Saint Lucia is a beautiful, small island with a dramatic countryside, peaks and valleys, covered in a lush green rain forest, edged by wonderful beaches and surrounded by the bright blue Caribbean Sea. The island’s stunning scenery will take your breath away. Although Saint Lucia’s natural world is its most striking feature, a big part of the island’s appeal is its rich cultural heritage. The island is regarded as one of the most welcoming in the Caribbean. Saint Lucians are known for their friendly nature. Saint Lucia has a lot to offer, beaches, vibrant nightlife and world-class restaurants in the north, while the south of the island a delight for those who appreciate the natural world.
Saint Lucia is a tropical island, warm and sunny weather – all year, there is little seasonal change, with a refreshing breeze from the Atlantic Ocean. When is a good time to visit? As soon as you can!

Saint Lucia has a varied ecosystem, home to colourful and interesting flora and fauna, including several endemic bird species like the brightly coloured Saint Lucia Parrot. Nature lovers will enjoy the many opportunities to explore this beautiful island. The dense rainforest has many exciting features and experiences – a volcano, majestic waterfalls and hot sulphur springs. The iconic Piton Mountains, the island’s most famous landmarks, are a UNESCO heritage site. There are a large number of tours on offer, which we can book for you. Saint Lucia offers a huge choice of exciting leisure and sports activities for everyone to enjoy – too many to mention here and the island has a remarkably full calendar of events, sports and cultural, throughout the year. With our help, you can enjoy places of interest and things to do, at your own pace, as a welcome guest rather than a tourist.

Saint Lucia is surrounded by the warm, clear water of the Caribbean Sea and is as beautiful underwater as it is on land, exciting underwater features, healthy reefs and a colourful and varied marine life, which thrill snorkellers and divers. The Atlantic Ocean coast is visited by the larger ocean roaming species – and St. Lucia is one best places in the Caribbean to see whales, turtles and dolphins. The diving and snorkelling on St. Lucia are superb. Many of the beaches have water sports available, so there are many opportunities for everyone to enjoy the wonderful ocean.

 

We are an ATOL licensed Caribbean holiday specialist with a wealth of local knowledge and many years’ experience on St. Lucia. For many people our islands are “undiscovered” places – exciting new holiday destinations. Having enjoyed and experienced much of what St. Lucia has to offer, we know the island well. We can answer your questions from personal experience and tailor-make a holiday to your requirements and wishes. We enjoy talking about the island and would be delighted to discuss any plans you have for a holiday in this special part of the world.

About St. Lucia

St. Lucia is a small Caribbean island, part of the Lesser Antilles, 21 miles northeast of Saint Vincent, 40 miles northwest of Barbados and 24 miles south of Martinique. It is just 27 miles long by 14 miles across, around 238 square miles. The population of the island is around 179,000 and Castries, the island’s capital, is home to around 69,000 St. Lucians. English is the official language and most Saint Lucians also speak French based Creole, part of Saint Lucia’s dual British-French heritage.

The Weather

Saint Lucia enjoys a tropical climate, warm and sunny almost every day, cooled by the breeze from the ocean, keeping humidity down, and keeping you fresh and comfortable. Whatever kind of holiday you prefer, you can do it in comfort and enjoy it to the full. Saint Lucia’s daytime temperatures ranging from 258C to 358C. The dry season is between December and May, whilst the rainy season is from June to November. As St. Lucia is a tropical island, the temperature does not vary a great deal between winter and summer. Average annual rainfall ranges from 51 inches on the coast to 150 inches in the mountain rainforests. Rain comes in short, but heavy downpours, after which it is bright and sunny again.

History

Saint Lucia was first inhabited by the peaceful Arawak Indians, who were displaced by the fierce Carib Indians. French pirates were some of the first Europeans to settle on the island, notably François le Clerc (known as Jambe de Bois, due to his wooden leg). Saint Lucia was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French. Saint Lucia was alternately British and French before finally being ceded to the British in 1814. St. Lucia is now an independent member state of the British Commonwealth. Castries’ harbour was protected by a system of 60 surrounding forts. Along the top of Morne Fortune there are six military sites – Fort Charlotte (Old Morne Fortress), the Apostle’s Battery (1888-1890), The Powder Magazine, Provost’s Redoubt (1792) built as a lookout point and the Combermere barracks. The best preserved is a battery at La Toc Point, completed in 1888, and only finally abandoned in 1905.

Island Culture

Saint Lucia is a Caribbean island with a dramatic landscape and a coastline dotted with delightful small bays and gorgeous soft sand beaches. Saint Lucia offers something for everyone. Saint Lucia has a very friendly and comfortable atmosphere, with no specific tourist areas. Saint Lucia’s population is a combination of people with African, European, Indo-Caribbean and Carib descent. The multi-cultural nature of the island gives it its harmonious Caribbean way of life and Saint Lucia is considered one of the most welcoming islands in the Caribbean. The cultural mix, as always, is reflected in the island cuisine, an exciting choice of West Indian, Creole and French food, prepared by internationally recognised chefs and some local maestros. The local creole restaurants in Rodney Bay are great and amazing value for money. Rodney Bay, where most accommodation is located, has many excellent restaurants and bars.

The Caribbean Sea

St Lucia is in the Caribbean Sea, and its volcanic birth has created spectacular natural features, above and below the ocean surface. The east coast of this exciting island faces the Atlantic Ocean and the west faces the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean Sea is famous for its warm, clear water and its abundance of colourful marine species. The Atlantic is the territory of the larger pelagics, like dolphins, sharks and whales. St. Lucia is rated as one of the best dive destinations in the Caribbean due to the variety of dives as well as the diversity of marine life. Divers and snorkellers can enjoy colourful coral reefs, sheer walls, pinnacles and wrecks. St Lucia is recognised for having the highest density of reefs in the Caribbean.
Turtle, Whale and Dolphin Watching
Saint Lucia is great for turtle, dolphin and whale watching. There are 33 species of whales in the world and over 20 live in or visit Saint Lucia’s waters.

Saint Lucia offers a huge choice of exciting activities for everyone to enjoy – we can recommend the zip wire through the rain forest canopy. There are a lot of sports to enjoy: golf, football, cricket, tennis, volleyball, cycling, horse riding and many more. Saint Lucia has some wonderful, white sand beaches, with lots of water sports for all visitors to enjoy, like kitesurfing, windsurfing, jet skis, paddle boarding etc. The conditions are comfortable for swimmers and ideal divers and snorkellers. Saint Lucia is particularly good for families and groups of divers and non-divers. The relaxed and safe atmosphere enable you to enjoy the perfect weather and the fun in peace.

