While today St Lucia is an island paradise dotted with resorts and luxurious Caribbean rental villas, the island actually has a long and interesting history. Thanks to archaeological artifacts, historians have been able to determine that the island was first settled somewhere between 1000BC and 500 BC. The original settlers of the island, the Arawaks, were defeated by the Caribs somewhere around 800 AD, and the Caribs began the first permanent settlements on St Lucia.
While the island was bypassed by Columbus, it was twice forced to fight off British forces during the 1600's. A century later, the French tried to take claim of the island by creating the very first European settlement on its soil. This settlement is known as Soufriere and is still one of the most active and historic sites on the island. Control of the island passed between the British and French many times during the 1700's and 1800's, until the 1814 Treaty of Paris was finally drafted. English did not replace French as the official language of the country until nearly thirty years later, and the island did not become independent until 1979.
The history of St. Lucia is one of warfare and patriotism, and it is something that many of the locals know a great deal about. If you are looking to learn more about the history of the island while visiting your St Lucia vacation rental, book a historic tour of Soufriere and other important sites with Real St Lucia Tours. Not only will you be able to see some of the island's most unique historic sites, but you will be able to do so alongside a local guide who will be happy to share history, stories, and unique landmarks along the way.
Anse Chastanet- Located only a mile from Soufriere and near many St Lucia villa rentals, this beach feels like an oasis paradise. Here, visitors can find a dive shop for exploring the depths of the beautiful waters, as well as towering cliffs and palm trees. The nearby resort offers restaurants, a bar, and more for the perfect travel experience.
Reduit Beach- Easily the island's most popular beach and readily accessible by St. Lucia rental vehicle, the waters here are among the most beautiful in the world. Again, visitors will find bar and restaurant options, as well as snorkeling, all amidst a beautiful backdrop.
Smuggler's Cove- Surrounded by cliffs on three sides, Smuggler's Cove creates an ideal sense of privacy. With a lifeguard on duty, it is ideal for families while still being perfect for couples, groups, etc.
St Lucia rental villas are plentiful, but Escape Villas goes above and beyond to offer privately owned villas with luxury and excellent customer service. Here are five reasons why an Escape Villa is the only option you need to consider for your next trip.
- Every villa is chosen for its ideal location on the island.
- Almost all rentals include private pools.
- Televisions and quality sound systems are standard in all units.
- All villas include a modern kitchen for your convenience.
- These privately owned St Lucia luxury villas put you in the heart of all St. Lucia has to offer while still affording you the privacy of your very own residence.
The stunning Caribbean island of St Lucia is one of the world’s most exciting destinations. With a rich heritage influenced by the Amerindians, French, British and Creole and blessed with stunning natural attractions, St Lucia has a wide appeal for travelers. So whether looking for a classic beach holiday, tempted by thrilling water sports or keen to explore St Lucia’s magnificent landscape, the island known as the Emerald Isle is the place to be.
St Lucia is also the Caribbean’s most romantic destination – it’s a favorite for honeymooning couples drawn here by those lush landscapes and picture perfect palm-fringed beaches. But there’s so much more to St Lucia and that makes the island a delightful destination for visitors of all ages. And with a fabulous selection of St Lucia villa rentals to make a visit here a luxurious home from home, St Lucia is the No.1 choice for travelers.
Perfect Weather in the Ideal Location
St Lucia is part of the Windward Islands of the Caribbean and its volcanic origins can be seen everywhere on the island. As one of the most mountainous islands in the region, St Lucia has an extraordinary range of peaks, including the most recognizable mountains anywhere in the Caribbean – the twin peaks of the Pitons on the southeastern coast that tower menacingly over the surrounding landscape, their jagged edges reaching down to the sea cliffs and plunging into the shimmering blue waters of the Caribbean.
St Lucia has become known as the Emerald Isle because of the lushness of its landscape – tropical rain forests carpet its mountains and fertile valleys. And its rugged coastline is home to some astonishingly beautiful beaches of silver sands fringed by palm trees. Quiet coves and natural harbors are a sensational backdrop for all kinds of water sports and for simply lying back and soaking up the endless sunshine.
Oh yes, did we mention the sunshine? There’s lots of it. St Lucia has a privileged position close to the equator, giving it a hot and very humid climate, with temperatures regularly hitting 90F from June to August. The rain is a regular visitor, too, helping to give St Lucia its lush greenery and along with the northeast trade winds, helping visitors to keep their cool naturally. The great thing about choosing St Lucia villas as your holiday accommodation is that you have the ideal base from which to explore the island and a close spot to retreat to when the heat is on.
