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How To Travel To Saint Lucia

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By air

Saint 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. For less experienced pilots in high performance aircraft, the approach over the water and hills on either side of the runway can seem a little tedious, but the prevailing winds are generally favourable. The airport is right next to Vigie Beach, so you can enjoy the sun while you wait for your flight. The terminal is about two miles from the centre of Castries, so it’s a short walk if you don’t have a lot of luggage.

Hewanorra is the larger of the two airports on St Lucia. International flights from Europe and mainland North America arrive at this airport. Most resorts in northern St Lucia take an hour to an hour and a half drive from Hewanorra. However, driving north is a good way to experience the island unless you arrive at night. It is recommended to have a rental car available or take a taxi as public transport is inconsistent throughout the island. A taxi ride to the resort of Rodney Bay in the north of the island costs between $80 and $90.

For more information on both airports, visit the official website of the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority.

With the boat

Cruise ships (usually one or two at a time) are frequent visitors to the picturesque little port of Castries. An open-air shopping centre adjoins the main jetty and offers duty-free shopping. See “Shopping” below. Visiting St Lucia by cruise is a popular option for travellers. During the cruise season, many of the island’s attractions can be crowded due to the large number of ship visitors.

Ferries to and from the neighbouring islands are available, but quite expensive.

The most extensive official service is provided by Express des Isles, which serves Martinique, Guadeloupe, etc.

Channel Shuttles Inc. offers a slightly cheaper ferry service (235 ECD, including departure tax) to Martinique, departing from Castries on Wednesdays at 10:00 and Thursdays at 15:00. They can be contacted on 7139701/4518161 or their office is in the ferry terminal outside Castries.

Catamaran trips from Soufriere to Rodney Bay are also offered by a local tour company (to be updated).

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