Nature

Saint Lucia’s countryside is more mountainous than most Caribbean islands, with the highest point being Mount Gimie, at 950 metres (3,120 feet). Saint Lucia is one of the few places in the world that has a drive-in volcano. The iconic Piton Mountains, a UNESCO heritage site, are covered in a lush green rain forest, an exciting natural world with majestic waterfalls, hot springs and tropical birds, flowers and creatures, including several endemic bird species like the brightly coloured Saint Lucia Parrot. Nature lovers will enjoy the many opportunities to explore this beautiful island. There are numerous established nature trails, plus many guided tours, on foot, by jeep or a fantastic “cable car” ride through the rain forest canopy. The dense rainforest has many exciting features and experiences like the volcano, waterfalls and hot sulphur springs. There are a large number of tours on offer, which we can book for you.

Accommodation

We have visited and personally selected the accommodation we offer on St. Lucia on our website. Most accommodation is in the Rodney Bay area of the island, but we have taken care to select good quality, well-priced accommodation further down the west coast, closer to the best dive sites, and closer to the rain forest, for those who wish to enjoy the diving, snorkelling and the rain forest. Our holidays are designed for “independently minded” people and we offer small resorts and hotels with character and personal service. The accommodation ranges from hotel rooms of various standards to apartments of various size. There is a range of board options available at hotels and resorts, while apartments and studios give you the freedom to self-cater, if you wish. Usually there will be restaurants nearby, should self-catering lose its appeal. Some of our accommodation is on small resorts with amenities like swimming pools, dive centres and a restaurant (or two) on site. These are small resorts, nothing like the large European holiday resorts.

Our Services

We are the preferred tour operator for many resorts and have the best air fares, prices and offers. We offer a wide choice of services for you to get the very best from your holiday. On a small island, services like accommodation, vehicle hire, excursions, diving etc, get booked very quickly. To avoid disappointment these should be booked in advance.
Booking services with us will save you money and be part of an ATOL protected holiday.

St. Lucia’s Nature

St. Lucia, like most islands in the Caribbean, was formed by a volcanic eruption. The rugged island interior, with its still smouldering volcano, is covered by a beautiful, dense tropical rain forest. Though less than 616 km2 in area, Saint Lucia has a great natural diversity. More than 2,000 native species, of which nearly 200 species occur nowhere else (including 76% of its terrestrial reptiles). St. Lucia is predominantly undeveloped, and the exciting geography has wonderful natural features like hot springs and waterfalls.

Flora

St. Lucia has two distinct environments. The coastal region, on drier parts of the coast, is dotted with cacti and other succulent plants but, most importantly, thick mangroves along the shoreline. These form a network of roots along the water’s edge, and the health of coral reefs depends upon them. They protect baby fish, prevent the coastline from eroding and soil from polluting the reefs.
The other distinct geographic region is the rainforest, which covers most of the island, and has around 600 types of plant, tree and shrub per acre, ranging from long vines to huge chataignier trees, which grow up to 20 metres (66 feet) in height. Brightly coloured orchids grow on trees up to 5 metres (16 feet) high. Hibiscus, orchids and mosses cover the trunks of mahogany and Caribbean pine. Hundreds of species of tropical plants, fruits and flowers thrive in the tropical climate, colourful blooms like the Anthurium Lily, Pink and Red Ginger Lilies with their unique conical shape and Heliconia. The Caribbean Pink’ Anthurium, is a speciality of St. Lucia. Everywhere you’ll see exotic fruit trees like mango, guava, banana, cocoa, citrus and breadfruit. The spiky breadfruit is an important food for the rare St Lucian ‘Jacquot’ parrot.

Birds

Saint Lucia is home to the highest number of endemic birds in the Eastern Caribbean region. The island has 167 species, 6 endemic, 11 endemic subspecies and 7 Lesser Antillean regional endemics like the rare, brightly coloured Saint Lucia Parrot, or “Jacquot”, the national bird, a species that recovered from dangerously low numbers. Around 2,000 Saint Lucia amazon parrots now live in the country, up from only about 100 in the 1970s. The other endemics are the Saint Lucia Warbler, the Saint Lucia Oriole, the Saint Lucia Black Finch, and the Saint Lucia Pewee. There are numerous sites for bird watchers in parks, nature trails and wetlands and a number of tours on offer, which we can book for you. Millet Bird Sanctuary has over thirty species, including five of the endemic species. This is one of the best birdwatching sites on Saint Lucia. There are a number of pools and wet areas where a river has been diverted at the western end of Hewanorra International Airport. An area of 6 acres attracts many species of ducks, herons, sand pipers, plovers, egrets, gallinules, rails, shorebirds and other waterfowl.

Fauna

St Lucia’s native mammals include nine species of bat which are vital for pollinating fruit crops. The Antillean Fruit Bat and Insular Long-tongued Bats are two of the protected species. There are various cave sites around the island home to various species. The Agouti is a small rodent with brown hair and grows to around 60 cm and 4 kg in weight. The Manicou is a marsupial opossum, common on St. Lucia. The mongoose was introduced from India to control snake and rodent populations and has been so successful it is now considered a possible threat to protected native species.
St. Lucia has some endemic species of reptile like the Saint Lucia Lancehead, the Saint Lucia Thread snake, the Saint Lucia Racer, the Saint Lucia Cribo, the Saint Lucia Whiptail, the Saint Lucia Dwarf Gecko, the Saint Lucia Skink and the Saint Lucia Anole. The St. Lucia Whiptail, unknown to science before 1958, is considered one of the world’s rarest lizards, discovered on Saint Lucia’s Maria Islands. Frogs such as Johnstone’s Whistling Frog and green geckos are common around the island. Kouwes Snake, also known as the St. Lucia Racer, is the rarest snake in the world, perhaps just 20 creatures left on the planet. Growing to three feet, this non venomous, harmless snake is olive-brown with a black zig-zag pattern down the back. The project to save the Saint Lucia racer aims to replicate the success with the Antiguan racer, which has increased in number from just 50 to over 1,100. The worm snake is recognized as the world’s smallest snake at just six inches long.

The St. Lucia Iguana is from a unique population, distinct from other green iguanas and are the largest lizard on Saint Lucia. They grow up six feet in length and although tree dwellers they are often seen on the ground.

Saint Lucia is a great pace for whale, turtle and dolphin watching. There are 33 species of whales in the world and over 20 live in or visit Saint Lucia’s waters. Many different dolphin species can be seen in the ocean around the island. You can spot humpback and pilot whales as well as spinners, spotted and bottleneck dolphins. Leatherback turtles lay their eggs on Grand Anse beach from March to August.

