SAINT LUCIA IN BREEF
• CHIEF TOWN
• TYPE OF GOVERNMENT
Independent state, member of the Commonwealth with a democratic parliamentary government.
International flights: Hewanorra Internationa Airport (UVF), Vieux Fort
Regional or domestic flights: George F. Charles Airport (SLU) Castries.
• FLIGHTS AND TICKET COSTS
Approximately 8 hours from London (direct), 10 hours from Paris with one stopover.
Cost of the flight: from 650to 1200€ depending on the time of the year and booking in advance guarantees better tariffs
• DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR ACCESSING THE ISLANDS
Passport and return flight or a continuation of travels.
Travelling vista valid for 3 months (given at the airport)
For UK, Canadian and French citizens a passport is not necessary for sojourns up to a week.
No vaccinations are necessary.
• CURRENCY AND CREDIT CARDS
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$ o XCD).
All main credit cards are accepted.
• HEALTH AND SAFTEY
The health care system is not efficient, there are a few hospitals and private clinic that you can go to in case of need.
For emergencies it is best to consider a transfer to Martinique.
Tap water has been declared drinkable.
L'acqua corrente è dichiarata potabile.
• WHAT IS THE ISLAND LIKE?
It is of volcanic origin, St. Lucia is a mountainous island (the highest pint is Mont Gimie at 959mt) with tropical forest in the valleys that go directly down to the sea with the forest giving way to sugar cane and banana plantations. The humid forest covers 10% of the island and many areas are natural reserves and protected. There are numerous sulphuric sources that are connected to the volcano Soufriere. The Pitons are 2 spectacular volcanos that are the symbol of St. Lucia and have been elected heritage of humanity by UNESCO. The northern part of the island is less mountainous and has a drier climate. It hosts the majority of the hotels and along the road Castries-Gros Islet you can find the most commercial part of the island and also the small capital city surrounded by hills. The west coast is washed by the Caribbean Sea and here you can find many villages and the best beaches.
• WHAT ARE THE BEACHES LIKE?
Sandy beaches, white or black.
• WHAT NOT TO MISS
The spectacular Pitons at sunset;
Sulphuric Springs, the waterfalls and the gardens near Soufriere;
Pigeon Island National Park;
Castries and its market;
Friday night at Gros Islets;
Anse la Raye a typical fisherman’s village;
Marigot Bay, a beautiful Caribbean Bay;
The panorama of Dennery and its islands;
Festival Jazz in May.
• TYPES OF TOURISM
For a number of years Saint Lucia has been launched towards a higher level of tourism, offering 5 star hotels and resorts.
American and English tourists and usually younger people. Honeymooners and weddings, cruise liners, independent holidaymakers.
• TYPES OF ACCOMODATION
There is a vast selection of accommodation from hotels and luxurious resorts to guest homes for those whom have a limited budget or who are looking to mingle with the locals. Villas and apartments are offered as valid substitutes to hotels along all of the Caribbean Coast.
• ACCOMODATION COSTS
Starting from 40$€ per day for 2 persons.
• ACTIVITIES ON THE ISLAND
Independent excursions by foot or by car.
Horseback riding and excursions in the forest, bird watching
All types of water sports: kite surf, wind surf, water scooters, kayak, catamaran, fishing and diving.
Fitness, SPA, golf.
Guided tours of botanical gardens, and sulphuric sources
Night life: discos and numerous clubs in Rodney Bay, Friday night jump up at Gros Islets, typical evenings during the weekends in various different resorts.
• RESTAURANTS AND COSTS
Creole, French, Italian, Asian and international are the types of foods offered in the islands.....with price ranges for all pockets depending on the restaurant and wants!
• RENTING A CAR
You need a local driving licence (issued on the island) or an international driving licence.
Driving at St. Lucia requires a certain amount of care. You must keep to the left and the locals are relatively reckless.
Another way to visit the island is to come to an agreement with a local taxi driver, easy and cheep.
• CONNECTIONS WITH SURROUNDING ISLANDS
Domestic flights for St.Vincent, Martinique, Barbados, Antigua and Trinidad.
Connections by sea with Martinique, Guadeloupe and Dominca.
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