Why go: St Lucia is the prettiest and friendliest of the big Caribbean islands. Jungle-cloaked and mountainous, it has miles of silky beaches. But should you tire of lounging, it presents plenty of outdoor activities: rainforest walks, mountain-biking, and zip-wiring through lush forest canopy. You can even hire a local guide and climb one of the two Pitons: volcanic peaks soaring 771m into the sky.
Get me there: Caribtours (020 7751 0660, www.caribtours. co.uk) has seven nights, room only, at Ti Kaye Village Resort, from £1,077pp, including flights from Gatwick and transfers.
Or try: Dominica, another lush Caribbean speck with a similarly outdoorsy appeal: waterfalls, volcanoes and crowd-free coves.
SUNSHINE SCORE:3
Hot but possibly wet in St Lucia – although thunderstorms tend to be short and sharp.

Flying time from UK: 8 hours and 45 minutes
Typical air fare: Around £600
Temperature: 28°C
Hours of sunshine per day: 11
Chance of rain: 58 per cent