As you know by reading my blogs I just LOVE the Caribbean, and St Lucia is up there among my favourites. It is equally suitable for families and couples alike but does have many adults only resorts so if that is more for you, than please have a read of my blog on Sandals Resort St Lucia.
Although known as one of the most romantic Caribbean islands, St Lucia is not just for couples. Its mountainous terrain makes it ideal for adventure sports, while families love the all-inclusive resorts, numerous water sports and rainforest adventures. I visited in St Lucia with my two children when they were 12 and 10 respectively and we loved it. I also visited it on an agent fam trip and visited 3 resorts and 10 hotels.
St Lucia is a great choice for a family holiday in the Caribbean. The calm Caribbean Sea (which is not the case in many Caribbean Islands) is perfect for snorkelling even with small children. We took a dolphin and whale watching tour which proved to be an excellent choice for a day out.
The lively and colourful capital, Castries, is a must visit so you can experience what the market has to offer. A hive of activity, it was probably one of the most touristy places we visited due to the high volume of souvenirs you can buy. But don’t be put off, as this is the place to go if you want to experience local people and food, including a staggering array of fruits and spices.
If there’s one thing St Lucian’s can do, it’s dance, and it appears to come as naturally to them as breathing and sleeping. Their rhythm is something to be seen, and there’s no better place than heading to a street party! On a Friday night you’ll be able to head to a few, with the most popular being at Gros Islet. We had a great night here with my children having a ball watching the St Lucians move to the music.
We stayed at The Coconut Bay Resort which is an ideal choice for families. There is a dedicated family wing which has its own waterpark, complete with lazy river and a host of slides. The Cocoland kids club is perfect for children up to age 12 and there are plenty of onsite activities and entertainment for all ages. They also have a petting zoo with interactive areas where the children can pet and feed the animals. There were quite a few young teenagers staying here at the time and they all seemed to be having a ball. What I liked about this resort was that, as I was travelling on my own with the children, there was plenty for both me and them to do and I met some other adults and we socialised with them most evenings. There is a separate adult only area in the hotel, so you can chill out and relax while your children are happy at the waterpark. Just sign in and sign out using a local phone and the children can contact you at any time! The all-inclusive arrangement is great for families too, where the can help themselves to drinks, ice creams and snacks during the day.