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Snorkeling, Swimming, Hiking – Saint Lucia Has It All – A Caribbean Vacation Guide

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Known for its pristine beaches and rainforest interior, Saint Lucia is an exotic Caribbean destination that charms visitors and residents all year long.

From postcard-worthy beaches with world-renowned snorkeling to unobstructed island views, check out Newswhistle’s top things to do!

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Image Courtesy of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Hotel

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Hotels to Consider:

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Hotel

Located in between the Pitons, the famed mountain spires of Saint Lucia, lies Sugar Beach, long considered to be one of the world’s best beaches and serving as the island’s only white sand beach.

With an 18th century sugar plantation next door, the 100-acre property is comprised of luxury villas and cottages, bungalows and luxury mill rooms.

All of the hotel’s 86 rooms allow guests to enjoy their own private plunge pools and butler services. Guests are also privy to water sports and fine dining experiences across their restaurants lead by Executive Chef Jacques Chretien.

If you’re heading to Sugar Beach to relax, that won’t be an issue as the pool and beachside beverage services, paired with the natural beauty of Saint Lucia ,will put even the most discerning travelers at ease.

Jade Mountain

Developed by architect Nick Troubetzkoy, Jade Mountain features bold designs in an unexpected setting within the island of Saint Lucia. Guests looking for exclusivity and privacy look no further when choosing Jade Mountain, as the hotel features stage-like settings while just less than a mile from its sister property, Anse Chastenet. It will be hard to believe you can’t sleep at the soft sand beaches or at the infinity pool sanctuaries, but you’ll have to pay a visit to the hotel’s Jade Mountain Club, the restaurant program that features Chef Allen Susser (a James Beard winner)  for an out-of-this world dinner.

Cap Maison Saint Lucia

If you’re looking to be spoiled from start to finish on your holiday, this intimate and luxury hotel is just for you. Located in northern Saint Lucia, Cap Maison offers sensational views of the Caribbean while looking towards Pigeon Island and even the island of Martinique… if you are lucky. The hotel’s amenities and services will make it a challenge to leave as you can easily lose track of time while being pampered at the full-service spa, infinity pools, and French-Caribbean restaurants. While there is no beach access directly at the hotel, guests can easily be transported by the hotel to Smugglers Cove or enjoy hotel-organized boat day trips to Soufrière or Martinique.

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Image of The Pitons Courtesy of PlusONE / Shutterstock.com

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Things to Do:

The Pitons

You’ll want to check out the most photographed landmarks in all of Saint Lucia. Visitors looking to get a real look at Saint Lucia’s rain forest interior can coordinate a 2-hour mountain hike through the park service. Alternatively, if hiking is not for you, you can visit the Ladera hotel to get that Instagram-worthy shot.

Day Trip to Martinique

For those hoping to set out on a sea adventure, the day trip to the island of Martinique is just what you are looking for. Your day excursion will allow you to sail in between islands and catch the occasional sighting of dolphins, with endless rum punches for all. Once you get to Martinique, you’ll be able to do some serious shopping at the luxury French boutiques and enjoy traditional Creole fare around town in Fort-de-France while taking in the sights. On your trip home, you’ll stop at a private cove where you’ll have the opportunity for uninterrupted snorkeling and swimming.

Jeep Tour including Waterfall

There’s really no better way to see all of Saint Lucia’s top attractions. An adventure packed day, it will include visits to plantations, fishing villages, the rain forest and more. The trained guides will also give you a history lesson (promise – it’s not boring) while taking you around the island. Stops on the tour include the Pitons, Morne Coubaril – a working plantation, Diamond Waterfall, and the Sulphur Springs – where you can take a dip in mineral mud baths and get treated to an authentic island lunch.

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plateImage: “Dinner plate with the flag of Saint Lucia”;  Courtesy of Antony McAulay

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Where to Eat and Drink:

Morgans Pier @ St. James Morgans Bay

Located at the hotel’s exclusive pier, the menu rotates daily, offering an eclectic array of options that any dining enthusiast could appreciate. Fresh and bespoke cocktails are also available, while you enjoy the catch of the day as the sun sets.

Coal Pot

Serving Saint Lucians for over 50 years, this is a must-visit if you are looking for a traditional Caribbean meal. Very friendly to visitors and locals, you won’t leave hungry.

Rainforest Hideaway

How often do you take a boat to dinner? Well in Saint Lucia, you’ll want to check out Rainforest Hideaway Restaurant. Offering a romantic and secluded ambiance, Hideaway offers diners a starlit dinner with live jazz, five days a week.

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Jane Shapiro is a seasoned PR executive who has worked with several leading global brands across the lifestyle and fashion categories and resides in New York City. 

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Lead-In Image: “View of the valley found between the two Pitons in St. Lucia”; Courtesy of LivetImages / Shutterstock.com