WHAT’s NEW? Extra Extra!

WHAT’s NEW? Extra Extra!

CASTRIES, SAINT LUCIA (November 2021) – Heading into the winter travel season, tourism in Saint Lucia is progressing towards a full recovery from the global pandemic and projections for 2022 are strong. The island had record-breaking overnight arrivals for four consecutive months in July, August, September and October 2021, recording some of the highest numbers ever. In those months, Saint Lucia welcomed the most stayovers year-over-year, even exceeding 2019 figures from the U.S. market.

News and New Developments

Saint Lucians continue to innovate and tourism developments continue, especially to provide authentic and home-grown experiences to visitors. More than ever, Saint Lucia is committed to engaging local entrepreneurs to deliver experiences that highlight cultural and heritage.

Recent tourism news:

  • The new indigenous artisan chocolate company Cacoa Sainte Lucie in the west coast village of Canaries offers four chocolate experiences and a new retail shop. Experiences including Bean-to-Bar tours, chocolate making workshops and more. 
  • Project Chocolat debuted this summer, a new immersive chocolate experience from chocolatier and cacao grower Hotel Chocolat. It connects luxury chocolate with sustainable cacao agriculture, across six-acres of the Rabot Estate. A multi-sensory adventure from the canopy of the rainforest to the canopy of Rabot Market, visitors can make their own chocolate, explore cacao cuisine and shop in an expansive new market. 
  • In August, Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate in Gros Islet reopened to the public. The completely remastered 18-hole, par 71 championship course designed by Greg Norman features remarkable backdrops, dramatic elevation changes and lush tropical vegetation.
  • Community Tourism projects continue to showcase authentic experiences. Like Cacoa Sainte Lucie, these developments benefit local communities and truly enrich visitors with hyper-local experiences and cultural immersion. Enhancements are currently underway in the charming village of Anse la Raye, a visitor favorite for its famous Fish Fry.
  • Construction at Cabot Saint Lucia on Point Hardy at the northern tip of the island continues. By the end of 2022, Cabot Saint Lucia golf course, luxury condos and amenities will open, and 40-suite hotel will debut in 2023.