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  • Coastline Rugged mountains, tropical rainforests
  • Coast life Punch and plantations

Shades of emerald, ebony and teal form the colour palette on this breezy and relaxed island – making St Lucia, the second largest of the Windward Islands, the ultimate Caribbean destination.

The lifestyle here is laid-back – live music and Creole cuisine flow freely in its pastel-tinted towns – while the landscape switches between powder-soft beaches and lush pitons that soar 2,000ft up towards the deep-blue sky. Culture-proud St Lucians are keen to show you a good time, and with a myriad of spectacular viewing points (helpfully highlighted by hand-painted road signs), verdant botanical gardens and bustling markets to draw on, they’re bound to point you in the right direction.

Do go/Don’t go

Though it’s hot all year round, the best months weather-wise are between mid-December and mid-April, which predictably coincides with the biggest influx of tourists. June to November is the wettest time of year, and the island is occasionally threatened by hurricanes at this time.

Getting thereView map

  • Planes International flights arrive at Hewanorra International Airport | though it’s also possible to fly into George FL Charles Airport from the US and other Caribbean islands.
  • Boats Boats are available from coastal hotels and can be picked up from popular beaches or harbours. Marginally more expensive than a regular taxi, they is the quickest way to get around – as well as offering spectacular island views.
  • Automobiles Car hire is easy to organise from Hewanorra airport or your hotel | and it’s probably the most affordable and interesting way to see the sights. Driving on St Lucia requires a permit – for $22 | you will be free to roam the island’s roads for three months. Be prepared to tip friendly locals keen to offer you directions.
  • Taxis Taxis are easily available but expensive. You can flag cabs down in the streets – licensed cars have red number plates. But, beware, the winding roads on the west of the island can make for a queasy journey.