Caribbean Tourism

Travel Information

Patois for Beginners

Until recently, Kweyol was not a written language but it has been developed to facilitate teaching. For people interested in learning a few phrases of Créole, or Kweyol, there is a booklet, Visitors Guide to St Lucia Patois, available for EC$14 in bookshops, Valmont’s Book Salon on the corner of Jeremie and Laborie Streets by the Tourist Office, and...

Culture

Cultural Centres Alliance Française de Sainte Lucie, in the pyramid at Pointe Seraphine, T4526602, courses and cultural events, library etc. Bonsai Society meets every 2nd Thu of the month, 1700, contact Mary Charles, T4501258. There is a good deal of French influence. Most of the islanders, who are predominantly of African descent (though a few black...

The Windward Islands

The Windward Islands include four independent nations: Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada as well as the French Antilles which are departments of France. They form a series of volcanic peaks jutting out and forming a barrier between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Sulphur fumaroles and hot springs can be found on some...

The West Coast to Soufrière and the Pitons

The West Coast Road was opened in 1995 and is in excellent condition with good signposting and many viewpoints. It is a very curvy, but spectacular, drive down to Soufrière.Take the transinsular highway out of Castries and instead of branching left at Cul de Sac bay carry straight on. The road quickly rises to La Croix Maingot where you get good views of...

North to Pointe Du Cap

The part of the island to the north of Castries is the principal resort area, it contains the best beaches and the hotels are largely self contained. It is the driest part of the island with little evidence of the banana plantations or rain forest. The John Compton highway leaves Castries past Vigie airport and follows the curves of Vigie Beach and Choc Bay...

East Coast to Vieux Fort

The road from Castries to Cul de Sac opened in 1999 and was immediately popular with cars and trucks. It is quite a straight road running along the sea and is a welcome relief from the hairpin curves of the old Morne Road. The Castries end starts at the roundabout on La Toc Road, goes through two short tunnels and comes out in the Cul de Sac valley, where a...

Castries

The capital, Castries is splendidly set on a natural harbour against a background of mountains. It used to be guarded by the great fortress of Morne Fortune (Fort Charlotte and Derrière Fort). There is a spectacular view from the road just below Morne Fortune where the town appears as a kaleidoscope of red, blues, white and green and it promises much....

Tourist Information

Embassies and Consulates Danish Consulate, Cap Estate Golf Club, PO Box 328, Castries, T4508522/3, F4508317. Embassy of the Republic of China, Cap Estate, Gros Islet, PO Box GM 999, T4520903, F4529495. French Embassy, Clarke Avenue, Vigie, T452-2462/5877, F4527899. Italian Vice Consul, Reduit, PO Box GM 848, T4520865, F4520869. Netherlands Consulate, M...

Communication

Telephone Services The island has an adequate telephone system, with international direct dialling, operated by Cable and Wireless, Bridge St, Castries. There is a sub-office on New Dock Rd, Vieux Fort. Fax facilities at both offices. Hotels do not generally allow direct dialling, you will have to go through the operator, which can be slow and costly. Intra...

Getting Around

If leaving the country temporarily with electronic equipment such as computers, register the goods at the airport to avoid problems on return. St Lucia has two airports: George F Charles Airport (formely Vigie) (T4521156), for inter-island flights only (two miles from Castries, taxi for EC$20, no exchange facilities), and Hewanorra International Airport (...

Getting There

Air From Europe: The only direct scheduled services are with BWIA, Virgin Atlantic or British Airways from London, Condor from Frankfurt and Air Liberté from Paris. Flights from Europe usually come via Antigua or Barbados. From North America: BWIA has flights, via Barbados from New York, and Miami. Air Jamaica from New York, other cities planned. From...

Charlestown

The main town is Charlestown, one of the best preserved old towns in the Caribbean. Situated on Gallows Bay and guarded by Fort Charles to the south and the long sweep of Pinney’s Beach to the north, it is a small town with a compact centre. At first sight it would be easy to be disappointed. However there are several interesting buildings dating from the...