trail is rated as challenging, and offers many sights and sounds along the way, including colorful wildflowers, and other animal and plant life. The trail is accessible year-round.

Sights along the Gros Piton Trail

As this is a jungle expedition, you can expect to see a variety of tree, plant and wildlife species on your way to the top of Gros Piton. There are points along the way where you’ll have amazing ocean views, and rest stops where you can stop to just chill and take in the ambiance. There’s even points where you can see the nearby island of Saint Vincent. The views alone are enough to propel you to keep walking no matter how tired you might feel as you near the top. Though this hike can be difficult, it is by no means impossible. The victory at the summit is certainly sweet!

The Interpretive Center

The Interpretive Center in Fond Gens Libre is one of the first points you’ll get to as you prepare for your trek up Gros Piton. It is more or less the point where you’ll pay your fees to the guide, if these have not already been paid. Inside, there’s a model of Gros Piton which your guide might refer to in order to get you familiar with the hike. Ask any questions you would like at this point.

Waypoint Coordinates: 13.8065755, -61.0611749 (13°48'23.7"N 61°03’40.2"W)

Park & Mango Trees

Near the Interpretive Center, you’ll find the beginning of the trail. There’s a rocky path your guide will show you through, and once cleared you’ll get to a beautiful area filled with mango trees. If your tour is during mango season (May and June), you might even be able to pick a couple delicious ones for later!

Waypoint Coordinates: 13.80595, -61.06208 (13°48'21.4"N 61°03’43.5"W

Jungle Walking

Once you get to this point, you’ll be well on your way to the top of Gros Piton. It’ll take a while to get to the top, but at this portion of the hike you’ll basically be walking along a dirt path through the jungle, with thick overgrowth blocking the possibility of any real views. There’s rocks and roots in some areas you’ll have to make your way over, but this area can be navigated fairly easily with instructions from your guide.

Waypoint Coordinates: 13.8042833, -61.065681 (13°48'15.4"N 61°03’56.5”W)

First Ocean View

There’s a point after this where you’ll come around the curve of the mountain and you’ll see a break in the trees which will be quite the welcome sight. The rush of cooling breeze through the open space, and the view of the ocean below will build your excitement even more for what awaits at the top. Just a little way after that, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the summit of Gros Piton.

Waypoint Coordinates: 13.8054086, -61.0686207 (13°48'19.5"N 61°04’07.0"W)


The halfway mark! The guide will let you know when you get to this point, and this announcement will definitely trigger a feeling of relief. Your reward? Amazing views of the nearby Petit Piton. Some say this is the point where things get a little more challenging, and some hikers even turn back. Whether you choose to turn back or not at this point, getting that far is still a commendable achievement!

Waypoint Coordinates: 13.8092, -61.06911 (13°48'33.1"N 61°04’08.8"W)



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This will feel like the point where a personal trainer turns up the heat of a workout. You’ll see large stair steps here, just waiting for you to venture up. Some of these steps are cut out of dirt with logs and roots to keep the dirt stable, and others are made up of rocks and boulders. The steps of the stairs are pretty high in some places (some measuring as much as 24 inches) but there are handrails made out of sticks you can use in some areas, which will help you pull yourself to the next level. Take your time, and use your walking stick or your hands for support if you must. Slow and steady will get you there!

Waypoint Coordinates: 13.8102, -61.06761 (13°48'36.7"N 61°04’03.4”W)

Summit of Gros Piton

Finally, you’ve made it to the top! Your reward? The incredible panoramic views and the unmatched relaxation you’ll get to bask in for a few moments before heading back to the bottom. Though the summit is covered with thick vegetation which makes it hard to see the views beyond, you can climb down a bit to an area with a small lookout platform. Once you make it to the top, you’ll be able to sign the summit register in the Interpretive Center once you get back down, which will forever serve as a record of your momentous climb!

Waypoint Coordinates: 13.80978, -61.06544 (13°48'35.2"N 61°03’55.6"W)

What to bring when hiking up Gros Piton

Packing list of items to bring on your hike up the Gros Piton:

● Camera
● Sunscreen
● Towel
● Insect Repellent
● Swimwear (for before or after the climb)
● Cash

It’s best to leave any jewelry at home, as you might lose it during the hike.

Hiking the Pitons is not recommended if you:

● Are pregnant
● Are physically challenged (not wheelchair accessible)
● Recently had arm/hand surgery
● Have back/neck problems
● Have motion sickness
● Have heart/respiratory issues

How will I get there?

There are many excursions to explore the Pitons in Saint Lucia, and you can book one easily though your resort, which would normally include transfers (but check to be sure!). The other option is to organize a taxi ride or rent a car.

Where to stay when visiting the Pitons in Saint Lucia

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Picture: Sandals Grande St. Lucian. Guests of this all-inclusive resort in Saint Lucia also get access to two other all-inclusive resorts: Sandals Regency La Toc and Sandals Halcyon Beach. Transfers included!

Although the Pitons are located in the South of Saint Lucia, you’ll find that the north of the island is best for travelers who want to be part of the action; people who like to reconnect with nature during the day, but want to eat out, have a drink, and join the fun at night. The North of Saint Lucia is where you’ll find the best beaches, restaurants, hotels and all-inclusive resorts.

Also read: North vs South: Where To Stay In Saint Lucia?

It takes a 60-minute, or 90-minute scenic drive to get from north to south in Saint Lucia, depending on whether you’re travelling on the east or west coast.


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Sandals features three all-inclusive resorts in this area. Sandals Grande St. Lucian in Rodney Bay, located right next to Pigeon Island, is the most lively of the three with amazing views from the beach. Sandals Regency La Toc is known for its amazing cliffside views, golf course and villa suites with private swimming pools. Last but not least, Sandals Halcyon Beach is the more intimate and quiet resort of the three, with the beautiful Paradise Pool.

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Picture: The over-the-water restaurant at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, one of the 12 gourmet restaurants located at this resort. The best part: food and drinks are always included, always unlimited!

The best part: when staying at one of these resorts, you’ll get free access to all three Sandals Resorts on the island (including free transfers in between the resorts). This means any Sandals guest in Saint Lucia has access to 27 restaurants, 21 bars, and two golf courses at no extra cost. It’s all included in your stay.

Pitons excursions on offer at Sandals Resorts


Sandals Resorts partnered up with Island Routes, to offer its guests the best local experiences on the island. Underneath, you’ll find an overview of the excursions to the Pitons offered from the resort:

Helicopter airport transfers


Regular airport transfers from and to the resort are always free for Sandals guests. However, if you’re planning to see the Pitons from above, make sure to book a helicopter transfer from the airport to the resort. Helicopter transfers are available from 205 USD per person, and rest assured, there’s no better way to start your all-inclusive vacation in Saint Lucia! The helicopter ride itself will take around 10 minutes.

Excursions departing from all three resorts


The Piton Sunset Snorkel Cruise is a cool way to see the Pitons in all their glory without breaking a sweat. The snorkel cruise takes around 5 hours and starts from 86 USD a person. Looking for a party? Look no further than the Saint Lucia Sunset Evening Party Cruise starting from 77 USD a person takes you along the magnificent west coast within 2 hours.

Want to hike up the Gros Piton? The Gros Piton Hike from Castries/Vieux Fort starting from 150 USD a person is your cup of tea! The excursion itself will take around 7 hours.


Can you hike the Pitons in St Lucia, and are special preparations needed for this hike?

Yes. While in Saint Lucia, you will be able to climb Gros Piton, the taller of the two Pitons. You can do this whether or not you have climbing experience. There also aren’t any special preparations you’ll need to do, though it is worth it to stretch ahead of this challenging hike.

What if I want to climb Petit Piton?

While it is possible to climb Petit Piton, this is not a hike typically offered as a tour option. It is not advisable to climb Petit Piton without a guide, especially if you’re not a skilled hiker. If you’re looking to try a climb like this which at best will be difficult and technical, with high elevation bouldering, you may need special permissions.

Is the volcano in Saint Lucia active?

Saint Lucia is a volcanic island, but volcanic activity here has been unreported for many years. While the last major eruption on the island was reported thousands of years ago, the last minor eruption was sometime in the 1700s.

Exploring the Pitons is a must in Saint Lucia

There are many incredible things you can do in Saint Lucia, but none that stand out as much as enjoying the view of the Pitons and the view from the Pitons. There’s a certain awe-inspired feeling that comes with staring up at a mountain more than 2,000 ft high, especially when it's right in front of you, and that feeling and the good times you’re sure to have on this island, will make your trip to Saint Lucia that much more memorable!


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Insider tip: Need more reasons to travel to this island country? Check out these amazing pictures of Saint Lucia.

16 Popular Foods & Drinks You Must Try When In Saint Lucia

Food & Drink
October 7th 2020
16 Popular Foods & Drinks You Must Try When In Saint Lucia

Good food is at the heart of every vacation even for people who don’t necessarily consider themselves to be foodies. There will be lots of time to eat during your vacation in Saint Lucia, and so it is important that the place you choose to stay has lots of delicious options on offer.

Insider tip: Stay at an all-inclusive resort to enjoy the Saint Lucian cuisine (and many others!) to its fullest. Staying at any of the three Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia, will give you access to all three of them, this includes all 27 restaurants on-property.

Islands like Saint Lucia are a great choice for travellers who want something a little different on their dinner plate, and it all starts with an immense love for local cuisine filtered down by the locals, to visitors on the island.

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There are loads of cultural influences packed into the finish of many Saint Lucian dishes, including British and French inspiration – the island was famously 7 times British, and 7 times French. Many meal options are infused with herbs and spices, including nutmeg and cloves, which are notably ‘traditionally’ British. There are also long-lost influences from the Amerindians, who were the original inhabitants on the island. The Amerindians were known to live off of fruits, vegetables, and other homegrown foods.

While in Saint Lucia, look out for items like green figs and saltfish, bouyon, cow heel soup, curried meats, grilled fish, lobster, and more.

In this article on the Sandals Blog:

Six traditional Lucian main dishes
Five traditional Lucian side dishes
Four traditional Lucian snacks
Traditional Saint Lucian desert
Popular Lucian Drinks

FAQs about Saint Lucia food and drinks

Six traditional Lucian main dishes

Green figs and saltfish

When cooked right, this dish is hearty and wonderful. It is considered the national dish of Saint Lucia and is made by cooking salted cod and green bananas separately, and then combining them on a plate in the end in just the right proportions. During the cooking process, the green bananas are boiled, and then sautéed with vegetables and spices. The salted cod is often boiled a few times to get out the excess salt, and then stewed with vegetables and spices.


Bouyon Soup

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Bouyon is a hearty and tasty soup you can have in all varieties in Saint Lucia. Many local restaurants sell it on certain days of the week, but at some places like the Castries Market you can pick up a bowl of bouyon on most weekdays. Various meats are featured in bouyon dishes including lamb, beef, pork, and saltfish. Other ingredients include sweet potato, pumpkin, yam, carrots, and more.

Smoked herring and breadfruit

Smoked herring is stewed with local seasonings for this dish, and then served up with cooked breadfruit and cucumber salad. The breadfruit is cooked until tender, and pairs well with the herring, and the cucumber salad is the perfect finish. Have your smoked herring and breadfruit with a tasty and cold local juice for the full effect.


Conch dishes on a plate

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Conch is popular in many Caribbean islands, and in Saint Lucia this delicacy is often referred to as lambi. The preparation style varies island by island, and in Saint Lucia the dish is often made Creole style, which involves the conch meat being seasoned with lots of spices, and then pan fried. Lambi is popular with both locals and visitors, and worth a taste while on island.

Black pudding (Boudin)

Black pudding

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Black pudding is an acquired taste, but those who love it, really love it. You can try this for the first time while in Saint Lucia, where there are lots of spots offering well put together variations. Essentially, black pudding is made with herbs, spices, sometimes rice, and pig’s blood. Some people are thrown off by the ingredients, while others swear this is simply the best thing they’ve ever tasted. When it’s served up, it’ll probably just look like a sausage, and you’re best off finding a good version of this by going based on local feedback and the popularity of the venue that you choose.



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Pepperpot is a popular Caribbean dish, and one taste can lead to you wanting to figure out just how to make it yourself. Even though the name may suggest otherwise, pepperpot isn’t necessarily a spicy dish, but peppers are often used including pimento peppers for flavoring. Other ingredients include onions, garlic, cinnamon, brown sugar, thyme, cloves, orange peel, cassareep and more. Various meats are often included in pepperpot recipes, including cow foot, oxtail, turkey, beef, goat meat, and pork. Some people also use lamb or chicken – it really depends on the ingredients you have at your disposal. Pepperpot is often served up with homemade bread.

Five traditional Lucian side dishes

Callaloo soup

Callaloo soup

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Callaloo soup is something you won’t be able to put down once you taste a spoonful; it is healthy, delicious, and just overall comforting. This soup includes ingredients like callaloo, okra, potatoes and garlic. Some people throw in seafood, or small cuts of meat. In some instances, you’ll find coconut milk broth being used to balance out the flavor and drown out the taste of stronger spices.

Cow heel soup

Cow Heel Soup Cow Saint Lucia Food

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A combination of dumplings, carrots, yellow split peas, cow heel, okra, and other ingredients result in the mouth-watering cow heel soup. Cow heel soup is said to be an aphrodisiac and a hangover cure. Be sure to get a bowl full before the end of your vacation in Saint Lucia. The Castries Market is a great place to get a hot bowl of cow heel soup at lunchtime.

Fried plantains

Fried plantains

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Fried plantains are addictive, and you’ll find this Caribbean staple on your plate at many local restaurants in Saint Lucia. Whether you just want something to snack on, or a delicious side that can be incorporated into anything from steamed fish dishes to jerk or barbequed meals, fried plantain is sure to hit the right spot.



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Cornmeal, pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar, and dry coconut are some of the basic ingredients for local pemmie, and this is one dish you’ll see a lot, especially around Creole Heritage month in October. To make pemmie, the pumpkin is first cooked and mashed, and then the other ingredients are added in. After mixing, the batter is scoped by the spoonful onto a sterilized banana leaf. The banana leaves are heated so they don’t tear during the wrapping process. The squares of wrapped pemmie are then tied with banana straws and thread, just as you would a Christmas gift with ribbon, so the wrapping does not come off. After that it’s put into water to be boiled. The leaf changes to a brown color when cooked, and the mixture inside will be firm and delicious.

Cassava Bread

Cassava Bread Saint Lucia Food

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In Saint Lucia you can experiment with a number of different flavors of cassava including chocolate, cherry, and saltfish. These flavors and others are available at Plas Kassav in Canaries Saint Lucia, which is a popular spot to pick up cassava bread. At Plas Kassav and at other local spots you can indulge in freshly baked cassava every day of your vacation.

Four traditional Lucian snacks


Accra Saint Lucia Food

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Accra, also known as fish cake or salt fish fritters is a popular local snack that you can pick up off most grills in Saint Lucia. It is made with salted codfish, vegetables and other ingredients through a deep-frying process that ends in it being golden brown and quite yummy.



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There are many ways to prepare breadfruit, and every single method results in something delicious. You can roast it, bake it, boil it, or fry it, and it is also sometimes dried and ground into flour. Breadfruit is an unexpected fruit, due to its appearance, but in Saint Lucia you’ll often hear it being referred to as a ground provision. It’s starchy, with a mildly sweet flavor. Breadfruit deep fried balls are a local favorite.


Bakes Saint Lucia Food

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The ingredients to make bakes are simple – flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and yeast. Once you combine these ingredients, it just takes a bit of rolling and deep frying to get perfect Caribbean bakes. You won’t have to worry much about making these yourself while in Saint Lucia though, most food vendors sell bakes, and if you really can’t find good bakes, try the Gros Islet Friday night street party where you can pair your bakes with barbequed chicken or grilled sausages. Bakes are also super tasty when stuffed with cheese or pretty much anything you’d put in a regular sandwich.

Insider tip: Planning on going to the Gros Islet Street Party? Sandals Grande St. Lucian is located 5 minutes away from the party venue, so you can get street partying in no time! The best thing is: as Sandals Grande St. Lucian is an all-inclusive resort, guests can drink unlimited free cocktails at the resort to get in the mood.

Avocado balls


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Avocado balls are one of those things you simply must try while in Saint Lucia. They are popular especially around Creole Day observed annually at the end of October in Saint Lucia, but during other times of the year you may still find them on your plate at local restaurants. Avocado balls are made with avocados and processed cassava, in the form of farine. A bit of salt and pepper perfect this dish, which is often presented as both a snack and a side dish.

Traditional Saint Lucian desert

Banana bread


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Whether it’s homemade or store-bought, banana bread is a top choice for dessert in Saint Lucia. Also known as banana cake, often ingredients include nuts, spices, and of course banana, the main attraction. It’s considered a healthier alternative to a regular cake, but it’ll still satisfy your sweet tooth or dessert craving.

Popular Lucian Drinks

Rum punch

Rum Punch

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Rum punch may just end up being your go-to drink in the Caribbean, as there’s a special appeal in the way these easy cocktails are made in the islands. It may be because of the many options of great local rums available in the islands, including many full-bodied varieties, or the fact that the mixes often include fresh local ingredients infused with spices, but rum punch just tends to be better in the Caribbean!

Cocoa tea

Cocoa Tea Saint Lucia Drink

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Hot bakes and cocoa tea are the go-to comfort duo in Saint Lucia, but even cocoa tea on its own is quite alright. Cocoa tea is the hot chocolate of the Caribbean – albeit a healthier alternative. It is less fatty, and creamy, and a little more bitter. Many people add a sprinkling of nutmeg and/or cinnamon over top for added flavor.

Piton beer


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Have yourself an ice-cold beer while sprawled out on a local beach catching some rays. Piton beer is the most popular local brand in Saint Lucia, and this pilsner beer will satisfy your thirst, and leave you wanting to taste more of the island. Piton beer is named after the world-famous world heritage site in Saint Lucia, the Pitons, and hopefully your trip also includes a trip up these amazing peaks!

Insider tip: Traveling to Saint Lucia and want to be in the heart of the action? Any of Sandals’ three properties in Saint Lucia would be a great all-inclusive option. Stay at one resort, get access to all three resorts. This includes: free PADI scuba diving trips (max. two tanks a person, per day), two golf courses, (motorized) water sports, unlimited drinks and 27 gourmet restaurants.

FAQs about food & drinks in Saint Lucia

What is Saint Lucia’s national dish?

The national dish of Saint Lucia is green figs and saltfish which is also known as green bananas and salted cod.

What are the most popular foods in Saint Lucia?

Green figs and saltfish, grilled fish, lambi, bouyon, stewed meats, and other delicacies are popular dishes in Saint Lucia. Green figs and saltfish as the national dish of the island, takes the top spot.

What is a popular drink in Saint Lucia?

Anything cold will do on this often-humid island, but as far as drinks go, rum tends to be favored in Saint Lucia. You’ll encounter many small rum shops as you navigate the island, but whether you choose a rum shop, or an actual bar, rum punch is usually a good choice.

What is the best local beer in Saint Lucia?

Piton is the local beer in Saint Lucia, which is a pilsner beer that is named after the world-famous Gros Piton and Petit Piton mountains on the island.

North vs South: Where To Stay In Saint Lucia?

The Islands
February 21st 2020
North vs South: Where To Stay In Saint Lucia?
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Isle of beaches, hills and valleys, Saint Lucia is known for many things, including its world-acclaimed Pitons, dynamic people, and iridescent beauty. Though many travelers can easily choose Saint Lucia out of the sprinkling of Caribbean islands for their holiday in the sun, most have a hard time deciding what part of the island is best for their vacation.

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Even though Saint Lucia is one of the smaller islands of the Caribbean, there are two very distinct regions of the island travelers can choose from when booking their stay: the north, and the south. The two areas are separated by winding roads, fishing villages, and plenty of lush greenery, and each makes a very good case for itself in terms of where to spend the most time.

In the south, travelers can experience a holiday of leisure which is ideal for people who don’t mind low key evenings by the resort bar, quiet dinners, and moonlit walks on the beach to round up their day. In the north, be prepared to be at the center of everything, in a super convenient zone with restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and some of the island’s best hotels and all-inclusive resorts. A holiday in the north of Saint Lucia is perfect for travelers looking for excitement mixed in with understated Caribbean charm.

Land Bridge Saint Lucia

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All things considered though, you’re bound to have a dreamy vacation wherever you decide to stay in Saint Lucia, though tweaking your plans so you stay in the area that most appeals to you is well worth the effort.

Saint Lucia, up north: the ‘most happening’ part of Saint Lucia

Sandals Regency La Toc

Sandals Regency La Toc is Saint Lucia’s most glamorous adults-only resort.

Once you arrive to Saint Lucia, you may hear phrases like “up north”, or “down south”. This differentiation is a normal part of everyday jargon, and it serves well to understand this ahead of navigating the island. Areas that fall into the northern category in Saint Lucia include Cap Estate, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet, Castries, and other communities in that vicinity (we’ll discuss the south later). As the capital city, Castries draws many visitors wanting to get an authentic feel of Saint Lucia. Fortunately for those who seek, Castries delivers – the often-bustling city center is filled with personality, and you’ll either find things in frenetic mode (during the week), or cool and quiet, like on Sundays, and public holidays.

