Destination Overview

Romance is everywhere on your St. Lucia honeymoon. The combination of natural beauty and island mystique is impossible to resist, and you’ll find yourselves falling in love with the ‘Helen of the Caribbean’ like so many visitors before you. World Travel Awards chose the island as the world’s best honeymoon destination for 5 consecutive years (and nine times in total.) It is a special spot for destination weddings as well.

Your honeymoon will be framed by the dramatic scenery of the Piton mountains, lush tropical vegetation, and clear aquamarine waters. You can visit a volcano, bathe in therapeutic hot springs, and practice just about any water sport in a single day of sightseeing. For high adventure, try zip lining or ATV trips in the rainforest. Take it easy on the soft sand beaches, or join in the party at the clubs on the Rodney Bay strip.

The warm waters of the Caribbean invite swimmers and snorkelers to explore the world of the coral reefs. Adventurous couples will also want to try kitesurfing or kayaking on the Roseau River. St. Lucia is a yachting center and cruises are one of the best ways to see the island. Nature lovers can explore the tropical rainforests, volunteer at a sea turtle hatchery, and even drive into a live volcano.

The mingling of African, Caribbean, English, and French cultures influences food, music, and traditions. You will enjoy discovering the rich tastes of the Creole food, made with a wealth of fresh island produce and seafood. Check out market day at Castries Central Market for local handicrafts and produce.

St. Lucia’s annual Carnival in June is famous, but there are festivals and events throughout the year, from Nobel Laureates Week and regattas to impromptu street “jump-ups”. Many events celebrate the Creole heritage of the island and its history.

Accommodations include five-star resorts, luxury villas, all-inclusive resorts, and small inns. St. Lucia is used to welcoming honeymoon and bridal couples, and you’ll soon discover that this lush tropical paradise was made for two people in love.

About Saint Lucia

At a Glance

  • St. Lucia is one of the only two sovereign nations named after a woman (the other is Ireland, named after the Celtic goddess Eriu). The name is officially written as Saint Lucia but often shortened to St Lucia.
  • It is part of the Windward group of islands in the Lesser Antilles, with the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.
  • The Piton rock formations, volcanic in origin, rise dramatically in the center of the island from the surrounding rainforest. They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a favorite destination for hikers and rock climbers.
  • St. Lucia is famous for its beaches and water sports. Anse Chastanet Beach is one of the best places on the island for snorkeling and scuba diving among the colorful tropical fish.
  • Get an unforgettable aerial view of the Castries Waterworks Rain Forest with a gondola ride, or zipline over the canopy for a breathtaking experience.
  • At Sulphur Springs in Soufrière, you can get really close to the live volcano and soak in a volcano mud bath. Take some time to visit the Diamond Botanical Garden and Waterfall too.
  • On Saturdays at the Castries Central Market, locals gather to buy and sell produce and handicrafts at colorful stalls. Make it your Market Day as well.
  • The St. Lucia Carnival in June turns the whole island into one large outdoor party. The annual jazz festival in late May is co-produced with Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. It always attracts an impressive line-up of performers and music fans at various venues.
  • Gros Islet Village at Rodney Bay is the place to be on Fridays. This is an evening “jump up” with boom box music and food stands set up along the village’s main street. It doesn’t take long to get into the swing of things.

Fast Facts

  • GETTING THERE: Saint Lucia has two airports, Hewanorra International Airport and George Charles Airport, connected to a number of international and local destinations. Visitors can also arrive by by sea, via cruise lines or local ferries at Port Castries and Soufriere.
  • GETTING AROUND: Taxis are available for local transportation, but you may prefer to get a rental car for greater flexibility and freedom in planning your day.
  • DRIVING: Visitors can get local temporary driving permits valid for 3 months when they show a valid foreign or international license. You can get a permit from the Immigration offices at the airports, car rental services or local Police Stations. Driving is one of the best ways to get around the island, and roads are paved, but keep in mind that with the hilly terrain, all roads have “corkscrew” curves that demand careful driving and some thought about the return drive, when you choose a restaurant or club destination.
  • WEATHER: The average annual temperature is 75 degrees Farenheit.
  • WHEN TO GO: Peak tourist season is from December to April, when the weather is a little drier. But if you want to avoid crowds and high prices, May and June are also pleasant months to visit.
  • ELECTRICITY: Electricity is 220 volts, 50 cycles AC. U.S. appliances need an adaptor.

Honeymoon Hints

  • Find yourselves a hidden cove for a picnic or head to the secluded Marigot Bay.
  • Take a magical sunset cruise around the island, with champagne.
  • Hit the spa for a couples massage and wellness treatments.
  • Ride the bus if you want to see local color.
  • Plan a candlelight dinner on the beach.
  • The earliest you can get married is three days after your arrival on the island.

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