I spy Pigeon Island
If you fancy a day communing with nature on your holiday to Smugglers Cove, St Lucia, Pigeon Island National Park is just 10 minutes away. Once a pirate base and then a spy point for the British, the island is considered a living museum. Trek along mountain ridges and visit the ruins of military buildings. Explore Fort Rodney and take in the panoramic views of the verdant landscape and aquamarine seas below.
Head down to the beach for a cooling dip in the sea after your hike around the park, or try some authentic Caribbean food at Jambe de Bois bar and restaurant. An added bonus if you’re there at the weekend – there’ll be live jazz to accompany your meal.
Party the night away in Rodney Bay
If you want to up the tempo on your Smugglers Cove, St Lucia holidays, the cove’s nearest neighbour, Rodney Bay, is the place to go. The entertainment capital of St Lucia, this bustling resort boasts the island’s only casino, two of its largest shopping malls and a giant inflatable obstacle course.
You’ll find some top-quality restaurants here serving up Caribbean classics, fusion cuisine and authentic island fare. If it’s nightlife you’re after, Rodney Bay village has a host of bars and clubs with DJs, karaoke and live bands. For a real Creole feel, don’t miss the island’s renowned Jump Up street party every Friday night. Street food, rum and laid-back local music make for an unforgettable night.
Visit the capital city
It’s worth making the half-hour trip to the island’s capital, Castries, on your holidays to Smugglers Cove. The town is built in the crater of an extinct volcano, and life revolves around the harbour. Castries has a great market for fresh bananas and spices as well as souvenir pottery and baskets.
Head for Derek Walcott Square to see the impressive colonial central library and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Inside, colourful Caribbean paintings and murals are in stark contrast to the grey stone exterior. For some fantastic views of the city and island, arrange a helicopter tour at the airport.
Go bananas for rum
Take some time out on your Smugglers Cove holiday to learn a little about St Lucia’s agricultural and alcohol production on a tour through a banana plantation and rum distillery. Find out about how the Roseau Valley went from sugar-cane cultivation to being the largest banana plantation on the island. You’ll get the chance to try a freshly harvested banana and buy souvenirs of products made from the banana tree.
Visit a restored sugar mill, explore a sugar museum and learn all about the history of sugar in St Lucia before the main event: rum and liquor tasting at a local distillery. Take some home to make your own rum cocktails and make your holiday last that little bit longer.
Smugglers Cove’s tropical climate means sunshine all year round and an average temperature of around 30ºC. The breeze from the trade winds keeps things feeling a little cooler, so you can make the most of hanging out at the beach. If it rains, head to the mall or the casino for some indoor fun. Whatever you do in this chilled out, picture-perfect holiday destination, you’ll leave feeling calm, contented and in love with the Caribbean.