Castries is especially popular with cruise ship visitors, as the island’s main cruise ship dock is located there. Excursions of cruise visitors, however, are not usually limited to Castries when in the north; some travelers head with groups to the outskirts of Castries, where there are amazing views of the Castries harbor and environs, while others head further north, if time permits.

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Even outside of the city, the north of Saint Lucia is where all the action happens, which makes it not so surprising that many big name hotels and all-inclusive luxury resorts in Saint Lucia have properties in this area. Aside from choice of accommodation, the north offers many attractions, including some of the best beaches, plazas and shopping malls, restaurants, bars and more. Northbound from the airport, you may spot some of these attractions, which can help shape your perception for what else is in store.

In the extreme north, you’ll find Rodney Bay Village, which is a small, touristy area ideal for travelers who want all conveniences in one place, including a beautiful beach. That beach is known as Reduit Beach, or the Ramp, and it is the most popular beach in the north of the island. If you decide to spend a day on the golden shores of Reduit, you’ll be able to indulge in various watersports, like jet skiing, water tubing, water skiing, and more. Food also won’t be too far out if you get hungry, as restaurants like Spinnakers are located right on the beachfront, with lots of other options to choose from on the Rodney Bay strip.

Rodney Bay Saint Lucia

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Rodney Bay is one of the best parts of Saint Lucia to stay. At night, the Village lights up with lots of activities, particularly on weekends. Bars and clubs turn up the music, and people dance until the wee hours. Those looking to escape the crowds can find a few casual and quieter bars in Rodney Bay, as well as in the nearby Rodney Bay Marina where you’ll find pizza and sushi spots, and other highly rated restaurants and outdoor/patio setups.

Expert tip: The lively Sandals Grande St. Lucian is located in Rodney Bay, right on a beautiful long stretch of beach. Drink unlimited cocktails and eat as much gourmet food as you want in one of the 12 restaurants on-property. It’s all included in your stay! The best part? Guests of Sandals Grande St. Lucian get free access to all amenities and restaurants of Sandals Regency La Toc and Sandals Halcyon Beach further down south. Transfers in between these all-inclusive resorts are included!

Still further north is Gros Islet, famous for the Friday Night Street Party. If you’ve never been to a Caribbean street party before, this is definitely a great place to start, and the party is bumping every Friday night. The main attractions in Gros Islet are the music, the food, and the opportunity to socialize and enjoy ‘freeing up’ Saint Lucian style.

Gros Islet Beach Saint Lucia

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Around the corner from Gros Islet, you’ll find Pigeon Island, and higher up the road, Cap Estate. Pigeon Island is home to Saint Lucia’s premier national park, which is known for its pirate and war related history, and beautiful beaches on the inside. While in the park you can explore the naval ruins or trek up to the fort, which promises spectacular views, all the way out to Martinique on a good day. On Pigeon Island, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway, you’ll find more beaches, restaurants and bars, lots of room to explore, and some of the finest resorts on the island, like Sandals Grande St. Lucian Beach Resort & Spa. Love golf? Tee off at Cap Estate for some of the best golf in Saint Lucia!

All of this to say, there’s no going wrong with choosing to stay in the north of the island during your Saint Lucia vacation. The convenience of this area makes it one of the best parts of Saint Lucia to stay in for a hassle-free vacation, where all you need to think about is making the most of your time in paradise.

Saint Lucia, down south: secluded and close to nature

Choiseul Saint Lucia

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The south of Saint Lucia encompasses areas like Soufriere, Choiseul, Laborie, Micoud, Vieux Fort, and other communities in that vicinity. Starting in Vieux Fort (where most international travelers land at Hewanorra International Airport) and heading east or west towards the north, you’ll find that each community has its own personality, and things visitors can discover during their stay. Soufriere is the most popular destination for travelers looking for a southern Saint Lucia experience, much due to attractions like The Pitons, Sulphur Springs, and other popular tour stops. Hotels and resorts in Soufriere, however, tend to be in the pricey category, which isn’t necessarily good news for the budget conscious. Fortunately, though, there are other guest houses or bed and breakfast type accommodations which can be enjoyed by travelers watching their wallet.

Honeymooners looking for a more secluded experience, will enjoy stays in the south of the island, particularly on the south western coast, as they can really get away, and sink into their holiday in Saint Lucia, a destination that has received numerous World Honeymoon Destination of the Year awards. Experienced travelers too will appreciate this area, for its less than conventional opportunities for exploration, and seclusion, if desired.

Looking for a romantic honeymoon in Saint Lucia? Splurge on a romantic butler-suite at one of the Sandals all-inclusive couples-only resorts in Saint Lucia. You won’t be disappointed!

Beach wise, aside from the more popular beaches in the south, like Sandy Beach, and Anse Chastanet beach, there are plenty of small and hidden beaches which are worth a visit, if you can find an experienced local guide to take you there. The sand at some coves and beaches in the south tends to be a little darker, or even silvery, due to its volcanic nature. This gives it a unique look and feel and compels most to rub the sand over their skin for a mineral packed exfoliation experience they can boast about!

Diamond waterfall Saint Lucia

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Nature lovers who visit or stay in the south will love places like The Diamond Botanical Gardens where hiking is possible amid the flora and fauna, as is dipping into a refreshing waterfall. In the south you’ll find many natural springs, mineral baths, and things of that nature. You’ll also find some of the best dive spots, and other popular attractions.

Scuba tip: Guests of any of the three Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia, dive for free during their stay (max. two tanks a day)! Top-of-the-line equipment and professional staff members—it’s all included in your stay.

North vs South Saint Lucia: which area is best for me?

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Sandals Grande St. Lucian is cradled to the west by Rodney Bay - boasting the calmest waters in all of Saint Lucia.

No matter where you stay in Saint Lucia, you’re bound to have an incredible vacation; the island is just so beautiful all around! Depending on the kind of holiday you prefer however, you may be better off staying in the north, or the south of the island. Repeat visitors often find themselves choosing to stay in the area they explored less on previous trips.

When it comes down to deciding the best part of Saint Lucia to stay, the south is best for adventurous and active travelers, who want to be close to some of the exciting natural attractions available in the south, including the famous Piton climb, waterfall explorations, trips to therapeutic mineral baths, and more. Of course, you can always explore these from the north; it takes about one hour, or an hour and a half to get from north to south in Saint Lucia (depending on whether you’re travelling on the east or west coast).

Reduit Beach Saint Lucia

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The north of the island is best for travelers who want to be part of the action; people who like to reconnect with nature during the day, but want to eat out, have a drink, and join the fun at night. The north is the place to be if being at the center of it all in Saint Lucia is part of your vacation aspirations.

In either case though, whether you stay in the north or south, you’ll easily be able to plan day trips to other parts of the island, or hop on a catamaran or sailboat, both of which promise amazing views of the north and south by sea.

Tip: Whether you stay in the north of south, keep in mind that all beaches in Saint Lucia are open to the public, even those with resorts nearby.

Activities not to miss regardless of where you stay in Saint Lucia

Climbing the Pitons

Hiking Saint Lucia Pitons Mountain

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Located: South of Saint Lucia, excursions available from the North.

Life in Soufriere seems to revolve around the Pitons, in a good way. This southern trademark adds an intangible magic to the environment, and as you navigate the main areas in the town, it seems as though you can spot them from almost every vantage. The Piton charm touches the entire community of Soufriere, and even the nearby Choiseul where Petit Piton can be found. Gros Piton is in Soufriere, and climbing tours are available on a regular basis. Petit Piton is the steeper of the two, and expert guides are highly recommended for travelers interested in taking up this challenging climb.

Trek through Pigeon Island National Park

Pigeon Island National Park Saint Lucia

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Located: North of Saint Lucia, excursions available from the South.

Pigeon Island National Park is the go-to for anyone who loves being out in the sunshine, surrounded by greenery, waves crashing to the melodious rhythm of the Caribbean. All of this added to a historic site where you can explore the ruins, and climb forts, and you’re set for a pretty packed day. A tour of the National Park is a cool family activity, though many couples choose to spend time, or even wed in the park which has great backdrops for amazing wedding photos. To find out more about Pigeon Island, read our post, Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia: A Gorgeous Slice of History.

Explore the natural wonders of Soufriere

Sulfur Springs Park Castries Saint Lucia

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Located: South of Saint Lucia, excursions available from the North.

Saint Lucian hospitality is the hallmark of southern communities like Soufriere, though people in most parts of the island are friendly, and more than happy to come across visitors to the island. If you visit the town of Soufriere, be sure to visit the popular sights and attractions, including the Diamond Falls and Botanical Gardens, New Jerusalem Mineral Baths, Sulphur Springs, and of course the Pitons.

Deep sea diving

Deep Sea Diving Saint Lucia

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There are many great locations for scuba diving in Saint Lucia, including the Soufriere Marine Reserve which features an abundance of colorful reefs and tropical fish, and other dive sites off the northwestern coast of Saint Lucia. Most dive sites can be accessed by boat and from shore, with many people reporting more sightings going by way of the shore. Snorkelers can check out beaches like Smugglers Cove, Anse Cochon and Anse Chastanet for great shallow water views.

Exploring the Vender’s Arcade in Castries

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Located: North of Saint Lucia, excursions available from the South.

Add some spice to your life or pick some up at the Vendor’s Arcade – this is your go-to place for all things local. This means that you can visit the Arcade if you want to find a bottle of that zesty pepper sauce, local cocoa stick, pure coconut oil, souvenirs, and things of that nature before leaving the island.

Anse Mamin

Anse Chastanet Beach Saint Lucia

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Located: South of Saint Lucia, excursions available from the North.

Anse Mamin is one of the rare black sand beaches in Saint Lucia, and it’s an absolute hidden gem with most people who’ve been there raving about how clean and quiet the beach is. There was once a sugar plantation in this area, so once you’re done taking in the seaside views and enjoying the beachside restaurant, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the area which now features trails you can navigate by foot, or by mountain bike.

The Cathedral

Cathedral Basilica Immaculate Conception Castries Saint Lucia

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Located: North of Saint Lucia, excursions available from the South.

The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, also known as The Cathedral, is an attraction many people make a point of visiting while in Saint Lucia. Most are pleasantly surprised when they get inside the Cathedral, as the outside appears a bit worn, but the inside, quite the opposite. Even when there’s no service underway, you’ll find locals and tourists scoping the murals and stained-glass windows, praying, and otherwise exploring this historic church. The Cathedral is one of the largest churches in the Caribbean, and once there, you can learn about Catholicism in the region.

Secret Beaches

Grande Anse beach Saint Lucia

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Located: North of Saint Lucia.

Who doesn’t like finding a hidden beach that is as secluded as it is breathtaking? Discoveries like this are common in Saint Lucia, as there are many beaches off the beaten track that are worth visiting. One of these is Malabar beach, a beach hidden in plain sight, located near the Vigie Airport in the north. There’s a hotel near the beach, but it is open to the public. Anse La Voute, Grand Anse, and Cas En Bas Beach are other less populated beaches that are perfect for a relaxed and quiet beach day.

Insider tip: Looking to stay at a resort near the best beaches in Saint Lucia? All three Sandals properties in Saint Lucia including Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Beach Resort & Spa, Sandals Halcyon Beach and Sandals Regency La Toc boast gorgeous beaches that are away from the crowd. Visit one resort, get access to all three!

Catamaran Tour

Day Trip Catamaron Sunset Saint Lucia

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One of the best ways to explore Saint Lucia is by sea; this gives you a renewed perspective, and not to mention a fun day out. Catamaran tours usually leave from the Rodney Bay Marina, Marigot Bay, or Castries and you can choose whether you want a full or half day tour, or a romantic sunset cruise.

When is the best time to visit St Lucia?

Saint Lucia Airport View

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Now that you’ve decided the best part of Saint Lucia to stay, the next step is knowing when to go. The best time to visit Saint Lucia is between Mid-December to Mid-April. As this also happens to be the high season, it is advised to book your trip at least six months in advance. Read our blog on the Best Time To Visit Saint Lucia to help plan your trip to the island!

23 Pictures That Will Make You Fall In Love With Saint Lucia

The Islands
November 25th 2020
23 Pictures That Will Make You Fall In Love With Saint Lucia

If there was ever an enchanting place created it's the island of Saint Lucia.

It's found in the fiery passions of its ancient volcano, the serene abundance of its rainforest and the rhapsodic charm of Marigot Bay. Even the twin peaks of Les Pitons, the island's iconic landmark, pair off as beautifully as two people in love.

Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Rondoval Suites

Beachfront Rondoval Suites at a sheltered mile-long beach extends an open invitation for days of endless water play. Sandals Grande St. Lucian is paradise as it was meant to be, full of natural beauty, rich in history, and resplendent in pure romance.

Insider tip: Stay at any of the three all-inclusive Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia and get free access to all three Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia. This includes all 27 restaurants on property and two golf courses! Transfers between resorts are included in your stay.

Fort Rodney Pigeon Island Saint Lucia

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A trip to Saint Lucia is incomplete without checking out the ruins of Pigeon Island National Park. There are amazing views from the top of Fort Rodney, and you’ll be able to get great photos to take home.

Striped Gecko Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is home to a wide variety of creatures, both endemic and introduced. Much of the island’s wildlife consists of beautiful birds and lizards.

all-inclusive resort Sandals Halcyon Beach in Saint Lucia

Kelly's Dockside over the water restaurant at Sandals Halcyon Beach can be found in the midst of a tropical utopia, where majestic palms line a pristine beach and verdant mountains rise from a turquoise sea.

Pitons View Sunset Saint Lucia

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The iconic Piton Mountains are a sight to behold. The only sovereign nation to be named for a woman, Saint Lucia personifies adventure and inspiration. Her visitors often find themselves reluctant to leave and eager to return.

Scuba Diving Saint Lucia Coral

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Saint Lucia is one of the most scenic and ecologically rich locations the Caribbean has to offer – including easily accessible coral-rich dive and snorkeling sites right off shore.

Expert tip: All PADI® certified Sandals guests in Saint Lucia can scuba dive for free during their entire stay (max. two tanks a day). Professional equipment included!

Castries Saint Lucia Carnival

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In Saint Lucia, there’s always a celebration somewhere. Events range from weekly street jump-ups and fish fries to rich cultural celebrations and vibrant music festivals.

Black Finch Millet Bird Sanctuary Saint Lucia

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The Millet Bird Sanctuary is home to six endemic species; including the Saint Lucian parrot, Black Finch, Oriole, Pee Wee, Warbler, and Semper’s Warbler.

Swimming pool at all-inclusive resort Sandals Regency La Toc

Stake out your ideal space by the largest pool in Saint Lucia and spend the entire day in worship of the sun. Sandals Regency La Toc features three freshwater pools, two of which come with swim-up bars. The best part is: drinks are always included, always unlimited.

Aerial Tram Verdant Forest Saint Lucia

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A smooth and easy going way of exploring Saint Lucia’s flora and fauna, is the aerial tram ride. This tour is great if you want to learn the ins and outs of Saint Lucia’s lush rainforests.

Also read: Where To Stay In Saint Lucia: North vs South.

Anse Chastanet Beach Saint Lucia

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Both the Anse Chastanet reef and beach are among the top natural attractions in the south of Saint Lucia.

Iguana Saint Lucia Wildlife

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The island of Saint Lucia was once called Iyonola and Hewanorra, which mean “Island of the Iguanas".

Marigot Bay Saint Lucia Aerial

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Marigot Bay is one of the most amazing locations in Saint Lucia. No matter how many times you go, its beauty doesn’t fade.

Tourist Saint Lucia Waterfall Mud Bath

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Heat from the Earth’s core creates natural hot pools and bubbling mud springs where people can enjoy a natural, super-relaxing mud bath.

Reduit Beach Saint Lucia

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The green line that appears when the sun sets is real, and while you’re waiting for the sun to go down on Reduit beach, drink in hand and in good company, be sure that you don’t blink at the precise moment the sun disappears from the horizon!

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All-inclusive resort Sandals Regency La Toc is known for its majestic views and opulent Sunset Oceanview Bluff Millionaire Butler Villas.

Castries Saint Lucia Port

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The capital and largest city in Saint Lucia, Castries has a number of cultural sites to explore and recreational areas to enjoy.

Enbas Saut Waterfall Saint Lucia

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Enbas Saut Falls is a a 7 - 8 meter waterfall with a 3 meter upper waterfall deep in the Edmund Forest Reserve accessed by a 4 kilometer rainforest loop hike inland from Soufriere.

Jalousie Beach Gros Piton Saint Lucia

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Take in the dramatic landscape of Jalousie Beach, nestled within a World Heritage Site and looking out over the sparkling big blue. One of the few beaches that sits at the foot of The Pitons, a snorkeler’s and scuba river’s dream awaits in the turquoise depths.

Traditional Buildings Saint Lucia

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Architecture in Saint Lucia is reflective of the changes in cultural influences the island has gone through from early colonial times until today as well as changes in construction methods and material options and availability that have evolved over time.

Tet Paul Nature Trail Saint Lucia

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To get a better sense on what makes Saint Lucia so special, the Tet Paul Nature Trail gets the job done. This traill immerses you in its most iconic postals, with views of Jalousie Bay, the Pitons and the neighbouring isles of Martinique and Saint Vincent.

Castries Saint Lucia Market People Culture

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The entire population of St Lucia is approximately 178,000 people. Whilst it may be a small country, centuries of settlers from all around the world have made it rich in culture. Today it is home to a range of religions, music, languages and delicious foods!

Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Main Pool Overview

An idyllic all-inclusive resort located on its very own peninsula, Sandals Grande St. Lucian is often described as the "closest vacation to a picture-perfect postcard".

Saint Lucia may only be a small island, but its landscape is incredibly varied. There are breathtaking mountains, lush rainforests, volcanic sand beaches and colourful coral reefs. Saint Lucia surely is one of the most beautiful island in the Caribbean.

Now that we’ve shown you some amazing sites, check out the best time to go to Saint Lucia!

19 Beautiful Things Saint Lucia Is Known For

The Islands
November 6th 2020
19 Beautiful Things Saint Lucia Is Known For

Saint Lucia isn’t called the Helen of the West for nothing – the island literally switched political allegiances seven times between French and the British rules. Only in 1814 did the British take definitive control, something that would leave a lasting mark on the island.

Comparable to Helen of Troy in beauty, the tagline fits this small island which has, since times of war, become independent, and self-sustainable. The Saint Lucia that is marketed today is one that has grown leaps and bounds, and still manages to hold onto elements both distinctively English, and unmistakably French.

Picture: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, the largest of three Sandals resorts in Saint Lucia.

Insider tip: Stay at one of the Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia, and get access to all three resorts and two golf courses (green fees included)! This includes free transfers between the resorts and a total of 27 spectacular restaurants on-property.

There is much to appreciate about Saint Lucia and the things the island is known for, including its majestic Piton Mountains, drive-in volcano, refreshing waterfalls, spectacular hiking trails, beautiful beaches, local street parties and exclusive restaurants.

There are many other things Saint Lucia is known for, and we’ve taken the liberty to detail the most popular!

In this article on this Sandals blog:

19 things Saint Lucia is known for
Seven authentic souvenirs to bring home with you
Three interesting facts about Saint Lucia
Simply beautiful

19 things Saint Lucia is known for

The Piton Mountains


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No matter how many times you see them, the Pitons remain as awe-inspiring as the first time. First time viewers, however, are likely to be especially blown away at how majestic these twin peaks are in real life, particularly when taking them in close up in either of the two towns where they are located.

Yup, indeed, Gros Piton and Petit Piton as they are known, can be found in two different areas on the island, Soufriere and Choiseul to be exact. They are in such precise positions, that from various angles they seem to be spouting up side by side, which makes a sighting of them even more remarkable. The Pitons are a World Heritage Site, with Gros Piton standing at 2,619ft, being the taller of the two.

While in Saint Lucia, say yes to an opportunity to climb the Pitons, as this is an experience you won’t soon forget. Guided tours are available to the top of Gros Piton, while Petit Piton rising 2,425ft is a steeper and more challenging climb, with much less hiking traffic to the top.

If you’re not up for climbing the Pitons, consider taking a catamaran cruise around these majestic landmarks which will allow you get close enough to take great photos.

The Sulphur Spring mud baths


The Sulphur Springs in Soufriere are often described as the only drive-in volcano in the Caribbean, and possibly the world. This is an active geothermal area, so much so that there are bubbling mud baths, and steaming vents.

The most popular thing to do at the Sulphur Springs is to dip into a mud bath, which is both therapeutic and fun. The Sulphur Springs is the ideal place to learn about the creation of the volcanic Caribbean islands, and the benefits of soaking in the springs, which are high in minerals. Try the Saint Lucian mud bath experience for a natural and economical spa treatment that’s also a good time. Visitors planning on going into the mud bath are encouraged to wear bathing suits that they don’t mind getting stained!

Gorgeous beaches


Though Saint Lucia is a volcanic island, this nation boasts some of the most beautiful white/golden sand beaches in the Caribbean. In fact, the beaches at Anse Chastanet, Marigot Bay Beach and Rodney Bay are among the most stunning in the world. Bring more than one swimsuit/boardshorts to ensure you’re always beach ready!

