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Best Places to Visit

The Sulphur Springs to the south of Soufriere are among the island's main attractions. Hot water naturally flows into a pool that is open to the public, so visitors can swim to their heart's content. There is an entry fee and visitors should note that this is higher if you want to enter the water. It"s also typically higher for tourists than for residents, at a premium of about four times the price.

Head to Gros Islet and you find yourself in one of Saint Lucia's newest towns, having recently been promoted from its previous village status. It may seem like Gros Islet is scarce, but be sure to check out the nearby beaches and marinas. On the other hand, every Friday night the streets are closed and a street party takes place, with street vendors selling food and the bars serving drinks until late - a very good reason to start your holiday here!

The charmingly named Cas en Bas is situated on St Lucia's northern coast. While local amenities are few and far between, here you will find a kite surfing school and a handful of quaint restaurants. For tourists, a trip here can feel like you've travelled to your own private island – with restricted roads and broken paths, you may well be one of only a few people to enjoy the stunning sights.

Inland, St Lucia has rainforests, and while you might not want to trek into these on your own, there are official hiking routes that you can follow for a little extra safety. Importantly, this not only helps you to know where you"re going and how to get back safely, but it can also help to ensure that if you do get lost, there is a better chance of knowing approximately where you are! Whether you"re an adrenaline junkie or a sun goddess, holidays to St Lucia cater for everyone"s taste.

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Need to know

Language

While English is the official language of St Lucia, a large amount of the population speaks a French dialect called creole. This is a complete language, meaning it’s not a patois or built up of broken French. This language is so highly esteemed that there is a yearly festival held to celebrate it called Jounen Kwéyòl. Try learning a few basic phrases before heading off on holidays to St Lucia, the locals are bound to appreciate the effort made.

Currency

The currency used is the East Caribbean dollar, but this isn’t the only currency that is accepted on package holidays to St Lucia. The exchange rate with the US dollar is fixed, so you may find that it could be more beneficial to use this instead of East Caribbean dollars in some situations. You can exchange sterling at banks on the island, and there are ATMs where you can withdraw cash directly in the local currency - including at the airport, if you need to get some money on arrival.

Visas

You generally won't need a visa before embarking on all-package holidays to St Lucia, as long as you have no intentions of staying longer than the specified period. You can't work while you’re there, and obviously if you do need to stay past the expiry date, the St Lucia Immigration Department will need to give you permission. You will need a valid passport in any case, and you should make sure that this will remain valid for at least six months after you leave St Lucia, to avoid any problems when departing.

Climate

St Lucia’s weather is hot, especially on the beaches, and it's recommended to take light cotton clothing to cover up with so you're not exposed to the sun for lengthy periods. There's not much range between summer and winter - from about 30°C to about 28°C - and cotton will dry quite quickly if you get wet. You should dress quite conservatively when leaving the beach and out in the towns, so again, light cotton clothing is ideal for all kinds of weather conditions and activities on St Lucia holidays.

Main Airports

When arriving on St Lucia, there are two airports with routes to the rest of the island. The larger of the two is Hewanorra International, adjacent to the town of Vieux Fort. So big is the air traffic control tower that it can be seen from the town. Unfortunately, the passenger entrance to the airport site is at the opposite end, some two miles away from the town. That means an uncomfortable walk in hot weather or the prospect of taking a bus from the airport gate - and bear in mind that you may be asked to pay for a second seat if your luggage is large.

Flight Options

George F.L. Charles Airport, located close to Castries, is an option if you’re staying in one of the popular all-inclusive holiday resorts. Again, the distance from the airport to the town is about two miles, but is manageable if you are travelling light. The approach to landing at this airport is spectacular, as you come in over the water to a runway flanked by hills. While Hewanorra is further from the northern resorts, some visitors to St Lucia opt to land there anyway. They use the journey as a chance to do some sightseeing early in their stay, and this act as inspiration if you’re not yet sure what to do with your visit.

Travel Advice

If your flight home is due to depart from George F.L. Charles Airport, try to head there early in the day so you can soak up the sun on the nearby beach. If you plan on flying to Hewanorra and transferring to one of the resorts in the north, check your arrival time - it would be best to land in daylight so that you can enjoy the scenery en route to your resort. It's a missed opportunity if you take the road trip in the dark, and it might even be worth considering spending your first night in Vieux Fort if possible so that you can set off in the morning and drive north in daylight.

Other Transport Options

Flying is by far the easiest way to travel on holidays to St Lucia. If you’re travelling from a neighbouring island, however, there’s nothing like crossing the crystal clear ocean by boat.

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Feiten

  1. St Lucia wordt vaak gespeld als 'Saint Lucia', waardoor het makkelijker is te onderscheiden van het stadje St Lucia in Zuid-Afrika.
  2. De dubbele bergtoppen van Saint Lucia, Gros Piton en Petit Piton, worden beschouwd als een van de schilderachtige wonderen der natuur in de Caraïben, met hun asymmetrische kegelvormen die afsteken tegen de diepblauwe hemel.
  3. Er wordt gedacht dat Saint Lucia pas sinds na christus werd bewoond. De eerste inwoners arriveerden waarschijnlijk vanuit Zuid-Amerika tussen de 3e en 5e eeuw na Christus.

Feiten

  1. St Lucia wordt vaak gespeld als 'Saint Lucia', waardoor het makkelijker is te onderscheiden van het stadje St Lucia in Zuid-Afrika.
  2. De dubbele bergtoppen van Saint Lucia, Gros Piton en Petit Piton, worden beschouwd als een van de schilderachtige wonderen der natuur in de Caraïben, met hun asymmetrische kegelvormen die afsteken tegen de diepblauwe hemel.
  3. Er wordt gedacht dat Saint Lucia pas sinds na christus werd bewoond. De eerste inwoners arriveerden waarschijnlijk vanuit Zuid-Amerika tussen de 3e en 5e eeuw na Christus.

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