Palm-fringed beaches, majestic Piton Mountains, and endless waterfall-dotted rainforest draw travelers from all over the world to visit St. Lucia, off the Central American coast. The island's East Indian, French, English, and African heritage mean its culture and music traditions are especially rich; active pursuits, meanwhile, vary from strolling serene botanic gardens to diving into thrilling watersports.
Things Not to Miss on St. Lucia
While it's tempting to spend all of your time sipping a rum cocktail at your resort, travel to St. Lucia demands you do more. Sunbathe on a white-sand beach, hike rainforest-covered mountains, or try rock-climbing. Put the following on your St. Lucia travel list:
• Piton mountains
• Sulphur Springs (try mud-bathing)
• Pigeon Island National Park
• Fort Rhodney
• Castries market
• The former French port of Soufrière
• Marigot Bay and Gros Isle
When to Visit St. Lucia
Expect a moderate, warm climate throughout the year.
• December—April is the ideal time to visit temperature-wise.
• If you're on a budget, consider April—early December. But remember, this is a beach destination and June—early December sees high humidity/heavy rainfall.
• January—June is the best time for dry weather and sunshine.
• April—June is less crowded and relatively affordable.
• Summer is an excellent time to visit, if you don't mind all of the tourists.