St. Lucia Guide

Know Before You Go...®

If your dream vacation includes lots of variety, both in scenery and activities, then St. Lucia has it.  The island is well-known for its changing landscape that includes the towering Pitons, black and white sand beaches, volcanoes, and rainforests.  There’s also a healthy sprinkling of bustling city life, so whatever your interests, there’s something for you when you rent a villa in St. Lucia.  Use the information here to help you as you plan your trip to this diverse island.

 

Why St. Lucia?

  • The Pitons
  • The Caribbean's only drive-in volcano
  • Jeep Safari Tours
  • Diamond Mineral Baths, built by Louis XVI for his troops
  • Hiking through the rain forest
  • Yachting
  • Black and white sand beaches

St. Lucia Weather/Climate

Average Temperatures

January
82° F
76° F
February
82° F
76° F
March
83° F
77° F
April
84° F
78° F
May
86° F
80° F
June
85° F
81° F
July
85° F
80° F
August
86° F
80° F
September
86° F
80° F
October
86° F
79° F
November
84° F
79° F
December
83° F
77° F

Average Rainfall

January
2.22
February
1.75
March
1.45
April
1.5
May
1.8
June
3.69
July
4.61
August
4.41
September
5.3
October
5.8
November
5.24
December
2.42

History

Like many islands in the Caribbean, St. Lucia was inhabited long before the Europeans arrived. Arawak Indians had settled in St. Lucia about 2,000 years ago. The second wave of settlers were the warlike Carib Indians who had pretty much removed the Arawaks by 800AD. They called the island “Hewanorra” . The island was not referred to as St. Lucia until the late 1500’s.

In 1746, the French established the first official settlement in St. Lucia - Soufriere. They built more towns and sugar plantations over the next 40-50 years and prospered with cheap, imported slave labor. In 1814, the island changed hands. The abolition of slavery in 1838 by the English Parliament was the beginning of the end for the sugar industry in St. Lucia.

Indentured labour from India arrived in the 1880’s to alleviate the chronic agricultural labour shortages, and many of them settled permanently. However, it could not stop the overall decline of the industry and by the early 1960’s the sugar industry had totally disappeared.

After the Second World War, St. Lucia sought increasing autonomy in a strive for total independence. St. Lucia became fully independent on February 22, 1979. It remains a member of the British Commonwealth.

News and Notable

Matt Damon, Ludacris, Nate Berkus, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have all been seen around the island. It’s rumored that Oprah owns real estate in St. Lucia.

Seaspray Cruise Tours
Hall of Fame Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Enjoy day tours to the mud baths, waterfalls, beaches, and fishing spots via catamaran or jeep with Seaspray. Their tour options are extensive, and most are suitable for the whole family.

Orlando's Restaurant & Bar
2020 Recently names one of the World's Best Restaurants by Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine.

One of the best parts of Orlando's is that they only use locally grown, organic produce, local meats and fresh fish caught daily. And if there is something on the menu that doesn't appeal to you Chef Orlando is very accommodating.

St Lucia Helicopters
See the most amazing scenery in the Caribbean - its breathtaking!

St. Lucia Helicopters is an amazing way to see the island from a birds-eye-view. The staff is very friendly and the pilots are always informative.

Transportation on St. Lucia

Getting to St. Lucia and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.

Entry Documents

One form of identification, either a photo ID or passport as well as an on-going or return ticket, is required for U.S. citizens. Others will need a passport or visa depending on the country of origin.

Airlines Flying Here

  • US: American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue and United Airlines
  • Canada: Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines and WestJet
  • UK: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and TUI
  • Germany: Condor
  • France: Air France, Corsair and Air Caraibes
  • Caribbean: Air Caraibes, Air Antilles, Caribbean Airlines and LIAT

Airport

Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) and George Charles Inter Island Airport (SLU)

Departure Tax

US$20

Driving

On the left. Seat belts are mandatory.

Local Transportation

Roads are steep, narrow and winding with few guardrails, and often poorly marked. There are plenty of car rental agencies on the island, as well as taxi’s. Just be sure you get the rate before you take the ride.  Bicycles, scooters and motorcycles can also be rented, although we do not recommend doing so. Uber/Lyft are not on-island. To rent a car, you will need an international driver’s license.

St. Lucia Weddings and Honeymoons

Vacationers don’t just stay in St. Lucia villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! You must be in St. Lucia for two days before the wedding.

After the two days, a local Solicitor can apply for a license on your behalf. You need to have received this two working days before the wedding date. Most tour operators can make all the arrangements.

You must bring the following documentation: Passport; birth certificate;
Decree Absolute (if one of the parties is divorced); in the case of a widow/widower a Death Certificate of first spouse is required.

Also, if a name has been changed, a Deed Poll is required. If one of the parties is under the age of 18, evidence of a consent of parents is required in the form of a sworn affidavit stamped by a Notary Public.
If any required documents are not in English, an authenticated translation must be available

See our favorite villas for weddings.

See our favorite villas for honeymoons.

Know Before You Go...® - St. Lucia Travel Tips

Before making their way to St. Lucia villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in St. Lucia even more relaxing.

Capital:
Castries
Population:
183,000
Size:
238 square miles. 27 miles long, and 14 miles wide.
Electric Current:
220
Time:
01:41 am zone:-4 (GMT/UTC -4)
Official Language:
English
Currency:
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC) and U.S. dollars are widely accepted. The rate of exchange between the two is fixed at $2.67EC to $1.00 US. If you bring US$ 50.00 or $100.00 notes you will have to change them at the bank on St. Lucia.
Tipping and Taxes:
  • Villa Staff: $50 per couple, per week
  • Restaurants: 10% gratuity, on average
Dress Code:
Even though St. Lucia is a tropical island, it's a little on the formal side, meaning that you’ll want to cover up when not at the beach. Bring light clothes suitable for the tropics - loose tops, shorts & dresses for the ladies, shorts and polos for the guys. Some restaurants do have a dress code. Please note that it's illegal to have army/combat type clothing or print.
Topography:
Mountainous, tropical
Telephone:
Local area code is 758.

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