Guest Post By: Brandon, co-founder of Traveler’s Joy
Complete with lush rainforest, secluded coves, undulating mountains, and vibrant communities, the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia has emerged as a magnet for honeymooners.
Its spectacular scenery alone also makes it one of the most romantic destinations in the Caribbean. But then add St. Lucia’s fabulous resorts, unique outdoor pursuits, dynamic cuisine, and energetic culture, and you’ve got a world-class honeymoon choice.
Feel the Pulse of St. Lucia
From music festivals to carnival celebrations, St. Lucia packs in exciting cultural events and colorful galas throughout the year. In fact, the island is renowned worldwide for many of its celebrations, including the heralded St. Lucia Jazz Festival. Held each May, this much-anticipated event showcases local and international artists for two weeks of wonderful music.
In between soulful shows, indulge in St. Lucia’s one-of-a-kind restaurant scene. With Creole, West Indian, and European influences at work, plus a focus on many other island flavors and local ingredients, the country is a gastronomic hotspot. Start with an unforgettable creole meal featuring views of the Pitons at La Haut Plantation before checking out Coal Pot Restaurant on the waterfront in Castries.
For a most memorable honeymoon, look to line up your upcoming visit with one of St. Lucia’s national events. In addition to the annual jazz festival, Carnival (July), the National Flower Festival (August), and the International Creole Day (October) all feature colorful displays, parades, and dancing.
Experience the Great Outdoors
It’s no secret that St. Lucia is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Just picture yourself tackling lush mountain terrain one day before exploring the island’s sandy beaches and turquoise waters the next.
With trails covering the entire island, St. Lucia boasts incredible hiking opportunities, particularly under the canopy of its well-protected rainforest. For more experienced hikers, consider climbing one of the island’s twin Pitons. These amazing mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covered in abundant vegetation.
Ever wonder what it would be like to drive through a volcano? At La Soufriere Volcano, you’ll get the chance to drive up to within a few hundred feet of the dormant volcano before embarking on a guided tour of the area – which features natural springs, steam vents, and many other geothermal sites.
When it comes to beaches, St. Lucia also claims several notable spots, all ideal for ample watersports activities or just lounging in the sun. Located in the northern part of the island at Rodney Bay, Reduit Beach is a magnificent beach detour. The sand is soft and golden, while the waters are ideal for swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, and windsurfing. Marigot Beach is also a fine beach pick with its calm, blue waters and protected bay.
Voted “The World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” by the World Travel Awards an astounding eight times in a row, St. Lucia has endless possibilities for romance. Dramatic scenery, near-perfect weather, exciting activities, and dozens of luxury resorts all combine for an all-around enchanting experience.
For instance, sunset sails remain a favorite romantic activity among honeymooners. Just as the sun dips below the horizon, imagine sitting back and sharing a kiss as you make your way around the island’s beautiful waters. You can easily find daily charters that sail out of Marigot Bay or Rodney Bay, which are both considered major centers for boating activities. For the more adventurous, sign up for a full day sail with Endless Summer Cruises and explore the entire island.
Drop your bags at Jade Mountain, easily one of the most extraordinary and romantic properties in the Caribbean. With luxury guest accommodations enjoying unparalleled views of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea, plus infinity pools and gorgeous interiors, a honeymoon here will be remembered forever.
All the while, Discovery at Marigot Bay is a great value and one of the island’s top luxury resorts. Expect gorgeous bay views, updated rooms, tons of on-site amenities, and first-rate dining.
Brandon | co-founder of Traveler’s Joy
Brandon often found himself purchasing generic wedding gifts for friends and family who shared his passion for travel and preferred a once in a lifetime honeymoon experience. In 2004 he co-founded Traveler’s Joy honeymoon registry to help couples take the honeymoon of their dreams. After having his own honeymoon in northern Wisconsin and Zanzibar, he and his colleagues live vicariously through the couples that use Traveler’s Joy to have an unbelievable honeymoon. When Brandon isn’t researching new honeymoon spots, cycling, gardening, or working, you’ll likely find him on the back porch with family and friends cooking BBQ or playing with his daughter. Brandon spends his time in Wilmington, Delaware and Durham, North Carolina.