The iconic image of St. Lucia is of the beautiful coastal areas prostrating themselves below the dominating twin peaks of the majestic Pitons. Mountain views may be what characterise this delightful Caribbean island but you don’t need to have your head stuck up in the clouds to enjoy the fun. Scuba diving and snorkelling will show you another world altogether at a much lower altitude, kitesurfing will see you cresting the waves, zip lining will provide an exhilarating breeze as you zoom through the rainforest canopies and regular Friday night 'fish frys' will have you sampling the local foods and dancing the night away without a care in the world. There’s so much to enjoy with a hotel in St. Lucia.
Where to Stay in St. Lucia
Castries – The Pitons may dominate the south of the island but further north the island’s capital, Castries, is framed by the lush mountain hills of Morne Fortune. It makes a wonderfully scenic backdrop to your exploration of the craft boutiques and local markets.
Vieux Fort – At the southern tip of the island is its second-largest town. The bay here is where the tranquil waters of the Caribbean Sea merge with the rather more boisterous Atlantic Ocean. The result is that you can enjoy the stunning coastal views whilst you try your hand at kitesurfing and windsurfing in the ideal conditions for both.
Around Soufriere – From here you can begin your ascent of the Pitons. It’s a challenging but surprisingly accessible hike and the views from the top are worth all that sweat. Nearby you can find the hot sulphur springs of a volcanic crater, beautiful botanic gardens and waterfalls cascading down steep mountain slopes.
Around Gros Islet – Whether you want to mingle with the crowds or escape them you can do both here. Small resorts and quieter beaches are clustered around Gros Islet but the main activity centres on Reduit Beach. Try scuba diving, or other watersports, or head for the dense rainforests near Rodney Bay to zip line your way into an adrenaline rush you will remember for a long time.
How to Make the Most of Your Hotel in St. Lucia
In the north there are the views of Morne Fortune from the capital to take in, but it is the southern scenes that take in the Pitons that define St. Lucia for many. Back at sea level, St. Lucia still has hidden away many secluded beaches where you can enjoy the coastal splendour far from the madding crowd.
After your ascent of the Pitons you can enjoy the luxury of a massage and spa treatment to soothe those aching muscles. Take a trip to the refreshing cool pools at the bottom of waterfalls that plunge from mountainsides above or feel the heat created by volcanic sulphur springs. Watersports, including scuba diving, snorkelling, kitesurfing, kayaking and windsurfing, are widely available. To get a taste of St. Lucian cuisine take a tour to a working plantation where you will be introduced to the local produce before you are wined and dined. Don’t forget to leave time to do what St. Lucia is all about, though: relaxing on the beach, holiday read in one hand and cocktail glass in the other!