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How To Travel Around Saint Lucia

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The main mode of transport for tourists in St Lucia is by taxi, whether organised by the hotel, taxi agency or individual operators. Tours organised by hotels are usually the most expensive way to travel, but they can provide food and drink. Using a local taxi company to organise your own adventure is much cheaper. Your hotel staff should be able to give you the number of a taxi office or taxi company they use regularly. Rates are usually fixed, but you can shop around for the best rate if you get several numbers. Many taxi drivers who shuttle between resorts and markets offer tours of the island for around $145 per van. Each van can hold between 6 and 12 people.

For budget travellers or adventurous tourists, local buses are a cheap and fun way to get around. These are small vans that seat 10-14 people and vary in quality. They run irregularly but frequently between rural towns and urban centres (e.g. Soufriere to Castries, Soufriere to Vieux Fort, Vieux Fort to Castries), with most going to Castries in the morning and returning to Soufriere in the late afternoon. They are very affordable and offer a unique experience each time; the vehicle operators often decorate the interior and play their own music, a mix of Caribbean or country flavours. If you want to try out transport, discuss your route and journey time with one of the local staff who are familiar with the bus system. Many of them probably use transport to get to and from work.

Water taxis are a major source of income for many residents and can be a much faster, more convenient and scenic way to travel short distances to private beaches or coastal towns. Many of the water taxi operators in Soufriere City are located on the pier. Fares for these drivers are somewhat high and can be negotiated down. There are a few taxi owners near the Hummingbird Hotel and Soufriere Beach who regularly play dominoes and sell drinks. They can offer a much cheaper fare. From Soufriere you can take a water taxi to the beaches of Anse Chastenet and Jalousie.

A helicopter taxi can be taken from Hewannora Airport to Vigie Airport. This is a quick and spectacular way to get to the northern resorts of the island.

It is also possible to rent a car at prices similar to those in the USA or Canada. There is left-hand traffic and you need a driving licence (US$12 for one day, US$21 for 3 months).

How To Travel To Saint Lucia

By airSaint Lucia has two airports,George FL Charles Airport (SLU), which is located near Castries.Hewanorra International (UVF), which is located near Vieux Fort.George FL Charles Airport is closer to many of the all-inclusive resorts. It has a modest terminal and runway capable of handling inter-island commercial flights with ease....

Visa & Passport Requirements for Saint Lucia

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Begium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (including Faroe Islands and Greenland), Dominica, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hungary,...

Weather & Climate in Saint Lucia

The local climate is tropical, tempered by north-easterly trade winds, with a dry season from 1 December to 31 May and a rainy season from 1 June to 30 November.Average daytime temperatures are around 29°C, average nighttime temperatures are around 18°C. As the country is quite close to the...

Accommodation & Hotels in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia has a large number of resorts, small boutique hotels, villas, condominiums and holiday homes.SunWestVillas, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet. Good location.OceanviewHotel, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet. Small hotel complex with 37 rooms and a spa.Villa Beach Cottages, Castries. Independent villas directly on the beach.The InnOnThe Bay, Marigot Bay. 5...

Things To See in Saint Lucia

The Pitons - Two volcanic plugs jutting out of the sea, formed by past volcanic activity. They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are depicted on the national flag.Pigeon Island Nature Reserve - located north of Gros Islet, the park is home to some of St Lucia's oldest...

Things To Do in Saint Lucia

Sulphur Springs - just south of Soufriere, these hot springs are one of the island's main attractions. The hot water flows into a pool, so don't forget to pack your swimsuit and take a dip!Hiking in the rainforest - there are several official hiking routes on the island. On...

Food & Drinks in Saint Lucia

Food in Saint LuciaLocalFood in St Lucia consists mainly of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and a variety of curry, jerk, rice and stew dishes. Pot au feu is a delicious stew traditionally from the indigenous cultures of the Caribbean and can be found in many local restaurants in...

Money & Shopping in Saint Lucia

Castries Market is a good place to buy gifts, as is the JQ Shopping Centre in Rodney Bay. There is also La Place Carenage, a duty-free shop and gift and souvenir shop in the main port of Castries. Here you will find quality jewellery, arts and crafts, ideal for...

Culture Of Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia's culture has been influenced by African, Indian, French and English heritage. One of the minor languages is St. Lucian Creole French, which is spoken by almost the entire population.Saint Lucia has the second highest ratio of Nobel laureates to total population of any sovereign country in the...

History Of Saint Lucia

The earliest known inhabitants of St Lucia were the Arawaks, thought to have arrived from northern South America around 200-400 AD. Numerous archaeological sites on the island have yielded specimens of well-developed Arawak pottery. The Caribs gradually replaced the Arawaks in the period from 800 to 1000 AD.The first...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Saint Lucia

Stay Safe in Saint LuciaSt Lucia is not an incredibly dangerous place, but the rates of murder, rape and assault have risen dramatically in recent years. You should exercise the same caution that you would at home. Also, try to stay in groups and be careful in remote areas....

Festivals & Holidays in Saint Lucia

St Lucia's cultural festivals include the Rose and the Daisy, the former representing the indigenous St Lucian fraternal society known as the Order of the Rose, shaped in the mould of Rosicrucianism, and the latter its traditional rival, the indigenous St Lucian equivalent of Freemasonry, known as the Order...

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