Caribbean Tourism

St. Lucia

Diving & Marine Life

There is some very good diving off the west coast, although this is somewhat dependent on the weather, as heavy rain tends to create high sediment loads in the rivers and sea. Diving on the east coast is not so good and can be risky unless you are a competent diver. Several companies offer scuba diving with professional instructors, catering for the...

Beaches & Watersports

All the west coast beaches have good swimming but many are dominated by resort hotels. The Atlantic east coast has heavy surf and is dangerous but with very spectacular and isolated beaches (difficult to get to without local knowledge or the Ordnance Survey map and four-wheel drive) which make a pleasant change from the west coast. Many are important...

Accommodations

Rodney Bay is the center of everything including the majority hotels, the best restaurants, bars and beaches. Many of the hotels are resorts and provide everything their guests need. Hotels outside of Rodney Bay are rather remote and you should arrange car hire or taxis (which can get rather expensive) to get around the island or go to restaurants. All-...

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...

St Lucia

St Lucia St Lucia (pronounced ‘Loosha’) is the second largest of the Windwards, lying between St Vincent and Martinique with an area of 238 square miles. The scenery is of outstanding beauty, and in the neighbourhood of the Pitons, it has an element of grandeur. The highest peak is Morne Gimie, 3,118 ft, but the most spectacular are Gros Piton, 2,619 ft, and Petit...

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...

ST. LUCIA: USEFUL INFORMATION

TOURIST OFFICES Saint Lucia (Official Main) Saint Lucia Tourist Board P O Box 221, Top floor Sure Line Building, Vide Bouteille Castries, Saint Lucia Tel (758) 452 4094/5968 Fax (758) 453 1121 Email slut...@candw.lc Director: Mr Hilary Modeste Deputy Director: Mrs Maria Fowell Web: http://www.stlucia.org/ USA Saint Lucia Tourist Board 820 2nd Avenue, 9th...

ST. LUCIA: WHAT TO SEE AND DO

DINING Restaurants available Local. Fast food. Gourmet. International. Dress code Casual is accepted almost everywhere except for the odd restaurant where jacket & tie may be needed. A light jumper could be needed for cooler evenings. NIGHTLIFE Entertainment available includes Dinner/Dances. Live Music. Discos. Cabarets. Nightclubs. Gros Islet Street...

ST. LUCIA: COUNTRY PROFILE AND MAP

GEOGRAPHY 60 degrees 53 mins and 61 degrees 5 mins West longitude and 30 degrees 43 mins and 14 degrees 5 mins North latitude. The highest peak is Mount Gimie 3,145 ft high. St. Lucia is a volcanic island within the curved chain known as the Windward Islands. It covers 238 sq. mls, 27 mls long and 14 mls wide. It is separated by a channel some 25 mls wide...

ST. LUCIA: MONEY/ BUSINESS GUIDE

BANKS Bank of Nova Scotia. Barclays Bank PLC. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Caribbean Banking Corporation Ltd. Bank of St. Lucia. Royal Bank of Canada. St. Lucia Co operative Bank. BANKING HOURS Mon to Thu: 0800 1500. Friday 0800 1700. BUSINESS HOURS Government: Mon Fri 0800 1230 & 1330 1630. Commerce: Mon Fri 0800 1230 & 1330 1600. Sat 0800...

ST. LUCIA: HOW TO GET THERE

AIRLINES Air Canada from Toronto. Air Jamaica from Montego Bay and New York (all other connections via Montego Bay). Atlanta, Miami and New York. US Airways from Philadelphia. Air France and AOM are via Martinique. American Eagle from San Juan. British Airways, BWIA and Virgin from London. BWIA from New York and Miami. There are also Seasonal charter...

ST. LUCIA: Basically British, though 25 miles south of Martinique and flavored with French Creole

Basically British, though 25 miles south of Martinique and flavored with French Creole influence, St. Lucia is simply beautiful. The island's mountainous terrain offers dazzling views from land and sea. In the area near Hewanorra, the main airport, the profile of St. Lucia's distinctive twin mountain peaks Les Pitons is a favorite subject for travel...