Insider tip: Want to stay near the beach? Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Beach Resort & Spa is located on one of the most beautiful stretches of white sand beach in Saint Lucia. Guests of this luxurious all-inclusive resort can enjoy unlimited free cocktails, gourmet food, watersports, golf and more. With 12 gourmet restaurants on-property to choose from, you can eat something different every day!

Locally grown chocolate


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Chocolate is the magic word that often mends hearts, and in Saint Lucia you can try authentic, locally grown chocolate at the history packed Morne Coubaril or Fond Doux Plantation. At either of these spots you can get into the chocolate making action and take a cocoa tour during which you can learn about the cocoa making process while nibbling on fresh cocoa pods along the way. The most hands-on part of this activity is definitely crushing cocoa beans as you attempt to make your own chocolate bar, but it will all be worth it in the end!

Lush rainforests


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Saint Lucia has thousands of acres of rainforest waiting to be explored. This makes it a great choice for travelers who want to go on hiking expeditions, or at least visit a rainforest to get more in tune with nature. Over 70% of the island consists of rainforest, which is remarkable considering some areas on the island are far more developed than many of the smaller islands of the region.

Nature trails and rainforest hikes


Speaking of hiking, there are quite a few options when it comes to exploring the Saint Lucian rainforest by foot; you can go to places like the Edmund Forest Reserve which can be accessed by way of Fond St. Jacques in Soufriere and takes about three to four hours to navigate, or trek along the Barre de l’Isle Forest Reserve which is a relatively easy walk, with great views along the way. You can also try the famous Tet Paul Nature Trail, which isn’t very strenuous, and takes about 45 minutes. Guides are necessary in most instances when it comes to hiking in Saint Lucia, and in some cases, you may have to get permission from the Forestry Department.

Beautiful botanical gardens


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Get away from it all at the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens in Soufriere, where you can take in tropical flowers, and a whole lot of greenery. The Botanical Gardens is a mellow tour stop on the island, which is often explored simultaneously with the Diamond Falls, a picturesque waterfall located in the south of the island.

Spectacular helicopter tours


See Saint Lucia from an aerial perspective with a helicopter tour. Some visitors work the helicopter tour into their airport transfers, making the transfer to their resort into an attraction itself. You can do a helicopter tour from the north to the south, and on most tours, you’ll have a knowledgeable pitot who can answer all your questions about the island. As you soar through the skies, take note of all the interesting things you see along the way, and take lots of spectacular photos!

A history of Indians


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The Arawaks are said to have been the first settlers to Saint Lucia, though from historical accounts, there may have been natives residing on the island even before the Arawaks arrived. It is believed that the Arawaks called the island Iouanalao, which translates to ‘Land of the Iguanas’, because of the multitude of iguanas roaming about. There aren’t as many iguanas on the island anymore, but the story and details of the history of the Arawaks and the Caribs who arrived later, still live on today. The Caribs referred to Saint Lucia as Hewanarau, and Hewanorra, the latter which serves as the name of the island’s international airport in Vieux Fort.

A history of piracy


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Many Caribbean islands have a surprising history of piracy, and Saint Lucia is one of those. The name of French pirate François le Clerc (known as Jambe de Bois) comes up a lot in Saint Lucia, as does the story about him setting up camp on Pigeon Island, from which vantage he was able to attack Spanish ships sailing in the area.

There are also reports of Blackbeard using the waters of Saint Lucia to plunder ships, and of the notorious pirate stashing his bounty in Vieux Fort. The bounty stashing claims have never been proven, nor has any hidden treasure been found, but many islands suffered for a while in the pirate era, which fortunately is something that has been left in the far distant past of Saint Lucia.

Pigeon Island National Park and Fort Rodney


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Pigeon Island was once just that, an island, which was linked after careful thought to the mainland via a causeway. Pigeon Island is packed with history, particularly the Pigeon Island National Park, home to Fort Rodney. Apart from pirates like Jambe de Bois making the area famous for all the wrong reasons, Fort Rodney within the National Park was once a British garrison. While in the park you’ll be able to explore trails, ruins, and beaches, and perhaps even picnic in the wide expanse of space in the park. Pigeon Island National Park is a 5-minute walk from Sandals Grande St. Lucian.

Castries colonial fort Morne Fortuné


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Morne Fortune means ‘Hill of Good Luck’, and the area just outside Castries has many impressive viewing points. Back in 1803-1844, during the time when the British had designated capital Castries as a major naval port, fortifications were built on Morne Fortune, which overlooks the city. These fortifications were significant in the battles between the French and the British, and most of them still stand today. A trip to Morne Fortune is worthwhile to see some of what has been left behind from that era, and to check out places like Government House on the northern side of the Morne, which is the official residence of Saint Lucia’s Governor General.

Picturesque Marigot Bay


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There are many things Saint Lucia is known for, and the postcard worthy Marigot Bay is one of those. The Bay is one of the most breathtaking in Saint Lucia, made even more special by its peaceful ambiance and striking landscape. One of the best ways to view Marigot Bay is by boat, and you’ll be swooning as you sail into the Marigot Bay Marina. Marigot Bay was prominently featured in the 1967 Doctor Doolittle movie, and today it remains just as beautiful or even more so than it was then.

Exotic birdwatching


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Even the birds realize that Saint Lucia is paradise, and this is clear in the multitude of bird species that can be found on the island, including six endemic species. Some of the endemic birds that can be found on the island are the Saint Lucia Parrot, known as the Amazona Versicolor, the Saint Lucia Oriole, and the Saint Lucia Pewee. All in all, there are 180 types of birds on the island, and the best places to bird watch or find out more about the different species are the Millet Bird Sanctuary, the Vieux Fort Wetlands, and the Des Cartiers Rainforest Trail.

Amazing scuba diving and snorkeling


Scuba diving and snorkeling are great reasons to vacation in the Caribbean, and Saint Lucia is one of the best islands to do both because of the vibrant reefs that can be found in waters around the island. Some of the most popular places to dive are the Piton Wall, Anse Cochon, Coral Gardens, and Anse Chastanet, to name a few. If you’re planning on snorkeling or scuba diving in Saint Lucia, don’t worry too much about bringing your own gear, as you can rent some on the island. Sightings when snorkeling in Saint Lucia include turtles, rays, wrecks, and more.

Insider tip: Stay at any of the three all-inclusive Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia, where PADI® certified guests scuba dive for free (max. two tanks per guest a day). This includes professional equipment and staff! Not yet PADI® certified? You can get your certification at the resort at additional cost.

Beautiful waterfalls


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There’s nothing like a cascading waterfall set against a spectacular tropical backdrop to set your mind at ease. In Saint Lucia, you can witness several of those, including the Toraille Waterfall which flows 50 feet down into a pool that you can dip into, the Diamond Falls, or the Piton Falls. There are many other waterfalls on the island, some which are harder to get to than others, and require a guide. The best way to explore Saint Lucia’s waterfalls is via a tour, which will also give you an opportunity to navigate nature trails with your tour group or guide.

Friday night parties at the “Fish Fry”


Saint Lucians love to party, and Gros Islet and Anse La Raye are two communities on the island where you can experience the popular Saint Lucia street party. In Gros Islet, every Friday night grills are fired up and speakers are mounted up in the streets in anticipation of a night of partying and fun. This event has gone on for years and is known as the Gros Islet Street Party.

Occasionally you’ll find live performances, but every night there’s a DJ spinning the most popular Caribbean and international tracks. Anse La Raye on the west coast has a similar street party on Friday nights, but this event is known as a “Fish Fry”, and here seafood lovers can enjoy a variety of grilled food including crayfish, stewed fish, lobster and tasty local sides. You can also get items like roasted corn and hot bakes.

The Anse La Raye Fish Fry is more about the food than Gros Islet Friday Night, though both events are great for food and fun. These events are both usually well attended by locals and visitors and are the perfect opportunity to try the local beer, which in Saint Lucia’s case, is Piton beer! Dennery on the east coast also has a similar event, where you can dance to Reggae and Dancehall music all night and get a chance to hear Saint Lucia’s popular ‘Dennery Segment’, which is taking the music world by storm.

Riding horses on the beach


Horse riding on the beach is something you can enjoy on your own, with friends, or with kids. Usually tours of this nature start off at the stables, where riders get a chance to get comfortable with their horses. After that, it’s onto the trail which leads to the beach. If you see your horse heading toward the water when you get to the beach, don’t panic; it’s all part of the tour. The horses are well trained, and simply love cooling off on a local beach just as much as the average human. Most horse-riding tours are about two hours long, so plan accordingly. Try Atlantic Shores Stables in Vieux Fort, Hoofprint Ranch in Roseau Valley, or any of the local stables in Cas En Bar.

Local open-air markets


Castries may not be the most modern city, but it certainly is bustling. From Monday to Saturday you’ll find lots of activity in the city center, particularly at the Castries Market, or the Arcade. The Market is the place to go for fresh fruits, vegetables, and local spices, while you can find nearly any souvenir you can think of at the Arcade. A trip to the Market is a true way to meet and experience the authentic Saint Lucian way of life, and it is a good opportunity to find spices, cocoa tea, homemade craft items, and random Knick knacks to take home.

Seven authentic souvenirs to bring home with you

1. Painted masks

There is no short supply of souvenirs to be found in Saint Lucia, and brightly colored and hard carved wooden masks are high up on the list of things not to leave the island without for many visitors. The masks make it possible to take a piece of Saint Lucia home with you, which you can use to exhibit within your home, or give as a gift.

2. Handmade pottery

Pottery is never a bad gift, especially if it’s hand-crafted. You can pick up practical pottery pieces or show pieces that will add a lift to your décor back home. The pottery available in Saint Lucia is unique, and ranges from stylish to traditional, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

3. Cocoa sticks


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Cocoa tea in the Caribbean equates to hot chocolate in many other places, but the Caribbean version packs a lot more flavor. Cocoa sticks are essentially log sized ground and fermented cocoa beans. They are the essential ingredient in making Saint Lucian Cocoa Tea, and because they’re often so neatly packaged, you won’t have a hard time taking a few home with you.

4. Hot sauce


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Hot sauce goes with just about every meal on Caribbean terms, and by the time you’re ready to go back home, you’re likely to have a newfound appreciation for pepper. Try brands like Baron’s West Indian Hot Sauce if you’re looking for a tasty Caribbean hot sauce to take home. There are other local varieties available, but Barons is the most popular, and you’ll be able to use it on things like barbecued meats, burgers, fries, and more!

5. Local honey


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All honey is not created equal, and that is something that always comes as a surprise to people. Sweet and nutritionally dense, the reality is that honey can taste different depending on where it is made. This has to do with where the bees source the nectar and pollen, and the truth of the matter is, a well-made bottle of honey can indeed add some much-needed sweetness to life. Saint Lucian honey is pure and delicious, and you’ll want to try some during your time on the island.

6. Rum


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Rum is something Saint Lucia knows a thing or two about, and this is much due to the island’s extensive rum distilling history. Saint Lucia has produced a few expertly crafted rums over the years, including the Saint Lucia Distillers produced and promoted Chairman’s Reserve Rum. You can get Chairman’s in the Original flavor, or in a Spiced Rum or White Rum variety, or you can get the ‘Forgotten Casks’ limited-edition bottles to give as gifts.

7. Piton Beer


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Piton Beer is one of those things you simply must try during your vacation in Saint Lucia, especially if you intend to snap some photos holding a Piton, on top of the Piton! This is the ultimate vacation photo ideal in Saint Lucia, but it wouldn’t be possible without the home-brewed Piton pilsner beer, which has earned international accolades, including several Monde Selection awards.

Three interesting facts about Saint Lucia

1. St. Lucia grows LOTS of bananas


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Bananas were once considered green gold in Saint Lucia (from 1964 onwards), and through the ‘gold rush’ has simmered down significantly over the years, Saint Lucia still has a healthy banana industry and farmers that are committed to ensuring their products get a space in regional and international markets in order to sustain their livelihoods.

You can see how big the banana industry is in Saint Lucia by just observing the extensive banana plantations on the roadside as you’re making your way to your resort; the bananas are usually wrapped in blue plastic bags to protect them from the elements, hungry birds and pesky insects. Be sure to have a banana or two while in Saint Lucia, as Saint Lucian bananas are known to be sweeter, and overall tastier.

2. Saint Lucia is the only country named after a woman

Saint Lucia is full of allure and excitement, and it is hardly surprising that it would be the only country in the world named after a woman (Saint Lucia of Syracuse)!

3. Two Nobel Prize winners were born in Saint Lucia

It’s no walk in the park to win a Nobel Prize, but the small island nation of Saint Lucia has earned two by way of Sir Derek Walcott for Literature (1992), and Sir Arthur Lewis in Economics (1979). This achievement makes Saint Lucia the country with the most Nobel Laureates per capita in the world. Saint Lucia’s Nobel Laureates are celebrated annually in the month of January (their birthday month), with an entire committee being set up to organize activities in their honor.

Simply beautiful

Picture: The Sunset Oceanview Bluff Millionaire Butler Villa with Private Pool Sanctuary at all-inclusive resort Sandals Regency La Toc.

Knowing intricate details about a destination before getting there can enhance one’s experience by stretching their perspective and allowing them to be more receptive by way of being informed. There are so many things Saint Lucia is known for, that you’ll without a doubt be able to add to this list during your vacation on this simply beautiful island.

Also read: 40 Amazing Things To Do In Saint Lucia

Scuba Diving In Saint Lucia: What To Expect

Island Life
September 29th 2020
Scuba Diving In Saint Lucia: What To Expect

Diving in the Caribbean has been likened to experiencing an underwater carnival. Exotic creatures abound in these islands, particularly Saint Lucia, which is a dream for scuba divers everywhere. As you’re diving in warm Saint Lucian waters, expect to see plenty of exotic fish zooming past, fascinating wrecks, vibrant coral reefs, and other stunning underwater features.

What makes scuba diving in Saint Lucia so awesome is that the island is surrounded by magnificent reefs at locations which appeal to divers of all skill levels. You can opt for boat dives and even night dives which offer diverse experiences. Saint Lucia is also a great choice for divers because there are all-inclusive resorts like Sandals which are well known for their dive-oriented vacation packages. This means it’ll not be hard to find a dive operator who will take you under their wing to ensure you get the best experience.

Sandals Scuba Diving Instructions

Whether you’re just starting off or you’ve been a scuba lover for a while, you’ll be able to see and experience a whole new world in Saint Lucia. As you dive off the coasts of this alluring island, you’ll be reminded that scuba diving really does press the reset button on life, helping one to learn to appreciate the simple and beautiful things, in and out of the water!

Tip: Stay at any of the three Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia and get access to amenities of all three resorts. PADI certified guests dive for free (max. two tanks a day) during their entire stay! On top of that, guests can enjoy unlimited gourmet food at 27 restaurants, unlimited (alcoholic) drinks, water sports, golf at two golf courses and more! It’s all included in your stay.

In this article on the Sandals Blog:

Saint Lucia scuba sightings
Sandals best dive sites in Saint Lucia
Best time for a dive vacation in Saint Lucia
Why Sandals might be perfect for your next dive vacation

Bonus: Scuba diving alternatives

Saint Lucia scuba sightings

The warm tropical waters of Saint Lucia are home to a plethora of marine life that you can get more familiar with during dive sessions on the island. Whether you opt for shallow dives or go into the deep you’re bound to see something fascinating.

Sandals Scuba Diving Coral Couple

Common dive sightings in Saint Lucia include snapper, grunts, parrotfish, pufferfish, trumpetfish, lobster, golden-spotted eels, stingrays and manta rays, lionfish, flying gurnard, goatfish, damselfish, chromis, wrasse, spotted drums, frogfish, and the list goes on. Depending on where you dive and the time of your session, you may also spot turtles, seahorses, or even barracuda and nurse sharks.

It’s a good idea to let your dive operator know what you’re hoping to see while booking your dive trip so they can try to take you to a location where you’re likely to have a run-in.

Sandals best dive sites in Saint Lucia

1. Trou Diable (Devil’s Hole)

Blue Chromis Coral Reef Scuba Dive

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Dive Level: Advanced
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

If you’ve been diving for a while then you’re more likely to appreciate Trou Diable. This dive isn’t complicated at all, and it revolves around a flat coral reef at the 40 ft mark. Divers can go 100 ft deep and beyond here to explore the reef. Beneath the waves there are coral of all types, a kaleidoscope of fishes including grunts and chromis, and the occasional turtle. This reef has been described as among the healthiest around the island.

2. Keyhole Pinnacle

Orange Gorgonian Scuba Dive Saint Lucia

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Dive Level: Advanced
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

Keyhole is one of the most spectacular dive sites in Saint Lucia and not just for the volcanic peaks that protrude almost straight up to the surface. It appeals to divers because you can almost always spot something interesting or rare. During this dive you’ll get up close to the four peaks that are covered with black and orange gorgonians. You’ll also be able to swim with trumpetfish, grouper, snapper, filefishes, and even seahorses.

3. Fairyland

Colorful Coral Scuba Dive

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Dive Level: Advanced
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

As the name suggests, this dive site is straight out of an undersea fairytale. The vibrancy of the coral and sponges here are what make this area stand out most, and for this reason it is a very popular location for underwater photography. The currents can be strong here and this has been attributed to just how clean the natural elements have remained over the years. The surface slopes gradually from 40 ft to 200 ft, and on this dive, you are very likely to encounter turtles, which are usually friendly enough!

4. Anse Cochon North & South Reef

Lion Fish Anse Cochon Scuba Dive Saint Lucia

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Dive Level: Novice
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

Anse Cochon North & South Reef should be at the top of your dive list during your scuba vacation in Saint Lucia. These are beach dives, and the northern reef extends downward to 40 ft at which point it intertwines with Virgin Cove Reef. The South Reef on the other hand is shallower (max 30 ft). Both dives are suitable for beginners or divers who just want to take it easy. If coral is what you’re more interested in, go for the northern side. Otherwise, either end of the reef will do as reef fish are plentiful. Sightings range from seahorses, scorpion fish, and cleaner shrimp, to turtles, trumpetfish, eels, squid, octopus, and more.

5. Anse Chastanet

Coral Reef Scuba Dive Saint Lucia

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Dive Level: Novice
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

Trumpetfish and turtles are common sightings at the Anse Chastanet dive site on the west coast of Saint Lucia. As this area is generally one of the best places for scuba diving in Saint Lucia, it is commonly recommended to divers. The reef here is 15 ft at the shallow end, extending to around 60 ft which makes it ideal for beginners.

6. Coral Gardens

Saint Lucia Coral Reef

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Dive Level: Advanced
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

Coral Gardens can be accessed via a boat trip, and that part of the excursion alone is fascinating. It is in the Soufriere area and as you approach the majestic Pitons (a World Heritage Site in Saint Lucia), you’ll simply be awestruck.

Even more amazement is in store once you dive down to Coral Gardens which is at the base of Gros Piton which rises 2438 ft high. This experience is truly humbling, and below the waves you’ll swim amongst tropical fishes of all varieties, five-finger corals, sargassum triggerfish and sometimes barracuda in deeper areas. There are quite a lot of juvenile fish at this dive site which starts at a depth of 15 ft extending downwards to around 90 ft.

7. Rosemond’s Trench

seahorse scuba dive

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Dive Level: Advanced
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

You never quite know what to expect on a dive in Saint Lucia. For that reason, it can be hard to pick the best place to go. Fortunately, sites like Rosemond’s Trench have already been rated as a “must do” by many divers to the island, which means you’re unlikely to be disappointed after suiting up. Expect to see valleys and trenches, and even a small tunnel which leads to a chimney. The maximum depth of this dive is 36 ft, and you’re likely to spot fish species too numerous to mention, including the elusive frogfish – you’re also likely to encounter turtles and seahorses.

8. Lesleen M Shipwreck

frog fish scuba dive

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Dive level: Advanced
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

The Lesleen M is a 165-foot cargo vessel which was purposely sunk in 1986 by the Fisheries Department of Saint Lucia. The intention was to create an artificial reef, and today the wreck can be viewed off the shore of Anse Cochon on the west coast of Saint Lucia. Anse Cochon is to the south of Marigot Bay and this dive site has a maximum depth of 65 ft. As the ship remains in good form, divers can really get in there and see how much it has transformed over the years. On a dive here you might see things like lobster, moray eels, frogfish, and other reef fish.

9. Virgin Cove

Virgin Cove Dive Saint Lucia

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Dive Level: Novice
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

This is the perfect dive site for scuba diving newbies. The reef starts off in a shallow area of 15 ft and extends to the 70 ft mark. Things to see here include barrel sponges, brain coral, snappers, grunts, turtles, Atlantic spadefish, and sometimes stingrays and barracudas toward the deeper end. This reef is notably shaped like a figure “9”, and it is diverse, getting more defined the deeper you dive.

