Best places to stay in St Lucia
Gros Islet is located in the far north of St Lucia. The island itself is only 43 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres wide, therefore it’s easy to reach from Hewanorra International Airport – the island’s main airport, in less than 1.5 hours. Gros Islet is popular with families, couples and friends seeking a lively place to stay with the best nightlife on St Lucia. The resort has a sandy palm lined beach with water sports and restaurants, and every Friday night there’s a street party where tourists can dance, eat, drink and mingle with locals.
If you venture a few kilometres along the coast, Pigeon Island features ruins of a fortress and barracks which date back to the 1700s. It’s a popular area for hiking and snorkelling, and Reduit Beach – the most popular beach on St Lucia is close by in Rodney Bay. There’s plenty to entertain visitors of all ages with a water park, colourful street markets and island boat trips. Hotels in Gros Islet are a combination of 3,4 and 5-star accommodations, All-inclusive resorts, villas and studios to suit all tastes and budgets.
Hotels in Gros Islet
Nestled on the west coast of St Lucia is the bustling resort of Castries. It is the island’s capital, home to the second (and smaller) of St Lucia’s airports and the main ferry port which operates services to Martinique. The resort is a popular stop off point for cruise ships and a great place to stay if you wish to immerse yourself in island culture, with local produce markets, colonial buildings, pretty parks, squares and cathedrals.
Beautiful Vigie Beach and Choc Beach are easily accessible from the centre and ferry port, so even if you are just stopping off for a few hours, you still have the opportunity to soak up the sun. Accommodations are plentiful in Castries and reasonably priced with a selection of luxury resorts, characterful guest houses, studios and apartments to suit your needs.
Hotels in Castries
Soufriere is situated around 42 kilometres south of Castries on the west coast, just over an hours’ drive from Hewanorra International Airport. It is the most popular destination on St Lucia for couples and honeymooners, located near picture-perfect Sugar Beach and nestled between the verdant towering peaks of the Pitons. The landscapes are awe-inspiring with lush vegetation, crystal clear waters and powdery sands flanked by palms. You can spend leisurely days exploring botanical gardens, taking a dip in mineral baths, or hiking through rainforests to cascading waterfalls. If you enjoy photography, take a guided walk through rainforests to the summit of Gros Piton and enjoy spectacular vistas of the Caribbean Sea and coastline.
In the evenings, enjoy a romantic dinner or cocktail by the beach as the sun goes down. Hotels range from affordable inns and holiday homes to luxurious spa resorts which cater to your every need.
Hotels in Soufriere
In the far north of the island, around 3 kilometres from lively Gros Islet, is the tranquil resort of Cap Estate. Perfect for those who want to stay in a peaceful location yet have amenities, beaches and lively nightlife within a 10-minute taxi ride. There’s a golf course for those who wish to improve their swing during their stay, and a plethora of restaurants where you can sample delicious island cuisine.
If you fancy a spot of kite surfing, head for Plantation Beach on the eastern shores, for hiking and history Pigeon Island to the west, or for beach bars, restaurants and shops venture to Reduit Beach at Rodney Bay 15 minutes away. Hotels in Cap Estate are a combination of apartments, boutique guest houses and luxury resorts which families and couples will adore.
Hotels in Cap Estate
Located around 14 kilometres south of the capital, Castries, Marigot Bay is an idyllic hideaway suited to couples, families and solo travellers. The resort is nestled within a scenic horseshoe bay, surrounded by forested hillsides with yachts bobbing up and down on turquoise waters. The bay has been the inspiration for many novels and movies and is an area of historic importance as battles between the French and British took place in the waters here.
There are several restaurants sprinkled along the waters edge, and a selection of luxury hotels and charming boutique accommodations to cater to your every need. If you wish to spend a day in Castries, it’s a short half hour drive, and the towering Pitons are less than an hour away.
Hotels in Marigot Bay