St. Lucia (Saint Lucia)

View over St Lucia

St. Lucia is a popular Caribbean island that has so much to see and to do. Find some of the most important information that you need to know before travelling to Saint Lucia.

Style, luxury and a colorful, laid back vibe is what sets St. Lucia apart from other Caribbean islands. It lies between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Central America.

There is so much to see and do on this lush and beautiful tropical paradise, from the Botanical Gardens and biodiverse rainforests to a historic British military base, a drive-in volcano, sulfur springs and the stunning twin peaks of “The Pitons.”

Cruise Port: Yes. Cruise lines that stop over in St Lucia include the Royal Caribbean, Costa Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises.

Nearest Airport: St. Lucia has two airports:

  • George FL Charles Airport - located near Castries.
  • Hewanorra International Airport - located near Vieux Fort.

Prime Attractions

  • Admire the Pitons - These volcanic peaks are iconic of St. Lucia.
  • Visit Sulphur Springs Park - Mesmerizing pools of steaming hot water located in the crater of the Soufriere volcano.
  • Treetop Adventure Park - Offers a range of scenic walks through lush jungle and a very popular zipline experience.

Fun Activities

  • Friday night “Jump Up” Party - Join in the fun in the northern village of Gros Islet, with DJs and dancing until the early morning hours.
  • Fond Doux Plantation - See how cocoa is grown on this lush farm.
  • Water Sports - During your visit one of the many local tour companies can organize kayaks, windsurfing, banana boat rides, water-skiing lessons and much more.

Natural Wonders

  • Rainforest Aerial Tram - A slow ride through the lush green jungle canopy.
  • Snuba Diving  - Breathe through a “Snuba” tube so that you can explore the sea floor from 5,10, or 20 feet below the surface and swim with sharks, rays, octopus and turtles.
  • The National Rainforest - These 19,000 acres of lush valleys and mountains are home to many wild orchids, exotic birds, fruits, indigenous tree species and the exotic flowers of the birds of paradise.

History and Culture

  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception - This gorgeous building features an Italianate clock tower and an ornate Baroque interior decorated with paintings by renowned local artist Dunstan St. Omer.
  • Morne Fortune - Visit the battlements of this old French fort that was taken by the British during their conquest of St Lucia in 1796.

Cuisine (Dining Choices)

  • Apsara (Indian) - This favorite local Indian restaurant boasts colorful, fragrant and spicy dishes.
  • Big Chef Steakhouse (Steak) - This restaurant in Rodney Bay Village is a great location for special occasions, featuring top-notch steaks and elegant desserts.
  • Boucan (Fine Dining) - At this restaurant every gourmet dish is cooked with cocoa, including such specialties as a chocolate-infused vinaigrette and fillet of pork with cocoa and herb crust.

Travel Notes

Who is it for:

  • Honeymooners - Relax on the beach and enjoy the sunshine with your sweetheart.
  • Families - There are plenty of kid- friendly activities to enjoy.
  • Groups of Friends - Rent a villa and hang out on a boat or at the beach!

 

Best Time to Visit St.LuciaDecember - March

Cheapest Time to Visit St.LuciaApril - November

Health and Safety Information

  • Street vendors here can be aggressive, but don’t be alarmed; a firm “no thank you” is enough to send them on their way.
  • Watch out for unwanted purchases disguised as gifts from people on the street.
  • Keep in mind when selecting your luggage that using camouflage printed bags is reserved for military personnel here. 

Quick Facts

  • Language: English is the main official language, but the island’s pre-British past remains alive in the French-Creole patois still spoken by the locals.
  • Currency: The currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar.
  • Electricity and outlets: St. Lucia runs on 220-230 volts AC, so be sure to bring an adaptor (or pick one up at the airport) for your U.S. appliances.
  • Passport and Immigration: Citizens of Canada and the USA need only bring their passports, since a visa is not required.
  • Drinking Water: You’ll probably be fine drinking the tap water here, but many visitors stick to bottled water just to be on the safe side.
  • Time zone: Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of New York.

Interesting Facts:

  • The national motto of St. Lucia, coined in 1979, is “The Land, The People, The Light.”
  • The Pitons, Petit Piton and Gros Piton, are twin volcanic peaks that rise from the sea.
  • Like the British, people in St. Lucia people drive on the left side of the road.

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