10. Anse La Raye Wall

Spotted drum fish coral reef

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Dive Level: Advanced
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

Anse La Raye (a fishing village in Saint Lucia) translates to bay of rays, and the Anse La Raye Wall is one of many dive sites worth checking out while in Saint Lucia. This dive starts at 60 ft on the shallow end, and goes as deep as 110 ft. The wall is painted with marine life of all kinds and you’ll be enthralled by the vibrancy of the corals and some of the creatures you’ll come across. You may spot things like Bermuda chubs, spotted-drums, jacks, and rays, amid sponges and soft coral of every type imaginable.

11. Bird Rock

Eagle Ray Scuba Dive

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Dive Level: Novice
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

Bird Rock is a well-known congregation site for birds, as the name suggests. It is also a marking point for a great scuba expedition. This dive site is a good starting point for new divers with a maximum depth of 60 ft. Once you dive in, you’ll notice the sloping walls which are covered with coral, and lots of large boulders. Many kinds of reef fishes populate this area, and you may also spot eagle rays and stingrays.

12. La Roche (The Rock)

triggerfish scuba dive

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Dive Level: Novice
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

La Roche is near Rodney Bay – about a quarter mile out. Some people choose to go deep sea fishing around this area while others go for the more eco-friendly scuba session. La Roche is also known as Barrel ‘O’ Beef, and it is an islet around which you can have a fun filled dive session. There are underwater trenches in this area as well as underwater valleys where lobster, triggerfish, and sometimes barracuda can be spotted.

13. Superman’s Flight

Scuba Dive Gorgonians Coral Reef

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Dive Level: Advanced
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

With a name like this, you’ll be right to anticipate that this dive will be a little more exciting than most. You can start off at the base of Petit Piton (2619 ft), the smaller of the two majestic pitons in Soufriere. Lovers of the wall dive will be happy to know that this dive extends as deep as 1500 ft, and aside from an abundance of dazzling fishes, you’ll marvel at the huge fluorescent sponges and gorgonians. This dive site was named after a scene from the film Superman II.

14. Dinosaur Reef

Parrot Fish Scuba Dive Coral Reef

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Dive Level: Novice
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

You’ll get to swim with brightly colored parrotfish, moray eels, lobster, and other diverse creatures of the sea during a dive at Dinosaur Reef. This dive is Pigeon Island and the reef got its name because the base of this area resembles a sleeping dinosaur. There’s a small freighter underwater here which you can explore around this reef with a maximum depth of 50 ft.

15. Pigeon Island

colorful fish bank scuba dive

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Dive Level: Novice
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

Pigeon Island offers a leisurely dive that starts at 15 ft and progresses to a maximum depth of 60 ft. This dive is suitable for newbies who will get to explore the reef and potentially see things like eagle rays, eels, lobsters and sometimes barracuda. The Pigeon Island reef dive at the base of Pigeon Island starts over a sandy area leading to a reef and an area with large boulders and other prominent features.

Insider tip: Want to know more about what things you can explore on land at Pigeon Island? Our post Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia: A Gorgeous Slice of History will tell you all you need to know! Pigeon Island National Park is one of the main attractions of this country island, located on a 5-minute walk from all-inclusive resort Sandals Grande St. Lucia.

16. Turtle Reef

Coral Reef Scuba Dive Saint Lucia

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Dive Level: Advanced
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

While you can spot turtles around this area, turtles appearing at this location have little to do with the name of this dive site. There are lots of other things to see though at this location with a maximum depth of 140 ft including pillar corals and barrel sponges, amongst a thriving population of reef fishes. Turtle Reef is 40 ft at the shallow end.

17. Piton Wall

Red Sea Whips Scuba Dive

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Dive Level: Advanced
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

At the base of Petit Piton, Piton Wall is another cool dive site. You’ll love the opportunity to float around this majestic underwater community scoping the wall for interesting sightings and interacting with critters of the undersea. Sea whips, feather duster worms, gorgonians and other soft corals cover the wall which stretches down hundreds of feet making this a dive filled with color and potential for lovers of the sea.

18. Smugglers Cove

Flying Gurnard Scuba Dive

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Dive Level: Novice
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

Smugglers Cove is one of the most beautiful beaches in Saint Lucia. This strand in Cap Estate to the extreme north of the island is tucked away and rarely crowded. Beginners will love diving here as it is not as deep as some of the other sites for more advanced scuba divers – the maximum depth is about 40 ft. Sightings include flying gurnard, lobster, and trumpetfish, and there are also trenches and shelves that are interesting to see. You can dive from the shore or go out on a boat to begin your dive, and the rest of your party can stay on the shore to enjoy the sunshine!

19. Jambet Point

Crab Sea Fan Scuba Dive

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Dive Level: Advanced
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

If you’re looking for a dive for more experienced divers, Jambet Point might just be calling your name. This reef is shaped like a horseshoe and while diving you may spot crabs, lobsters, spotted drums, and occasionally stingrays on the sandy bottom. There’s a wall you can explore which is relatively small, and a flat coral reef. The depth of the reef is about 50 ft.

20. Daini Koyomaru Wreck

French Angel Fish Scuba Dive

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Dive Level: Advanced
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

The Daini Koyomaru was a Japanese dredger which was sunk in 1996. Toppled over on the ocean floor, it now serves its purpose as an artificial reef. The wreck is about 244 ft long and for the most part, it is in one piece. The wreck is around the 108ft mark, and during this experience skilled divers will be able to swim with pufferfish, French angelfish, and jacks, with sightings of barracuda.

21. Le Sport

Sea Turtle Scuba Dive

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Dive Level: Novice
Available from: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon

The Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean at this dive site to the north of Saint Lucia. Located in Cap Estate, the maximum depth of reef exploration in this area is 60 ft. Here you can spot scorpionfish, flying gurnard, and sometimes even turtles and rays. As you get deeper into this dive, you might run into things like barracuda.

Best time for a dive vacation in Saint Lucia

It’s almost always a good time to fly to Saint Lucia for a holiday (especially if you plan on diving!). The weather is exceptional and inviting nearly all year round. The average daytime temperature on the island is 27°C/80°F when it’s winter elsewhere and 30°C/88°F in summertime. Don’t worry about things getting too hot though, the trade winds cool things off significantly most of the year. If you’re having trouble figuring out when to go, read our post on the best time to visit Saint Lucia.

Why Sandals might be perfect for your next dive vacation

Scuba Dive Saint Lucia

Sandals is one of the only resorts in the Caribbean where scuba diving and equipment is included in your stay. No matter which island you go to for your scuba experience, you’ll be in good hands as the resort will assist you with things like getting PADI certified if you aren’t already.

Guests of Sandals also don’t need to worry about scuba equipment as all of this is included. The only thing you’ll have to rent out is a wet suit (or bring your own) and a locker in the dive shop if needed.

You get to dive at your own pace with Sandals, and don’t necessarily have to go for early morning dives if you’d prefer to sleep in. You can choose between morning or afternoon dives, and you can also give input as to the things you’re interested in seeing. Keep in mind though that morning dives offer an opportunity to get an early start, which can sometimes mean being able to go to sites that are further out and more exciting.

Dive operators associated with Sandals are friendly and engaging. They’ll help you navigate the diving process if you’re new and try to accommodate your requests once things get rolling along. They’ll also likely take you to more advanced dive sites if they can see that you’re capable and confident.

Getting PADI® certified in Saint Lucia with Sandals is a breeze

PADI Certificaton Saint Lucia

While diving is free with Sandals for PADI® certified guests, you’ll need to pay the regular PADI® associated fees for your certification. If you’re planning on getting certified during your vacation, opt to do some e-learning ahead of your trip to speed things up once you get there. After you’re certified, you can dive for free for the rest of your vacation with up to two tanks per day.

Insider tip: Want to get a head start? Check out some of the Sandals Scuba Courses or read about how to Get PADI® Certified in 48 Hours.

Safety first!

Unlimited Scuba Diving Saint Lucia

Dive safety is important no matter where you go. Beginners especially will need to pay special attention to all the tips, instructions, and suggestions from their dive team. Even advanced scuba divers should stick to the basics in terms of communicating underwater effectively and following other recommended safety procedures. Divers should always stay close to their assigned dive buddy and choose reputable dive operators like those available at Sandals to book their dive excursion. Finally, look over your equipment before you use it to make sure it’s in good condition and suitable for safe use.

Tip: When heading out on a dive vacation consider getting dive insurance! This will come in handy in the event of medical emergencies or other unexpected happenings.

Bonus: Scuba diving alternatives

Saint Lucia Scuba Dive Vacation

Those who love scuba diving really, really love it. Others may find different options less challenging, or simply more entertaining. If you’re one of those people who might just be accompanying a dive enthusiast and want to know what else you can do in Saint Lucia check out our picks of the best things to do in Saint Lucia. If you want a bit of scuba but don’t want to go all the way in, try things like SNUBA, or go for a snorkeling trip.

Also read: The Ultimate Guide to SNUBA Diving: All You Need To Know. If you plan on going on a snorkeling trip, check out these handy snorkeling tips for beginners.


Saint Lucia Scuba Dive Vacation

Is St Lucia good for diving?

Saint Lucia is a top-ranking dive destination where over 150 different species of fishes can be found. Both photographers and dive lovers are in store of an exciting experience on the island where divers can explore marine parks, reefs, shipwrecks, and more. In Saint Lucia, divers get a chance to swim amid “the rainforest of the sea” and see what the day to day is like for many different types of marine life.

How many world-class diving sites are in St Lucia?

Saint Lucia is known for its amazing dive sites and while on vacation you can dive at numerous world-class locations. Dive sites in Saint Lucia attract divers from all over the world.

Are there sharks in St Lucia?

Sharks aren’t the most common sighting in Saint Lucia for divers, but that doesn’t mean there are no chances of spotting one. You might get lucky if seeing sharks in real life is your goal. Chances of seeing sharks may be higher on a night dive. While seeing sharks isn’t guaranteed, you’re likely to see things like frogfish and barracuda.

Want to start planning your dive vacation at Sandals? Read more about what guests love at each resorts:
Sandals Regency La Toc Review
Sandals Halcyon Beach Review
Sandals Grande St Lucian Review

Where Is Saint Lucia Located? Paradise Is Only A Short Flight Away!

The Islands
February 12th 2020
Where Is Saint Lucia Located? Paradise Is Only A Short Flight Away!

Saint Lucia is an island country located in the Caribbean, on a 3 hour, 40 minute flight from Miami. It is located to the south of Martinique and to the north of Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. To the south-east of Saint Lucia you’ll find Barbados.

With its lush mountains and palm fringed beaches, Saint Lucia is a popular vacation destination known for its majestic Piton Mountains, refreshing waterfalls, fantastic snorkeling and scuba diving sites, and locally grown chocolate. Find out what else Saint Lucia is known for.

Thinking of going on a beach vacation, sipping on unlimited free cocktails? Saint Lucia is the place to be for an all-inclusive resort vacation.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Picture: All-inclusive resort Sandals Grande St. Lucian features 12 restaurants, 7 bars (including a swim-up bar) and a Championship golf course. The best part: all food and drinks are always unlimited, always included!

Also read:
Where is Jamaica?
Where is The Bahamas?

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Saint Lucia

The Islands
February 19th 2018
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Saint Lucia

Some describe Saint Lucia as the most beautiful island in the Caribbean. Whether this is true or not, you will have to decide for yourself.

But one thing is clear: a visit to St. Lucia is unforgettable. Whether you're looking for a relaxing vacation in the sun or an exciting opportunity to experience a new culture, St. Lucia has it all.

These are the Top 5 Reasons Anyone Should Visit St. Lucia

Stunning Landscapes

If you are planning on visiting St. Lucia, prepare for some seriously stunning landscapes.

The most famous views of the island feature the two volcanic plugs called the Pitons. Covered in lush vegetation, the two sharp hills loom over the ocean, offering the perfect opportunity for beautiful photography, as well as excellent hiking. The Gros Piton is the larger of the two plugs and those looking for an active day can take a tour along the nature trail that runs up the hill.

Besides these two iconic St. Lucia landmarks, the Pigeon Island National Park is another place to take in the spectacular nature of the island, along with a little history, since the park features Fort Rodney ruins as an extra attraction.

For something a little different, hike up to the Sault Falls and enjoy swimming in the fresh spring water, or hike the Tet Paul Nature Trail, which offers excellent viewpoints across the island.

Endless Blue Waters

The Caribbean has its fair share of beautiful beaches, and Saint Lucia is no exception. If you are wondering how big is St. Lucia’s selection of beaches, don’t worry, there are plenty of options for any traveler.

One of the most popular sandy getaways on the island is Reduit Beach, dotted with restaurants offering stunning sunset views with your favorite cocktail in-hand. For even more romance, Marigot Bay offers a small and more secluded getaway.

Pigeon Island National Park, which we mentioned earlier, also boasts some lovely white sands and blue waters, along with the likes of Sugar Beach. To discover the underwater world, snorkeling and diving opportunities are plentiful at Anse Chastanet Beach.

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, then head to Grande Anse to see baby turtles hatching and heading into the blue waters for the first. Another popular option is to enjoy the Jalousie Beach at the foot of the Petit Piton, which offers breathtaking views.

Festivals and Entertainment

Throughout the year, Saint Lucia tourism offers a variety of opportunities to catch a local festival and partake in the local entertainment. One of the biggest celebrations is the St. Lucia Carnival in June, during which the capital city of Castries becomes a whirlwind of colorful decoration, street parties and celebration.

The main course of this festival is the Mardi-Gras style party on Carnival Tuesday, which features a parade, soca dancing in the street and an all-around joyful atmosphere. Other popular festivals for when you visit Saint Lucia include the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, the St. Lucia Food and Rum festival in October or the Festival of Lights and Renewal in December, when locals hold a lantern making competition.

And don’t worry, if you can’t make it for a festival in particular, locals host Friday Night Street Parties all year round.

Exotic Tours

One of the highlights of St. Lucia tourism is the Soufriere drive-in volcano. The world’s only volcano that you can actually drive into, this is also one of the most popular tours on St. Lucia. Despite the strong smell of sulfur, the novelty of the spot and the breathtaking views will be entirely worth it. Plus, visitors can enjoy bathing in the hot springs and mud baths nearby the volcano.

Another exciting tour is the aerial tram through the rainforest, with spectacular views, as well as lovely surrounding nature. If you are looking for a thrilling experience, then the Treetop Adventure Park might just be the perfect spot, offering cool suspension bridges among tropical trees. And if you’d like to pick up some St. Lucia facts, then check out the chocolate tour, where you will learn the process of chocolate making from bean to bar.

Delicious Cuisine

No St. Lucia visit is complete without tasting the plentiful and delicious food that this small Caribbean island has to offer. Fresh fish and seafood abundant, so you can enjoy a luxurious lobster dinner on the beach, or try some grilled mahi mahi, snapper and tuna.

Try accompanying your meal with local flavors by tasting conch fritters or lambi in spicy Caribbean sauce. For a real St. Lucia treat, tickle your taste buds with green figs and salt fish, callaloo soup or breadfruit.

Last but certainly not least, discover the varieties of world-class rums in the many presentations that the islanders have to offer.

Visit St. Lucia & Have A Wonderful Vacation

Saint Lucia, the small and picturesque island in the Caribbean is one of the top choices for destination weddings, anniversaries at all-inclusive resorts and celebrations.

It's surprise when you look at the wealth of activities available on the island, with the stunning backdrop of green mountains, blue waters and white sandy beaches.

Three things guests love about... Sandals Grande St. Lucian. A full review.

The Islands
October 7th 2019
Three things guests love about... Sandals Grande St. Lucian. A full review.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian in a nutshell

Photos | Resort map | Rooms | Restaurants | Inclusions

Accommodation Type: 5 star all-inclusive resort (adults-only).
Location: Pigeon Point, Saint Lucia.

Recommended airport: Hewanorra International Airport (UVF).
Transfer time to resort: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Best Sandals resort for:
Sandals Grande St. Lucian is located on its own peninsula, on a large beach with amazing vistas. The resort offers an excellent spa, some amazing scuba diving and access to two Sandals golf courses. Stay in 1 resort, play at 3!

Atmosphere: Sophisticated, Laid back, Social.

12 restaurants on-property
9 restaurants at Sandals Regency La Toc
6 restaurants at Sandals Halcyon Beach

Sandals resorts close by: Sandals Regency La Toc (review) & Sandals Halcyon Beach (review).

See all Sandals Grande St. Lucian deals here.

Overall review of Sandals Grande St. Lucian

sandals grande saint lucian main pool

Sandals Grande St. Lucian is located in the picturesque and historic Pigeon Island in the north of Saint Lucia. Once an island, but now linked to the mainland, the area remains relatively private, and just as beautiful, if not more so, than ever before. The largest Sandals resort in Saint Lucia, Sandals ‘Grande’ also attracts great guest satisfaction. In fact, of over 8,000 reviews, 88% (!) voted their stay at Sandals Grande St. Lucian as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’.

The sunny shores of Sandals Grande St. Lucian are enough to keep you smiling throughout your vacation in Saint Lucia; there’s just something about the ambiance that’s uplifting, and happy. The resort is especially popular with honeymooners, though some prefer the intimacy and quietude of the Sandals Halcyon Beach. For Sandals Grande St. Lucian, here are the top three things guests love most about the resort:

Three things guests love about Sandals Grande St. Lucian

1. Guests love the famous gourmet crepes.

sandals grande saint lucian josephine's gourmet creperie

Discover the sweet life at Josephine’s Gourmet Creperie during your stay at Sandals Grande. Of the 12 amazing restaurants at the resort, this one stands out for its authentic French crêpes and mouthwatering desserts. At Josephine’s Gourmet Creperie you’ll find sweet and savory treats including crêpes stuffed with chicken and spinach and mouthwatering apple and oat crumble. For lunch or dinner, try the Jerk shack for traditional and contemporary Jerk Style Cuisine. When the sun goes down, there’s lots to explore, but it’s worth fitting the Olde London Pub into your schedule for an upscale gastro pub experience.

Insider tip: The most popular restaurants at Sandals Grande St. Lucian require a reservation. Make sure to make some dinner reservations on arrival, especially during peak season! For dress-codes and opening times, see: restaurants at Sandals Grande St. Lucian.

2. Guests love JJ’s Speedboat Tour around the Pitons.

the pitons on the saint lucian coast

There’s a lot to do and see around Saint Lucia, and fortunately for guests who stay at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, quite a few attractions can be found near the resort. Even with that said, during your Saint Lucia vacation you’ll have lots of time to explore the rest of the island, and a highly recommended option is JJ’s Speedboat Tour excursion around the Pitons. You’ll enjoy amazing views from the water, with a tour that’s faster paced than the traditional. Once you get to Soufriere, you’ll enjoy land stops in the Sulphur Springs which is great for a skin nourishing mud bath, and at a local waterfall. You’ll also get to enjoy some snorkeling in one of the best places for diving in Saint Lucia, drinks, and a buffet lunch.

3. Guests love the Red Lane Spa.

couple enjoying a relaxing massage at the red lane spa in sandals grande saint lucian

There’s an exclusive yet laid back feel to the Sandals Grande experience, and the Red Lane Spa, often described as ‘magical’, is also a combination of both. You’ll feel relaxed yet pampered with the endless options of private sessions that you can choose from at the spa. Try the new Night Blooming Jasmine Massage, a Happy Hour Mani & Pedi, or simply a Salt Bath Soak. You’re guaranteed to leave feeling more rejuvenated than you did when you arrived.

A relaxed resort with wonderful staff, you’ll feel right at home at Sandals Grande St. Lucian. While there, or before booking your trip, read up on the in-demand Over-the-Water Bungalows at the resort and the Sandals Golf and Country Club, which is located nearby. Guests at Sandals Grande also have access to two other resorts in Saint Lucia, Sandals Halcyon Beach, and Sandals Regency La Toc, which means more food, and more fun!

Popular tours and excursion at Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Soufriere Experience.

guest enjoying a dip in the mineral mud bath

Board your speedboat on the beach and cruise down the west coast of the island to Soufriere before heading further south to Anse L'Irvogne. Along the way you'll be able to marvel at the majestic twin peaks of the Pitons, a UNESCO world heritage site, before docking at the Soufriere Harbor.

Then we'll switch up the transportation and start a relaxing drive through Soufriere to the famous drive in volcano. Here you can take a therapeutic dip in the mineral mud bath before heading to the Toraille Waterfall and botanical gardens for a refreshing swim. Enjoy a freshly prepared creole buffet lunch before returning to the boat for the homeward journey; we'll make a quick stop at Anse Cochon for snorkeling and swimming on the way, before a final stop at the beautiful Marigot Bay.

Insider tip: Sandals Grande St. Lucian repeat guests often recommend to spend at least one (half) day outside of the resort to explore the island. The famous Pitons are a must see! Make sure to book tours and excursions before arrival to ensure availability.

Treetop Zip Trip.

guest having fun on the treetop zip trip

Trained guides take you on the ride of your life. The zip line ride is a system of integrated cables and rigging designed for maximum thrill and exposure to the best views of the rainforest. Our course consists of 12 zip lines - including the island's longest, fastest and highest. Our lines extend up to 800 feet between platforms and reach heights up to 150 feet above the forest floor. Between zips there is plenty of time to take in the unique panoramic views and observe the magnificent flora and fauna indigenous to the forest. After the ride, relax and enjoy complimentary local refreshments while surrounded by the beauty and serenity of nature.