Excursions

Nature enthusiasts will love the many opportunities to explore this beautiful island’s natural world. The Edmund National Rainforest has 29 miles of marked trails through 19,000 acres of rainforest, like the Tet Paul Nature Trail and the Des Cartier Trail. The beautiful twin Pitons, St. Lucia’s iconic landmarks, are now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Gros Piton is 771 m, and the Petit Piton is 743 m high. Guided tours and hikes are available. The Gros Piton trail, which takes approximately 4-5 hours, takes visitors to the top of the mountain to enjoy the breathtaking views of the island. covers 19,000 acres of lush mountains and valleys. Diamond Botanical Gardens has a wide range of plants and colourful flowers on display. St. Lucia’s spectacular Diamond Waterfall is the most colourful waterfall in the Caribbean due to a mixture of highly coloured minerals and volcanic rock. Fond Doux Plantation is 135 acre working cocoa plantation. Trails on the estate take you through cocoa trees and other exotic crops grown on the plantation. Mamiku Gardens sits on 12 acres of natural woodland in Micoud and offers a number of hidden gardens full of colourful blooms and wildlife.

There are guided tours, on foot and in various vehicles, including a fantastic “cable car” ride through the rain forest canopy. The rain forest has many exciting experiences like waterfalls and hot springs. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could zip-line though the rainforest canopy. This is great fun, we can highly recommend it. You can visit the Caribbean’s only drive in volcano, indulge in a mud bath at the sulphur springs, Segway along a nature trail, climb the Pitons, mountain bike through old sugar plantations. So much to see and do many exciting experiences while enjoying the wonderful natural world.

FROM £1195 PP - incl. flights, transfers, 7 nights B&B

Bay Gardens Inn is a small, traditional Caribbean hotel with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere which starts with an invitation to the manager’s weekly cocktail party. Its character is based on a long tradition of hospitality reminiscent of the old Saint Lucian Inns. It is located in Gros Islet, the focus of much of the “holiday activities” on Saint Lucia, close to Rodney Bay Village, which is an area full of life, with over 40 different restaurants and bars and the island’s only casino. There are a lot of entertainment options in the Rodney Bay area – just a few minutes walk from the Inn. A few minutes walk in the other direction is the superb, soft sand, Reduit Beach, one of the best on Saint Lucia. Set in a beautiful bay, Reduit has a lot of activities and amenities, a really great spot for relaxing or enjoying the warm, Caribbean Sea.

The Inn is part of a family run small groups of hotels, owned and managed by one family, including the Bay Gardens Hotel which is next door and the Bay Gardens Resort, a larger resort, on Reduit Beach. The Inn and Hotel operate as one accommodation. Guests have full use of the Bay Gardens Resort, which has a lot of extra amenities and services, in particular water sports on the beach. It also has a dive centre with dive boats ready to travel down the coast to visit all the fantastic dive sites. It is a short walk but there is also a regular shuttle between the hotels.

The Inn is a small hotel with just 33 rooms. It was built on 1995 and had a fully refurbishment in 2017. The rooms are spacious and modern, each with a private patio or terrace. They are in one low-rise building painted with bright blue and white and the guest rooms overlook the swimming pool or terrace. We were impressed with the fresh clean look of the Inn and the modern rooms. It has complimentary Wi-Fi around the resort. Bay Gardens Inn has a high standard of personal customer service and is very good value for money, which makes it very popular with visitors to Saint Lucia.

Accommodation

Standard Rooms have one King size bed or two double beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, cable television, telephone, spacious bathrooms with showers and baths, ironing facilities, personal safe, air conditioning, wicker decor and warm wood furnishings, coffee maker, refrigerator and 110v/220v electrical sockets. They are 23 sq. m./248 sq. ft., suitable for 2 guests. They and a furnished patio or balcony nice view of the tropical gardens or the pool.

Superior Rooms have one King size bed or two double beds, wood furnishings and island artwork, complimentary Wi-Fi, cable television, telephone, spacious bathrooms with showers and baths, ironing facilities, personal safe, air conditioning, refrigerator, coffee maker and 110v/220v electrical sockets. These spacious rooms, 34 sq.m / 366 sq. ft. are suitable for up to 4 guests and have a furnished patio or balcony with a wonderful view of the tropical gardens and the pool.

Deluxe Rooms have two Queen size beds or one King size, wood furnishings and island artwork, kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, writing desk, complimentary Wi-Fi, cable television, telephone, spacious bathrooms with showers and baths, ironing facilities, personal safe, air conditioning and 110v/220v electrical sockets. These spacious rooms, 37 sq. m./ 398 sq. ft. are suitable for up to 4 guests, and have a furnished patio or balcony with an excellent view over the pool.

Deluxe rooms and Superior rooms are Interconnecting. Some Deluxe rooms are Wheelchair accessible.
The Inn offers various board options which also include vouchers for the Splash Island Water Park on Reduit Beach. Guests staying 7 nights or more will receive two spa treatments per room per stay and access to the Dine Around Program. Ask us for more details about the various meal plans available. Children from 4 to 12 years stay and eat free when ordering from the childrens menu.

Restaurants

Creole Pot Restaurant – serves an authentic Caribbean cuisine, plus international dishes, a la carte or buffet ñ all meals daily with occasional evening entertainment and themed buffet dinner nights.
Ti Ponche Bar at the Hotel – a relaxed terrace pool bar.
Spices Restaurant – just next door at the Bay Gardens Hotel three minutes walk away.

Facilities

  • One swimming pool with sun loungers
  • Concierge Service 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Children’s High Chairs – on request
  • Cots – on request
  • Baby Sitting Service – Charges Apply
  • Laundry Dry Cleaning – same day service.
  • Hospitality Room – subject to availability
  • Golf course – 3 Miles away – Preferential green fees

Facilities at Bay Gardens Resort – a few minutes walk or an easy shuttle ride.

  • Splash Island – inflatable water obstacle course
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Chairs & Umbrellas
  • Beverages Beach Service
  • Games/Activities Room
  • Playground
  • Dive Centre
  • Water Sports Activities – kayaks, windsurfing, Hobby Cats etc.
  • Wedding/Honeymoon Packages Fitness Centre
  • Beauty Salon
  • Spa

Diving and Snorkelling

We work closely with the dive centre associated with the resort, which has everything divers and snorkellers need. A full range of equipment for sale or hire and instruction courses for all levels, including complete beginners and youngsters. Guided day and night dives are available. Custom dive boats take small groups of divers and snorkellers, usually around 8 people, to the sites 2 or 3 times per day. As these are small groups, availability is limited and should be booked in advance if required. We would be happy to discuss your diving requirements with you. It is important to book any diving you wish to do before your arrival on island. That saves you money and ensures the service is available to you on island when you arrive, avoiding any possible disappointment. We can book all your diving as part of your ATOL protected holiday itinerary.

