Summer of Discovery
Summer in Saint Lucia just got better with the launch of our Summer of Discovery campaign offering you great holiday savings and the chance to win £7,500*!
Come and explore all Saint Lucia has to offer whether you want to relax on one of our glorious beaches, learn to cook like a Lushan, zip-line across the rainforest canopy, snorkel in our clear waters or take a tour of a cocoa plantation - the choice is yours.
We have teamed up with the below tour operators to provide you with a range of great holiday offers where you can save up to 60%*. Also, if you are in Saint Lucia from June to September, you can enter our social media competition and have a chance to win £7,500. To learn more, click here.
*The prize fund is approx. £7,500 based on a currency conversion from US$10,000.
*Save up to 60% on accommodation for travel on selected dates up to and completed by 14th December 2018.
Calendar of Events
Find out more about what to do and the exciting events taking place during the year by clicking on each month below.
Why not check out our Food & Rum Festival (12th - 14th January) with participating restaurants offering exciting rum-infused dishes. You can also be spoilt with a dinner prepared by US celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson, giving a Saint Lucian twist, to his menu from President Obama’s first State Dinner. To round off the festival, there is an open-air concert on the historic Pigeon Island National Landmark paired with an offering of the finest rums and artisinal creations. Watch the video to learn more.
February is the month of love, and what better way to celebrate each other than in one of the most romantic places in the world. The iconic Piton mountains, lush rainforests, beautiful palm-fringed beaches, turquoise waters and unique accommodation are a match made in heaven. So, it is no wonder Saint Lucia has been awarded the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination nine times by the World Travel Awards. Explore more of our romantic experiences. In February, we also celebrate our Independence on 22nd so there are lots of festivities on island during this time.
With the island’s lush interior, it is a natural habitat for a range of wildlife from tree lizards, geckos and iguanas. In fact, one of the world’s rarest lizards (St Lucia Whiptail) can be found on Maria Island. There are also around 170 different bird species and 6 endemic birds on island (St Lucia Parrot, Semper’s Warbler, St Lucia Pewee, St Lucia Oriole, St Lucia Black Finch and St Lucia Warbler) There are many great birding sites where these can be spotted. Learn more here. Take the family during Easter for a break to remember.
Photo credit: Adams Toussaint
Take to the warm seas and indulge in a variety of water-sports from kayaking and paddle-boarding, to pedal boats and hobie-cat sailing. Alternatively, if you just want to sit back and relax why not opt for a cruise on a catamaran along Saint Lucia’s scenic coastline? For those who want a more hands on experience, you can opt for a private sailing class with your very own captain. Saint Lucia is also just as beautiful below as above. As on Blue Planet II, discover colourful reefs and marine life in crystal clear waters and explore sunken wrecks at our fantastic dive sites. Snorkelling is also very popular and is ideal for those who want to stay closer to the shore.
Head on down for the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival in May and enjoy a great line up of international, Saint Lucian and Caribbean artists. This year performers included award winning Robert Glasper, Avery Sunshine, Lalah Hathaway, Denys Baptiste, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson, Barbara Cadet, Etienne Mbappe and the Prophets and many more. For more information, visit www.stlucia.org/summerfestival
Saint Lucia is blessed with an abundance of natural attractions. The majestic Piton Mountains are truly a sight to behold whether seen from the sea, land or air on a helicopter tour. The island also has the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano where you can take a short tour to see the bubbling Sulphur Springs and thereafter indulge in a mud bath full of minerals and healing properties. Explore our beautiful botanical gardens and waterfalls. Admire the bright colours and sweet smells of the tropical flowers on a guided tour where you will also learn more about the medicinal qualities of numerous plants. Learn more about our top attractions here.
The ultimate street party, Saint Lucia Carnival, takes place on 16th – 17th July in Castries. The capital city comes alive in a colourful explosion of exotic costumes and pulsating Soca rhythms. ‘Wine’ your way along the streets following a band with a cold Piton beer in one hand and your horn blower in the other! For the weeks leading up to Carnival, there are band competitions, beauty pageants and numerous parties or ‘fetes’ across the island, perfect for party lovers. For more information on Carnival, visit http://www.stlucia.org/summerfestival/saint-lucia-carnival/
August is a great time to visit if you are a Chocolate lover as we celebrate Chocolate Heritage Month. Many hotels offer chocolate packages including chocolate inspired menus and spa treatments. You can make your own chocolate at Hotel Chocolat’s cocoa estate in Soufriere or at Fond Doux Plantation. You can also opt for some chocolate tasting at Anse Chastanet’s chocolate lab. This month is also the start of our Roots & Soul Festival (31st August - 2nd September), with artists setting new trends in reggae, conscious hip-hop, Afro-punk and R&B. Last year’s performers included Reggae artist Chris Martin, Etana, RnB singer Musiq Soulchild and Fourth World. For more details, visit http://www.stlucia.org/summerfestival/roots-soul/
For those seeking a more active and adventurous holiday, Saint Lucia provides the perfect backdrop with its lush rainforests and mountainous terrain. Go jungle-biking through an old sugar plantation. Hike up the Gros Piton Mountain which takes an average of 4 - 6 hours to climb up and back down - hire a friendly, local guide to show you the way. How about zip-lining through the rainforest? Choose from one of our three zip-lining centres across the island. There is also an island buggy tour or a Mini Cooper ‘See Saint Lucia Topless’ tour. While you drive listen to the audio guide in your car and learn about the sites and history of Saint Lucia.
During the month of October, we celebrate our rich cultural heritage with an Arts & Heritage Festival The festival has a mix of musical and theatrical performances, as well as seminars and lectures, varied culinary experiences, street parties and art exhibitions. The festival culminates on the weekend of 28th – 29th October with a celebration of International Creole Day (Jounen Kweyol) in designated communities, marking the end of Saint Lucia’s Summer of Festivals. There are also some great cultural tours available year-round including Lushan Country Life, Fond Latisab Creole Park, Pigeon Island National Landmark and Greenwood Terrace tour.
Health & Wellness is the focus for this month. There is a triathlon (Tri-St Lucia) which includes a swim in the beautiful clear waters of Rodney Bay, a tough hilly bike ride and finally a flat run to Pigeon Island and back. If that sounds too strenuous, many hotels offer yoga and spa treatments where you can relax the mind, body and soul. This month also highlights the commencement of ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), the largest trans-oceanic sailing event in the world. It starts in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at the end of November and finishes in IGY Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia early December. A host of activities and cultural events take place for the visiting yachtsmen in Gros Islet.
Enjoy the celebrations of The Festival of Light on 13th December which is also National Day. The celebrations start around the first week of December with a Lantern Competition and culminates on the eve of Saint Lucia Day, 12th December, with the Parade of Lanterns in the streets of Castries. There is also a variety show of Christmas songs and dance, followed by the turning on of the lights on the Derek Walcot Square and finally a fireworks display. Spending Christmas with family and friends in Saint Lucia is just magical.