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St. Lucia

With its volcanic peaks, lush rainforest, and secluded beaches set along a dramatic coastline, heavenly St. Lucia brings stunning landscapes more typical of the exotic South Pacific to the nearby Lesser Antilles. Rounded out with classic Caribbean charm and world-class resorts, St. Lucia invites you to find your vacation paradise — and bring a camera!.

St. Lucia traces its colorful history to pre-colonial times, yet it has a legacy of over 400 years of European influence. And while the country's economy is mainly agricultural, it shouldn’t be surprising that its natural attributes have made tourism the fastest growing industry.

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An island of natural wonders

St. Lucia is blessed with awe-inspiring natural wonders. The soaring twin volcanic peaks of the Piton Mountains are the island's famous backdrop, reaching 2,400 feet into the cloudless Caribbean sky. They shelter the spectacular cascades and rock pools of Diamond Falls as well as a lush interior rainforest blanketed with prehistoric-looking giant ferns, wild orchids, and colorful tropical birds. Mount Soufriere is billed as the world’s only “drive-in volcano,” and features bubbling sulfur springs and steaming craters surrounding the famed volcano.

Closer to the shore, white- and black-sand beaches snake along coastlines fringed with palm trees. Scuba divers say that St. Lucia ranks high in the Caribbean for diving, particularly Anse Chastenet Reef with its shallow reefs, deep walls, and plethora of sea creatures packing the corals.

 

Caribbean charm

St. Lucia’s natural wonders are matched only by the cultural magnetism of quaint fishing villages and exciting traditional events. Lively cafes lining the island's gold-sand beaches provide refreshment and a break from the tropical sun. The busy capital city of Castries on the island’s northwestern tip provides sightseeing, open-air markets, entertaining nightlife, pockets of 19th-century Creole architecture, flavorful Caribbean cuisine, and many places to shop.

Elsewhere, explorers find banana and cocoa plantations, aged fortresses, and warm, inviting people proud of their rich heritage. Sailors gather at Rodney Bay Marina, the island's largest yachting port and chic entertainment hub. Conversely, the bayside fishing community of Soufriere, with its local marketplace and weathered buildings, exudes the provincial charm that reflects the relaxed coastal lifestyle of St.Lucia.

 

Our favorite beaches

Marigot Bay

Instantly recognizable from its starring role in the movie musical "Doctor Dolittle," this secluded bay is a real-life Caribbean fantasy. Steep emerald hills border three sides of the white-sand beach. A harbor serves as home to large ocean-going yachts. Refreshments and water sports gear are nearby.

Reduit Beach/Rodney Bay

St. Lucia's most popular beach, this long stretch of golden sand is adjacent to Rodney Bay and within walking distance of Rodney Bay Village restaurants and other facilities. You can arrange for water sports gear and lounge chairs at rental kiosks on the beach.

Anse Chastanet

Glowing with ebony sands that reflect its volcanic origins, Anse Chastanet is backed by rolling green hills and lined with lush palm trees that provide a cool alternative to sunbathing. A sharp drop-off, coral reefs, and shipwrecks lure divers and snorkelers into the clear waters.

Anse de Sables

One of the island's most popular places for windsurfing, thanks to constant on-shore trade winds, this white-sand beach on St. Lucia's southern end is also a mecca for sun worshippers.

 

Things to do

St. Lucia is filled with must-see attractions and wonders. Items marked with a (*) are Liberty Travel Insider Experiences, handpicked tours (some exclusive to Liberty Travel) that can be booked as part of a Liberty Travel Escape.

Horseback Ride

Explore gorgeous St. Lucia on horseback! Amble through a tropical rainforest atop a sleek, gentle mare or serene stallion. Ride along a cliff and feast your eyes on panoramic coastline vistas with the aquamarine ocean sparkling in the sunshine. Then, prepare yourself for a totally unique experience, as you and your mount cross the white sands of pristine beaches and enter the warm waters of the Caribbean.

St. Lucia Shopping

Shopping enthusiasts: discover the best of St. Lucia as you shop for gifts, souvenirs, and seek out unbeatable deals at duty-free shops. Shop Pointe Seraphone and the Craft Market where you can practice your bargaining skills with local vendors. Find your favorite item and bring back the perfect souvenir for your friends and family.

ATV Adventure

Experience an exhilarating adventure on an ATV for two and embrace the adrenaline rush as the thrills begin! Take in the panoramic views of the Atlantic coastline and relish the island’s natural beauty. These fully automatic vehicles take you along off-the-beaten-path trails to the most inaccessible spots and give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the “real” St. Lucia. Revel in an adventure you’ll never forget!

 

St. Lucia Fast Facts

Approximate flight times

  • NYC/Newark 5 hours
  • Philadelphia 6 hours
  • Boston 6 hours, 30 minutes
  • Chicago 6 hours, 30 minutes
  • Miami 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Los Angeles 8 hours, 30 minutes

(some flights may require connections)

Entry/departure requirements

A valid U.S. passport is required. A St. Lucia departure tax of ECD$68 for all passengers over 12 years is applied to ticket prices at time of purchase.

Official language

English, but a French Patois is also spoken.

Currency

Eastern Caribbean Dollar (ECD$), but the U.S. dollar is widely accepted.

Climate

St. Lucia's subtropical climate is moderated by cooling trade winds. The average annual temperature ranges from 70-90°F, and average annual rainfall is 53.6".

Marriage Requirements

There are no residency requirements in St. Lucia. Passports, birth certificates, and divorce/death certificates (if applicable) are required. The license fees are ECD$335 if the couple are staying on the island for 3 days or more. There is also a Registrar Fee of ECD$100 and Marriage Certificate fee of ECD$8.