In the heart of the Caribbean, you’ll find the picturesque island of St Lucia. Washed on one side by the tranquil Caribbean Sea and on the other side by the wild waters of the Atlantic, holidays in St Lucia are about discovering the island’s stunning beaches, villages and backdrop of mountains, including the famous Pitons. Coral reefs, banana and coconut plantations and rainforests covered in exotic wildlife, flora and fauna as well as over 30 species of birds complete the picture. For nature lovers, look out for the leatherback turtles who come ashore between mid-March and September to nest. For music lovers, visit the island in May and catch the famous St Lucia Jazz Festival. St Lucia's old French capital of Soufriere is a must visit for the best view of the Pitons and also the Sulphur Springs and the Diamond Estate Botanical Gardens. The laid back and friendly resorts together with a wide range of hotels to choose from, make holidays in St Lucia the perfect choice for honeymooning couples and families alike.
Water sports, whale and dolphin watching, boat trips, quadbiking and deep sea fishing there's no shortage of things to do on a holiday in St Lucia. The islands terrain is ideal for hiking and mountain biking. Explore the rainforest on an aerial tram tour. A visit to the colourful Central Market in Castries is fun and just the place to pick up a straw hat or some handmade crafts to take home.
When it comes to nightlife, St Lucia has something to suit your every mood. Head for Rodney Bay with its live music, clubs and bars along the waterfront or Reduit Beach with its beach bars blasting out calypso. You may not have to venture very far for some evening fun, as many hotels and luxury resorts on the island have their own animation programmes to entertain guests.
Dining out in St Lucia gives you the choice of Italian, Creole, Chinese and Indian fare alongside traditional restaurants serving local specialities such as green figs and salt fish or Callaloo soup. Don't miss a taste of coconut water, drank directly from the split shells of the fruit, and the locallyproduced rum.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.
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