For more information on each of the sections below, please use the links on the right hand side of this page where you will find more Saint Lucia Travel Advice.
Let us start this travel guide with the most basic of all elements: getting into Saint Lucia. This beautiful island is served by a number of Caribbean, North American, and British airlines. If you are travelling from the UK, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are your two options. Direct flights take approximately eight hours to arrive into Saint Lucia from the British capital. Saint Lucia's main airport is Hewanorra International Airport, located in the southern tip of the island. Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly into Henaworra. The airport is 40 miles (or 1 hour drive) south of Castries, Saint Lucia's capital, although most visitors do not stay there, but along the scenic western coast of the island. Taxis are readily available at Henaworra, in case you have not arranged a transfer to the hotel of your choice. Another (more stylish) alternative is to fly to the neighbouring islands of Martinique or Guadeloupe and take a ferry to Castries, in Saint Lucia. However, and for the purposes of this travel guide, let's assume you arrive by plane. British citizens do not require a visa to enter Saint Lucia.
Saint Lucia's currency is the East Caribbean dollar. Hewanorra's airport has currency exchange facilities (open between noon and 4.30pm), as well as an ATM. ATM machines are available throughout the island, and most venues accept payment with debit/credit cards.
There are several transport options in Saint Lucia. You may use local taxis (run by licensed agencies), use the taxi services arranged by your hotel or resort, travel by water taxi (which can be arranged at Soufriere's port), use a spectacular (but expensive) helicopter taxi, travel on the local buses, rent a car (which will cost an average of £10 per day, or charter a (crewed or bareboat) yacht. Regardless of your transportation method, asking for directions and getting around could not be easier, as everyone in the island speaks English. Note that if you wish to rent a car, you will need to buy a local permit, costing £10. For the thrill-seekers amongst us, it is recommended that you rent a 4x4 vehicle should you wish to venture into the mountains that are further inland.
There is no shortage of eating and drinking venues in this tropical island. Rodney Bay is teeming with Creole, Italian, French, Thai, Caribbean, and American restaurants, just to mention a few of the options available. And of course, your hotel will have interesting options too, whether you fancy a buffet meal or a classy a-la-carte dinner. Afternoon tea is available at many restaurants.
Saint Lucia's most important event is its International Jazz Festival, which takes place in the month of May. July is an exciting time to visit the island, their annual Carnival takes during the month of July and for those looking to learn more about Saint Lucia's heritage October, when their Jounen Kwyol (Creole Day) takes place, is an excellent time to visit the island. At other times of the year, the island offers weekly music and seafood festivals, cricket tournaments, and religious festivities.
Saint Lucia's tropical weather is pleasant all-year-round, hurricanes don't usually affect Saint Lucia. The rainy season (June to October) often sees daily tropical downpours, but these needn't interfere with your holiday plans, as they clear quickly. Hurricanes tend to occur during the rainy season, so this travel guide recommends that you ensure that your travel insurance covers that eventuality.
Life-threatening emergencies often require air ambulance evacuation to the United States. Minor ailments can be treated at local clinics. If you need consular assistance, contact the British High Commission in Castries.
Copyright © 2001-2021 St. Lucia Holidays.net, all rights reserved.