St Lucia is in the Caribbean Sea, south of Martinique, north of St. Vincent and west of Barbados. The east coast faces the Atlantic Ocean and the west faces the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean Sea is famous for its warm, clear water and its abundance of colourful marine species, 156 different species of fish were logged on one reef alone! Currents from the open ocean enrich the waters with nutrients which support a healthy marine life. The Atlantic is the territory of the larger pelagics, like dolphins, sharks and whales. St. Lucia is rated as one of the best dive destinations in the Caribbean due to the variety of dives as well as the diversity of marine life.

The island’s volcanic birth has created spectacular natural features, above and below the ocean surface. St. Lucia is a beautiful island, its dramatic landscape is covered in a lush, green rain forest a fantastic diversity of flora and fauna. The twin Pitons, the island’s iconic mountains, rise to over 805 metres and the wall below the waterline drops to over 500 metres. The dramatic,  breathtaking natural beauty of St. Lucia continues below the surface of the ocean, colourful coral reefs, sheer walls, rock formations, pinnacles, arches, trenches and wrecks. Spectacular volcanic peaks, encrusted with coloured corals and sponges, rise up from the depths to within a few feet of the surface. Reefs slope from 3 metres to 12 metres then drop to over 500 metres. The variety of features provide a multitude of habitats for a magnificent diversity of marine life.

Divers and snorkellers can enjoy shallow reef dives, wrecks and deeper wall dives. Many are award winning sites such as The Key Hole Pinnacles, voted one of 10 best dive sites by Caribbean Travel & Life. St Lucia is recognised for having what the highest density of reefs in the Caribbean. Photographers love the variety of features and marine life. The shallow water allows lots of natural light and the absence of serious currents makes the process a lot easier. There are many photographic specialists on island and some run photographic courses.

Coral reefs “wake up” at night, Octopus, squid, huge channel clinging crabs, conger eels, golden tail moray eels, electric rays, large basket stars and bioluminescent organisms – and “the thing” !  Rare, shy and extremely fast, this purple coloured, segmented worm, harmless to divers, possibly up to 5 metres in length, is yet to be officially identified. It is nocturnal and images are few and far between. Coral spawning is a night time special event, around the end of August, and is a superb night dive.

Wrecks are often at depths beyond many divers, but St. Lucia has a couple that almost every diver can enjoy. The sunken freighter, Lesleen M, is an artificial reef in the Anse la Raye area. The 50 metres long freighter is covered with hard and soft corals, sponges and hydroids, an ideal habitat for turtles, octopus, neon-blue clawed spider crabs and many species of juvenile fish. The wreck is upright, 9 metres to the deck and 20 metres at its deepest point. Divers can explore the hold and engine room. An exciting experience, especially for beginners, to dive a wreck in shallow water. The other wrecks on Saint Lucia are in deeper water, with strong currents, only for experienced divers.

What you can expect to see

Whale sharks and humpback whales have been seen passing by the island – so keep an eye on the deep blue. Frogfish, seahorses, turtles, angelfish, golden-spotted eels, octopus, moray eels, parrotfish, spotted drums, flying gurnard, peacock flounder, queen angel fish, barracuda, horse-eye-jacks, Bermuda-chubs, Creole-wrasse, southern-stingrays and occasionally nurse-sharks. Mahogany snappers and schoolmasters have made a welcome recovery and you might spot a rare sunfish. Spectacular pillar coral, large gorgonians, massive barrel sponges, black coral fans, deep-water lace coral and layers of porcelain like plate coral, stacked one on top of the other. There’s lots more – but not enough room to mention them all here.

Turtle, Whale and Dolphin Watching

Saint Lucia is great for turtle, dolphin and whale watching. There are 33 species of whales and over 20 live in or visit Saint Lucia’s waters. You can never guarantee sightings, but humpback, pilot and sperm whales and pods of dolphins are often seen. Some boats are equipped with hydrophones, for you to hear the creatures communicating. You can watch Leatherback turtles lay their eggs on Grand Anse beach, from March to August.

Saint Lucia is only 27 miles long and 14 miles across with over 25 sites, suitable for divers and snorkellers of all levels. Most sites are close to the sheltered west coast, in the Caribbean Sea. Reefs are generally close to shore, in places just 10 metres out. Depths range from 6 metres to 45 metres of warm, clear water. There is little or no current at most sites on this sheltered coast, but there are areas where divers can enjoy a “drift dive” – like Superman’s Flight at the base of the Petit Piton, used in the filming of Superman II. This easy, exciting diving is wonderful experience for all divers, snorkellers and photographers – day or night. Saint Lucia has a few shore-entry sites, but most diving is by boat. Divers and snorkellers can enjoy many of the sites together. It’s not a long journey, generally between 10 and 30 minutes. There are also a handful of dive sites off the northwest coast of Saint Lucia. Larger species, including rays are seen in this area more often than in the south. These sites are more susceptible to the weather and have stronger currents. But the boats can go further south if conditions become too challenging. We offer a good selection of accommodation and dive centres all along the west coast. You are never far from the ocean, a dive centre or a dive site.

Snorkellers will enjoy the easy conditions, warm clear water and the lack of currents along the west coast. There are many beautiful shallow reefs, close to shore, with a wonderful variety of colourful tropical creatures, clearly visible from the surface. Some of the best diving and snorkelling in the Caribbean is between Marigot Bay and the Anse Chastanet reef in 2m to 8 m of water. There are many guided snorkel trips, from shore and from the dive boats.

Dive boats are well equipped for the short ride to the dive sites. Custom dive boats take small groups of divers and snorkellers, usually 6 to 8 people, to the sites, 2 or 3 times per day, except Sunday. At most sites there will be just you and a few (new) friends – very relaxed and comfortable. As these are small groups, availability is limited. Any diving you wish to do should be booked before your arrival on island.

The Caribbean Sea means warm, clear water, ranging from 26°C to 29°C. Most divers will be fine in a 3 mm shortie. Visibility ranges from 24-45 metres. The weather and ocean conditions are comfortable and constant throughout the year. You can dive St. Lucia all year. On the south and west coasts there is little or no current. On the north and east coasts there may be a little more current due to the open ocean. As you would expect on a tropical island in the Caribbean, the weather is almost always warm and sunny. The air temperature ranges from 26°C to 33°C, and a nice sea breeze keeps you cool and fresh. Rainy season is October to December, short tropical downpours, then warm and sunny again. There is a hyperbaric chamber at the Tapion Hospital in the capital Castries.

