Welcome to Saint Lucia!
Let her inspire you with her infinite beauty
St. Lucia is as enchanting as it is exotic and luxuriant. A small, tropical gem far less known than its Caribbean counterparts, St. Lucia is host to the world’s only drive-through volcano, its own National Rain Forest with nearly 20,000 acres of natural wonder and the translucent turquoise sea that attracts people from across the globe. St. Lucia is roughly 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, located in the eastern Caribbean Sea and bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
This beautiful Caribbean island is known for the distinctive twin peaks Les Pitons, as well as the stunning Diamond Falls and never-ending lush tropical foliage. Whether you enjoy hiking and navigating breathtaking mountainous terrains and volcanic craters, or if you are looking for a picturesque tropical oasis to put your feet up and soak up the sunshine, you can’t go wrong with a visit to St. Lucia.
St. Lucia is a beautiful Caribbean oasis with some of the best weather and luxurious vegetation in the world. The climate is hot and tropical, tempered by welcome trade winds during most of the year. The temperatures range from 21 C (70 F) to 32 C (90 F). December to May is the driest time of year and rainfall increases during summer months and towards the year’s end. St. Lucia is also prone to hurricanes from June to November.
St. Lucia uses the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$) as its currency. However, US dollars are often accepted by taxi drivers and at some establishments. Banks and larger hotels will exchange traveler’s checks without issue. Visa, American Express and MasterCard are all widely accepted at restaurants, car rental agencies and hotels. There are numerous ATMs throughout the island where you can get cash (only if your card has either the Cirrus or Plus symbol).
Avis, Hertz, National and several smaller local agencies offer car rentals out of both St. Lucia airports. You can expect to spend around US$65 per day on a car rental. Motorcycles and scooter rentals are also available from some agencies. St. Lucia’s bus service is operated via privately owned minivans is the most common form of transportation. If you do not see a bus stop near where you are located, you can wave buses down as long as there is space on the side for them to pull over. Bicycle rentals are not readily available due to winding roads and blind corners.
How To Get Here
For European travelers, Saint Lucia has more direct flights from Europe than many other Caribbean Islands. If flying from the UK, you will be able to choose from either an airport in London or from one in Manchester. Condor Airlines out of Frankfurt also offers direct flights to Saint Lucia. Another option in getting to the Caribbean island from Europe is to book a flight out of Paris and take the ferry from Martinique to Saint Lucia.
U.S. residents looking for direct travel via airport to Saint Lucia will need to fly out of either Miami, Boston, Atlanta, Newark or New York. Otherwise, a connecting flight will be in order. However, all of these major cities are convenient and connecting flights are quite common. Delta Airlines, Jet Blue, American Airlines and United Airlines are the companies that offer direct flights to one of Saint Lucia’s two airports.
For Canadian travelers, Air Canada, WestJet, SunWings and Transat all offer direct flights from Montreal and Toronto.
Saint Lucia has two airports: The George Charles Airport located in the capital city of Castries, and Hewanorra International Airport located in the southern town of Vieux Fort. The airports are approximately 40 miles apart and about an hour and a half journey by road.
Things To See & Do
As the island is home to enchanting little towns, stunning beaches and bays and countless banana plantations, you won’t be at a loss for St. Lucia activities during your stay. Here are some of our top picks:
Castries: The capital city is centered around a harbor, which just happens to occupy the crater of an extinct volcano. The public market is one of the most mesmerizing places in the West Indies. Sample numerous varieties of bananas, pick up handcrafted items such as pottery and baskets or simply soak up the culture. Be sure to check out Derek Walcott Square during your time in Castries; it is an area steeped in history and beauty.
Pigeon Island National Historic Park: This is St. Lucia’s first national park and is joined to the mainland by a causeway. The west coast of the park boasts two incredible white sand beaches that are a must-see. Stop by Jambe de Bois, an eclectic restaurant serving local fare, or simply soak up the natural beauty, wildlife and landscape of this beautiful park. There are also numerous historic ruins, barracks and more that are well-worth exploring.