Thinking about a honeymoon in St. Lucia? Many newlyweds are! Nestled between the South Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, St. Lucia is often referred to as “little Hawaii”. This picturesque island is home to mountain views, relaxing beaches and a plethora of on island activities that showcase its natural beauty and keep travelers entertained. If you’re honeymooning on the island, it is helpful to think and plan ahead. Here are a few things to consider when planning your St. Lucia honeymoon.
Honeymoon Travel Tips
While St. Lucia is currently a sovereign country, it used to be a British Colony, which means that islanders drive on the left side of the road. Depending on where you stay on the island, the famous Piton Mountains that most travelers suggest you visit can be a bit of a drive. So, if you’re renting a car, be prepared to drive a stick shift on the left side of the road to reach your destination.
Currency: Although the US dollar is typically accepted throughout the island, the native St. Lucia currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. The Eastern Caribbean Dollar has an exchange rate of 1 US dollar to 2.65 East Caribbean Dollars. If you do want to exchange American money for East Caribbean currency, hotels on the island run a reasonable exchange rate.
Although it is easy to pay US dollars when traveling in St. Lucia, some travelers report that prices can be higher if you’re paying in US dollars so switching out money before, or at the beginning of your trip may be an easy way to save some cash.
Best time to visit:
Much like most of the Caribbean Islands, St. Lucia’s two primary seasons are wet and dry. Rainy season is from June to November and while a rainstorm in the mountains and jungle sounds beautiful in theory, the weather may get in the way of some much-needed beach relaxation and hiking after the stress of a wedding. Dry season is from December to June.
Most people suggest visiting St. Lucia between April and June because this time of year is a great time to book flights and hotels, plus the island is only moderately crowded. The hottest St. Lucia months are from May to September and when it is most rainy, while April and May are the best times for swimming with temperatures that average around 83 degrees.
Should you worry about hurricanes?
St Lucia is technically in the hurricane belt, but is far enough south and east that hurricanes are not much of a threat. Most hurricanes that come close to the Island are not very strong.
Where to Stay:
St. Lucia is a popular honeymoon destination with vast and varied resorts, most of which are all inclusive and are great for couples who are ready to celebrate their marriage and unwind.
Serenity at Coconut Bay
For couples, it’s always a honeymoon at Saint Lucia’s Serenity at Coconut Bay, unlimited, all-inclusive, adults-only and winner of the 2019 Brides Honeymoon Award. Butlers provide always un-intrusive pampering from arrival to departure.
Accommodations include private plunge pools and decks where outdoor showers, coconut palms, and hammocks-for-two add to the relaxed island feel. The Serenity experience is customized to every guest’s preferences before they arrive, dining is tailored to accommodate special diets and allergies, and the fully-stocked, in-suite bar is personalized with premium liquors. Enjoy dining anytime with 24-hour room service, casual fare at the Pool Bar and farm-to-table gourmet dining at the Greathouse Restaurant.
Jade Mountain is a great resort that is tailored for honeymooners and romance. The resort strives to provide every couple with the highest level of service and privacy. Each room has a private pool, a 24/7 butler service, and a three-walled room so that guests can experience the St. Lucian mountain and beach scenery right from their room. They also offer all-inclusive honeymoon packages that include food, drink, airport transfers, several amenities and resort activities, spa treatments and other services.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian: This resort may be one of the most popular on the island, and for good reason. The Sandals Grande St. Lucian is a five-star resort that’s settled on the beautiful white sand beaches of the Caribbean Sea. It’s close to the Pigeon Island National Park and features private balconies for each room, four poster beds, free wifi, and tv. Upgraded rooms boast sea views and pool access. The resort also offers the option to upgrade to an overwater bungalow. The hotel includes airport shuttles, golfing and scuba diving as well as inclusive drinks and food along with twelve restaurants on the premises.
Cap Maison Resort and Spa
The Cap Maison Resort and Spa combines stunning architecture with beautiful beachside views to give honeymooners a personal paradise. The best rooms at the Cap Maison Resort and Spa come along with a private pool and a beautiful view. The all-inclusive resort offers complimentary amenities including catamaran sailing, snorkeling and paddle boarding. They also have two restaurants at the hotel, a spacious walk in wine cellar and a private dining deck that extends out into the sea.
What to do:
St. Lucia is home to gorgeous landscape, beautiful blue waters, festivals, tours, and delicious food to try. If you’re a honeymooner looking for a place to relax on the beach, look no further.
- Hiking: the famous Piton Mountains is a great way to explore the natural geography of the island and take some great pictures.
- Marigot Bay: Marigot Bay is a great place to relax. It’s secluded and romantic
- Anse Chastanet Beach: Anse Chastanet Beach is a the best place to snorkel and dive. If you’re on the island in June, the
- St. Lucia Carnival: Every June the island throws a big carnival. It’s known as one of the most popular festivals on the island when the capital city Castries turns into one huge street party.
- Volcano tours: St. Lucia is also home to the world’s largest volcano that you can actually drive into. The breathtaking views, mud baths and hot springs are totally worth the experience.
- Explore the Jungle: If volcanoes aren’t your thing, the island offers other tours through the jungle and sea where you can zipline through the treetops or sightsee and fish on the open ocean.