Mesmerizing, breathtaking and truly unforgettable are just a few words used to describe the island of Saint Lucia, the true Helen of the West. A perfect haven for romance to grow, adventure at every corner and home to some of nature’s most coveted natural beauties as far as the eye can see.
This tropical island paradise lies at latitude 13° 54′ north and 60° 50′ west of the Equator. One of the Windward Islands, St.Lucia is located in the middle of the Eastern Caribbean archipelago and is approximately 21 miles south of Martinique and 90 miles northwest of Barbados. As the island’s capital, Castries boasts a population of 70,596 and is situated to the northwest of the island, possessing one the Caribbean’s deepest natural harbours in the caribbean; the perfect nestling ground for the many cruise liners which visit its ports year round.
The Atlantic Ocean rims Saint Lucia’s eastern shore while the Caribbean Sea lines the west coast which offers the calmest surf and finest white and golden sand beaches. The Island is approximately 238 sq. miles (616 sq. km), 27 miles long, 14 miles wide with a largely mountainous topography.
Saint Lucia appeals to all the senses with some of the most uplifting attractions in the Caribbean. From champagne sunsets, magical mountains and beautiful palm-fringed beaches, to sumptuous spas, delicious dining and a world-class choice of accommodation.
If you are looking for the highest levels of personal service and attention to detail coupled with stunning vistas and great dining experiences, look no further than Saint Lucia’s luxurious resorts.
Whilst some have their beaches, some their diving and others their music, only one island has it all.
So attractive she’s been nicknamed “The Helen of the West”. Saint Lucia is lined with beautiful palm-fringed beaches, although our beaches are just an introduction to the immense beauty Saint Lucia has to offer.
An emerald blanket spreads over much of the island, covering plunging valleys and rising peaks in lush rainforest. It’s a spectacular setting for adventure. And in a culmination of scenic wonder in the south, the magical Piton Mountains rise majestically from the Caribbean Sea. These green-cloaked peaks have UNESCO World Heritage Status, and top the list as Saint Lucia’s most arresting attraction.
You can admire Saint Lucia’s good looks from afar. But there are many rewarding ways to experience the island close-up: From mountain biking through the rainforest, zip-lining over it or climbing a Piton to a visiting cocoa, sugar and banana plantations, sailing on a pirate ship or even driving into a volcano.
Ocean experiences are just as varied. An abundance of water sports are complimented by excursions to see dolphins and whales, or to visit neighbouring islands. Saint Lucia also has luxury marinas that play host to some of the finest yachts and are a playground for the rich and famous.
While Saint Lucia’s natural assets are its most striking feature, a big part of the island’s appeal lies within its rich culture and heritage. The island is widely regarded as one of the most welcoming in the Caribbean. And a vibrant mix of Carib, African, French and English culture and history influence day-to-day life. Whether it’s the French Creole patois spoken by the locals or the island’s distinctive local cuisine, which is a sumptuous mix of West Indian, Creole and French food. While delicious European dining is presented by internationally recognised chefs.
There’s a world-class choice of accommodation too. From candy-coloured cottages on plantations to high-end hotels with three-walled bedrooms featuring their own infinity pools – which offer an open invitation to experience the island’s natural delights. But wherever you stay, nature is present. At an alfresco breakfast a friendly hummingbird might join you, and as dusk settles a chorus of tree frogs will fill the air.
If you’re feeling romantic, Saint Lucia is an ideal location. The annual World Travel Awards have declared their feelings by awarding us as “World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” an impressive eight times. But Saint Lucia is not an exclusive preserve of those wanting a romantic retreat.
The island loves to party, and does so every weekend in spirited fashion out on the streets of several fishing villages, and at the bars in Rodney Bay. At the same time, with a selection of family-focused hotels, safe-swimming beaches, pirate-themed sea adventures and a rainforest waiting to be explored, nowhere in the Caribbean surpasses Saint Lucia for all-round appeal.