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.