Marine Park

To protect the underwater world the Marine Management Area Marine Park, which includes the Soufriere Marine Reserve to the south west, was founded in 1981, to protect the environment for future generations. Their work extends out of the ocean and includes minimising impervious surfaces, keeping shorelines green and stable and preventing runoff into the ocean.

Saint Lucia is particularly good for families and groups of divers and non-divers. The relaxed and safe atmosphere enable you to enjoy the perfect weather in peace. The reef is close to shore, so if you are snorkelling (or diving) you are not away for long. Snorkelling in warm, shallow water is a great way to introduce children to the wonderful underwater world. Saint Lucia has some wonderfully large, white sand beaches, with lots of water sports and many land based activities for the whole family to enjoy.

We are an ATOL bonded, diving holiday specialist for Saint Lucia. We work closely with the dive centres on Saint Lucia who have everything divers and snorkellers might need. They offer boat diving, guided dives, night dives, equipment for sale or hire and instruction courses for all levels, including complete beginners and youngsters. The Caribbean is a great place to take a referral or refresher course. We tailor-make holiday itineraries, which can include all your diving requirements, to ensure you get the best from your diving holiday. We know how the diving works and have prices lower than you would pay on island. Tell us what you’d like, and we will book your diving with our dive operator partner, at your accommodation, or nearby.

On a small island services like diving, instruction courses, excursions, vehicle hire etc., get booked up quickly. It is important to reserve any services you may want for your holiday, before you arrive on Saint Lucia. Booking with us saves you money and ensures those services are available to you when you arrive on island, avoiding any disappointment. Those services then become part of your ATOL protected holiday itinerary.

Snorkelling on St. Lucia

St Lucia is in the Caribbean Sea, its volcanic birth has created spectacular natural features, above and below the ocean surface. St. Lucia is a beautiful island and the island’s breathtaking natural beauty continues below the surface. The east coast faces the Atlantic Ocean and the west faces the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean Sea is famous for its warm, clear water and its abundance of colourful marine species, 156 different species of fish were logged on one reef alone! Currents from the open ocean enrich the waters with nutrients which support a healthy marine life. The Atlantic is the territory of the larger pelagics, like dolphins, sharks and whales. St. Lucia is rated as one of the best diving and snorkelling destinations in the Caribbean due to the easy conditions and diversity of marine life.
The ocean around the island has colourful coral reefs, rock formations, pinnacles, arches, trenches and wrecks. Spectacular volcanic formations, encrusted with coloured corals and sponges, rise dramatically from the depths to within a few feet of the surface. St Lucia has the highest density of reefs in the Caribbean, many are in shallow, crystal-clear water, just 3 to 12 metres down, ideal for snorkellers. These healthy reefs provide a multitude of habitats for a magnificent diversity of marine life. Photographers love the variety of features and marine life. The shallow water allows lots of natural light and the absence of serious currents makes the process a lot easier. There are many photographic specialists on island and some run photographic courses.

Coral reefs “wake up” at night, Octopus, squid, huge channel clinging crabs, conger eels, golden tail moray eels, electric rays, large basket stars and bioluminescent organisms – and “the thing”. Rare, shy and extremely fast, this harmless purple coloured, segmented worm, is nocturnal and still a mystery. Coral spawning, around the end of August, can now be accurately predicted. This is a superb night time experience.
Wrecks are often at depths beyond the view of snorkellers, but St. Lucia has a couple the can enjoy. The freighter Lesleen M is an artificial reef in the Anse la Raye area. The 50 metres long wreck is covered with hard and soft corals, sponges and hydroids, an ideal habitat for turtles, octopus, neon-blue clawed spider crabs and many species of juvenile fish. The wreck is 9 metres to the deck and 20 metres at its deepest point. In clear water snorkellers get a great view of this wreck.

Whale sharks and humpback whales have been seen passing by the island – so keep an eye on the deep blue. Possible sightings: frogfish, seahorses, turtles, golden-spotted eels, octopus, moray eels, parrotfish, spotted drums, flying gurnard, Queen angel fish, barracuda, horse-eye-jacks, Bermuda-chubs, Creole-wrasse and southern-stingrays. Mahogany snappers and schoolmasters have made a welcome recovery and you might spot a rare sunfish. In additions, spectacular pillar coral, large gorgonians, massive barrel sponges, black coral fans, deep-water lace coral and layers of porcelain like plate coral, stacked one on top of the other. There’s lots more – just not enough room to mention them all here.

Turtle, Whale and Dolphin Watching
Saint Lucia is great for turtle, dolphin and whale watching. There are 33 species of whales in the world and over 20 live in or visit Saint Lucia’s waters. You can never guarantee sightings, but humpback, pilot and sperm whales and pods of dolphins are often seen. Some boats are equipped with hydrophones, for you to hear the creatures communicating. You can watch Leatherback turtles lay their eggs on Grand Anse beach, from March to August.
Saint Lucia is only 27 miles long by 14 miles across with over 25 sites suitable for divers and snorkellers of all levels. Most dive sites are close to the sheltered west coast in the Caribbean Sea. Reefs are generally close to shore, in places just 10 metres out, and depths range from 6m to 45m of warm, clear water. There is little or no current at most sites on this sheltered coast. Snorkelling can be done from the shore but to enjoy more sites snorkellers should join the dive boats which run 2 / 3 trips per day. Snorkellers and divers can enjoy many of the sites together. We offer a good selection of accommodation and dive centres all along the west coast. You are never far from the ocean and snorkellers will enjoy the easy conditions, warm clear water and the absence of currents along this coast. There are many guided snorkel trips, from shore and from the dive boats.
The Caribbean Sea means warm, clear water, ranging from 26°C to 29°C. Visibility ranges from 24-45 metres. The weather and ocean conditions are comfortable and constant throughout the year. On the south and west coasts there is little or no current. On the north and east coasts there may be a little more current due to the open ocean. As you would expect on a tropical island in the Caribbean, the weather is almost always warm and sunny. The air temperature ranges from 26°C to 33°C, and a nice sea breeze keeps you cool and fresh. The rainy season is October to December, with short tropical downpours, then warm and sunny again.

MARINE PARK
To protect the underwater world the Marine Management Area Marine Park, which includes the Soufriere Marine Reserve to the south west, was founded in 1981, to protect the environment for future generations. Their work extends out of the ocean and includes minimising impervious surfaces, keeping shorelines green and stable and preventing runoff into the ocean.

Saint Lucia is particularly good for families and groups of divers and non-divers. The relaxed and safe atmosphere enable you to enjoy the perfect weather in peace. The reef is close to shore, so if you are snorkelling (or diving) you are not away for long. Snorkelling in warm, shallow water is a great way to introduce children to the wonderful underwater world. Saint Lucia has some wonderfully large, white sand beaches, with lots of water sports and many land based activities for the whole family to enjoy.

