Saint Lucia Vacations
Your Saint Lucia vacation
Named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse, the stunning volcanic island of St. Lucia is broken into picturesque parishes, swept by warm trade winds and cut by snaking roads, which run along rugged coastline. Home to both white- and dark-sand beaches, it's also a place to take in local music and quadrille dance or score artisan-made batik clothing and tropical art.
Let Orbitz help you plan the perfect St. Lucia vacation, complete with visits to natural wonders and local gems. With top attractions, insider tips and the best time to go, you'll get the skinny on where to explore and what to do during your St. Lucia vacation.
Best time to take a vacation to Saint Lucia
December through May are peak season, marked by the most reliably dry weather -- not to mention the end of the Atlantic hurricane season (June through November). For fewer crowds and lower rates, St. Lucia's wet season occurs from the beginning of June and extends through July – the earlier period of hurricane season.
The Saint Lucian Jazz Festival, which booms with Caribbean music, is held for 10 days each May. The island also hosts the cultural festivals of La Rose and La Marguerite, in August and October respectively, when feasting and folk dancing are in full swing.
Insider tips for Saint Lucia travel
Anse Cochon beach
Take a boat to the remote, dark-sand Anse Cochon beach, site of a pretty swimming, snorkeling and diving-friendly reef.
Eat like locals
Eat like locals in and around Soufrière, Rodney Bay Castries and Gros Islet, where typical St. Lucian meals are abundant with seafood and ripe, Caribbean fruit.
Gros Inlet Jump-Up
Attend the weekly Friday night Gros Inlet Jump-Up, when locals take to the square and cut a rug.
Cricket is ultra-popular in St. Lucia, and there's no better place to catch a match than at Beausejour Stadium.
Saint Lucia Vacation Packages
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St. Lucia hotel on the bay attracts yachting communityCapella Marigot Bay, St. Lucia, sits on 30 acres in the Marigot Bay, popular with the yachting community. Boutique-style guest rooms and suites (some with private plunge pools) have balconies overlooking the bay or... More
St. Lucia resort with waterpark, multiple pools and adults-only sectionThe Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa - All Inclusive attracts a wide array of travelers. The 85-acre resort is split into an 18-and-over section and an all-ages section, giving honeymooners their quiet... More
blu St Lucia is superbly located in Rodney Bay just a short stroll from a variety of bars and restaurants and the best beach on the island. This boutique hotel comprises of elegantly furnished rooms and suites and guests can opt for either breakfast or all-inclusive... More
Romantic hideaway for couples in all-inclusive St. Lucia resort The Rendezvous Resort hotel is located on the beautiful Malabar Beach and offers an all-inclusive getaway for couples only. There are several classes for promoting rest and relaxation including yoga and... More
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St. Lucia hotel in tropical setting that takes seclusion very seriouslyThe Anse Chastanet Resort offers a complete break from a hectic modern lifestyle. Without TV sets, radios and telephones but with a host of healthy outdoor activities to take part in, the Anse... More
St. Lucia resort on Bonaire Bay with infinity pool, restaurant, bar The Calabash Cove Resort & Spa uses natural and tropical elements -- exotic wood and stone, for instance -- to create a romantic island retreat. Flowers and landscaping dot the property, set on a... More
Charming St. Lucia cottages with ocean views, award-winning restaurant, spaIn Creole, Ti Kaye means "little house," and that's just what the owner intended when he designed the 33-cottage Ti Kaye Resort and Spa. The secluded property sits on the black and coral sand... More
The Luxury Ladera Resort is perched 1,100 feet above the Caribbean Sea and offers remarkable views of the World Famous Pitons. The intimate resort houses 32 suites all featuring walls that are open to private pools and tropical surroundings. Welcome extras include... More
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St. Lucia resort with four restaurants, seven pools and a spaAll-ages Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa - All Inclusive attracts singles, couples and families. The 45-acre village-style resort offers activities such as Tai Chi and yoga, plus water sports. On the long list... More
A spa-minded St. Lucia resort that focuses on the whole body The BodyHoliday at LeSPORT - All Inclusive goes beyond the average all-inclusive, including one 50-minute spa treatment per person, per day (excluding arrival and departure days). This award-winning approach to... More
Saint Lucia highlights
Perched on the hilly ruins of the Micoud Estate, this banana-strung botanic garden was a British military outpost before slaves set fire to it during the during the Brigand's War. Tour the secret gardens on a guided tour.
La Soufrière Drive-In Volcano
Drive up to this scenic sulphur spot to get close to bubbling, muddy pools. Take a guided tour of a fault in the substratum rock.
Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Gros Piton and Petit Piton jut high above the Caribbean Sea. Snap photos from vantage points across St. Lucia, or break a sweat with a guided climb.
Pigeon Island National Park
As legend has it, a wooden-legged pirate hid within this strategic, hilly inlet, now a destination for beach, festival and concert-goers -- not to mention history buffs, who explore its 18th century barracks, garrisons and batteries.
Vieux Fort to Castries
Rent a car and drive from Vieux Fort north to Castries, intersecting mountains, meandering through rainforests and fringing crashing, cliffy shores.
Diamond Botanical Gardens and Waterfall
Wander through picturesque gardens filled with looming trees and eye-popping flowers. Located on the Soufrière Estate and marked by a natural gorge, enjoy post card-perfect views of sulphur springs, a waterfall and mineral baths surrounded by colorful, mineral-encrusted rocks.
Barre de L'lsle Forest Reserve
Set out on a guided hike to find panoramic views of verdant valleys and coastal towns from lookouts at this postcard-worthy reserve. For something a bit more rigorous, take to a climb of Mt. La Combe Ridge.
British admiral Samuel Barrington sailed into this lovely harbor in 1778, his ships hidden from the French by fronds of palm. Nowadays, it's a backdrop for restaurants, bars and boutiques.
Situated at the crux of Jeremie and Peynier Streets, this busy market – open every day except Sunday – brims with fresh produce. After grabbing some fresh figs, make your way to the adjacent craft market to procure pottery and wood carvings made by local artists.
Fond Doux Estate
Tour this working estate which grows bananas, citrus, cacao and coconuts amid 135 rambling acres. See a cocoa fermentary and lush, tropical flora on trails that lead to military ruins, views of the Pitons and a religious shrine.
Bounty Rum Distillery
Get a taste of local hooch made by St. Lucia Distillers during a 90-minute distillery tour that reveals the history of sugar and rum and how it all comes to fruition.