St Lucia holidays
Go west to the Windward Islands…
The volcanic peaks of the Pitons rise up in the west, while the rainforest interior bursts with tropical fruits and colourful wildlife, and gentle turquoise waters tickle the palm-fringed beaches – all you need now is a sun lounger and a coconut rum cocktail and life will be complete!
Just 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, the dramatic Caribbean island of St Lucia is proof that the best things really do come in small packages. Taking its place between Martinique and St Vincent in the crescent moon of the West Indies’ Windward Islands, St Lucia is a true tropical paradise.
The Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano (and who knew this was something that existed at all), Sulphur Springs are the perfect place to connect with St Lucia’s culture and traditions. Here you’ll find information about the geology, history and cultural significance of the springs, and you’ll be able to experience them for yourself firsthand. Perhaps take a mud bath, then once the mud has dried on your skin, wash it off in the mineral-rich waters of the springs. Thought to help with various ailments including arthritis, joint pain and skin problems, a dip in the springs will at the very least relax you and give you a fabulous one-of-a-kind memory to take home.
The twin forest-clad peaks known as Gros Piton and Petit Piton are visible from virtually every part of the island; they’re so intrinsic to the St Lucian identity that they are a symbol of the island itself. A spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site, not only are they visually arresting themselves, they also afford fantastic views for anyone with an inclination to climb them.
St Lucia prides itself on its outstanding cuisine. The island’s abundant tropical fruits include mangoes, papayas, pineapples, soursops, passion fruit, guavas, bananas and coconuts. Local chefs combine the island's fresh produce with a wide variety of equally fresh seafood to create tantalising curries, Creole-style entrees and pepperpot stews. Callaloo soup, which is made from a green leaf similar to spinach, is the national dish.
St Lucia is an island in the Caribbean, south of Martinique and north of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The currency in St Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), although US dollars are widely accepted.
It takes around eight hours 45 minutes to fly from London to St Lucia.
In St Lucia, unlike many Caribbean islands, the custom of tipping is left to the traveller’s discretion. As a general guide, waiting staff in restaurants and taxi drivers should be given around 10 percent of your total bill although feel free to give more if the service was exemplary. Hotel staff such as room service and maids should be given at least $1.
St Lucia is four hours behind the UK.
The official language of St Lucia is English. French Creole is also spoken.
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