SNUBA

Snuba is a great way to explore the marine world. A combination of scuba diving and snorkelling, Snuba gives everyone a chance experience the beauty Saint Lucia has to offer under the sea. You do not need any snorkelling or diving experience and people with only basic swimming skills are able to enjoy this activity.
Sea-Trekking
Guests are equipped with a Sea Trek helmet which sits comfortably on your shoulders. You breathe freely as air is pumped into the helmet. There are no masks, no mouthpieces, no hassle. Your head stays dry throughout your underwater adventure.

We are an ATOL bonded, diving holiday specialist for Saint Lucia. We work closely with the dive centres on Saint Lucia who have everything divers and snorkellers might need. They offer boat diving, guided dives, night dives, equipment for sale or hire and instruction courses for all levels, including complete beginners and youngsters. The Caribbean is a great place to take a referral or refresher course.
On a small island services like boat excursions, vehicle hire etc., get booked up quickly. It is important to reserve any services you may want for your holiday, before you arrive on Saint Lucia. Booking with us saves you money and ensures those services are available to you when you arrive on island, avoiding any disappointment. Those services then become part of your ATOL protected holiday itinerary.

The Ocean

St. Lucia’s volcanic birth has created spectacular natural features and the island’s breathtaking natural beauty continues below the ocean surface. The iconic twin Pitons rise to over 805 metres and the reef wall below the waterline drops to over 500 metres. Spectacular volcanic peaks, encrusted with coloured corals and sponges, rise dramatically from the depths to within a few feet of the surface. Colourful coral reefs, sheer walls, rock formations, pinnacles, arches, trenches, wrecks, a variety of astonishing features, provide a multitude of habitats for a magnificent diversity of marine life – from colourful reef creatures to larger ocean roaming creatures like turtles, rays, and sharks.

Saint Lucia is 27 miles long by 14 miles, so you are never far from the ocean. The east coast of this beautiful island faces the Atlantic Ocean and the west coast faces the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean Sea is famous for its warm, clear water and the huge number of marine species that live on, in and around the colourful coral reef. 156 different species of fish were logged on one St. Lucian reef alone. The west coast is sheltered, and ocean conditions are ideal for everyone to enjoy the ocean. The Atlantic coasts are often visited by larger, ocean roaming creatures like sharks, dolphins and whales.

Ocean Conditions

The Caribbean Sea means warm, clear water, ranging from 26°C to 29°C and visibility ranges from 24 to 45 metres. The weather and ocean conditions are comfortable throughout the year, almost always warm and sunny. The air temperature ranges from 26°C to 33°C, and a nice sea breeze keeps you cool and fresh. There is little or no current along the sheltered west coast. There are a few areas where currents are a little stronger for around the base of the Petit Piton which was used in the filming of Superman II.

The Marine Park

To protect the underwater world the Marine Management Area Marine Park, which includes the Soufriere Marine Reserve to the south west, was founded in 1981, to protect the environment for future generations. Their work extends out of the ocean and includes minimising impervious surfaces, keeping shorelines green and stable and preventing runoff into the ocean.

The Reef

There are many beautiful reefs, in shallow water, off the south and west coast, with the amazing marine life clearly visible from the surface. Reefs are generally close to shore, the reef at Anse Chastanet in the south is just 10 metres from shore, and depths range from 6m to 45m of warm, clear water. St Lucia is recognised as having the highest density of reefs in the Caribbean with nearly every kind of colourful coral. Spectacular pillar coral, deep-water lace coral and layers of porcelain like plate coral, stacked one on top of the other. There’s lots more – just not enough room to mention them all here. The reefs are dotted large gorgonians and sponges of all colours, shapes and sizes., massive barrel sponges, black coral fans
Coral reefs “wake up” at night, with many interesting creatures out and about. Octopus, squid, huge crabs, conger eels, goldentail moray eels, electric rays, large basket stars, bioluminescent organisms, starfish and . . “the thing”. Rare, very shy and extremely fast, this harmless, purple, segmented worm, perhaps up to 5 metres long, is yet to be officially identified. When moving, its colours glitter in the moonlight, but images are few and far between. Coral spawning is a very special event around the end of August, a superb night time spectacle.

Creatures

Saint Lucia has a wonderful diversity of marine creatures, 156 different species of fish were logged on one local reef alone. There are too many to list here, other than a few general groupings with the occasional specific species. It is important to remember that within each group there are numerous species. One way or the other you will hopefully encounter: angelfish, balloonfish, bar jacks, Bermuda-chubs, black durgon, blennies, blue tang, boxfish, bull shark, butterflyfish, Caribbean reef sharks, chromis, crabs (arrow, fiddler and mangrove), Creole wrasse, crevalle jacks, damselfish, eagle rays, filefish, flounder, flying gurnard, frogfish, snappers, goatfish, golden spotted eels, great barracuda, green razorfish, groupers, grunts, hawksbill green hermit crab, drumfish, honeycomb cowfish, horse eye jacks, lobsters, long jaw squirrel fish, mahogany snappers, manta ray, moray eels, needle fish, nurse sharks, octopus, parrotfish, peacock flounders, porcupinefish, pufferfish, reef butterflyfish, scorpion fish, sea horses, sharks, shrimp, trunkfish, southern stingrays, Spanish hogfish, striped burrfish, surgeonfish, tarpon, tilefish, triggerfish, trumpetfish, turtles and wrasse. Mahogany snappers and schoolmasters, as well as Nassau groupers, have made a welcome recovery and you might spot a rare sunfish.

Big Stuff

There are a large number of marine mammals spotted in St. Lucian waters. Saint Lucia is one of the best places in the Caribbean to see whales, turtles and dolphins. These include humpbacks, pilot whales, sperm whales, Orcas, spotted dolphin, spinner and bottlenose dolphins. Dolphins often swim alongside boats. There are 33 species of whales in the world and over 20 live in the ocean around the island. Whales usually visit between October and February – with a peak around November and December. Whale sharks have been seen passing by the island – so keep an eye on the deep blue. If not a diver or snorkeller, visitors can take one of the whale watching trips. Some boats are equipped with hydrophones, for you to hear the creatures communicating. There are three species of Turtle known to nest in St. Lucia. The Hawksbill, the Green turtle and the Leatherback. Leatherback turtles lay their eggs on Grand Anse beach from March to August.

