St Lucia is famous for being one of the most romantic destinations on the planet. It’s very popular among newlyweds and honeymooners, offering beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and dramatic mountains. Whether you prefer hiking or relaxing by the pool with a cocktail, this gem of the Caribbean has something for everyone. Here’s why you should choose a St Lucia honeymoon.
It’s always hot
St Lucia is quite close to the equator, so it doesn’t have very well defined seasons. One thing you can count on though is that it will always be hot. June to November are generally their hottest months, reaching temperatures of up to 30°C. January & February are the coldest months in the early-mid 20s, which if you ask me, is still pretty glorious.
We went at the beginning of June which is just at the start of their rainy season. Not only was it very hot, but it was also so sticky and humid. It was fairly cloudy, which didn’t make for the best photos but it did provide some relief from the sun’s heat. We also had the occasional tropical downpour which was very welcome in the humidity.
One advantage of visiting during the rainy season was that it was very quiet. It was nice not having to go down to the pool at 6 am to reserve sun loungers. When speaking to a rep at the hotel he told us they were at 100% capacity over New Year’s. So if you want a quiet, relaxed holiday, June to November is your best bet.
Getting There & Getting Around
St Lucia’s main airport is Hewanorra International Airport, located at Vieux Fort at the south of the island. From the UK the flight is just under 9 hours. (If you can, try and sit on the left side of the plane. You fly down the west coast of the island before you land, giving you a stunning welcome to the island with a glorious view of the Pitons).
As you’d expect, St Lucia doesn’t have much in the way of public transport. The only way to get to where your staying is by a private transfer or hiring a car for the duration of your stay. Some hotels and resorts do offer a private transfer service, so make sure you check when you book. But if not, a quick google search will provide you with loads of different options (including helicopter transfer if you want to arrive in style). There are some buses in the more populated part of the island like Castries, but in the more isolated parts, you’ll definitely need a taxi or car to be able to get anywhere.
A Plethora of Beautiful Resorts
On the way from the airport to our hotel, one thing became very clear. When you search “St Lucia Honeymoon” online, the pictures you see on Instagram aren’t an accurate representation of the entire island. The majority of the island is very poor, with only a small percentage being very rich, and no in-between. On the way to the resort through shanty towns filled to the brim with huts, I was thinking “This is meant to be the most romantic honeymoon destination? Really?” I now realise why there weren’t many photos of the island floating around online, only the beautiful parts make the cut.
Most of the luxury villas and resorts are on the west coast of the island for the beautiful sunset views.
The west coast is where the more beautiful parts of St Lucia are, and of course, the glorious sunsets. We stayed at St James Club Morgan Bay which was wonderful. It’s in its own little cove in the north-west of the island, and with the amount of entertainment, activities, and excursions, we only left the hotel twice in 12 days.
There are a couple of Sandals resorts too, one in Castries and one in Rodney Bay. And not forgetting the luxurious Jade Mountain, which is set further south. This hotel is made entirely out of marble, and each room has a spectacular view of the Pitons from a private infinity pool (I know right!?).
There’s also Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort which is set in-between the Pitons. We visited their beach on one of our excursions and it looked so stunning.
If you’re looking for something different, there are also plenty of beautiful villas available for rent along the west coast. But, obviously you’d need to rent a car and cook for yourselves.
In pretty much any picture you’ll see of St Lucia you’ll see two steep volcanic mountains, called the Pitons. The Gros Piton is 771 metres (2,530ft) high, and the Petit Piton is 743 metres (2438ft) high.
Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get any good photos of the Pitons. It was very cloudy on the day we went and the photos I did take on my phone just didn’t do them justice at all.
Hiking the Gros Piton is a must for the adventure-inclined traveller in St Lucia. Most resorts offer hiking excursions, but you can also hire out your own tour guide at the base of the mountain. The hike was something my husband wanted to do, but we were so chilled at our resort he didn’t end up doing it. The reviews I’ve seen online say that it’ll take around 4 hours to get up and back down again. Though be warned that there’s a bit of scrambling over steep rocks at times towards the top, so it’s a fairly strenuous climb. I’d only recommend this is you’re of a good fitness level.
