Tucked between Barbados and Martinique, Saint Lucia might not be the first Caribbean island you think of for a family holiday. But when you find out this little dot of lush greenery is the only place in the Caribbean with a ‘drive-in’ volcano and its chocolate is the stuff of legend, you might want to think again.
Saint Lucia packs a lot into a very small space and does everything with enough enthusiasm to fill a country three times its size. The island loves to celebrate and any occasion from Mardi Gras to Christmas is an excuse for music, dancing, cooking and all-welcome partying. Saint Lucians are warm and welcoming, delighted to have children making full use of their wild and beautiful home for everything from sailing and diving to rainforest zip-lining and whale watching.
Direct flights from London to Saint Lucia all year round with flying time of just under nine hours.
Tropical island, close to the equator with average temperatures of 29˚C. Wettest between June and November but mainly in the mountain rainforests.
One of the greenest and most mountainous Caribbean islands, Saint Lucia’s ringed by golden sand beaches which are all public.
Saint Lucia’s definitive landmarks, Gros Piton and Petit Piton, have UNESCO World Heritage status.
The country’s culture and customs are a mix of Caribbean, African, French and British. English and French Creole are the main languages.
The Festival of Light and Renewal on December 13th each year is lovely and marks the start of Saint Lucia’s colourful Christmas celebrations.
Sulphur Springs on the island’s south west is a natural wonder and the only volcano in the Caribbean you can drive through.
Natural beauty and glorious weather are irresistible here but, miraculously, Saint Lucia’s very unspoiled. Rodney Bay Village is the only holiday town, and most of the island hotels are beach front and quietly luxurious or exquisite villas tucked into dense tropical gardens. Several lovely areas have family resorts with imaginative seaside clubs to keep younger kids happy and outstanding water sports, activities and wild outdoor adventure for teenagers.
A small island and filled with things to see and do, so hiring a car is a good idea – at least for some of your holiday. Bus services around the island and in Castries are excellent and taxis are best in the evening. Water taxis run right round the coast and to most resorts from Castries Harbour.