St Lucia, The Caribbean Islands
St Lucia, one of the most tropical, safe and welcoming islands in the Caribbean is a definite recommendation from ixploring.com. We recommend going between January – April as its dry season and temperatures do not sink below 22 Degrees often. While relaxing enjoy the beaches, snorkelling and exploring the rainforests, waterfalls and islands with that special someone and get that ‘trip of a lifetime’ ticked off your bucket list.
Does t sound like it should be 3 connections and 20 hours long? You couldn’t be more wrong, 9 hours direct from the UK and you are touching down in this exotic isle.
Fly direct with British Airways from London Gatwick Airport from £450.00 return in the dry season (December – April). Book today through ixploring.com while the prices are low!
With St. Lucia being only 43 Km (27 Miles) long, you are not far from anywhere and with most tours offering to pick you up, public transport and taxis easily accessible or hire yourself a car (or a buggy/quad if you are feeling more adventurous), wherever you stay, you are not far from anywhere. Accommodation is usually found down the east coast of the island and beaches, rainforests and volcanos will not be far from your view of your balcony. Theres not many places that can say that!
Our first pick is right by Soufriere, a town with plenty of bars and restaurants along the seafront popular for tourists. As well as having your evenings on your door step, you are right by some of the biggest tourist attractions such as Petit Piton and some of the best beaches on the Island. As well as having all of this on your doorstep, prepare for some serious relaxation. Our First recommendation can be purchased for 10 nights from £1500.00 approximately, i know we usually like to seek great prices but sometimes you pay for what you get and just WOW, here it is;
Our second pick is further up the island, a bit more lively with great bars and restaurants on your doorstep. Close to Castries (the capital), Rodney Bay and fantastic beaches such as Choc beach. Even though you have everything nearby, you will not struggle to find places to relax. Our second choice can be purchased from approximately £800.00 for 10 nights on a bed and breakfast basis or there are all-inclusive options. Our choice is;
Top 5 things to do…
- Pigeon Island – Pigeon Island is a 44-acre islet located in Gros Islet in the northern region of Saint Lucia. Once isolated from the country in the Caribbean Sea, the island was artificially joined to the western coast of mainland in 1972 by a man-made causeway built from dirt excavated to form the Rodney Bay Marina. Composed of two peaks the island is a historic site with numerous forts such as an 18th-century British fort and Fort Rodney both used by the British to spy on French Ships from neighbouring Martinique. In 1979 it was named a national park and again in 1992 it became a national landmark under the control of the Saint Lucia National Trust. Today, Pigeon Island is the home and major venue of the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival. Wikipedia
- Experience the views from Gros Piton – The Pitons are two mountainous volcanic plugs, volcanic spires, located in Saint Lucia. Gros Piton is 798.25 m high, and Petit Piton is 743 m high; they are linked by the Piton Mitan ridge. The Pitons are a World Heritage Site, 2,909 ha in size, and located near the town of Soufrière. Wikipedia
- Experience the Islands finest beaches and enjoy some snorkelling in clear blue warm waters – Some of the best beaches on the island include Choc Beach, Reduit Beach, Vigie Beach and Anse Chastanet Beach but im sure there are so many more great beaches to visit on this wonderful island, just remember to leave time for the other activities the island offers!
- Explore Rodney Bay – Enjoy the views, beaches and town in the day and the bars and restaurants on the night. A super welcoming place! While you are there, try the street food and there is a street party Friday nights for the more wild travellers!
- Hire an ATV or Quad and visit the Diamond Botanical Gardens – Enjoy the island with an ATV (Sharing is more romantic but getting one each is more fun!) then head to the Diamond Botanical Gardens where you will find exotic plants and trees, waterfalls and lakes you can swim in and great mountainous views. Here is a little about the gardens: St. Lucia Botanical Gardens, also known as the Diamond Botanical Gardens, is home of the Diamond Waterfall and the oldest botanical gardens on the island of St. Lucia. The botanical garden is located in the town of Soufrière, in the South-Western region of the island St. Lucia. Baron de Laborie, Governor of St. Lucia, built Sulphur Baths in 1785, using funds sanctioned by King Louis XVI of France. Troops and invalids used the baths for medicinal purposes, comparing the waters to those found at Aix-la Chapelle. Wikipedia
Current travel restrictions
When going outside of the EU, it is always best to check what rules the country has and make sure you abide by them. For instance, in St. Lucia, you cannot wear camouflage so make sure you and your case are camouflage free!
And good news, you don’t need a visa to visit the island from the UK, if you hold a passport from a different country, it is always best to check before you travel.
In terms of travel in relation to COVID, entering St. Lucia at the moment would require you to take a test prior to travel, you can find out how HERE, and unless you are in their travel bubble would be required to isolate at an approved hotel for 14 days or the duration of the stay if less, with exemptions such as going on an excursion authorised by the hotel you are staying at. However, St. Lucia are on the UK’s exemption list so it may only be a matter of time before the restrictions are lessened and we can visit this beautiful isle restriction free.
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Based on two people (15th – 25th January 2021)
Flights – £470.00 Return Per Person (via ixploring.com with British Airways from London)
Hotel – £1006.00 (Bay Gardens Hotel, Rodney Bay via the link above)
Travel Insurance – £37.00 (for two people)
Total Trip Cost
£991.50 Per Person
Our ixploring.com rating…
This location is a great opportunity to do some world class snorkelling, see some amazing scenery and lie on some of the most beautiful beaches you can find. All this and the great atmosphere that will hit you when heading into the local towns gives a perfect mix of adventure, relaxation, culture and romance. Because of this, the weather in January and the reasonable prices on offer for a 5 star destination, we rate St. Lucia;
References – Feature Photo (St Lucia) – flickr.com, In-text image (St Lucia) – pixabay.com