Soaring pitons towering over manicured, palm-lined beaches freckled with magnificent luxurious resorts. St. Lucia is an island that promises endless summer days filled with excitement. With its gentle mint green waters and hidden jungle dirt tracks, the biggest challenge is finding time to do nothing and not wander far off into the undiscovered paradise that is this magnificent island.
Orlando's - $$$
For a 5-star Caribbean treat, book a table at Orlando's and get ready for an evening you'll never forget. You'll be able to taste the chef's passion for his food in every bite, from the gorgeous local fish dishes to the dessert treats that will make you wish you left just a bit more room. The cocktails at Orlando's are spectacular as well. Ask for a drink with a sugar cane garnish for the most Instagram-worthy pics.
Masala Bay - $$
Many locals will argue that Masala Bay has the best service and food in the country. You can spend the whole night just sampling the starters on the menu, which include frothy churned yoghurt with salt and roasted cumin, garlic shrimp, and a soothing frosty drink with rose petals. Choose a seat out on the endearing open air patio and fill up on some of the best Indian/Chinese you'll ever eat!
Gobble - $
You wont have to wander too far for lunch after you're done exploring and shopping. This adorable little eatery is right next to St. Lucia's shops and is the perfect spot for a quick break and to fill up on delicious bites. With free wifi, friendly locals and the best cheesecake on the island, you're visit to Gobble will be a refreshing break. Oh, and if you're staying away from meat, you'll have plenty of enticing vegetarian options!
Jade Mountain - $$$
If you like the idea of your own personal infinity pool by your room, being treated like a celebrity, and a view of lush green mountains and an endless shimmering sea, then Jade Mountain might be for you. But really, who wouldn't like this? These perks of course come at a cost, but if you have the cash, spend it here. You'll also have beach access, fantastic waters for snorkelling and some of the best food in St. Lucia right on the property. What are you waiting for, just book yourself a room.
The Inn on the Bay - $$
This gorgeous, bright white boutique inn is perched on a tropical hillside overlooking the turquoise waters of Marigot Bay. Your troubles will slip away as you lounge by the poo, sipping Caribbean cocktails and basking in the warm sun. This B&B is just far enough away from the crowds to be perfectly serene, but not too far away that you'll feel shops are unreachable. The owners will personally greet you and make sure you have everything you need, so if you love great family-style service and attention, make sure you check out The Inn.
Hummingbird Beach Resort - $
If you're on a bit of a budget and don't mind a more rustic option, try this small resort overlooking the beach. The view of The Pitons and Caribbean Sea are just incredible, and will having you snapping pics for hours. But make sure you get out and wander around. The resort is just walking distance from town, and you'll have access to all the water sports you can handle.
Treetop Adventure Park
Even if you're more of a beach bum than an adrenaline junkie, build up the courage to spend a few hours at the adventure park. Zip lining in St. Lucia is phenomenal, mostly because of the ridiculously beautiful views and the hilarious guides, with even more hilarious names, like Machete and Shy Alex. You might be on vacation to chill out and soak up the rays, but do your self a favour and build up the energy to go and have the time of your life.
Take a Boat Tour
Most boat tours are not just a great way to see this stunning island from the water, but also a good chance to tick off a whole list of must-dos all in one day! Bring your camera and get some rest before you head out, because it could be a long day. St. Lucia from the sea is remarkable, so ask a crew member to snap a few pics of you as you cruise past The Pitons. You can also check out the sulfur springs, waterfall and get in some amazing snorkelling sessions before you return home.
Diamond Botanical Gardens
St. Lucia just might be the definition of paradise. It has strikingly sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and a chance to get away from crowds and just be at peace. If a bit of nature and tranquility is what you're up for, come to the botanical gardens and get the full tour. Eat fresh fruit, learn about the amazing plants and animals of the islands, and even take a dip in the picturesque waterfall. It's the perfect way to unwind and really soak in the natural beauty of St. Lucia.
Swaying coconut trees, powdery beach, and sparkling blue water peppered with sailboats in the bay. Marigot Bay is truly a perfectly picturesque paradise. You can lay on the beach all day and listen to the birds sing and the waves roll into shore, or you can jump onto a water taxi and explore a bit. Go kayaking, boarding, snorkelling, hop on a jet ski, or wander around tasting cold beer and look for a lunch spot. For the best photo opps, take a stroll above town to the overlook, and snap some gorgeous photos of the bay.