Caribbean Tourism

Getting Around

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...

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....

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...