Soufriere Adventure Cruise.

guests having fun on board the soufriere adventure cruise

Take a relaxing catamaran day cruise down the West Coast to Soufriere. Guests will enjoy the rugged beauty of the coastline and the spectacular view of the majestic Pitons. In Soufriere, a walking tour of the Sulphur Springs and the lush Botanical Gardens takes one to the picturesque Diamond Waterfall. After lunch at a local restaurant, recommence your catamaran cruise to Anse Cochon for some snorkeling. Then it's on to the quaint town of Marigot Bay for a photo opportunity.

Expert tip: Still not sure which Sandals resort is right for you? Read ‘Which Sandals resort is best for you? The ultimate guide’ and find out!

Recent Sandals Grande St. Lucian Awards

Awards Sandals Grande St. Lucian won in the past 5 years alone, not counting the awards that were won by Sandals Resorts as a chain:

  • World Travel Awards: Saint Lucia’s Leading Resort 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.
  • World Travel Awards: Saint Lucia’s Best Resort Spa 2016, 2017, 2018 (Red Lane Spa).
  • American Academy of Hospitality Sciences: Five Star Diamond Award 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • World Travel Awards: Saint Lucia’s Best Spa Resort 2016.
  • Flight Centre: Best Honeymoon Resort 2016.
  • MLT Vacations Quality Assurance Awards 2014, 2015.

Guests love Sandals Grande St. Lucian! Select a room and book online, or call us at +1 888-726-3257.

Also check out the other resorts!

Sandals resorts in Saint Lucia:
Sandals Regency La Toc review
Sandals Halcyon Beach review

Sandals resorts in Jamaica:
Sandals Montego Bay review
Sandals Royal Caribbean review
Sandals Negril review
Sandals South Coast review
Sandals Ochi review
Sandals Royal Plantation review

Sandals resorts in the Bahamas:
Sandals Royal Bahamian review
Sandals Emerald Bay review

Sandals resort in Antigua:
Sandals Grande Antigua review

Sandals resort in Grenada:
Sandals Grenada review

Sandals resorts in Barbados:
Sandals Barbados review
Sandals Royal Barbados review

Do You Need A Passport To Visit St. Lucia As US Citizen | Sandals

The Islands
July 24th 2019
Do You Need A Passport To Visit St. Lucia As US Citizen | Sandals
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U.S. citizens are generally required to present a passport that is valid for at least six months after their travel date when travelling to Saint Lucia. Travelers in most cases are required to provide proof of departure when entering the country, in addition to accommodation details.

There are many other questions that come up with travel to Saint Lucia, and we’ll answer all of these in this post, which we hope will help you quickly navigate your way to a dreamy tropical escape that far surpasses your expectations!

Sandals Grande Staint Lucia
Picture: All-Inclusive resort Sandals Grande St. Lucian, where guests can enjoy unlimited gourmet food at 12 restaurants.

In this article on the Sandals Blog:

Visa requirements
Need a passport when flying to Saint Lucia?
Need a passport when cruising to Saint Lucia?

Passport cards
Trusted Traveler programs
Enhanced Driver's Licenses

Stuck in Saint Lucia without a passport?
What if your trip exceeds the maximum period of stay?
Bonus: Special vaccinations required?
Bonus: Currency restrictions

Consulate and Embassy contacts

What are my visa requirements?

U.S. travelers to Saint Lucia can remain on the island for up to six months without a visa, which is usually more than enough time to take in the most popular sights and sounds of this country island. Stays for longer than that will require a visa, which you can acquire through the Immigration Department in Saint Lucia.

Do I need a passport when flying?

If you’re planning on traveling to Saint Lucia, you’ll need a valid passport if travelling by air. You’ll need a passport that is valid for at least six months when travelling to Saint Lucia. It is recommended to have at least one blank page in your passport to have room enough for your entry stamp when entering Saint Lucia.

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Additionally, all travelers are required to provide proof of departure when arriving to Saint Lucia, which means you may need to present your return ticket at immigration.

Do I need a passport when cruising to Saint Lucia?

If you are traveling to Saint Lucia by sea, you can use a passport or one of the following documents:

Passport cards
Trusted Traveler programs
Enhanced Driver's Licenses

Cruise visitors are not required to travel with their passport, as they can use other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant documents. With that said, it is still recommended by the Bureau of Consular Affairs that cruise travelers from the United States bring along their passports in the event of an emergency which may require them to travel back to the U.S. by air. If you’re traveling on a cruise, find out the visa and passport requirements for other islands on your route, or speak with your cruise representatives to determine whether you need a passport or visa to enter these ports.

Exception for closed-loop cruises

Cruise visitors don’t need a passport for Caribbean closed-loop cruises (cruises that start and end at the same port in the U.S.). In most cases, they can use their government issued driver’s license or birth certificate. Many cruise travelers choose to travel with their passports anyway just in case the unexpected happens. Your cruise ship representatives will tell you all you need to know about the requirements for your cruise.

Cruise Ship

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Exceptions for children

  1. Children under age 16 can use a birth certificate, naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship IF they are traveling to and from Saint Lucia by sea.
  2. Children under age 19 can also use birth certificates IF they are traveling by sea and IF they are traveling with a school group, a church group or a social or cultural organization supervised by an adult.

Minors, like adults, require passports if travelling by air into Saint Lucia. Visas are not required for minors from the United States.

What is a passport card?

A passport card is an official state-issued travel document that can be used as a substitute for a passport when traveling to Saint Lucia, as well as most other Caribbean islands by land or sea. Passport cards cannot be used for air travel.

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Passport cards are less expensive and more lightweight (wallet-sized) than conventional passports. A passport card for one adult is priced at $55, while you’ll find yourself shelling out $135 to get a passport book.

What are Trusted Traveler programs?

Trusted Traveler programs cater to frequent fliers and help enhance their airport experience with cool features like expedited lanes at U.S. airports. The benefits of these programs extend even to international border crossings, making it overall a welcome and added convenience for travelers.

Travelers need to be pre-approved for these programs which generally target low-risk fliers.

Trusted Traveler programs include:

  • NEXUS: Generally used to enter the U.S. from Canada through land, air and sea;
  • SENTRI: Generally used to enter the U.S. from Canada and Mexico by air or land;
  • FAST: Generally used to enter and exit the U.S. from Canada and Mexico with a commercial truck.

At time of publication, all of the above memberships can be used as identification when embarking on a cruise to Saint Lucia. However, none of the Trusted Traveler programs will replace the passport when flying to Saint Lucia.

What is an Enhanced Driver’s License?

An Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) is a special state-issued driver’s license which can be used for land and sea travel. The EDL allows travelers to reenter the U.S. from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The EDL is not valid for air travel.

Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington State are currently the only states issuing enhanced driver's licenses. This license cannot be used for air travel.

I’m stuck in Saint Lucia without a passport. What do I do?

There are few things worse than being in a country and needing a passport to get back home, and not having one. Whether your passport was lost or stolen, you’ll need to apply for an emergency passport in order to continue your travels. If your passport has been lost or stolen while staying in Saint Lucia, staff members at your resort can help point you in the right direction as it relates to getting back home safely. If you’re staying at a Sandals resort in Saint Lucia and have lost your passport, you’ll need to go to the concierge desk; staff there will assist you in contacting the nearest U.S. Embassy, and the local police if needed.

Insider tip: All three all-inclusive Sandals resorts in Saint Lucia, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon, and Sandals Grande St. Lucian offer in-room safes to guests which can help keep valuables, including passports safe!

Need an emergency passport? Here’s how to get one as quickly as possible:

  1. Head to the police station right away to make a report. Request a copy of your report to take with you.
  2. Get in touch with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general. Provide details (from your police report), and share information on your airline ticket which serves as proof of your need to travel. The contact details of the U.S. embassy in Barbados (nearest to Saint Lucia) is included below.
  3. Fill out and complete the DS-11 passport application form.
  4. Complete Form DS-64 which includes a statement regarding the lost passport.
  5. Pay your fees ($110 – same as a new passport).

Try to provide consulate or embassy representatives with as much information as you can. This can help move things along quicker. Some of the items you should present include:

  • Passport photo.
  • Picture identification, like a driver’s license.
  • Evidence of U.S. citizenship, such as a birth certificate or a photocopy of your missing passport.
  • Travel itinerary (airline or cruise tickets).
  • Police report, if available.

Emergency passports in these circumstances are of limited validity and can only be used for a short space of time. You will need to reapply for a permanent passport once you’re back home.

What to do when your trip exceeds your maximum period of stay

U.S. citizens can enter Saint Lucia visa-free for up to a maximum of six months. Once you arrive, an immigration officer will stamp your passport with details on the length of time you can remain on the island – this can be extended through the local immigration office:

Saint Lucia Immigration Department
Police Headquarters
P.O. Box 109,
Saint Lucia

Bonus: Do I need to get vaccinated before traveling to Saint Lucia?

While generally there are no requirements for vaccinations for US travelers coming into Saint Lucia, visitors can sometimes be asked to provide proof of yellow fever vaccination, particularly if they’re coming from a region where yellow fever is endemic. This includes travel from…

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Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep., Chad, Congo, Congo (Dem, Rep.) Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.

This list is complete at time of writing, please do check whether it’s still up to date before planning your vacation to Saint Lucia.

Regulations pertaining to yellow fever are similar for travelers who have transited for more than 12 hours in a country with high risk transmission for yellow fever. In those cases, travelers over the age of one will need to show proof that they have been vaccinated 10 days before arriving in Saint Lucia.

Bonus: What are the currency restrictions for Saint Lucia?

Currently, there are no restrictions as it relates to currency on entering or exiting Saint Lucia. In some cases, however, travelers coming into the country may need to declare currency exceeding $10,000.

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Picture: Saint Lucia is a tropical escape full of natural beauty, rich history, and pure romance.

Consulate and Embassy contacts in Saint Lucia and the US

The nearest US Embassy is not in St. Lucia, but in Barbados. The contacts in Barbados are listed below:

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown
Wildey Business Park
St Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.
Telephone: +(246) 227-4399
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(246) 227-4000
Fax: +(246) 431-0179
Email: [email protected]

US Embassy Board

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Embassy of Saint Lucia in the USA

Address: 1629 K St NW #1250, Washington, DC 20006, United States
Telephone: +1 (202) 364 6792
Opening Times: Mon-Sun 10AM-5PM

Disclaimer: All information on this article was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice. Sandals is not affiliated with immigration authorities or their application centers and will not be liable for loss or inconvenience arising from the use of this volatile information.

Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia: A Gorgeous Slice of History

Island Life
July 23rd 2019
Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia: A Gorgeous Slice of History
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Pigeon Island is one of the most vibrant and beautiful points of interest in Saint Lucia. It is truly an historic area that has changed in significant ways over the years. Pigeon Island was once just that; an island, until it was later connected to the northern portion of Saint Lucia in 1971, via a causeway.

In this article you will discover that the events that preceded the development of the causeway, and of Pigeon Island, are so significant that they are part of the local curriculum of most history students in St. Lucia.

Whether you set foot on Saint Lucia or not, you might catch wind of tales of the battle for the island’s heart – seven times British, seven times French. Events that are so engrained in the culture that the English and Creole speaking locals won’t let you forget them. Just a brief look back at the history of the island proves just how important the area was to both the French and the British, during their individual rules.

According to the Saint Lucia National Trust, the non-profit-organization that is responsible for the upkeep of the Pigeon Island National Landmark, ‘it is a vivid representation of the cultural and historical monuments of international, civil, military and cross currents, characteristics of West Indian cultural change,’ – simple words to underscore the extent to which a brutal history, somehow transmuted into something that can now be treasured, forever shapes the identity of the island.

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Pigeon Island, like many other parts of Saint Lucia and some other islands of the Caribbean, was first inhabited by the Amerindians; the Caribs and the Arawaks. The Caribs, who had a history of being that much fiercer than the Arawaks, had a bigger presence. Sometime later pirates also materialized on the island, notably a captain known as ‘Jambe de Bois’, whose real name was Francois Le Clerc. His name literally translated to peg leg, and all because he walked around on a wooden leg. He conducted many attacks and raids in the Caribbean, and beyond. Jambe de Bois and his crew of 330 men were the first Europeans to establish their presence and settle into the island of Saint Lucia. Pigeon Island for them was home, and they used it to target Spanish ships.

Jambe du Bois wasn’t the only one to take advantage of the clear views from Pigeon Island, which made it a great watch location. Several Forts were built in the area and operated by both the French and the British. The British, during initial take overs of the island used a heavily fortified Pigeon Island to spy on the French in Martinique. Admiral Rodney was famous for doing this and would often monitor Fort Royal, and the French naval base in Martinique from this location. Still today evidence that this happened can be seen, particularly on days when it is clear enough to easily spot the island of Martinique from Pigeon Island.

In this article on the Sandals Blog:

Fort Rodney
Other historical points
Pigeon Island & soul collide
Things to do at Pigeon Island

Fort Rodney

Pigeon Island Fort Rodney Saint Lucia

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In the 18th century, George Rodney, a British Admiral changed the face of Pigeon Island by building forts, which served to protect him and his army from enemy attacks. One of these was Fort Rodney, constructed in 1778. Fort Rodney was built on the smaller of two peaks located within the Pigeon Island National Landmark. This and other forts in the area (including Signal Hill) afforded the British firsthand information on whomever was approaching the island. Fort Rodney, was a top-rated fortification during times of war, and today many old cannons and other ruins remain, adding color to historical accounts. At one point, the Admiral ordered all trees on Pigeon Island to be cut down, for a better vantage, but today you won’t be able to tell at all. The area is lush, green, and simply magical.

Other historical points

  • A whaling station was established on Pigeon island in 1909, and then shut down in 1952 when legislation was put in place which restricted whaling activities.

  • Pigeon Island was also leased to an actress from the D’Oyle Carte Theatre in England in 1937, who left Saint Lucia in 1940s when the United States built a naval base in Rodney Bay. She returned in 1947, with a passion for yachting that she wanted to share with the locals. Back in her heyday, she helped establish the island as a paradise, entertaining many guests. She gave up the lease in 1970. If you look you can see that some remnants of her house remain in the park.

Fort Rodney Pigeon Island St Lucia

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  • After a war-filled history, the Saint Lucia National Trust took Pigeon Island into its hands, and started restoring the area, developing it in ways that would not compromise its rich history, and abundant greenery.

  • A museum and interpretation Center were incorporated into the island’s attractions, with a theme that mostly focused on the Battle of the Saints, and battles in and around Pigeon Island over the years. The building that houses the Interpretation Center had previously been a Mess Hall for soldiers. Though it is now closed, many people benefited from the valuable history shared through the endeavor.

Pigeon Island & soul collide

With the Caribbean Sea on one side, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, Pigeon Island has served many uses over the years, including being a venue for the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival. The showcase with international flair has featured many mega stars on its lineup, including Rihanna, UB40, Neyo, John Legend, The Jacksons, Mary J Blige, Elton John, and more. The Saint Lucia Jazz Festival is now part of a larger product in Saint Lucia which incorporates several festivals including the Roots & Soul Festival (Reggae), and Saint Lucia Carnival held annually in July. Saint Lucia Jazz is one of many events held in Pigeon Island National Park annually. Even during while these events are packed with entertainment, the focus is often on just how beautiful the area is, and despite small upgrades, its ambiance remains pure.

Things to do at Pigeon Island

1. Explore the Ruins

Cannons Fort Pigeon Island View of Rodney Bay

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‘Ruins’ isn’t a bad word where Pigeon Island is concerned. Everyone from hikers to newlyweds enjoy this slice of paradise, in and out of the park. If you’re into hiking, you can hike one or both peaks located within the park. Fort Rodney is 225 feet high, while Signal Peak reaches 330 feet. It’s a little challenging to get to the top, but it doesn’t measure up to some of the more difficult climbs in Saint Lucia, like the Gros Piton or Petit Piton climb. To get to Signal Peak’s highest point, you’ll have to climb a tall ladder, which is relatively easy to do. The ocean breeze and the amazing view from the top are simply heavenly!

2. Bathe at secret beaches

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While there are many bays in the general Pigeon Point area, in the park you’ll find two relatively secluded ones. If you go midweek, on a day when there are no cruise ships in port, you’ll find the beaches almost deserted. On other days, you won’t be able to find a spot. The water is clear, and the sand is white and well kept. There are even bathroom facilities. Beaches within the park are popular for picnics, snorkeling, and snuba tours.

3. Tie the Knot (if you haven’t already!)

Pigeon Island, particularly the Pigeon island National Park, is a popular wedding site. Locals and visitors alike find that they get their money’s worth when deciding to exchange vows there as the site is peaceful, beautiful, and historic. What more could a person ask for to set the tone for their happily-ever-after?

Expert tip: After the ceremony, make some time for photos in the Ruins!

4. Walk the nature trail

Pigeon Island Saint Lucia Mountain View

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Nature lovers will enjoy what the Park has to offer on the inside – 44 beautiful acres of protected greenery, packed with history, waiting to be explored. Pigeon Island makes for a great half or full day outing.

5. Dine with family and friends.

For a great location with delectable meals, check out the Barnacles restaurant located within the Pigeon Island National Park. It’s private, has an exclusive feel, and the food and service make a stop here well worthwhile!

6. Schedule a photoshoot

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From beachside views, to ancient ruins and grassy slope lands, you’ll find just the right backdrop for your vacation photos at the park. There are bathrooms for outfit changes, and showers for freshening up.

7. Check out nearby locations

golf resort saint lucia

The Sandals Golf and Country Club is a short distance away from Pigeon Island, and it is the perfect place to hone your game. Grab your gear (or rent) and get ready for some action at one of the most popular golf courses in the Caribbean. This site is up to international standards, and you’ll spend a great day out on the green.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I go to Pigeon Point Beach?

Pigeon Point beach is accessible year-round. The beach is particularly hopping on weekends, with beach parties and local bars in full swing. You’ll find a quieter experience inside the park.

Sunset at Rodney Bay Saint Lucia

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What is the view like?

Views from Signal Point at the Pigeon Island National Park are amazing – on clear days you can see the Pitons in the south of the island, and the island of Martinique, which is located a short distance away from Saint Lucia. There are also views of Rodney Bay and Gros Islet from some areas of the park.

Bay Pigeon Island Saint Lucia

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What kind of visitor is this point of interest good for?

The adventurous. The Park is great for people who love to be outdoors, take photos, and hike.

How much does it cost to enter?

The entrance fee is $8, a private tour may cost more.

How much is a tour?

Tours cost around $58 – and this price usually includes the entrance fee, transport, lunch, and a walk around with a guide who will share the history and background of the site.

Pigeon Island St. Lucia

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How do I get there?

You can get to Pigeon Island via boat (there’s a dock inside the park), or by car. If you’re driving, you’ll find the island about five minutes away past the road leading into the town of Gros Islet. Continue along the Gros Islet Highway in the direction of Cap Estate and take a left turn near the sign marking the entrance of Pigeon Island. Follow the road and take a right turn. At the end of that road, just past the Sandals Grande Saint Lucia Beach Resort & Spa, you’ll find the Pigeon Island National Landmark.

How far are Pigeon Island and Fort Rodney from the different Saint Lucia Sandals resorts?

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Picture: Sandals Grande St. Lucia resort with Pigeon Island in the background.

If you’re staying at any of the Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia, the Pigeon Island National landmark is not too far away. It is a breezy five-minute walk away from the Sandals Grande Saint Lucia Beach Resort & Spa. It is only 0.5miles/2.6km from the resort, a 2-minute drive. The Park is about 36 minutes from Sandals Regency La Toc, and about 20 minutes from Sandals Halcyon.

How long does it take to hike up to the fort and back down?

The hike up the Fort is relatively easy and takes about one hour and 15 minutes both ways (some steep areas exist along the paths). This does not include time spent taking photos or enjoying the views. You can stay as long as you’d like!

Expert tip: Bring water if you’re hiking. You’ll need it!

Beach at Pigeon Island Saint Lucia

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Pigeon Island is filled with charm and beauty…

And you’ll notice it from the minute you veer off the Gros Islet highway, just before driving into Cap Estate. You’ll will sense a shift in the atmosphere, and you will know you’re in the right place. The closer you get to the Pigeon Island National Landmark, the more pronounced the feeling becomes, and soon… you’ll find yourself engulfed in an environment of pure bliss. Go for yourself to experience this gem in Saint Lucia that is full of history and overflowing with opportunities for a laid-back (and super informative!) break from the norm.

40 Amazing Things To Do In Saint Lucia

The Islands
May 24th 2019
40 Amazing Things To Do In Saint Lucia

A tiny dot on the map, it’s hard to imagine the boundless adventures that can be had on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. The island is heavily influenced by both the English and the French, and a proper, yet colorful and exciting way of life is the end result.

When travelling to Saint Lucia, you’ll be happy to know there’s no short supply of things to do on this rock. Whether you want to climb the world famous Pitons, or choose from a plethora of beaches or waterfalls to cool off in, or even explore the world’s only drive in volcano, you’ll definitely need to schedule more than just a day or two in this tropical paradise.

Ahead of your trip, here are some of the most highly rated activities and attractions you probably don’t want to miss out on, while in Saint Lucia!

