St. Lucia is considered to be one of the top honeymoon destinations, and with its lush green mountains and pristine beaches, it is easy to see why.
As a Canadian looking to migrate south at Christmastime, St. Lucia was at the top of our list. While we have enjoyed many a trip to Florida, we often seek out places a tad farther south in the winter.
Our favourite spot: the Caribbean islands. Of these, St. Lucia offers gorgeous weather and even more gorgeous beaches. We chose a luxury option as this was our “honeymoon”… a few years late. (Newlyweds = no money. Can anyone relate?)
If you’ve seen the Sandals commercials, you will know that the tagline is “Sandals, for two people in love.” *BARF*
So of course, Sandals is without fail super amazing and romantic.
Here’s why a visit to St. Lucia is in order:
ST. LUCIA IS CRAZY GORGEOUS
We stayed at Sandals LaToc, which is definitely one of the most stunning Sandals properties. The buildings are built right over and into the mountainside.
Journeying across the island is a feast for the eyes. Lush greenery and pristine beaches greet you around every corner. In terms of beauty, this Caribbean gem is hard to beat.
SANDALS OFFERS AMAZING ACTIVITIES AND ADVENTURES
A key component of Sandals, the St. Lucia resorts offer a stay-at-one, play-at-three option. This is one of our favourite things about Sandals resorts, as we like riding around the island, visiting other places, and truly enjoying the all-inclusive experience.
The three Sandals options to visit are: Halcyon, LaToc, and the Grande
All have their own benefits and quirks, so I would suggest choosing which one is best for you.
A calm resort with plenty of space, you can truly savor each moment in quiet paradise with the personalized service that they offer here.
REGENCY LA TOC
This resort offers the most stunning view of St. Lucia. The Butler Suites located on the hilly mountainside look out on the bay and it is just BEAUTIFUL.
GRANDE ST. LUCIAN
White sand and calm waters make this the best beach for relaxing. The Grande is definitely the most luxurious of the three, which is evident by the over-the-water bungalows at this location.
If you’re looking to burn off a few of those margaritas, there is a decent (easy enough) hike right next to the Grande called Fort Rodney. Located in Pigeon Island National Park, it offers a unique historical outlook for WWII in the Caribbean islands.
You can see Signal Peak (the southern tip) from the beach at the Grande. To get to the Pigeon Island National Park, you will just have to walk off the resort, cross a parking lot, and the entrance will be right there. The cost is currently $8 USD per person.
It is difficult to describe the beauty of Pigeon Island, but I did find some beautiful community pictures on the Outbound Collective. Have a look if you want to get excited about your trip!
When visiting other countries, my husband and I make an effort to do an activity that we would be unable to do anywhere else. For St. Lucia, we chose to hike Gros Piton. Stay tuned for a post on the details of how I barely managed to survive that one!
LOOKING TO SPLURGE?
One thing that I would consider in the future is a helicopter transfer to or from the resort. All of the Sandals resorts in St. Lucia are a solid hike from the airport – we are talking 2 hours of windy, hilly mountain driving. Even though the drivers honk to ensure that no one is coming around the corner (!), it was definitely one of my least favourite parts of the trip.
WHERE WOULD I GO IF I WENT AGAIN?
This is a tough question! We are beach people, so my personal favourite was the Grande. I would most likely stay there as I spent most of my time on that beach. As always, we continue to choose Sandals because they offer endless options, so you could truly pick any of the above.
Heading to St. Lucia? Drop me a line in the comments and tell me where you decided to go!
I traveled here in 2016. As always, be sure to check your country’s travel advisories before booking any trips or excursions. You can check out the Canadian opinion here.