Saint Lucia has launched Live it—an extended stay program that allows visitors to stay in the destination for up to six weeks. Travel advisors can work directly with the Live it Island Specialists, which are existing on-island DMCs such as Barefoot Holidays, St. James Travel & Tours and Serenity Vacations & Tours, to receive full commission.

There’s a free online form that needs to be filled out and then you and your clients are paired with a Live it Island Specialist, who acts as a personal guide before and during your client’s stay in hotels and villas. Live it Island Specialists will work with you to tailor activities to suit your client’s needs, such as learning creole cooking, exploring the rainforests, diving dozens of reefs, hiking the Pitons, philanthropic activities or discovering hidden gems. The Specialists also handle communication of protocols and VIP airport welcomes.

Saint Lucia
Take the leap with a view of the Pitons (photo credit: Saint Lucia Tourism Authority)

Sample customized programs include:

  • Culinary Exploration: Learn authentic cooking traditions of the island, including British, French, East Indian, European and African influences. Learn new skills with a 2-day cookery course to make Creole Stew, Salt Fish and more; sample local rum and chocolate; enjoy special local dinners; a wine and cheese pairing and meals prepared by a private chef.
  • Sistas Traveling Together: A magical itinerary designed to relax, rejuvenate, inspire and indulge together. Begin the days with freshly prepared breakfasts; get your bodies moving with SOCAFIT dance and fitness sessions; hike to scenic waterfalls hidden deep in the forest; hop between bars sipping rum, satisfy your sweet tooth on a chocolate expedition; and peruse the shops in Castries. Wine and dine together and indulge in the many rich experiences Saint Lucia offers.
  • Quintessential Saint Lucia: Get immersed in the beauty, charm and spirit of the island. Explore the tranquil hills, beaches, and bays of Pigeon Island and the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens; the lively bustle of Castries Market; take a relaxing cruise on a luxury catamaran soaking up the mighty Pitons and small coastal villages. Enjoy days diving and snorkeling the coves along the west coast, witnessing the island’s marine park, adorned by colorful reefs, shipwrecks and coral-covered pinnacles.

If your clients are interested in extending their Live it experience beyond six weeks, you and your clients may work with the Live it Island Specialist to apply for an extension up to one year.

COVID Safety & Protocols
Keeping with COVID protocols, after the first 14 days on island, Live it program participants will receive a bracelet that identifies them as long-stay visitors. Starting on day 15, they are free to explore the island while observing standard COVID protocols such as physical distancing and wearing a mask in public places. Detailed information on the latest travel protocols can be found at stlucia.org/covid-19.

A video overview of the program can be found here. For more information and sample itineraries for the Live it program, visit stlucia.org/liveit.