Updated: Jul 22
Country fans will love these top three hot holiday travel spots!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! And the world agrees as there are enough events, and celebrations to keep us all busy straight through 2023. Now we know navigating what to choose, and what to lose can be quite daunting, sigh.. So, we had our elves search far, and wide for the Christmas hot spots we think you should check out. The vast majority of the areas are great even, if you are flying solo during the holidays. We hope you'll make some new memories with new friends, and enjoy your time with family, and loved ones. Feel free to send us those Christmas vacation pics! 😊
1. Santa Lucia
Are you dreaming of a White Christmas? The white crystalline beaches of Saint Lucia are a perfect retreat from the organized Holliday chaos everywhere else. Nestled in the welcoming Caribbean it boasts beautiful rolling rivers, pristine beaches, and lush mountains. The islanders are devout fans of traditional country music, and it is deeply entrenched in the local culture. Historians note the country music craze emerged during World War II when factions of the U.S. Air Force were stationed on the tiny island.
The Military Radio stations broadcasted country music across the entire island. Eighty plus years later, the love affair ensues. There is a very sweet, and enduring ritual that was birthed during World War II where he family matriarch teaches her young children how to square dance while country music plays in the background.
The ritual started during WWII, and remains still today. One can say that country music is truly the soundtrack of every day life even in Saint Lucia. I've highlighted a couple of must do, and must see activities below. Also check out the amazing Saint Lucia footage in the video..
On The Beach
The island boasts several five star all inclusive resorts. It really just depends on where you want to be, and what you want to do. Christmas Eve cocktails under the stars, and Christmas Lunch on the beach are among top picks. Take in the romantic ambience of Saint Lucia with a sunset cruise as it is a favorite destination for honeymoons, anniversaries, and weddings. You can cap off the evening by sampling from a vast champagne bar. The morning after eat breakfast on the patio of your beachfront cottage. Kick off the afternoon by renting a sailboat, relax while listening to 92.3 Liberty FM for old school country across Saint Lucia.
Top hotels include The Ladera Resort, Sugar Beach, and the more affordable Stolentime At Rendezvous. But if your want to disconnect from the world, and focus all your attention on your loved one or on yourself for that matter, we highly recommend The Jade Mountain Resort.
Breathtaking mountain views are enjoyed thoroughly as the resort is a technology free establishment. Yes, there is wifi, but you will not find a radio or tv in any of the rooms. A great option, if you just need to get away..
Burst the Bamboo & Other Saint Lucia Traditions
Don't be alarmed, if you hear pops all over town. During the holiday season an old time tradition is to fill bamboo shoots with rags infused with kerosene. The bamboo is lit and makes a loud popping sound when it explodes. Santa is known to jet ski in full regalia, and he'll eventually make his way to the beach to reward those that are good with a picture.
Jouvert is another fun tradition that happens at midnight and ends around 6:00 AM on Christmas Day. These block parties are closely aligned with the rural communities of the island. Visitors from near, and far join in on the joyful festivities, and general camaraderie. Chic Hospitality hosts a fun, and more sophisticated version of this on Saturdays. Book here.
Our St. Lucia Picks
Sea Trek: Explore the underwater world of Saint Lucia. For swimmers & non swimmers If you can walk, and breathe you can enjoy this amazing experience.
Project Chocolat from Hotel Chocolat: An immersive "tree to bar" experience for chocolate lovers. You'll visit the cacao groves and learn about the process of making delicious chocolate. You'll also shop, and eat fine fresh chocolate after the tour.
ATV Tours: Ride through, and across the beautiful mountains, and awe-inspiring coastline of Saint Lucia. This nearly three hour tour is a great way to meet new people, and explore a natural paradise.
Rum Tasting Tour: Meet the Rum Ambassador when you visit the famed Saint Lucia Distillery. You'll see how one of their best exports is made. Sample some of the finest exotic blends and buy your favorite at a below market price.