Naturally Beautiful, Naturally Intriguing
There is so much to see and do in St Lucia that one visit simply won’t be enough to satisfy discerning travelers who have picked St Lucia villa rentals for their stay. Those beaches and that startlingly clear blue water is perhaps the island’s greatest attraction – soaking up sun, sea and sand is sometimes all a vacationer needs. But there’s so much to be experienced and explored, on land and water.
Swimming is a given, of course, but how about diving beneath the waves to swim with the tropical marine life? Scuba diving and snorkeling are popular activities all year round. Perhaps you fancy landing the big one – deep-sea fishing charters around St Lucia will give you the chance to fish in some of the Caribbean’s deepest waters for Blue Marlin, Dorado, Barracuda and Wahoo among the many different types of big fish to be found here. Join a whale watching trip and see these mighty creatures at play.
Rock climbers are often drawn to St Lucia because of the challenge of the Pitons but even inexperienced climbers can conquer the 2,619ft Gros Piton in the adventure of a lifetime. Led by professional guides, you climb through Amerindian ruins and tropical rainforest to reach the summit and enjoy the most spectacular views anywhere in the Caribbean. Don’t forget your camera so you can relive that experience back at your St Lucia house rental.
For slightly less strenuous activities, go on a rainforest walk, a 5 hour island excursion, Tet Paul Trail, a delight for the senses as St Lucia’s natural flora and fauna surround you. There are eight trails established by the St Lucia National Trust and Department of Forestry – hire a guide to lead you and ensure you see the very best of this amazing natural wonder, whether on foot, on a bike or on horseback. Try a 4WD tour that will bump you across St Lucia’s legendarily rough roads in an all-terrain vehicle.
St Lucia has a wide selection of spas where visitors can enjoy pamper sessions that will restore mind, body and spirit. Spa sessions can even be booked at the same time as St Lucia condo rentals. And there’s no better place to experience a natural pampering session than in the bubbling sulfur springs of St Lucia’s unique natural wonder – the drive-in volcano at Soufriere. The crater is surrounded by pools and hot springs that belch out sulfur-laden steam. Wait till the sun goes down and the springs are just cool enough for a rejuvenating mud bath that will soothe and heal.
Music fans will want to plan a trip around the time of the St Lucia Jazz Festival, which takes place each May. The island’s culture and heritage can be explored in the capital Castries and in the picturesque fishing villages of the west coast. Booking St Lucia rentals early will give visitors a great base for their vacation.
Dine in Style St Lucia is renowned for its fresh food and top-class dining. Seafood, caught in the abundant waters that surround St Lucia, is magnificent while island specialties include Creole inspired dishes such as salted fish and fruits grown locally such as papaya, mango and passion fruit. For those lucky enough to have their own St Lucia vacation rentals, there’s the opportunity to buy fresh from the market and cook your own St Lucia-inspired meal – truly dining in paradise. Getting to St Lucia Most travelers arrive in St Lucia by plane. There are two airports – the largest is Hewanorra International Airport, located in the southeast of the island and the main arrival point for international visitors; George F. L. Charles Airport is located on the northwest coast near to the capital Castries. St Lucia is also a favorite port of call for cruise liners and there are regular ferries connecting the island to its neighbors. When booking St Lucia vacation house rentals, visitors can also organize their transfers from either airport or port – luxury vehicle rental is popular but for those who like to travel in style, helicopter charters can whisk you to your St Lucia holiday villa in a matter of minutes.
What we are doing here on this amazing island of ours isn't simply providing services, We are creating great experiences. The people we interact with on a daily basis are not only incredibly amazing to deal with but are a natural fit to our growing travel family. When I ask them how they learned about St. Lucia one of the things I hear most of the time is "It's been a place I've wanted to visit for years". Being a St. Lucian national I am humbled to learn how blessed I am on this island and we at Villa Escapes along with our other companies make it our duty to make dreams come to. Whether you got to learn about us through our amazing Saint Lucia excursion company Real St. Lucia Tours; Got our information from one of the many travel agents or tour operators we work with daily, our goal is to simply ensure your experience is nothing short of incredible. One of the things I've come to do every day is to read comments our clients who use our services send. Below is a review from one of our most recent travel family members who used our private airport transportation service in Saint Lucia.
A unique experience is something you are able to create with a passionate team. At the end of a St Lucia excursion what most of our excursion clients from all over the island have come to learn and share with other guests is a tour is only as good as the guide. I am quite fortunate to have a group of amazing passionate guides whom sole interest is create a unique touring experience for our travel family. We are even more fortunate to be able to attract great people, people who love adventure and want to learn as much about the island's activities, culture and history as possible. Below is one of the many thank you comments we receive from our adventure family. "Janus,
The tour and our tour guide, Gideon, was excellent. The inclusion of a visit to Tet Paul was a highlight, since he knew we were interested in some active walking. The local restaurant for lunch was great after all the "American" food on the ship.
I would recommend your tours to future visitors.