Nestled within the heart of the Caribbean Sea,

Nestled within the heart of the
Caribbean Sea, St Lucia is an often overlooked but amazing place to
visit. Whether you choose to stay there for a day or two or rent a
villa
in St Lucia for a week or more, this guide
should help you fill your days and teach you a little bit more about
this amazing part of the world. With a population of around 180,000
and spanning about 240 square miles, there is a lot to see and do on
the island.

How To Get There

While Saint
Lucia can be accessed by boat, the quickest way to get there is by
flying into Hewanorra International Airport. Services by airlines
from the USA, UK, Canada, and Spain, it is usually the most
convenient option for travel. If you are entering St. Lucia
from France, South America, Africa, or within the Caribbean, you will
instead want to fly into the George F. L. Charles
Airport, located on the other side of the island.

Where To Stay

The entire island is mostly dependent
upon tourists, making it easy to find lodging. Everything from all
inclusive resorts to small hostels operate on the island. However,
the best way to enjoy the island is usually to rent out a Villa as
this provides more space, is generally better situated, and is going
to give you more options in terms of food and events. The
areas of the island that attract the most attention are Vigie Beach,
Pidgeon Island, Fond Doux, and Malgretoute, with Roseau, Corinth, and
Pointe Sable coming in a close second. Hotels or villas near these
areas will generally offer transport to important points around the
rest of the island and are close enough to nature trails, beaches,
and even sulfur springs to ensure complete and total relaxation for
your entire visit.

What To Do

One of the more popular activities on
the island is actually hiking. There are a number of marked paths,
but there are also tours led by experienced guides that leave early
each morning. Hikes can last between one and six hours, and different
areas of the island offer different experiences. Some hikes end with
visits to the beautiful beaches that the area has to offer, while
others start and end at your hotel room.

During the fall months, yachting and
boat races are extremely popular, with locals offering rental boats
to those who don’t have their own. Some people even offer the ability
to stay on a house boat, fishing up your own meals, and enjoying a
much more relaxing lifestyle.

Snorkeling, horseback riding along the
beach, zip-lining, and hidden waterfalls offer fun for thrill seekers
while local plays, dances, and markets offer a much sedate option for
those who just want to kick back and enjoy themselves. Finally,
wildlife viewing is popular on the island as several species of
parrots and other birds have chosen to make it their home.

What To See

Day cruises to Martinique, around
the whole of the island, and even a pirate themed cruise to Soufriere
are popular attractions on the island. Each of these offer an
amazing view of the island, let you experience the joy of the open
sea, and are led by highly trained and knowledgeable staff. Many
lines offer sunset party cruises, allowing you to watch the sun dip
beneath the water, setting the entire ocean on fire for the better
part of an hour.

If cruising isn’t your idea of fun,
half day tours of the island include glimpses at hidden water falls,
wildlife reserves, and even a trip to Pitons to view the volcano.

What To Eat

Famous for their figs, the island
actually has a number of amazing fruit markets and stores. In terms
of filling food, curry, turnovers, meat wrapped in roti or flat
bread, stews, and even freshly baked meats make up the majority of
the food offerings. Many people find that the use of scotch bonnet
peppers makes the food on the island quite hot, but there are also a
number of less spicy offerings available.

In terms of unique experiences, people
on the island can attend events like a Friday night fish fry or find
meat cooked in underground pits at some of the more rural
restaurants. Other experiences include freshly cut coconuts and
restaurants themed after Caribbean pirates. Finally, as an island, St
Lucia has access to amazing seafood and many people enjoy cheap
lobster, oysters, and freshly caught tropical fish.

When To Go

St Lucia is famous for a number of
different festivals, such as Carnival, La Rose, and La Marguerite. In
addition, a jazz festival is held on the island each year. These
festivals are held in July, October, August, and May respectively,
making those the high seasons on the island. However, if you are
looking to go when the climate is at it’s best or for sporting
events, the months of June, September, and November are extremely
pleasant on the island and tend to lend themselves well to
exploration, boating, and summer fun. Overall, St Lucia is an
amazing island paradise that offers much more temperate weather than
many of the other Caribbean islands. The local culture tends to focus
on the beauty of the island, the role of the ocean in everyday life,
and friendly but amazing nighttime activities such as clubbing, fish
fries, and more. A visit to the island is a great way to relax, and
comes at a much lower price point than some of the more well known
but less impressive islands in the area.