6 things you need to know about Saint Lucia

If you’re looking for a picture-perfect paradise that has sandy beaches, adrenaline-rush activities and spectacular sights, Saint Lucia has it all.  The sandy Caribbean beaches are not all the island has on offer as an emerald blanket of rainforest sweeps over much of the island including the majestic Pitons; Saint Lucia’s iconic volcanic plugs.

Carribean island St Lucia

1.         You can Snuba dive

A brilliant short cut to an exhilarating underwater experience without the need for a diving certificate. Snuba diving is a cross between snorkelling and scuba diving as it allows you to breathe under water with no heavy and restrictive equipment weighing you down.

 2.         Cruise along the coast

Boats in St Lucia harbour

Combining sunbathing, relaxation and sight-seeing, you can cruise along the island’s coastline for a truly memorable day trip. If you start your journey in the north, you can voyage to the south for lunch to see the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano and dip into the revitalising mud baths.

3.         Make your own bar of chocolate

Cocoa pods - Boucan Hotel Chocolat St Lucia

Cocoa pods – Boucan Hotel Chocolat St Lucia

Saint Lucia is perfect for chocolate lovers and the island offers mouth-watering tours of the plantations. At Boucan by Hotel Chocolat you can make your own chocolate bar from their cocoa beans.

4.         Dance under the stars

The Saint Lucian Jazz and Arts Festival takes place from 30 April to 11 May and sees music fans flock to Pigeon Island for the 12-day open-air festival featuring international and local artistes.

5.         Spot the Small Six

Sugar Beach facing Piton St Lucia

Saint Lucia is just 27 miles long and 14 miles wide but has so much to offer visitors who are interested in nature and wildlife. The ‘Big Five’ African safari challenge has been turned on its head as the island invites visitors to spot its own smaller species, affectionately named the Saint Lucia Small Six. The six include the parrot, the pewee, the black finch, worm snake, warbler and the pygmy gecko.

6.         Book Saint Lucia to Experience More

Now is the time to book a trip and make the most of this beautiful island.

Soufriere St Lucia

Visit www.stlucia.org for more information, as well as details of the discounts and offers for key attractions on the island.

Compiled in association with the Saint Lucia Tourist Board