Wrecks

The Lesleen M wreck, in the Anse la Raye area, is an impressive, 50 metres long, sitting upright, 9 to 20 metres down, clearly visible form the surface. It is covered with colourful anemones, hard and soft corals, sponges and hydroids, an ideal habitat for turtles, octopus, neon-blue clawed spider crabs, lobsters, eels, nudibranchs, coral-banded shrimp and many species of juvenile fish.
On the southern tip of St. Lucia’s Atlantic coast lies the Wawinet, 122 metres long, lying on her side at a depth of 32 metres. The Dredger lies in 14 to 26 metres near the entrance of the Port of Vieux Fort, where she worked for many years, ironically digging her own “grave”. A 106 metres long wreck she is clearly visible from the surface. The Daini Koyomaru wreck lies in 15 to 30 metres of water, still clearly visible from the surface. Sadly, the decks were crushed due to her turning turtle during the sinking. St. Lucia has several other wrecks, but these are in deeper water, with strong currents prevailing and consequently. They are only accessible to very experienced divers when conditions allow.

Things To Do On Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia has a huge choice of exciting things to do – something for everyone to enjoy. Being surrounded by the island’s natural beauty adds an extra dimension and many of the adventure activities use the island’s dramatic geography, like the zip wire through the rain forest, to offer visitors exciting new experiences. Visitors can also enjoy a wide choice of “traditional” sports. Saint Lucia is particularly good for families, the relaxed and safe atmosphere enables you to enjoy your holiday to the full. St. Lucia is a special experience.

Excursions

Lots of guided tours give visitors the opportunity to discover the island’s fascinating local history and traditions. Tours of the rum distilleries explain the production of rum and it is part of the cultural heritage of the island plus the usual “tasting” sessions. There are weekly events and street parties like Anse la Raye Fish Fry, the Dennery Fish Fiesta and the Gros Islet Friday Night Jump-Up. There are events celebrating island culture, throughout the year. Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts festival; the Carnival in June and July; every August Saint Lucia celebrates over 300 years of producing some of the world’s best chocolate; Jounen Kweyol in October is a month of activities honouring Creole culture.

Saint Lucia has a history of offering rejuvenating and restorative treatments. You can soak in the baths in the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens and take a therapeutic mud bath in the Sulphur Springs, a very popular natural spa treatment. Many resorts on the island offer spa treatments in a variety of relaxing surroundings, in gazebos perched above a stream or on the beach overlooking the ocean.

Nature

Saint Lucia is largely covered in dense rain forest, full of colourful flowers and exciting natural features like the volcano, hot springs and waterfalls. The Diamond Waterfall is the most colourful waterfall in the Caribbean. There are lots of opportunities to enjoy the wonderful natural world on nature trails, like the Tet Paul Nature Trail and Des Cartier Trail, plus guided tours, on foot and in various vehicles, including a fantastic “cable car” ride through the rain forest canopy. The impressive, iconic Piton Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the Gros Piton trail visitors can get to the top of the mountain for breathtaking views of the island.

Whale Watching

St. Lucia is one best places in the Caribbean to see whales, turtles and dolphins and whale watching trips are very popular.

Birdwatching

Saint Lucia has the highest number of endemic birds in the eastern Caribbean, including the brightly coloured Saint Lucia Parrot, or “Jacquot”. Saint Lucia is a small island and most sites are easy to get to, with lots of trails and some notable sanctuaries, like the Millet Bird Sanctuary and the Vieux Fort Wetlands. There are a large number of tours available.

Hiking

The island has 29 miles of well-established trails, through 19,000 acres of rainforest, like the Tet Paul Nature Trail, an easy hike with breathtaking views of Jalousie Bay, the Pitons and Martinique and St. Vincent across the sea. Lots of exotic plants and colourful flowers to see.

Sport

Saint Lucia has a good choice of sports for visitors to enjoy. There are two horse-riding centres on island offering visitors the chance to ride through banana plantations or on a beach along the water’s edge. Many hotels offer volleyball on the beach as well as table games such as pool and table tennis. The National Tennis Centre in Beausejour features six courts and St Lucia Racquet’s Club offers nine floodlit tennis courts and a squash court. The St Lucia Golf and Country Club’s 18-hole, par-71 course is one of the most scenic courses in the Caribbean. Cricket is a popular sport on Saint Lucia. The island is proud of the famous Beausejour Cricket Grounds and the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, which hosts international cricket matches for the West Indies.

Adventure Activities

Mountain biking – on established trails, through old sugar plantations, past historic sites some 250 years old, along rainforest trails with exotic wild orchids, stopping at waterfalls and other places of interest. Various trails are available depending on your abilities.
Zip Lines – there are several centres around the island giving you the chance to zip over and through the dense rain forest canopy. Very exciting, great fun, and we can personally recommend it. Take a canopy tram ride for a relaxing, panoramic view of the rainforest and island.
Segway Tour along a scenic nature trail. This was great fun – and not as hard as it looks. The trail has views of Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island, once used as pirate hideout, a lookout point and a military base, Fort Rodney. Visitors can also enjoy Jeep safari tours, quad biking, helicopter tours, paint balling and ATV tours across plantations and through the rainforest.

Watersports

Saint Lucia has some excellent, soft sand beaches for relaxing and getting some sun. However, ocean conditions are very comfortable for swimmers, divers and snorkellers. Many beaches have a choice of water sports – in, on or under the water – kitesurfing, windsurfing, jet skis, paddle boarding etc. The Atlantic coast has a steady onshore breeze, ideal for kite and windsurfers. There is small water park off Reduit beach – a challenge for all the family.

Sailing

Very popular on St. Lucia, boats can be hired and boat trips offer a chance to explore the scenic coastline of Saint Lucia, including one on a replica of an 18th century rigged schooner.

See The Ocean page for more information

Sightseeing On St. Lucia

Saint Lucia is an island with a rich culture and history and magnificent natural splendour. Most “sights” are natural or historical ones and, as St. Lucia is a small island, they don’t require long journeys, although some natural sights are a more of a challenge, although always an interesting one. Nothing too arduous, we promise. There is a wide choice of transport options, cars, mountain bikes, jeeps, shank’s pony even a “cable car” through the rain forest. Guided tours are a good way to see the sights and learn about local traditions, culture and history. These are informal and we have always found very informative. There are a variety of themes, so you will find some that match your interests.

Pigeon Island National Park

Pigeon Island National Park was home to the early Amerindians settlers. Later it became a pirate’s hideout then a lookout point and military base when the British and the French fought over Saint Lucia. Visitors can see remnants of the military forts and bunkers used during this time. There is a small museum and Interpretive Centre describing the turbulent history of the island. It has the bonus of some excellent views of the ocean and the island.