40. Watch a cricket game at Daren Sammy cricket ground

Daren Sammy Cricket Ground Saint Lucia

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In the north of the island, the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground (DSCG), named after the famous West Indian cricketer, is home to local and international cricket matches. A live cricket match at the DSCG located in Beausejour is always filled with excitement, but you’ll have to keep up with regional and international match dates to see if you can find any around the time that you want to travel.

39. Go deep sea sport fishing

deep sea sport fishing saint lucia

It’s not hard to find a company that specializes in deep sea fishing in Saint Lucia – the sport has gained popularity over the years. The best deep sea fishing locations in Saint Lucia are quite near to the shoreline due to the volcanic nature of the island, and the fact that the underwater drop off area (where fish populate) is just two miles off the coast. During a deep sea fishing adventure in Saint Lucia you can expect to find big game fish such as blue marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and dorado.

38. Shop for local crafts at Castries Market

shopping at castries market

Who doesn’t want to return home with a few souvenirs to share their experience? The Castries Market is a top choice for picking up small trinkets, and souvenirs of every variety. You can even get local spices and handmade soap here, which are a few of the things found at the market which are worth shelling out a little cash for.

37. Play golf at Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate

sandals golf course saint lucia

The Sandal’s Golf & Country Club located in Cap Estate is perfect for lovers of the sport. With a well-appointed golf club and immaculately maintained grounds, this facility, shaded by lots of surroundings greenery is a great place to spend the day.

36. Enjoy fresh fish, samba dancing and chilled beers in the streets of Anse La Raye

Anse La Raye tropical beach Saint Lucia

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Much like the Gros Islet Street Party, the community of Anse La Raye offers a weekly event where the emphasis is on dancing, and tasty eats. This happens every Friday, and is a must visit, particularly if you’re staying in the north of the island.

Tip: A taxi ride from Castries to Anse La Raye will take about 25 minutes, while the trip may take about 45 minutes to one hour from Gros Islet.

35. Enjoy the view from Morne Fortune

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Morne Fortune has a sort of charm you likely won’t experience in any other part of Saint Lucia. The area is home to the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, and the official residence of the Governor General of Saint Lucia. Near the Governor General’s residence, you’ll find a view point which on most days attracts tourists seeking the perfect photo opportunities, and vendors selling drinks, snacks and souvenirs.

Insider Tip: If you’d like to visit the Governor General’s residence, call to make arrangements ahead of time.

34. Stroll along Vigie Beach

vigie beach saint lucia

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Located near the island’s George F.L. Charles Airport, Vigie Beach is perfect for visitors hopping quickly in and out of Saint Lucia. It is also a top choice for stop-over cruise visitors disembarking from the nearby Port at Castries city. The beach is perfect for people who just want an early morning or afternoon dip, or stroll along a white sandy beach.

33. Swim under the Toraille waterfall

toraille waterfall saint lucia

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Located in Soufriere, the Toraille waterfall is one of the most visited waterfalls in Saint Lucia. With a powerful flow, Toraille Falls demonstrates nature at its best. Depending on the time of day, you may find that the water is cold initially, but once you get used to it, you’ll agree that it is probably the most refreshing experience you’ve ever had!

Insider Tip: Wear water shoes as the bottom of this waterfall is on the rocky side.

32. Relax at La Toc beach

regency la toc beach

La Toc Beach is a relatively private beach in Saint Lucia. The beach is located in close proximity to Sandals Regency La Toc, and as such it is popular with guests. Watersports are available on this beach, but you’ll likely have to secure a day pass from Sandals to partake. Guests can enjoy unlimited free drinks, food and watersports on this beach!

Insider Tip: Planning on going to Saint Lucia and not sure of where to stay? Sandals Regency La Toc is perfect for couples looking for a romance included vacation!

31. Bike along the mountain trails of Saint Lucia

Soufriere Village and Pitons Jalousie Bay Saint Lucia

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Picture: View over Soufriere from the mountain trail.

Go with a guide or another experienced rider to explore the best of Soufriere by bike. There are lots of scenic points along the route, and all it takes is a map, and choosing a time when traffic is at its slowest, to take advantage of this opportunity. Early mornings are ideal for bike rides in Saint Lucia.

30. Marvel at the active volcano Mount Soufrière

Sulfur Springs Park Castries Saint Lucia

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Not many places in the world can boast having a drive-in volcano, but Saint Lucia certainly can. Have no fear, there haven’t been any eruptions in recent times, but a trip to Soufriere’s volcano will find bubbling hot springs, a waterfall, and a mud bath.

29. See how chocolate is made at Fond Doux Plantation

Artisan chocolate making

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Chocolate making tours are relatively new to Saint Lucia but have gained popularity over the years. Though the island has produced cacao for centuries, incorporating chocolate and tourism is a new concept which has been well received by visitors. Popular chocolate making sites include the Fond Doux Plantation where guests can tour the site, and try their hand at making chocolate delights of their own!

28. Embark on whale or dolphin watching tour

dolphin tour saint lucia

Want to see whales or dolphins? There’s a huge chance you’ll see either of the two while out at sea on a whale or dolphin watching excursion. Most tour companies know and inform guests when the best times are to witness marine life at its finest, so all you have to do is ask.

Insider Tip: Typically the best time to spot whale or dolphins in Saint Lucia is mid-June to November, though some species can be spotted off season.

27. Explore ‘Five Dollar Beach’

Anse La Vout also known as ‘Five Dollar Beach’ is quite possibly the most amazing beach in Saint Lucia, with the only drawback being the rugged road that takes you there. That too can be a plus in that you’ll have the whole beach to yourself and your party, for a small cost of EC$5 per person, which goes toward the upkeep of the beach. This beach located in Cas En Bas is perfect for barbeques, photoshoots, and other beach side events.

Good to know: The road to ‘Five Dollar Beach’ traverses over private property of local land owners, who maintain the beach, but charge a small fee to beach users.

26. Ride a horse on Cas En Bas beach

horse riding in cas en bas

Located just 5 minutes away from Pigeon island in the north of Saint Lucia, Cas En Bas beach is beautiful, and remains mostly undeveloped. The beach is a popular trail for horse riding tours, some of which include riding with the horses into the water. There is a separate horse-free section of the beach you can dive into to cool off once you’ve safety secured your horse, and a restaurant where you can grab a bite.

25. Take your kids to Splash Island Water Park

splash island waterpark

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Located in Rodney Bay on the popular Reduit Beach, Splash Island Water Park is a good time for kids who know how to swim. While you relax on the beachside, kids can enjoy the floating obstacle course under the watchful eye of Splash island lifeguards. After splashing about in the water park, there are plenty of restaurants on the beach that are great for dining.

24. Unwind at the secluded Anse Mamin

anse mamin saint lucia

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There are lots of things to see and places to explore in Saint Lucia, but the bucket list begins with Anse Mamin in the south. If you’re on a Caribbean vacation, chances are, relaxation is what you seek, which is just what you’ll find at Anse Mamin beach in Soufriere.

23. Watch the sun set at Reduit beach

Reduit Beach Saint Lucia

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The green line is real, and while you’re waiting for the sun to go down on Reduit beach, drink in hand and in good company, be sure that you don’t blink at the precise moment the sun disappears from the horizon! Reduit beach can be considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.

22. Join an open-air aerial tram ride above St. Lucia’s verdant forest

Tram Tour Rainforest Saint Lucia

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A smooth and easy going way of exploring Saint Lucia’s flora and fauna, the aerial tram ride in Saint Lucia is part of the offerings from Rainforest Tours Saint Lucia. The tour includes an aerial tram ride, fern nature trail, and one nature interpreter per eight guests. This tour is great if you want to learn the ins and outs of Saint Lucia’s rainforests.

Insider Tip: Though the aerial tram ride is covered to protect you from the sun, it’s still a good idea to walk with sunblock and a snack.

21. Climb Mount Gimie with a guide

mount gimie saint lucia

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The Mount Gimie climb is less popular than that of the Pitons, but it appeals to those desiring a more challenging experience. The experience is best described as something in between the moderate climb of Gros Piton, and the difficult Petit Piton excursion. It is the highest point of the West Indies, with a breathtaking view from the top.

Insider Tip: You’ll need a good guide for this trip. Contact the Forestry Department in Saint Lucia for more information.

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20. Enjoy a beer at the Antillia Brewing Company

Beer brewery friends

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Antillia Brewing Company is a popular choice for visitors as it is located at Point Seraphine, a shopping complex near central Castries. When cruise ships are in port, you can expect to find Point Seraphine bustling with visitors, which could mean it’ll take just a little longer to get a cold one from Antillia’s. Wait times are not usually a problem though, and you’re unlikely to regret stopping by!

19. Climb to the summit of Petit Piton

climbing petit piton

Want to raise the stakes? Challenge yourself to climb Petit Piton in Saint Lucia, where your reward will be in achieving something not many people, even those on island, have been able to do. Petit Piton is steeper, and more difficult to climb than Gros Piton. If you decide to try it out, we recommend getting a trusted and experienced guide who can help you find your way to the top.

Insider Tip: This tour is challenging and takes about 5-6 hours. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, as there is some rear sliding involved on the way back. It’s not recommended to do this climb without a guide.

18. Bathe in the black water pools at the Sulphur Springs

black water pools sulphur springs

Choose between the black water pools, or the ‘Pool of Love’ – made famous from The Bachelor, Jake Pavelka’s season, where he serenaded Vienna Girardi, and chose her from a bevy of beautiful women. Either option will allow you to submerge your skin into water that will infuse you with rich minerals, simply and naturally. The minerals have medicinal properties which are a great remedy for a variety of skin conditions. Health benefits aside, these waters make way for deep relaxation, which is something we could all use these days!

17. Climb to the summit of Gros Piton

gros piton saint lucia

Climbing the Pitons ranks high on the to-do list of many visitors to Saint Lucia. Though Gros Piton is the bigger of the twin peaks (Gros Piton and Petit Piton) that are a World Heritage site, it is the safer of the two to climb. You’ll find stunning views at the top, and an opportunity to rest up before heading back down!

Insider Tip: This tour is moderately challenging and takes about 4-5 hours. It’s not recommended to do this hike without a guide.

16. Swim in the crystal-clear waters of Jalousie Beach

jalousie beach saint lucia

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Jalouise beach is a gem. This beach located in Soufriere features stunning views of the Pitons, which adds to the experience. Costs associated with accessing this beach as part of a tour group usually start at around US$50, and includes lunch and snorkeling. Ask your tour operator for a breakdown before paying.

15. Stroll around in the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens & Swim under the falls

Diamond Waterfall in Saint Lucia

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Spanning six acres, the Diamond Falls, a multi-award-winning site, features the Diamond Falls Waterfall, Mineral Baths & Spa, Botanical Gardens, a nature trail, and the Old Mill Restaurant. You’ll likely want to spend at least 3 or 4 hours in this location taking everything in!

14. Enjoy the music and local food at Gros Islet street party

gros islet street party

You simply can’t go wrong with the Gros Islet Street Party in Saint Lucia. From about 7 pm in the evening until 2am, the streets of Gros Islet are closed off to traffic and the party begins. Often there are live bands performing, or a DJ setting the mood. Go between 8 pm to 11 pm to get the best of what this experience has to offer, including barbequed meats and seafood.

13. Take kite surf lessons in Cas En Bas

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Always wanted to learn to kite surf? Saint Lucia is the perfect place to start. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, Kite Surfing Saint Lucia has a package to meet your needs. The company is run by local kite surfer Beth, who is passionate about the sport, and teaching others to share the joy that she has found in kite surfing. As part of your lesson, you can ‘learn to fly a power kite and body drag’ in a two hour Discover Kitesurfing session.

12. Charter a sailboat at Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay Saint Lucia Caribbean

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Marigot Bay is one of the most amazing locations in Saint Lucia. No matter how many times you go, its beauty doesn’t fade. New developments in the area have enhanced its appeal, including a sprinkling of new restaurants. There are quite a few boat chartering companies where you can plan a half day, or full day trip. With full day trips, there’s more time to check out nearby bays for an even more exciting experience.

11. Hike through the rainforest at Millet Bird Sanctuary

Saint Lucia Black Finch

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Hiking shoes, t-shirt, and shorts are perfect for this expedition through The Millet Rainforest. The Bird Sanctuary is home to six endemic species; including the Saint Lucian parrot, Black Finch, Oriole, Pee Wee, Warbler, and Semper’s Warbler. All of these are unique to the island of Saint Lucia, with the latter being near extinction.

Insider Tip: The best time for bird sightings is early morning, so call in advance to set up your tour.

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10. Explore Pigeon Island National Landmark & Visit Fort Rodney

Fort Rodney Saint Lucia

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A trip to Saint Lucia is incomplete without checking out the Pigeon Island National Park. Within the park you’ll find Fort Rodney, a historic hilltop with ancient canons and other old war artifacts. There are amazing views from the top of Fort Rodney, and you’ll be able to get great photos to take home. Once you trek back to the park, there are two private beaches inside where you can spend the day lounging, eating at a restaurant, and drinking at the bar.

9. Snorkel at Anse Cochon

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Anse Cochon literally means Bay of Pigs, though the name is not at all relevant to the experience. Snorkeling on Anse Cochon Beach in Anse La Raye is highly recommended because of the wide variety of fishes that can be witnessed there. Go with family or friends and make a beach day of the occasion. There is also a restaurant located on this beach.

Insider Tip: If you don’t want to walk with your own equipment, there is a dive shop where you can rent some out for the day.

8. Spend a few nights in an overwater bungalow

overwater bungalow saint lucia

Sandals Grande Saint Lucian offers one-of-a-kind overwater bungalows and a trip to Saint Lucia is incomplete without trying them out for yourself. You’ll have to book far in advance, as it is a top seller as far as activities go!

7. Hike the Tet Paul nature trail

Tet Paul Nature Trail in St.Lucia

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The Tet Paul nature trail is a good choice if you’re looking to reconnect with nature. Located in the town of Soufriere, the trail is relatively easy to navigate, with lots of information from guides along the way. The hike takes about 45 minutes to complete and is easy to moderate difficult.

6. Begin or end your vacation in style with a helicopter transfer to the airport

helicopter transfer view st lucia

The helicopter transfer is at the top of our list simply because it is one of those things you’ll likely pencil in for the last leg of your trip. Though it may simply be an airport transfer, going by air will give you a chance to see sights that you wouldn’t have had the opportunity to see otherwise.

5. Go on a catamaran sightseeing tour around the Pitons

catamaran tour pitons saint lucia

There is no right way to view the Pitons – they are picturesque from every vantage point, dominating the landscape with their beauty. By air they are magnificent and compelling, by sea, mesmerizing and awe-inspiring, and in person, intimidating and humbling. A catamaran tour around the Pitons provides one of the best ways to get up close and personal with the Pitons, leaving room for photo opportunities that you probably wouldn’t have standing directly at its base.

4. Zip line through the Treetop Adventure Park

treetop adventure park ziplining

The only thing better than aerial trams is zip lining! Adventure Tours Saint Lucia’s Treetop Canopy Adventure features a zip lining course with 12 lines, and the island’s ‘longest, highest, and fastest’, lines, and five net bridges with awesome views.

Insider Tip: Closed toed shoes are required for this tour.

3. Go on an ATV adventure

ATV tour saint lucia

It’s hard not to love an ATV adventure that offers opportunity to be wild and rugged, living life on the absolute edge. This is one of the most exciting tours on the island.

2. Scuba dive at the Anse Chastanet beach and reef

Free dives are available for guests of any of the three all-inclusive Sandals resorts in Saint Lucia (including professional equipment).

Scuba diving saint lucia

Both the Anse Chastanet reef and beach are top rated attractions in the south. The beach is located near the Anse Chastanet hotel but is open to the public. The reef offers first class snorkeling and scuba diving, and you can choose whether you’d like to embark on your undersea expedition by boat, or by swimming out into the ocean.

Insider Tip: Look out for turtles and trumpet fish when snorkeling at this reef!

1. Drive a dune buggy around the island

buggy tour saint lucia

Head out on an off-road adventure that will likely be the highlight of your trip. This tour offered by Island Routes is amazing, not only because you get to be your own driver, but because you get to choose your own location from a listing of southern and northern sights. What a way to explore the island!

Countdown to the trip of a lifetime!

Saint Lucia has a little something for everyone, and one thing’s for sure, you won’t be running out of things to do while on this island paradise. Now that we’ve set the tone for an amazing time in Saint Lucia, check out the best time to go to Saint Lucia!

Insider Tip: Stay at any of the three Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia and get free access to all of them (including all restaurants, bars, swimming pools, beaches) - it's like three vacations in one!

Best Time To Visit Saint Lucia

The Islands
April 18th 2019
Best Time To Visit Saint Lucia

Much like Greek mythology’s Helen of Troy, Saint Lucia is breathtakingly beautiful. In both past and present, the island has stolen the hearts of many with merely a first glance. Green, pristine, and bountiful, the island has a history punctuated by a tug of war between the French and British, each vying for commandership of the island’s chief Fort, located at Morne Fortune. Whoever controlled this Fort controlled the island.

Also read: The 40 best things to do in Saint Lucia.

Nowadays people speak less of past battles and speak more about how much a now-independent Saint Lucia has grown to become one of the most popular Caribbean destinations in the world. If you’re planning a trip to Saint Lucia it is important to know what to avoid when on Saint Lucian shores, and when to visit for optimal weather.

Saint Lucia has two seasons, wet and dry. The best time to visit Saint Lucia is in the high season, from Mid-December to Mid-April. During this season, you'll experience the most sunshine. If you are looking for a more laid-back vibe, the 'wet' season might be your pick during the months of June to November. Often you'll find accommodation at a lower rate.

Before you click the purchase button for your ticket, read on to find out more!

In this article on the Sandals Blog:

Seasonality in Saint Lucia.
Summer versus winter in Saint Lucia.
Wet Season.
The weather in Saint Lucia.
Best time to visit Castries.
Major events in Saint Lucia.
The Pitons.
Lush, green and beautiful!
The island of love.

The best time to visit Saint Lucia: Seasonality

You’ve made up your mind to visit Saint Lucia, but you’re not quite sure when to go. Keep in mind that when it comes to planning a vacation in Saint Lucia, it’s good to know the high, shoulder, and low seasons, all offering its own benefits.

Couple on St. Lucia Beach

High season

Mid-December to mid-April marks the high season in Saint Lucia, which means an increased number of visitors, and low flight and accommodation availability. This is also the best time to visit Saint Lucia for a beach vacation.

In Saint Lucia, the months of December, January and February are often cooler than any other time of year, which is great for beach days.

Insider tip: Make sure to book your vacation well in advance to guarantee availability at the best all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort

Picture: Sandals Grande St. Lucian, the largest of three Sandals resorts in Saint Lucia.

Shoulder season

In between the high and low season, travel in the shoulder season has its perks. On the upside, if you decide to travel during the shoulder season, which includes the months of Mid-April to June, chances are you’re going to get the best of both worlds. You’ll find it relatively easy to secure airfare and accommodation as you’ll be traveling at a time with moderate amounts of activity on the island, which also means you won’t have to battle with the crowds! The weather is still great and you will find top accommodation at lower rates.

Sandals Halcyon Resort Beach

Picture: Halcyon Beach Resort

Low season

Low Season in Saint Lucia often corresponds with the wet season, which spans from June to November. Lots of people take advantage of travel in the low season because of the associated discounts and fare cuts. Some resorts offer reduced rates during the low season, which means you can probably book more nights for your trip! The low season is ideal for last minute travel or travelling on a budget.

Insider tip: October to February is the best time for whale watching in Saint Lucia. If you are planning to see some whales and dolphins, but at the same time want to avoid hurricane season, the best time to visit Saint Lucia would be in the months of December, January or February.

Figure 1: Average monthly tourist arrivals in Saint Lucia

St. Lucia average tourist-arrivals graph

Summer versus 'winter' in Saint Lucia

Though there are no real winters in this territory, there is a slight temperature change that is noticeable towards the end of the year, and into the start of a new year. Typically temperatures start cooling down from November and into February with breezier than usual days, and chillier than normal nights.

Insider tip: If you’re visiting during this time be sure to pack some lightweight, warm clothing options that you can wear when heading out at night.

Woman ziplining in St. Lucia

Wet Season

Saint Lucians believe that the island is divinely protected against tropical storms and other weather phenomena, and for good reason. If you head to this island, know that you’re more than likely to run into fair and sunny weather!

Green St. Lucia Mountain Range

The weather in Saint Lucia

The hottest months in Saint Lucia are May through September with 86°F, during the wet season. January and February mark the lowest temperatures annually with 71.6°F.

April and May are the best time for swimming in Saint Lucia, with recorded water temperatures of 82°F. This is when the water is a bit warmer, the beaches are less crowded, but the wet season has yet to start.

Figure 2: Average monthly temperatures in Saint Lucia.

St. Lucia Average Temperature graph

Figure 3: Number of rainy days in Saint Lucia annually.

