Destined to the Caribbean, holiday in St Lucia

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What's St Lucia like?


Getting to and around


Useful information


Where to stay


Restaurants and locals


Activities and sports


Printable guide




Saint Lucia - Marigot Bay beach


Saint Lucia - Rivière Dorée church



How to get to Saint Lucia


There are various air links to St Lucia from Europe, with international flights leaving from most major European capitals via London. Direct flights are with British Airways from London & Virgin Airways, it is worth noting that the Virgin flights are already heavily booked. Air Caraibes and Air France offer flights to Fort De France (Martinique,) where connecting flights can be easily found.

 connecting flights to st lucia

From Paris Orly:

  and Air Caraibes runs daily flights from Paris Orly to Martinique, with a flight change to Castries, Georg F Charles airport. Cost of the ticket is around 600/900 Euro


 From Londra Gatwick :  

British Airways offers different weekday flights from London Gatwick (LGW) for St Lucia Hewanorra (UVF). The cost of the ticket varies from £500 to more than £800.
Again from London Gatwick Virgin Atlantic offers some direct flight to St Lucia, these flights as noted are already heavily booked. Last minute deals start from £500.


From Manchester

From Manchester, Ringway airport (MAN), connecting flights with BMI via London Gatwick, with BA or Virgin.


From Madrid

From Madrid (MAD), Iberia with American Airlines with a flight change at San Juan (SJU-Porto) and then onto American Airlines to St Lucia.


From US and Canada

From the USA connecting flights to St Lucia are run by:
American Airlines with direct flights from Miami and non direct flights via San Juan (Porto Rico);
American Eagle, with daily flights from Porto Rico; Delta Airlines with daily flights from Atlanta.
Air Canada offer direct flights to St Lucia from Toronto and connecting flights from Montreal via Toronto. Air Jamaica offers flights from Toronto to Trinidad where a connecting flight from Liat can get you to St Lucia.



Air links between the island


flights to st lucia


St Lucia has airway links offered by Liat with Antigua, Dominica, Martinique St Vincent, Barbados and Trinidad. Air Caraibes offers flights from Martinique (Only 1 Euro offer if you have booked a flight with Air Caraibes), Air Antilles Express offers direct flights from Guadeloupe and Martinique.



The two airports of St Lucia

airport st lucia

St Lucia has two airports. The international airport of Hewanorra (UVF) in Vieux Fort, and in the south of the island a smaller interregional airport Georges F Charles (SLU) in Castries. Connecting flights between the Antillean islands are based here.



Exit Tax


Upon departure from St Lucia by air travel the exit tax is included in the price of your airline ticket. By maritime means the exit tax is 30 EC$.
Payable in cash, both EC$ and US$ is accepted.




Maritime links to/from Saint Lucia


maritim links from st lucia


Maritime links from the other islands run with an Express ferry from Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe. From Martinique another smaller maritime company La West Indies runs daily from La Marin to Castries with a small shuttle boat.

In the local port of Castries you can find local cash (UK) ATM (US) machines, a small lookout and numerous taxis to meet arriving ferries.








Collective minibuses in St. Lucia


minibus st lucia


Minibuses (tagged M) are numerous during morning hours and run through the day;
Friday and Saturday nights, the north of the island runs a late night service to permit the locals to get back home after the jump up of Gros Islet.
Guiding Cost
Castries-Gros islet 2,75EC$, Castries-Rodney Bay 2,25 EC$, Castries-Vigie 1,50 EC$,
Castries-Vieux Fort 7 EC$, Castries-Soufriere 10 EC$.

 Taxis in St. Lucia


Taxis are quiet comfortable and fairly reasonable to get around and about in .Taxi drivers can offer different information and take you to more interesting places, being a tour guide at the same time. You can fix the price with the driver if you know you may need to hire them for the day or week.


taxi st lucia


Average cost of an authorized taxi journey (tagged with a red or blue TX): Castries-Gros Islet 66 EC$, RodneyBay - Gros Islet 25EC$, Rodney Bay-Pigion Island 25 EC$, Castries-Soufriere 239 EC$, Castries-Anse la Raye 101 EC$.



Internal travel

internal travel st lucia

To get about the island you can hire a car, set an accord with a taxi driver or simply abandon yourself to the Caribbean rhythm and get about with a collective minibus. Another choice is to get in touch with one of the local travel agencies who offer group or individual tours. All places of interest, towns and villages are connected to the main road and roads are genially in a good state of repair. You need about an hour to get from Castries in Vieux Fort to Dennery on the Atlantic coast, taking the main route through the middle of the island. From Castries to Soufriere you’ll need about 45 min, the road takes you along the Caribbean coast and is quiet taxing, with a narrow and bendy road.



Hiring a car in St Lucia


car rental st lucia


Hiring a car in St Lucia will involve buying a temporary local license (54 EC) a formality which can be handled by the local hire company or you can do it yourself at the Immigration office in the airport or via the police station at Castries or other main stations on the island. Other than the large international hire companies you can find other local hire companies with often more economic rates. Ask for information on what is included in the insurance included and the conditions and make sure the vehicle has been MOT ed (UK) certified (US). Driving in St Lucia needs a certain level of prudence, it is left hand drive and the local drivers can be quiet spirited.


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Local guides


Local guides for touristic services for the island, such as; Taxi's, airport transfers, evening outings, shopping trips, excursions.

StLucia Tour
Tel (001-758) 7171882 / 7158577


Smally's Island Tours
Marigot Bay
Tel (001-758) 4843618 / 4514406


King Nigel
Tel (001-758) 7200178