Experience the Caribbean: Saint Lucia

Dramatic peaks and dense rainforest ringed by a circle of perfect beaches make Saint Lucia more than just the perfect honeymoon destination

Saint Lucia isn't just about the photo ops: at sea, it’s easy to spot whales, dolphins and all manner of colourful marine life while snorkelling and diving at sites like Anse Chastanet and Anse Cochon. On land, nesting leatherback turtles, chocolate plantations, sulphur springs, colonial towns, traditional fishing villages and duty-free shopping in the coastal capital Castries ensure lots to see and do when you need a break from the beach – though if that beach happens to be Anse Mamin, Reduit, Smugglers Cove or Anse Chastanet, you may not feel the need for a break at all.

Saint Lucia hot spots

  • Be a high flier

    ‘Soft’ adventure it may be, but an aerial tramride over an ecological park with Rainforest Adventures gives you time to enjoy the flora and fauna a bit more than the various zipwire options do. Plus your fellow seven riders won’t be screaming their heads off, which means you’ll be able to hear the sounds of nature, and the wise words of your onboard guide, as you glide over the jungle canopy.

    Be a high flier
  • Seafood at Anse La Raye

    Having started back in 2000, Anse La Raye’s Seafood Friday is now party central, and goes on long into the night. In temporarily pedestrianised streets, stalls sell amazingly good crab, lobster and fish and copious amounts of beer and rum punches, all to the sounds of live music and sound stages. We’re nah goin’ home till the morning come.

    Seafood at Anse La Raye
  • Take in the sights

    At 2,617ft, Grand Piton is the larger of Saint Lucia’s two impressive volcanic peaks, with stunning views of the entire southern coast and interior. It’s a challenging hike that’s a four to five-hour round trip, so less ambitious walkers might prefer to book a guided tour of the rainforest trail at Barre de l’Isle, just off the main road from Castries. It’s one of a number of guided walks and hiking trails managed by the forestry department.

    Take in the sights
  • Turtles go to work on an egg

    Between March and August, leatherback turtles nest in their hundreds on the north-east coast, and it’s a moving experience seeing them lay their eggs, or watching the eggs hatch, in the company of a knowledgeable guide. Out at sea, dolphins and pilot and sperm whales can be spotted year-round off the west coast, and humpback whales between February and May.  

    Turtles go to work on an egg
  • Chocolate from bean to bar

    You’ve probably already tried Saint Lucia’s chocolate, as it’s used in both Sainsbury’s and Hotel Chocolat products. At the Rabot Estate near Soufrière, you can see – and have a go at – the whole process, beginning with the selection of ripe cocoa pods and ending with your own chocolate bars and truffles, with lots of grinding, mixing and tasting along the way.

    Chocolate from bean to bar
  • Rainforest Hideaway

    Lionfish are greedy and have venomous spines, a combination that means they’re outnumbering Saint Lucia’s native marine species. Moreover, the flaky white fish is delicious, rather like sea bream. Do your bit to help the island’s ecosystem by eating as many of them as you can at this idyllic spot on Marigot Bay, sitting in the gentle breeze on the deck before departing on the sweet little ferry back to shore.

    Rainforest Hideaway
  • Great cocktails at Boardwalk

    There are a lots of great waterside bars and restaurants at the Rodney Bay marina, but Boardwalk’s great cocktails and friendly ambience make it the standout spot for a sundowner with the yachties.

    Great cocktails at Boardwalk
  • Catch of the day at Le Café

    Build up an appetite by exploring the elegant colonial heritage of quintessential Saint Lucian town Soufrière, and the Diamond Falls & Tropical Gardens just outside, then head to this pretty wooden café for food that will blow you away. The set meal is often catch of the day, but as you’ll need to pop in and book, you can run through likes and dislikes to ensure you don’t end up eating pigs’ tails and callaloo soup (unless you want to).

    Catch of the day at Le Café
  • Time your trip for...

    Partying at the 12-day Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival in April/May, or July’s annual carnival, a colourful melee of parades, floats and parties. Or test yourself with an ocean swim, beach run or aquathon (swim then run) or enter the annual Saint Lucia Triathlon, held in late October to early November (Oct 30-Nov 2 in 2014).

    Time your trip for...

Be a high flier

‘Soft’ adventure it may be, but an aerial tramride over an ecological park with Rainforest Adventures gives you time to enjoy the flora and fauna a bit more than the various zipwire options do. Plus your fellow seven riders won’t be screaming their heads off, which means you’ll be able to hear the sounds of nature, and the wise words of your onboard guide, as you glide over the jungle canopy.

Saint Lucia liveblog

We've sent blogger Jules Pearson (a.k.a. London on the Inside) to experience everything Saint Lucia has to offer – follow her live as she sees chocolate being made from bean to bar, snorkels in Anse Chastanet and goes ziplining in Dennery...


Book a holiday with BA: Saint Lucia Flights + 7 nights hotel from £589pp

Availability may be extremely limited, particularly during peak periods. Price is in GBP per person based on two adults sharing 3* accommodation on a room only basis at Bay Gardens Inn and include return flights from LGW to St Lucia. Price correct as of 24 April 2014. Bookings must be made by midnight 25/05/14 for selected travel between 01/09/14 – 16/10/14. Some payment methods attract a handling fee. Holidays are ATOL protected (number ATOL5985). For full terms and conditions, visit ba.com.