St. Lucia Rainfall graph

Figure 4: Average monthly humidity in Saint Lucia

St. Lucia average humidity graph

Figure 5: Daylight and sunshine hours and sea temperatures in Saint Lucia

Sunlight hours and water temperature graph

Figure 6: Average monthly windspeed in Saint Lucia

St. Lucia average windspeed graph

Best time to visit Castries, Saint Lucia

Castries, the capital of Saint Lucia is bustling with activity from Monday to Friday. If you’re travelling via cruise ship, it is possible to make your way off the ship to explore the modest city. A better possibility is to book one of the all-inclusive luxury resorts near Castries.

Aerial shot of St. Lucia Town

You’ll find a mixture of regular people and peddlers, the latter of which you can avoid by simply letting them know you’re not interested in whatever it is that they’re selling and move along. In Castries, you can check out the Vendor’s Arcade, the Castries Market, or La Place Carenage, all of which are relatively easy to find. It is possible to take a ferry from the Vendor’s Arcade in Castries across to the nearby Point Seraphine, for more souvenir shopping opportunities. You’ll also find jewelry and other gift shops at Point Seraphine. The best time to explore Castries is from 10 AM, when the streets are less crowded. It’s best to avoid being in Castries after 3 PM when the city is most congested. Sundays are the day with least traffic and people in Castries, so it is best to go then if you want to take your time and explore the city!

Woman in St. Lucia market

Major events in Saint Lucia

There’s a lot going on in Saint Lucia throughout the year, but the Saint Lucia Summer Festival is the biggest event happening on island which includes the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, Carnival, Roots & Soul, the Food & Rum Festival, and Creole Heritage Month.

Costume Dancers at Sandals Granada

Saint Lucia Jazz – Held on May 4-12 at the scenic Pigeon Island National Landmark, Saint Lucia Jazz is one of the oldest festivals in Saint Lucia and features local and international acts, and smooth jazzy beats.

Carnival – Witness color and splendor among the streets of Castries as part of Saint Lucia’s biggest party of the year. There are lots of carnival bands to choose from for this event, which climaxes in July.

Costumes musicians at Sandals Grenada

Jounen Kweyol – Part of Creole Heritage Month, Jounen Kweyol, or Creole Day in English, is an annual event that pays homage to Saint Lucia’s Creole roots. It is one of the largest events on island, and showcases the best of Saint Lucian food, music, and fashion. This event is usually held at the end of October.

Food & Rum Festival – Lots of food, lots of rum, and most of it made in Saint Lucia. The Food & Rum Festival, held on September 19 – 22, is the perfect opportunity to try various dishes from top chefs in Saint Lucia.

A group playing steel drums

Roots & Soul Festival – The Roots & Soul Festival was created with the intention of adding something fresh and unique to the roster of activities available on island. It is held on August 23-25 and highlights artistes in the reggae, conscious hip-hop, Afro-punk and R&B categories.

Gros Islet Street Party – Held every Friday of the year, the Gros Islet Street party is always a good time. From about 7 p.m. onwards on a Friday evening, the event offers barbequed meats, music and street dancing. A similar event happening on island is Fish Fridays in Anse La Raye.

The Pitons

St. Lucia Pitons Mountains

Towering, magnificent and ever-present, the twin peaks known as the Pitons in Saint Lucia are a World Heritage Site. The two are mountainous volcanic plugs, and one of the peaks, Gros Piton is located near the community of Soufriere, while the smaller of the two, Petit Piton, is in Choiseul. The Pitons are connected by the Piton median ridge. There are several viewing points on the island which offer stunning views of the Pitons. It is also possible to have great sightings of the Pitons by sea.

Insider tip: For incredible photo memories, take up the offer of your Tour Company or resort for a sunset cruise, or boat ride to Soufriere for an unforgettable view of the Pitons.

Lush, green and beautiful!

On the decent into Saint Lucia from the air, and on the drive from Saint Lucia’s main Hewannora airport in the south, the one thing that will hit you right away is how much greenery there is. You’ll be struck by the vibrant plant life, particularly between December and February, when the island is most beautiful! Despite recent property developments and the addition of new hotels and resorts, the island remains as green as ever.

Green St. Lucia mountain range

The island of love

Something about Saint Lucia makes it perfect for destination weddings. So much so that the island has received numerous Honeymoon Destination of the Year Awards, as couples flock to the island to exchange their vows. What is clear, is that this island was made for love! People choose St. Lucia because of the endless wedding locations the island offers – from gorgeous beach side venues, to romantic churches and peaceful national parks. Saint Lucia gives couples the opportunity to get away from it all and focus on each other, which is the number one ingredient for building love that lasts!

Sandals Grande St. Lucian Chapel

Picture: Overwater wedding chapel at Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Insider tip: The best time to come to Saint Lucia for your destination wedding is between the months of November to February when temperatures tend to be milder. Resorts like Sandals Grande Saint Lucian offer amazing honeymoon suites for the most romantic time of your life!

From friendly people and a laid-back lifestyle, to breathtaking natural beauty, there’s a lot to love about Saint Lucia. The island is a perfect choice for a Caribbean escape, and we hope this article helps you figure out the best time to visit Saint Lucia.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian at night

The Best Hiking Spots in St Lucia

Island Life
June 28th 2018
The Best Hiking Spots in St Lucia

The island of St. Lucia spans 238 square miles in the heart of the West Indies. Located just a stone’s throw from the nearby islands of Barbados and Martinique, it’s an exotic escape with a rich and varied history. St. Lucia is famed for its fantastic scenery and unspoiled nature trails, which makes it the ideal destination for those who love to explore on foot.

St. Lucia’s hiking trails are amongst the best in the world with their unrivaled views and beautiful flora and fauna. If you’re intrigued, why not check out some of these amazing hiking spots when you visit St. Lucia?

These are the best hiking spots in Saint Lucia:

Tet Paul Nature Trail

When we think St. Lucia hiking, there’s one nature trial that immediately comes to mind: the Tet Paul Nature Trail in Soufriere. This is a short hike, which is perfect for novices. But if you're an experienced hiker, don't let that dissuade you.

Hikers can travel around this small loop in approximately 45 minutes, but this isn’t a hike you’ll want to rush. Take your time and you’ll be handsomely rewarded with some of the most beautiful views on the island. This nature trail even has lookout points along the route, where you’ll be able to enjoy fabulous scenery.

Gros Piton Nature Trail

Gros Piton is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Need we say more? This nature trail is as breathtaking as you might expect, offering a whole host of natural views for visitors to enjoy. This trail is more challenging than the Tet Paul Nature Trail, but it’s still easily accessible for beginners. Experienced hikers will also find enough challenges on this nature trail to make it an exciting adventure.

The Gros Piton Nature Trail begins with a relatively easy hike, from Font Gen Libre. At the halfway point things start to get a little trickier, so make sure you reserve some energy if you are planning to give this trail a go. Those who reach the summit are rewarded with spectacular views of nearby islands St. Vincent and Martinique.

Enbas Saut Trail

Immerse yourself in the spirit of St. Lucia as you explore this breathtaking rainforest trail, which leads to the impressive waterfall of Enbas Saut. There are plenty of St. Lucia hiking tours that take visitors along this trail, so don’t be put off if you’re a beginner - there are many friendly guides ready and waiting to help!

This trail is quite off the beaten path, so if you’re planning a day out far from the all-inclusive resorts and hustle and bustle of St. Lucia’s towns, the Enbas Saut Trail is a great choice.

Forest Reserves Hikes

If you want to get first-hand experience with St Lucia’s flora and fauna, and enjoy a day exploring the rainforest, you can’t go wrong with any trail. But one of our favorites is the Forest Reserves Hikes in Castries, where you can join an organized tour, or set off on your own for an unforgettable adventure. We recommend you get started early in the morning to get the most from this hike. Take your time and you’ll be treated to amazing sights of local wildlife as you make your way through the rainforest.

Petit Piton Trail

Petit Piton is Gros Piton’s slightly smaller sibling, located just a stone’s throw from the towering summit. If you’re exploring the famous Gros Piton Nature Trail, it’s well worth taking the time to check out Petit Piton too.

Petit Piton isn’t quite as high as Gros Piton, so you won’t get the same captivating views from the top, but there’s still so much to see along this trail. It’s also slightly less popular than the trail of Gros Piton, which gives explorers a more tranquil experience.

Edmund Rainforest Trail

If you’re up for a challenge, grab your hiking boots and make your way to the Edmund Rainforest Trail in St. Lucia. This is one of the most exciting spots for hiking on St. Lucia, but it’s not for the faint of heart. The three and a half hour hike takes travelers right through the heart of St. Lucia’s dense rainforest, which is home to stunning greenery, from wild mushrooms to exotic orchids. You’ll even catch a glimpse of St Lucia’s highest mountain, Mount Gimie, from this rainforest trail.

Where would you hike in St. Lucia?

If you’re off on an exotic adventure to the beautiful island of St. Lucia, make sure you pack your hiking boots. St Lucia is an amazing destination, just waiting to be explored. Whether you’re an experienced hiker, or you’ve never been on a hike in your life, you’ll be able to find a trail to suit you.

Feast your eyes on epic landscapes, check out amazing wildlife and prepare to be mesmerized by some of the world’s most breathtaking views. St Lucia is the island that has it all, so get ready for a trip full of surprises and challenges.

Let us know which trail appeals to you most, and if we missed anything, please let us know in the comments section.

The Top 10 Cultural Landmarks in St. Lucia

April 6th 2018
The Top 10 Cultural Landmarks in St. Lucia

St. Lucia is the ideal destination for anyone looking to explore some of the most celebrated landscapes in the Caribbean. The island is a popular stop for tourists on all-inclusive vacations because it is a beautiful, tropical location teeming with natural beauty.

Apart from the lovely aesthetics, you might be wondering - what else is St. Lucia famous for?

Well, many places on the island are important to St. Lucia culture, and you may have not heard of all them. Some of the attractions you’ll find on this tropical island include its small fishing villages, stunning beaches, waterfalls, lush mountains, dramatic volcanic formations, and much more.

But St. Lucia is also known for its natural and historical landmarks, which showcase a combination of British, French, and unique Caribbean cultures. Seeing St. Lucia’s most famous landmarks will give you a more complete experience, which can help you understand more about the people who live there. If you haven't had the chance to visit St. Lucia, this may just give you one more reason to look into that last-minute beach vacation.

Here are top 10 places to visit in St. Lucia:

Pigeon Island National Landmark

No trip to this tropical destination would be complete without spending some time enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the island’s northwest coast at Pigeon Island National Landmark.

Come here and learn more about the island’s history, culture, and nature. The historical park and nature center features undisturbed forests, quiet beaches, and two main forts (more on that later).

Sulfur Springs Park

If you’ve never bathed in a warm sulphuric pool, Sulfur Springs Park could be one of the places to visit in St. Lucia. It’s one of the most famed landmarks and attractions in St. Lucia and receives over two hundred thousand vacationers every year. The “only drive-in volcano” in the Caribbean is found here.

The volcano, as well as its geological history, is something worth exploring. This is your chance to enjoy a mud bath in volcanic water.

The Pitons

Whether you decide to explore the Pitons as underwater cliffs while diving in the Caribbean or view them for their scenic beauty above the water, you'll have a great time.

Though climbing these volcanic plugs might be quite challenging, visitors are always impressed and fascinated by the breathtaking views of the top. If you’re not a pro climber, consider enjoying the two peaks from the ground.

Morne Fortune

During the 18th and 19th centuries, the British established a major naval port in Castries before building fortifications on what’s currently referred to as Morne Fortune.

Visitors who wish to get into the past and learn more about the brutal battle between the English and French should consider visiting this famous Landmark in St. Lucia. It’s the imposing mountain that overlooks the harbor and offers stunning views of St. Lucia’s capital, Castries.

Morne Coubaril Estate

Morne Coubaril Estate is the oldest French creole estate in St. Lucia. Visitors often come here to explore different traditional agriculture methods while riding horses around this enchanted historical plantation. Come and see authentic demonstrations on how to produce sugar cane syrup, process coconuts for food products, and produce cocoa.

Fort Rodney

Located on Pigeon Island, this historic attraction is a popular site for hikers as they journey through the Pigeon Island National Park. Walk to this fort atop one of the hills, so you can explore the history and enjoy stunning views of the island to the north.

Maria Islands

In an effort to recognize and protect the unique flora and fauna on the two small islands, the St. Lucian government declared them a nature reserve about three and half decades ago.

The Maria Islands are among St. Lucia’s major landmarks, and it's about more than beauty. They are home to over 80 plant species. Furthermore, migratory birds from across Africa nest at this site every year. You can also explore the world’s rarest snake, the St. Lucia Racer Snake, and other endemic reptile species.

Diamond Mineral Baths

Built in 1786, the Diamond Mineral Baths are one of St. Lucia’s most famous attractions. After lounging on the beach for several hours, head to the Diamond Botanical Gardens adjacent to the mineral baths for a relaxing time.

Nothing is more beautiful than taking a refreshing walk in the gardens, but don’t forget to spend some time in the heated waters in the mineral baths. Locals and foreigners alike consider the waters to be very therapeutic.

Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay is one of St. Lucia’s Famous Landmarks and a popular destination in the Caribbean. Perhaps you’ve heard it praised in novels and mentioned in songs and movies.

It’s time you spend some time in the classic Caribbean setting, complete with spectacular white sand beaches, walls of tropical greenery, and swaying coconut palm trees. Visitors watching from the surrounding hills are always in awe of its scenic beauty.

Fond D’Or Nature Historic Park

Take a hiking tour with one of the experienced guides in St. Lucia and have a memorable adventure that will lead you to Fond D’or Nature Historic Park. The park features various historic plantation buildings, a windmill, cattle mills, and other relics that date back to the 17th and 18th century.

The historic park is an important archeological site with anthropological and educational value. It’s known for its rich history, wildlife, and breathtaking natural beauty. Turtle watching is a popular activity at the park and attracts thousands of visitors every year.

What Are Your Favorite Landmarks in Saint Lucia?

We want to know what you loved on your visit and what you want to see next. Feel free to drop your favorite place to visit in St. Lucia in the comments, so fellow travelers can find their way as well.

The Top Traditions of Saint Lucia Culture

March 15th 2018
The Top Traditions of Saint Lucia Culture

Known primarily as an all-inclusive beach vacation spot and the perfect place for a destination wedding, the island of St. Lucia also boasts rich culture and history.

With many traditions, historic sites to go to and a plethora of cultural events, those who want to split their time between the beach and other activities will find plenty of reasons to visit St. Lucia.

About St. Lucia

Saint Lucia is located in the Caribbean Sea, with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the south and Martinique to the north. While the island is quite small, only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, its volcanic topography is absolutely stunning and it's one of the reasons Saint Lucia attracts so many visitors every year.

Similar to other Caribbean islands, Saint Lucia's history holds strong ties to the centuries of colonial rule by the French and the British, as well as its indigenous and African traditions. The result is a vibrant mix that makes the culture of Saint Lucia so unique.

Historic Places in St. Lucia Culture

The best place to start exploring St. Lucia's history is in the Castries, the island’s capital. Here, visitors will find a quaint mix of colonial and Caribbean architecture, including the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and museums, such as the Saint Lucia Folk Research Center, where you’ll be introduced to local folk dress and stories.

You can also discover the historic town of Soufriere, where tourists can visit the Diamond Mineral Baths and Soufriere Estate to see the restored mansion, botanical gardens and sugar mill. The town itself is also picturesque, with a lovely French square, as well as two other nearby estates – Morne Coubaril and Stonefield.

Some of the top historic attractions in Saint Lucia are located just off the coast of the main island. This includes Pigeon Island National Park, where you can visit the island museum to learn more about the events that took place here, and Fort Rodney, which was built in the late 18th century.

You can also enjoy the beautiful views over Saint Lucia. The Vieux Fort on Maria Islands gives visitors the perfect opportunity to spend a day out in nature, for example.

St. Lucia Cultural Festivals & Events

One of the top reasons to visit St. Lucia is to take in the vibrant culture of the island. No matter what time of the year you travel, there is bound to be a festival or an event going on. Saint Lucian people celebrate their culture with pride, music and cheer, like in June when Castries transforms into a site of glamorous parades, soca concerts, extravagant costumes and Mardi Gras-style street parties.

There are also a few music festivals throughout the year. Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival takes place annually after Easter, around the end of April or beginning of May. At the end of August, mark your calendar for the Roots & Soul Festival, and October brings the Arts & Heritage Festival of Saint Lucia.

Smaller events include the Rose Festival, Feast of La Marguerite and International Creole Day. Of course, if none of these match up with your vacation dates, there are Friday night street parties all year long in Gros Islet and Anse La Raye.

St. Lucian Food Culture

No cultural experience is complete without tasting local delicacies. Saint Lucian traditional foods are rooted in the island’s diverse culture and influences, with a combination of French and Creole flavors and a touch of the West Indies. The national dish of the island is green fig and saltfish, which features salted cod cooked with spices and served alongside savory green bananas.

Callaloo soup is another local favorite, prepared with leafy greens indigenous to the Caribbean islands. Stews are also popular on Saint Lucia, like pouille dudon, which is made with chicken, treacle and coconut. There are also some traditional foods you shouldn't miss during your visit to St. Lucia, like roti stuffed with curried chickpeas or veggies.

If you are after the culinary experience in Saint Lucia, then try to visit during the Rum and Food Festival. This is the perfect time to sample the best foods the island has to offer as well as specialty demonstrations by renowned chefs, rum tastings, concerts, parties and more.

Saint Lucia may be known best for its beaches and nature – and these should definitely not be missed – but the island offers vibrant cultural and historic experiences as well. If you visit Saint Lucia, make sure you have a chance to take in all of it.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian

January 22nd 2024
Sandals Grande St. Lucian

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Focus on: Sandals Grande St. Lucian (SGL)

“Sits on Its Own Peninsula with Grande Views from Sea to Shining Sea”

Key Differentiators for Sandals Grande St. Lucian:

  • Sits on its own peninsula offering grand views in every direction and is often described as the “closest vacation to a picture-perfect postcard”.
  • One side boasts a mile-long stretch of white sand beach overlooking Rodney Bay, the calmest waters in St. Lucia. The other side is the Atlantic Ocean with no access to the water, but offers ocean views.
  • As our resort in St. Lucia with the calmest waters, we can offer and include water-skiing here.  Sandals' Newton Boats depart from their resort pier versus utilizing their marina in town for snorkel and dive trips.
  • Unlimited dining in 12 restaurants plus access to 15 more at the two Sandals Resorts nearby.
  • Many of Sandals' Over-the-Water Collection experiences here include: 9 Over-the-Water Bungalows, an Overwater Serenity Wedding Chapel, and Gordon's on the Pier Over-the-Water restaurant.
  • The closest of the three resorts to the Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate.
  • This resort offers the most meeting space for larger weddings and events.

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  • Exquisite Over-the-Water Honeymoon Butler Bungalows.
  • 311 magnificently furnished rooms and suites offering ocean views on both sides of the Resort.
  • Sandals' Rondoval™ Suites bring you tropical elegance and seclusion with your own private pool, whirlpool and hammock.
  • Lagoon swim-up rooms with direct pool access from the patio.
  • “Stay at one, Play at three.‟ Exchange privileges with Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa in St. Lucia and Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia. Guests enjoy access to even more luxurious amenities and a total of Twenty-seven [27] Five Star Global Gourmet options to choose from.
  • Twenty-four [24] hour room service for all Butler-serviced Suites.
  • Extensive meeting facilities.


Approximately miles Northwest of the city of Castries, on a causeway between Pigeon Island [National Landmark] and Rodney Bay. The resort provides transfers from both the Hewanorra International Airport [UVF] 40 miles [1 hour 30 minutes] away and George F.L. Charles Airport [SLU] which is 6 miles [20] minutes away.


This 17 acre Resort for couples only, sits on a spectacular peninsula surrounded by the warm Caribbean Sea. Pigeon Island, home to Sandals' annual St. Lucia Jazz Festival, combines historic British & French flavor that unfolds at Sandals. The resort offers exotic Island & International culinary temptations at Twelve [12] Restaurants, Ocean & Beach view accommodations and a meandering Lagoon Swim-up Pool where guests can swim right up to their patio.


311 Rooms & Suites in Nineteen [19] Categories. All rooms and suites include air conditioning, king size bed, cable TV, refrigerator, hair dryer, telephone, iron and ironing board, safety deposit box, clock radio, coffee maker, amenity kit, mahogany furniture and are all tiled. Each has a balcony or patio.

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Best features of Sandals Grande St. Lucian

These are the best features that separate this resort from any other Sandals' location.

These features collectively contribute to Sandals Grande St. Lucian's reputation as a premier destination for couples seeking a luxurious and varied vacation experience in Saint Lucia.

  1. Exclusive Location on a Peninsula: One of the most striking features of Sandals Grande St. Lucian is its location on a peninsula. This setting offers panoramic views and a sense of exclusivity.

  2. Variety of Dining Options: The resort offers an impressive range of dining experiences with 12 on-site restaurants, covering a wide array of cuisines including Indian, Japanese, Italian, and Caribbean, among others.

  3. Stay at One, Play at Three Exchange Program: Guests at Sandals Grande St. Lucian can enjoy the amenities of three Sandals resorts in Saint Lucia. This includes access to a total of 27 restaurants, 21 bars, and various entertainment and activity options.