I’m unsure if there is a way to visit Marigot Bay by car, as both times we visited by boat. Marigot Bay seemed to offer mainly hotels, private villas (a few owned by celebrities), and boats. Marigot Bay not only is a gorgeous, picturesque destination, but it’s actually what’s known as a hurricane hole. When there’s a hurricane, boats are stored in Marigot bay because it can protect them from the strong winds.
Similar to Marigot Bay, Rodney Bay is basically just a marina with a lot of gorgeous boats. There are a couple of resorts and some luxury villas there. I didn’t see a whole lot to do there as we only went to board a catamaran as part of our hotel excursion, but it would be a lovely place to stay for sure.
Waterfall & Volcanic Mud Bath – Joy’s Cruises
At our resort, there were some reps from a cruise company selling their services on the beach. They were from Joy’s Cruises, who offer a trip to the volcanic mud baths, a waterfall, and snorkelling, among other things. He told us that it’s the best excursion for a St Lucia honeymoon, and they they were rated the #1 cruise on TripAdvisor (we checked, and it was). The trip cost $75pp which was very reasonable compared to a similar excursion to what the hotel was offering, so we booked.
Now, the review of this excursion will depend on who you ask. My husband loved it, but me….not so much. We left at 8.30 am and boarded the speedboat down the west coast of the island to Soufrière. I’m normally fine with boats, in fact, it’s usually my preferred form of travel, but I absolutely hated the speedboat. It was very fast and bumpy, and genius here decided to sit at the front of the boat where most of the impact hit.
I’ve never been on a speedboat before, but it wasn’t what I was expecting at all.
We then took a cramped (and non-AC’d) minibus to the mud baths, which were actually quite good. They were crowded though so we couldn’t spend as much time there as we wanted to which was a shame. Also, if you have sunburn it kills like a bitch. The mud is supposed to make you look 10 years younger, and although it’d be kinda weird if I came out looking 17, it did make my skin feel very soft. After that, we all then went to wash the mud off at a waterfall.
Controversial opinion: the waterfall was a bit meh. Like, yeah it was pretty and all, but the ticket booth made it seem much more commercial than a natural waterfall should. It was quite crowded, and you had to queue up to get a photo in the waterfall and honestly…I’ve seen better in the Lake District. Oh and when we left some of the locals tried to sell us drugs.
We then went to Joy’s house for a buffet lunch which was lovely. After that, we took the boat again down to the beach in between the Pitons where everyone spent an hour snorkelling. My husband said that that was his highlight of the entire trip. I can only just barely swim, so snorkelling wasn’t my thing whatsoever. Instead, I did some sunbathing on the beach (at the aforementioned Sugar Beach Resort). Once everyone was finished, then we sailed back to the resort.
On the trip back, the crew brought out the beers and rum punch…on a speedboat. I honestly have no clue how people were like “oh yeah let’s chill with a beer” when I was there clutching onto the railings for dear life. I wouldn’t say I didn’t enjoy it, but I wouldn’t do it again. My husband absolutely loved the whole day though, so if you’re into this kind of thing I think you’ll enjoy it. But, if you get anxious easily and aren’t really into activities and excursions with a group of people you don’t know, it’s probably not for you.
Romantic Sunset Cruises
A must-do on any St Lucia honeymoon is a romantic sunset cruise. I have no doubt there are probably loads of external companies who offer sunset cruises, but we were lucky enough to go on a sunset cruise with our resort, which was probably my favourite part of the whole trip. The resort owns a catamaran called The Calypso Cat, which sailed from Rodney Bay down to Marigot Bay, and back again.
When we left Rodney Bay it was quite cloudy so we didn’t have very high expectations, but on the way back up the sky cleared and we saw the most spectacular sunset of the whole holiday (pictured above). Many resorts offer excursions like this, so if you’re looking for a bit of romance on your visit to St Lucia I would highly recommend taking one of these trips. (And it’s a bit slower than a speedboat!) It was the perfect ending to our wonderful St Lucia Honeymoon.
I was originally wanting more of a Maldives getaway than a St Lucia honeymoon, but St Lucia exceeded my expectations. It really is the perfect honeymoon destination.