As soon as the restful elements of St Lucia have worked their magic, bring out your adventurous side and see more of the island...
To give you an idea of the size of St Lucia, you'll drive for around 90 minutes to go from north to south. The road network crosses the mountains in places and can be steep, but the main routes are of a good standard and the laidback attitudes and nature of the Caribbean mean that you are highly unlikely to encounter anything but open roads, friendly fellow drivers and the occasional animal. Road signs are infrequent, but stop someone to ask for directions and you'll be helped with genuine warmth and kindness.
Many tourist resorts in St Lucia are located along the west coast of the island, where the calmer waters of the Caribbean Sea paint a different picture compared with the east coast, where the Atlantic Ocean delivers more windswept scenes (perfect for wind-based water sports). Wherever you stay, there's something worth seeing not far away, even if you're simply hunting for a beach to call your own.
Drive to the capital city of Castries, where the historic centre buzzes with the sights, sounds and smells of the popular market. Elsewhere, the must-see attractions tend to be draped in the very best finery that nature can muster. Plan an excursion in the north to Pigeon Island National Park, home to an old British fort. Or take a dip in the Sulphur Springs near Soufrière in the south west of the island.
Hiking trails that twist and turn among the rainforests can be reached from many areas. A nature trail snakes up Gros Piton and offers incredible views from the top. It's wise to employ the services of a guide for this moderately taxing but worthwhile adventure.
Be sure to bring your swimming and snorkelling gear in the car wherever you roam in St Lucia. The turquoise seas will call like mermaids and you had best be prepared to answer!