  4. Water Sports and Activities: The calm waters near the resort are ideal for a variety of water sports, including wakeboarding, water skiing, paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

  5. Serenity Wedding Chapel: The Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel is a unique feature, offering a stunning setting for weddings with its glass aisle and panoramic views of Rodney Bay.

  6. Award-Winning Resort: Sandals Grande St. Lucian has received several awards, recognizing its quality and excellence in hospitality.

  7. Luxurious Accommodations: The resort features spectacular Over-The-Water Bungalows, which include amenities like tranquility soaking tubs, extended sun decks, outdoor showers, and butler service.

  8. Extensive Inclusions: As with other Sandals resorts, Sandals Grande St. Lucian offers a comprehensive all-inclusive experience, including unlimited fine dining, premium spirits, various land and water sports, and free Wi-Fi.

  9. Golfing Opportunities: Access to two golf courses with complimentary transfer and greens fees is included, with one of the courses being an 18-hole championship course designed by Greg Norman.

  10. Spa and Wellness: The Red Lane® Spa offers a range of treatments for relaxation and rejuvenation, though spa services are at an additional cost.

Saint Lucia - Which Resort

January 30th 2024
Saint Lucia - Which Resort

Let’s Focus on St. Lucia!

Saint Lucia Sandals Travel Agents

The island of Saint Lucia is known for its enchanting and exotic beauty offering natural splendor and an abundance of outdoor adventures exploring such wonders as the world’s only drive-in volcano, the lush rainforest, the famous twin peaks landmark of Les Pitons, and so much more. This is an ideal destination for golfers as we offer our 18-hole championship golf course, Sandals St Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate.  Guests staying at all 3 of our resorts in Saint Lucia enjoy complimentary green fees and shuttle service to the course. Scuba divers staying at Sandals Regency La Toc & Sandals Halcyon will be transferred complimentary to the marina to pick up the dive boat.

The island of Saint Lucia has two airports. The largest of the two, Hewanorra International (UVF) is located in the south of the island and is used for international arrivals/departures.  The other is George F.L. Charles (SLU), located in the northwest part of Saint Lucia and is exclusively for inter-island arrivals and departures. SLU would be the closest airport to our resorts if you are “island-hopping” from another Sandals Resorts destination. The scenic transfer from UVF is approximately 90 minutes to all three of our resorts.

Saint Lucia is home to three (3) Sandals Resorts with full exchange privileges and a complimentary shuttle between them.


Which Sandals in Saint Lucia?

Focus on: Sandals Regency La Toc (SLU)

“The Emerald of The Caribbean”

Key Differentiators for Sandals Regency La Toc:

  • An incredible 220 acre estate sitting on a ½ mile crescent-shaped beach with coral bluffs and lush hillsides.
  • A wide variety of fantastic suites that feature their own private pools in a variety of settings.
  • The Sunset Oceanview Bluff Village is carved into the edge of a dramatic bluff and boasts an assortment of luxurious rooms and suites, including the Sunset Bluff Millionaire Butler Villas with Private Pool Sanctuary offering magnificent 180 degree views.
  • The heightened elevation of the Sunset Oceanview Bluff Village, along with its restaurant and pool gives it the feeling of a “resort within a resort” in terms of exclusivity and seclusion.
  • Unlimited dining in 9 restaurants plus access to 18 more at the two Sandals Resorts nearby.

Focus on: Sandals Grande St. Lucian (SGL)

“Sits on Its Own Peninsula with Grande Views from Sea to Shining Sea”

Key Differentiators for Sandals Grande St. Lucian:

  • Sits on its own peninsula offering grand views in every direction and is often described as the “closest vacation to a picture-perfect postcard”.
  • One side boasts a mile-long stretch of white sand beach overlooking Rodney Bay, the calmest waters in St. Lucia. The other side is the Atlantic Ocean with no access to the water, but offers ocean views.
  • As our resort in St. Lucia with the calmest waters, we can offer and include water-skiing here.  Our Newton Boats depart from our resort pier versus utilizing our marina in town for snorkel and dive trips.
  • Unlimited dining in 12 restaurants plus access to 15 more at the two Sandals Resorts nearby.
  • Many of our Over-the-Water Collection experiences here include: 9 Over-the-Water Bungalows, an Overwater Serenity Wedding Chapel, and Gordon's on the Pier Over-the-Water restaurant.
  • The closest of our three resorts to the Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate.
  • This resort offers the most meeting space for larger weddings and events.

Focus on: Sandals Halcyon (SHC)

“Simply Enchanting”

Key Differentiators for Sandals Halcyon:

  • A lush, authentically Caribbean, tropical paradise and our most intimate of the 3 resorts.
  • Impressive Crystal Lagoon Rooms located on the longest river pool in the Eastern Caribbean. 
  • 20 magnificent new Joli Beachfront Suites and 5 New Koko Rondoval Villas set in the lush gardens are NOW OPEN! 
  • Unlimited dining at 6 restaurants, including Kelly’s Dockside Over-the-Water Restaurant, and access to 21 more at the two Sandals Resorts nearby.
  • This resort is friendly to the physically challenged with low-rise architecture no higher than 2 story buildings.
  • Sandals Halcyon sits between the other two Sandals Resorts with a convenient 15 minute ride to either of them.


What to know about Sandals in St. Lucia

  • The three Sandals Resorts in St. Lucia are as follows:
    Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Grande St. Lucian, and Sandals Halcyon Beach.
  • Stay at 1/Play at 3! Full exchange privileges including complimentary shuttles between all 3 resorts and our 18 hole championship golf course, Sandals St Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate.


An enchanting, beautiful island offering so much to see and do with an ancient volcano, lush rainforest, famous Les Pitons twin peaks and so much more. Excellent value with “Stay at 1/Play at 3” program offering 27 dining options, and championship golf.

Ideal for romance, wedding and social groups of all sizes


323 rooms & suites set on a 220 acre estate with a half mile crescent-shaped beach, coral bluffs, and lush hillside. Wide variety of fantastic suites many with personal pools including the Sunset Bluff Millionaire Butler Villas with Private Pool Sanctuary boasting breathtaking 180-degree views.

Great for:

Couples seeking a great Eastern Caribbean value with 3 times the fun, a fantastic assortment of luxurious rooms & suites, and the exclusive feeling of a “resort within a resort” on the spectacular bluff.


> 311 rooms & suites set on its own picturesque peninsula with gorgeous views in every direction.

> One side boasts a mile-long stretch of white sand beach. The other side has no access to the water.

> Extraordinary Over-the-Water Bungalows, Over-the-Water Wedding Chapel & Gordon’s On The Pier Over-the-Water Restaurant.

> The closest of the 3 resorts to Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate.

> This resort has the calmest water of the 3 and is the only one able to include water-skiing plus scuba trips from the resort pier vs. our marina in town.

> Offers the most meeting space of the 3 for larger weddings and events.


Couples of all ages seeking the “closest vacation to a picture-perfect postcard”, 3 times the fun, golf nearby and an amazing assortment of rooms and suites including, Swim-up Suites, Beachfront Rondovals and Over-the-water Bungalows just steps from the resort


> 194 rooms & suites set on a palm tree lined stretch of beautiful unspoiled beach.

> Crystal Lagoon rooms situated on one of our longest river pools.

> 20 magnificent new Joli Beachfront Suites and 5 new Koko Rondoval Villas set in the lush gardens are now open!

> Kelly’s Dockside Over-the-Water Restaurant.


Couples of all ages seeking a more intimate resort with a lush authentic Caribbean vibe, low-rise and easy to navigate, physically challenged friendly, the value of 3 times the fun and the most convenient access to the other 2 Sandals since it sits between both.

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5 Reasons to Stay at Sandals Regency La Toc
Looking for the perfect Sandals but can’t decide? Here are the top five reasons that may just make your mind up for Sandals Regency La Toc in St. Lucia.
Paint Your #HappyPlace at Pinot's Palette For A Chance to Win a Sandals Resorts Luxury Included Vacation
Pinot’s Palette and Sandals Resorts #HappyPlace Summer Getaway is in full swing, and we can’t help but think about hitting the beach. With that in mind, Sandals Resorts has partnered with Pinot’s Palette, the fastest growing paint-and-sip franchise in the nation, to send a lucky winner to their #HappyPlace as part of the Reality Meets Your #HappyPlace Summer Sweepstakes! Now through August 13, Pinot’s Palette’s guests who attend any participating studio and select any one or more of the 15 different summer series paintings will be entered to win a Luxury Included® Vacation at any Sandals Resort in Jamaica, St. Lucia, Bahamas, Antigua, Barbados and Grenada. Pinot’s Palette is the perfect place for a romantic date night, or a fun group get together. Paired with the chance to win a 4-day Luxury Included® Vacation, what could make you happier this summer? Check your local studio for upcoming designated classes in the summer #HappyPlace series here.
Stay at 1 Play at 3: The Sandals Resort Exchange Program in St. Lucia
Have you ever found a pair of shoes or t-shirt that you loved so much you wanted to get them in various colors? In the same way, Sandals Resorts in St. Lucia beckon you with undeniable allure—and you can’t help but enjoy all three!
With Thanks: Exclusive Service Discount!
Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts extend an exclusive offer to members of the U.S. and Canada military, International Association of Firefighters Members, and U.S. and Canada active force members as a special thank you for your service. Enjoy a well-deserved vacation in paradise alongside an additional 10% off! Luxury Included® experiences await for the whole family or just for the two of you! Choose from an impressive range of resorts in Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, the Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados, or Turks & Caicos.
Sandals Regency La Toc in St. Lucia brand new Love Nest Suites® are the Perfect Romantic Getaway
Ultimate romance meets St. Lucia at Sandals Regency La Toc with its brand new Love Nest Suites® as the perfect getaway for you and your hunny.
Tantalize your taste buds with 3 new restaurants at Sandals Grande St.Lucian
As part of its Gourmet Discovery Dining program, Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort opened three new amazing restaurants this week. The Jerk Shack, which recently debuted at the new Sandals Ochi, was the first of four new eateries at Sandals Grande St. Lucian. 
WeddingMoons® Love Nest Suite of the Month: Beachfront Romeo & Juliet Walkout Butler Room at Sandals Halcyon Beach
Immerse yourself in a true Garden of Eden at Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort & Spa, located by a tranquil sea in the exotic island of Saint Lucia. At this charming and intimate sanctuary, you’ll discover a suite so perfect for honeymooners that we just had to name it after one of history’s most famous love stories. So grab your Romeo or Juliet and get to know this quintessential Caribbean resort’s incredible beachfront room dedicated to romance.
WeddingMoons® Love Nest Suite of the Month: The Millionaire Suite at Sandals Regency La Toc
A honeymoon is like no regular vacation. It’s that one special time when you can skip the entry level suite and honeymoon like a millionaire with only the finest of accommodations and Luxury Included® amenities at Sandals Regency La Toc – “The Emerald of the Caribbean”. Set 150 feet above sea level atop a picturesque sunset bluff complete with a breathtaking oceanview, your very own private pool sanctuary and a butler to cater to your every whim, this glamorous Saint Lucia resort will guarantee a honeymoon experience the two of you will cherish for a lifetime.
New Restaurants Concepts Coming To Sandals Grand St. Lucian
As part of our Gourmet Discovery Dining program, which is aimed at enhancing the overall quality and authenticity of the food and beverage experience at Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts throughout the Caribbean, Sandals Resorts International is adding three new restaurants to Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort.
New Sandals Grande St. Lucian Restaurants Bringing More “Bang” For Your Buck!
These distinct additions are making their debut at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, with four new restaurants for guests to enjoy in the near future.  The more, the merrier, right? We think so! For those who travel to the Caribbean in search of some authentic cuisine, The Jerk Shack, open now, offering gourmet authentic Jamaican eats, is the first of the four new eateries at Sandals Grande St. Lucian.  
The video was created to bring awareness to the Sandals Foundation’s cause in a cinematic form, and was shot entirely on location in Jamaica by famed director, Gil Green.  Entitled the “Soles of Our Youth,” the 3 ½ minute short film hopes to raise awareness, create attention, and bring in needed funding to support the multitude of programs and initiatives the 501(c)(3) reinforces within Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas, The Turks & Caicos Islands, Grenada and this winter, Barbados.
Beautiful Beginnings Start Here: 5 Common ‘Free Wedding’ Questions Answered
Say ‘I do’ at any of the Luxury Included® resorts in Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Antigua, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Grenada and Barbados and receive a FREE Beautiful Beginnings wedding! Here are some answers to common questions about what’s included in this elegant, free wedding theme - it’s almost too good to be true.
"Name the Pub” at Sandals LaSource Grenada and Win!
At Sandals, when the sun goes down, things turn up at our authentic English pubs. From The Cricketers Pub at Sandals Royal Bahamian to Olde London Pub at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, these lively hotspots are the ultimate places to hang with friends while sipping a fresh pint of Newcastle and chowing down on savory fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and more.
Celebrity Sighting: Newlyweds Jackson Hurst and Stacy Stas Spotted Honeymooning at Sandals Grande St. Lucian
After a busy year and the wedding of his dreams, popular celebrity Jackson Hurst spent a few days relaxing beachside at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort in Castries, St. Lucia with his new wife, Stacy Stas.
Win Your Way to Paradise with Your Favorite Radio Station
Sandals and your favorite radio stations want to help you get away! Tune in next Monday and Tuesday, April 7th 8th, as 10 radio stations take their shows from the studio to the beach to broadcast LIVE from Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort.
A Getaway Amid the Bluffs
Take in the splendor of Saint Lucia! With majestic Piton mountains, natural world wonders, and serene flora and fauna, this island bursts with extraordinary beauty. Plus, enjoy the luxury of Sandals La Toc, including a 9-hole golf course, unlimited scuba diving, 3 pools, 8 fine dining options, land and watersports, and more! What’s almost better than all of this? Sandals Select members who book in bluff suite categories (BH, BO, BV, RP, BW, BS, BP, SV) at Sandals La Toc for travel in 2023 and 2023 are eligible to receive double points for immediate redemption! This means, if you have 10,000 points in your account (valued at $250) then you’ll receive an additional 10,000 points for a total savings of $500 off your new booking! Please use promo code SEPDP13.
Win a Sandals Honeymoon with Southern Weddings
Sandals Resorts has partnered with Southern Weddings Magazine, the South’s premier publication for the modern bride, and the Southern Weddings blog, which highlights the prettiest real weddings to be found in the Southeast and celebrates the best that Southern culture has to offer, for an announcement that will make you kick up your boots.  From now until November 22, 2023, one lucky couple will have a chance to win a 4-day/3-night  Luxury Included® Honeymoon to any Sandals Resorts location in Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, or the Bahamas. This romantic getaway will feature deluxe accommodations, unlimited Discover Dining where you can savor the world at up to 15 gourmet restaurants, premium brand beverages, daily and nightly entertainment, an array of land and watersports including snorkeling and scuba diving for certified divers, and so much MORE!
Experience the Caribbean’s Ultimate Scuba Diving Adventure
Warm waters teeming with exotic and tropical sea life make the Caribbean an alluring scuba diving destination for beginners to veterans alike. Whether it’s your first or hundredth time taking the plunge, Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts are ready to serve as your guide. With over 510 dive sites spanning Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, The Bahams, and Turks & Caicos, and more being added soon in Grenada, every Luxury Included® resort offers knowledgeable staff, reliable equipment and unforgettable wonders to see. Best of all? It’s all included!
Club Sandals Rolls Out the Red Carpet in Saint Lucia
Sandals Resorts has been rolling out the red carpet for its guests like never before with the all new Club Sandals experience, a VIP level of service redefining the concierge hospitality at Sandals Resorts in Jamaica, The Bahamas, Antigua and now—Saint Lucia!  Beginning October 1, concierge-level guests and higher at Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa, Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort and Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia will enjoy the complete Club Sandals treatment.
Listen & Win During Our LIVE Broadcasts At Sandals Regency La Toc
Want to escape with your loved one on a much needed vacation?  How about whisking your sweetheart away to The Caribbean’s Most Glamorous Resort…Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa in Saint Lucia?  All you have to do is tune in to your favorite radio station this week for your chance to win a Luxury Included® Vacation to any Sandals Resort! 
New Soy Restaurant Brings Sushi to Sandals Regency La Toc
Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa is making sushi lovers happy with the debut of our popular restaurant Soy, offering fresh rolls, sashimi, salads and more alongside beautiful views of the Saint Lucia sea.  Making its home adjacent to Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant Kimonos, Soy brings Far East fare to this Luxury Included® resort as part of Sandals Resorts’ Discovery Dining.
Suite of the Month - Beachfront Romeo & Juliet Walkout Butler Room at Sandals Halcyon
From the distinctive twin peaks of Les Pitons to the cascading majesty of Diamond Falls, all framed by the translucent turquoise sea, St. Lucia has it all as your honeymoon destination.  Experience a honeymoon full of natural splendor and romantic vistas when you travel to Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia.  
Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Names Sandals as Best All-Inclusive Honeymoon Resorts
After scouring the globe to find the all-inclusive resorts that truly stand above the rest, top destination bridal magazine, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, recently featured Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas and Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa in Saint Lucia among the “Best All-Inclusive Honeymoon Resorts.”
Saint Lucia: A Simply Beautiful Wedding Destination
The beauty of Saint Lucia, aptly called “Simply Beautiful,” is that you have an array of scenic options that can provide the perfect backdrop for your nuptials.  Once you've seen the lush mountainous terrain, and beautiful rainforest foliage, coupled with the crystal blue Caribbean waters you will not want to set your eyes on any other location for your destination wedding.  The best part about this destination is the fact you have three Sandals Resorts to choose from, each having their own unique personality and vibe:
Discover a Taste of Paris at La Toc Restaurant in St. Lucia
Sandals Regency La Toc Spa & Beach Resort on the beautiful island of Saint Lucia is the epitome of luxury and glamour. Offering eight enticing dining options to enjoy throughout your stay, you can savor unique flavors of the world without ever leaving the resort. From authentic Caribbean fare at The Pitons to sizzling Japanese teppanyaki dishes at Kimonos, Sandals Regency La Toc is sure to please any gourmand’s appetite.
The Sandals Foundation Celebrates Marine Awareness Month
In an effort to promote marine awareness during the month of April, the Sandals Foundation reached out to over 2,000 local students and Sandals Resorts guests to share the importance of the preservation of marine life and expose some of the unique aquatic ecosystems in the Caribbean. Through visits to local schools across the islands of Antigua, the Bahamas, Saint Lucia, Turks & Caicos and Jamaica, as well as voluntourism experiences integrated into Sandals Resorts’ Reunion Week, the Sandals Foundation continues to spearhead its mission of bettering the region through community, education and environmental outreach.
Perfect Honeymoon Destination: Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia, voted one of the Top Islands in the Caribbean by Conde Nast Traveler, is an ideal destination for honeymooners.  From the fiery passions of its ancient volcano, to the serene abundance of its national rainforest and the blissful charm of Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia casts a spell of romance at every turn.  It is a place so filled with natural splendor that everywhere you look your eyes fall upon yet another glorious sight.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian - Surround Yourself in Luxury
Looking for a unique and exotic honeymoon destination?  Look no further than Saint Lucia.  Boasting a drive-through volcano, as well as its own National Rain Forest Reserve with over 19,000 color-splashed acres of natural wonders, Saint Lucia's exotic beauty truly captures the luxuriant allure of the Caribbean. From the distinctive twin peaks of Les Pitons to the translucent turquoise sea that frames it all, Saint Lucia dazzles the eye as it seduces the body and spirit. Experience a honeymoon full of natural splendor and romantic vistas when you travel to a Sandals Resort in Saint Lucia.  The uniqueness doesn’t stop here, Sandals provides this very experience at Sandals Grande St. Lucian by offering the most exceptional accommodations to honeymooners with The Rondoval Suits. 
The Sandals Foundation Spreads Goodwill throughout the Caribbean
The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, participates in a variety of projects throughout the Caribbean every year. Whether supporting community, education or environment initiatives in Jamaica, The Bahamas, Antigua, Saint Lucia and Turks and Caicos, the Sandals Foundation takes every project enthusiastically under its arm, garnering financial support through donations and fundraising events. Here’s what the Sandals Foundation has been up to recently:
Sandals Foundation Continues To Make A Difference
The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, continues to spearhead a variety of programs to better the Caribbean. Whether focusing on education, the environment or the community, the Sandals Foundation’s initiatives always aim to alleviate challenges in the region. Additionally, the Sandals Foundation identifies a number of projects each year in Jamaica, The Bahamas, Antigua, Saint Lucia and Turks and Caicos to be taken under its arms and funded through donations and fundraising events. Here’s what the Sandals Foundation has been up to recently: 
Sandals Honeymooners Featured in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine
In the upcoming October 2023 issue of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine, honeymooners Katie and Britton talk about their “Easy All-Inclusive” experience at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort.
The Culinary Journey Continues with Chef Walter Staib
Chef Walter Staib travels to the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort to visit with resident Executive Chef, Roger Meier, and see what's on the menu at Sandals' exclusive Gordon's restaurant.
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