Destination guide

Sun-soaked beaches and mountain scenery in St Lucia

Surrounded by golden sandy beaches and topped with lush green mountains, the island of St Lucia has an abundance of natural beauty. Staying in St Lucia vacation rentals allows you to explore the different sides of the island, from the lively villages of the north, where you can try authentic street foods and see local life, to the peaceful and unspoiled south, where you can hike through forest and discover quiet beaches. Choose to scuba dive and hike, or simply relax on the beach under the shade of a palm tree, with year-round sunshine bound to entice.

Things to do

Discover St Lucia's history

From sugarcane to cocoa, Morne Coubaril Estate is a working plantation with a rich history, where you can see the island's famous exports being made. Enjoy a guided tour through the rustic stone huts, and you'll see the workers expertly making these products by hand. You can then head to the gift shop and stock up on coconut candy, rum and other local specialties. The more adventurous members of the group can try zip lining, offering spectacular mountain views, or take a horseback ride up the Qualibou volcano, passing through dense rainforest and a mango plantation.


La Soufrière – mountain views and botanical gardens

La Soufrière sits in the southwest of the St Lucia, with a dramatic volcanic landscape covered in tropical greenery. Here, you'll discover the Tet Paul trail, a 45-minute hike through lush green forest, full of fragrant herbs and exotic flowers, which brings you to an observation point with spectacular views of the Pitons. You'll also find the Diamond Botanical Gardens, full of rare, exotic floral species, set over 6 acres. Wander through the slightly overgrown trails, where birds and insects hide among the trees, and at the end you can soothe aching muscles with a dip in a mineral bath.


Tropical weather and year-round sunshine in St Lucia

The island has pleasantly warm weather all year round – about 84 degrees on average during the day – although the dry season from December to June is generally more popular for St Lucia vacation rentals. However, it's still worth visiting out of these months, as the rain tends to be quick and light, so generally doesn't spoil your fun. St Lucia has a tropical, humid heat, so it's important to stay hydrated when you hike. If you're taking a mountain hike, pack some light layers, as it can get cold at high altitudes.

Natural features

Hiking through St Lucia or relaxing on the beach

St Lucia has a rocky landscape, dominated by the Piton mountains, with volcanoes and steep hills. It's no wonder so many hikers are drawn to the island, with one of the biggest challenges being the 6-hour trek up Gros Piton, where you can see over most of the island. Many St Lucia vacation rentals are close to the island's world-famous beaches. There's something for everyone, from the lively Reduit Beach, full of bars and water sports, to the peaceful Anse Chastanet, at the bottom of a steep hill with golden sands and clear, choppy waters.

Where to stay around Saint Lucia?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 695 vacation rentals near Saint Lucia. From 314 Villas to 128 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Saint Lucia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Saint Lucia?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Saint Lucia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Soufriere: 353 vacation rentals
  • Gros Islet: 537 vacation rentals
  • Rodney Bay: 530 vacation rentals
  • Castries City: 682 vacation rentals
  • Marigot Bay: 428 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Saint Lucia! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Saint Lucia?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Saint Lucia:

  • Soufriere: 353 rentals
  • Gros Islet: 537 rentals
  • Rodney Bay: 530 rentals
  • Castries City: 682 rentals
  • Vieux Fort: 290 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Saint Lucia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Saint Lucia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • St. Lucia Rain Forest: 696 rentals
  • Sandy Beach: 294 rentals
  • Sandals Golf and Country Club: 612 rentals
  • Reduit Beach: 633 rentals
  • Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception: 682 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Saint Lucia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.