The Diamond Waterfall

The Diamond Botanical Gardens are a 2,000-acre estate presented by King Louis XIV in 1713 to three Devaux brothers and is still owned by their descendants. The waterfall originate from underground thermal springs and, over centuries, the rocks have been encrusted with minerals of bright yellow, purple and green. The mineral baths have been on the site since 1784 and some say the waters have therapeutic and curative powers. Visitors can bathe in the mineral rich waters. It is believed that Empress Josephine Bonaparte bathed here as a young girl. There is an old mill and water wheel on the estate, built in 1765 and used to crush sugar cane. After the sugar industry collapsed the mill was used for crushing limes to make lime oil and later to provide hydroelectric power for the village of Soufrière.

Fond Doux Plantation

There are several plantation tours, and some have historic sites dating back 250 years. One such is Fond Doux, still a working cocoa plantation. Visitors can watch the fermentation and drying process of the cocoa beans as well as the traditional ‘cocoa bean’ dance which polishes the beans before roasting. There are ruins of a battle between the British and the French, dating from 1795.

The Pitons

The twin Pitons are Saint Lucia’s iconic landmarks, two volcanic cones rising out of the ocean, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Gros Piton trail, which takes approximately 4-5 hours, enables visitors to climb to the top of the mountain to take in the breath-taking views of the island.

Sulphur Springs

The Sulphur Springs are inside the world’s only “drive-through volcano”. Visitors can experience one of nature’s true wonders. There are more than 20 pools of mud or mineral baths where visitors can take therapeutic bath. Guides will explain how the volcanic crater was created.

Tet Paul Nature Trail

The Tet Paul Nature Trail has wonderful views of Jalousie Bay, Petit Piton and Gros Piton as well as Martinique and St. Vincent across the ocean. There are medicinal plants, exotic fruit trees along the way and an old St. Lucian house.

Soufriere

The old fishing village of Soufrière dates to 1745 and the historic town square features traditional buildings and the church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Josephine, the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, was born here in 1763. The picturesque Toraille Waterfall is nearby.

Morne Fortune

The British made Castries, the main naval base, the island’s capital in the early 19th.century.  The remains of the fortifications built on the hill overlooking the port, including some cannons. The hilltop gives visitors panoramic views of the island and across the ocean.

The Capital Castries

Derek Walcott Square, named after St. Lucia’s Nobel laurate, is in the heart of the city. Its most famous landmark is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with its Italianate style clock tower. The square is surround by brightly painted, colonial style buildings, with their verandas overlooking the streets.

Marigot Bay

This does qualify as a sight worth seeing. This astonishingly beautiful bay was used in the original Dr Doolittle film. The view from the hilltop genuinely magnificent.

Segway Ride

This excursion along the scenic nature trail up Mount Pimard, has excellent views of the island and the ocean. Along the trail are bunkers used by the American military during World War 2.

Whale watching

Should this be a on a “sightseeing” page ? We think so. Whales, dolphins and turtles live, or visit, the ocean around the island. See the ocean page for more information. Although sightings cannot be guaranteed, St. Lucia gives visitors probably the best opportunity of seeing these magnificent creatures.

Cricket

Cricket fans may wish to visit the world renowned Beausejour Cricket Grounds or the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, which hosts international cricket matches for the West Indies.

Nightlife On St. Lucia

The island offers visitors lots of opportunities to enjoy a very relaxed and friendly nightlife, in the capital Castries and in Rodney Bay, where most hotels and resorts are located. Although both have nightclubs, bars and excellent restaurants, Rodney Bay Village is the focal point of nightlife on the island with a wide choice of restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and St Lucia’s only casino. Hotels and resorts also offer live music and cabaret acts. Visitors will appreciate the many events and festivals throughout the year, for their live music and theatrical performances, which often feature international artists. These events are often a celebration of Caribbean culture, making them more interesting and rewarding.

Cuisine

Saint Lucia’s population is African, British, French European descent, with a small Indo-Caribbean and Carib community. The multi-cultural nature of the island gives it its harmonious way of life. Saint Lucia is considered one of the most welcoming islands in the Caribbean. Consequently, there is a truly extraordinary choice of cuisines – and styles. West Indian, Mexican, Creole, Asian and French food, flavours from around the world, prepared by internationally recognised chefs and some local maestros. The local creole restaurants in Rodney Bay are great and amazing value for money. Saint Lucia’s Indo-Caribbean curry is very popular.

Street Parties

St. Lucia is famous for its street parties, organised but very informal, noisy but good fun, a very “real” experience.

Anse La Raye Fish Friday

Weekly Friday night fish fry, in the picturesque fishing village of Anse La Raye. Freshly caught seafood – lobster, shrimp, conch, red snapper, crab – tables along the streets and stalls with grills, drinks, etc. Lots of music and great fun, but more relaxed than some of the other street parties.

Dennery Seafood Fiesta

Every Saturday on the beach in the fishing village of Dennery. Seafood delicacies, prepared to old Creole family recipes, passed down the generations, accompanied by soca and zouk music.

Gros Islet Friday Night ‘Jump Up’

The Friday the Gros Islet street is a very lively affair which fills the streets of Rodney Bay from 9 p.m. every Friday night. A variety of BBQ grills serve local dishes from cafes and street stalls. Lots of bars offering a variety of weird and wonderful cocktails – usually a rum based concoction. This is boisterous and the music is loud. Crowded, good natured and fun.

St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival May

The most famous international Jazz festival in the Caribbean. Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts festival celebrates Jazz and other genres, with performances from world famous singers and musicians. A series of concerts culminates in an open-air concert at Pigeon Island.

Saint Lucia Carnival June-July

Month long series of community events, and a string of parties and fetes. Carnival ends with an exciting, joyous two day street parade of live music, eye popping Carnival costumes and the uninhibited celebration typical of Caribbean carnivals. Saint Lucia Carnival is considered one of the best carnivals in the Caribbean.

Roots & Soul Festival August

A festival of reggae, hip-hop, Afropunk and R&B, as with Saint Lucia Jazz, there are free and paying concerts, around the island, the finale is at Pigeon Island National Landmark.

Mercury Fest August

A two day beach party at Pigeon Island National Landmark, with live concerts.

Country & Blues September

Featuring music rooted in folk traditions.

Food & Rum Festival September

Promoting Saint Lucian and other Caribbean rums, restaurants, chefs, and regionally manufactured food and drink products. Lots of musical and other artistic performances.

Arts & Heritage Festival October

A celebration of French Creole Heritage, a month of street parties, musical, theatrical and other performances. Culminates with the celebration of International Creole Day (Jounen Kweyol).

OctoberFest En Kweyole

A colourful, festive celebration, reflecting a tradition from around the world featuring various beers, with a creole twist. Live musical performances are part of the celebrations.

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