After my trip to Malta, I’m all over island destinations. There’s something much more remote about them, and it feels so much easier to get around. And the sea always being within a relatively short distance is something that really makes me happy.
So when I’m thinking about my next holiday, I’m thinking of islanding further afield – in particular, the Caribbean has me all wanderlust-y right now. St Lucia in particular is a destination I’d love to get my teeth into. Sunshine and dreamy landscapes and blue seas and cocktails aplenty. I’ll take a week there, please.
If a winter sun getaway sounds like something you’re in serious need of, you could WIN flights to St Lucia thanks to Brightsun Travel and British Airways – you’ll find more info at the end of the post.
To get you in the mood, here are six things I’d definitely love to experience in St Lucia…
A hike in the Piton Mountains
If you’re not the ‘relaxing on the beach’ type, there’s a whole world of active stuff to get up to in St Lucia, including hiking the Piton Mountains. There are two of them to make your way up, with each climb taking around four hours. Your reward being INCREDIBLE views (and maybe a Pina Colada or four after you hike back…)
The Rabot Estate
Chocoholics, pay attention. How’s a visit to Hotel Chocolat’s very own cocoa plantation sound? Complete with creating your own bar, obviously.
Set in the crater of a dormant volcano, visitors can make their way right in to see the bubbling boiling water pools. Further downstream, you can also bathe in the Sulphur Springs mud, which apparently has healing properties. Hangover cure, anyone?
Beaches and watersports
Because beach life is kinda what a Caribbean holiday’s made for, right? Even if you’re not a beach bum, as mentioned above, there’s plenty of watersports activities to get involved in too – from kayaking to kite surfing.
Zip lining through the scenery
I love a good zip line. Basically, anything that makes me feel like I’m actually flying is the best, especially when you add in epic views. And for anyone fancying an adrenaline rush, St Lucia has plenty of lines to choose from – I’d make a start with Castries Waterworks Reserve or Morne Coubaril Estate.
Pigeon Island National Park
I think I could probably get over my pigeon fear to visit this one. Packed with historic sites and green landscapes, you can also get your snorkel out and explore the sparkling waters on a hunt for fascinating marine life.
Tasting the local eats
St Lucia is a haven for foodies, with all kinds of options from fine dining to street food bites. The latter being way more my travel style, I’d want to try Shark and Bake (a mixture of fish and veg in a sandwich), and take a walk around the stalls of Castries Market.
Inspired? (and hungry?) Time to win your flights! It’s super simple to enter – all you have to do is watch British Airways’ fun new safety video, which launches on-board in September, and answer an easy question!
Plus, let me know in the comments what you’d love to get up to on a dream holiday to St Lucia!
*Post written in collaboration with Brightsun Travel. Wanderlust, all my own.