With pristine bays, shallow coral reefs and lush rainforest, Saint Lucia boasts all of the Caribbean’s lure and more. In the north, you can lounge on the powdery-white sands of Gros Islet and Rodney Bay, or go exploring in Pigeon Island National Park, home to military ruins and secluded beaches. Further south, the former French port of Soufrière is a gateway to a gorgeous region of verdant hillsides, gushing waterfalls and sulphur springs bubbling atop a volcano. Take a mud bath in these hot, mineral-rich springs and relax under the forest canopy. Wherever you are on the island, the twin Pitons Mountains loom large. Hire a guide to help you climb one of these steep and craggy peaks, and be rewarded with breathtaking views from the summit. Alternatively, grab a mask, snorkel and some flippers and dive into an underwater world of colourful coral and fish – the quality of scuba diving here is among the highest in the Caribbean. A melting pot of languages and cultures from all over the world makes a trip to Saint Lucia even more rewarding. Throw in a laid-back island vibe and there’s really nothing else this Caribbean island needs. You can find a good variety of accommodation on Saint Lucia, ranging from small guesthouses to luxury hotel resorts. There are also plenty of villas and apartments available to rent all around the island.