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Discover St Lucia

If your perfect holiday starts and ends with a perfect beach, St Lucia’s got you covered, but if you want a little more from your holiday, then you’ll be rewarded by this adventurous island. Discover the best things to do in St Lucia, and book the best experiences before you go with British Airways.

Some Caribbean islands are all style and no substance, but behind St Lucia’s indolent resorts there’s a backdrop of exciting hiking trails, exhilarating water sports, colonial history and colourful festivities. Whether you’re hiking in Chassin or sipping Champagne on a sunset cruise, the possibilities are endless on holidays in St Lucia.

Back view family of father and daughter enjoying scenery of Piton mountains on St Lucia island in Caribbean.

Adventure and nature

Soufrière is a great place to start a St Lucia adventure and organised half-day hikes to summit Gros Piton are high on the agenda for adventurous tourists. Kids will love a drive through the island’s famous ‘Drive-In Volcano’ at the local Sulphur Springs – whilst adults will look forward soaking in the natural, mineral-rich pools.

Paradise beach at Soufriere Bay with view to Piton at small town Soufriere in Saint Lucia, Tropical Caribbean Island.

Beaches and water sports

It wouldn’t be a Caribbean holiday without a good beach, and St Lucia has several. Reduit Beach at Rodney Bay is a mile long, and immeasurably beautiful, but it’s Anse de Pitons that takes the crown for best location, right at the feet of the magnificent Piton Mountains. When it comes to water sports: the best diving is near Soufrieres, but good snorkelling can be had off many of the beaches. A boat trip lets you explore beyond the island – so why not book onto a sunset cruise.

Green Figs and Salt Fish.

Caribbean cuisine

When it comes to local ingredients, St Lucia is gastronomically blessed: exotic fruit, spices and seafood are easy to come by on the island – don’t miss the local banana ketchup. Grilled fish comes served with great live music at Gros Islet Jump Up every Friday near Rodney Bay and even the most exclusive hotels incorporate local ingredients in their dishes: try Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, where everything is flavoured with – you’ve guessed it – cocoa from the on-site plantation.

Back view of carnaval parade participants with colorful feathers. closeup photo.

Brilliant local festivals

Don’t miss the spectacular St Lucian Carnival. Events and festivities start in May and run until summer. There are concerts and competitions, plenty of calypso and soca music – and the search for the year’s Carnival Queen. Events culminate with a two-day fiesta in July – when a frenzy of feather plumes, sparkling costumes and steel pans splashes through the streets of Castries, St Lucia’s capital.

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