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St Lucia

St Lucia St Lucia is a beautiful Caribbean island which boasts beaches meeting both the Caribbean and the Atlantic for the perfect holiday. St Lucia has a host of rare wildlife and exotic trees including banana, papaya and mango. The history of St Lucia and its ownership is very interesting and you cannot fail to appreciate the influence that these different cultures have had upon this stunning island, even after a few days. St Lucia was first inhabited by peaceful Arawak Indians who were later conquered by their old enemies, the fierce Caribs, after which it was alternately French and British for the next 150 years, before being ceded to the British in 1814. This mix of influences is evident in the mix of languages; although English is the official language, French patois is favoured by the local people. The Caribbean influence fills the atmosphere in the music, which is a heady mix of calypso, soca and reggae, and complements the fine rum and locally brewed beer. St Lucia also offers watersports and the chance to visit the peaks of the Pitons, the Soufriere volcano and a drive-in volcanic crater. Whether you choose to be part of the carnival atmosphere, sample the Creole cuisine or find some adventure, St Lucia is an uncomplicated and unspoilt place where you will certainly enjoy your holiday.

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Information on Climate / Weather

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average Temp (C)
27 28 29 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 30 29
Hours of Sunshine
8 8 8 8 8 7 8 8 8 7 8 8
Rainfall
(in mm)
135 91 97 86 150 218 236 269 252 236 231 198

Information on Driving

Traffic drives on the left. All major centres are served by a reasonably good road network

Information on Currency

Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$); 100 cents = EC$1. Coins range from 1 cent to EC$1; banknotes from EC$1 to 100.

Information on Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risk vary worldwide. Please contact your general practioner or travel clinic for more information

Information on Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 in summer)

Information on Tipping

10-15 % is added to bills. Taxi drivers do not expect tips.

Information on Water

Bottled mineral water is recommended.

Information on Transport

Bus service connects rural areas with the capital. There is a good service from Castries to Gros Islet in the north of the island with buses departing every 30 minutes during the day.

Information on Things to do

Mountain biking through the rainforest - While in St Lucia, don't miss out on a visit to the south of the island, with its stunning landscape and lush rainforest. Biking has become a popular way to explore this part of the island.

The "Brig Unicorn"; Tall Ship - Taking you from Castries to Soufriere and including a visit to the Sulphur Springs Volcanic Park and the Diamond Botanical Gardens, a trip on the Tall ship Brig Unicorn; which appeared in "Pirates of the Caribbean" promises to exhilarate the whole family.

Turtle and Whale watching - St Lucia is recognised as one of the leading whale watching sites in the Windward Islands. Over 20 species are regularly spotted throughout the year, including humpbacks, pilot whales, sperm whales and spinning dolphins. Turtles are another fascinating thrill for nature lovers. Due to protection provided by local enviromental agencies that have ensured the permanent suspension of turtle hunting, St Lucia abouds with this majestic reptile.

Information on Banks

Open Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Some banks open Saturdays 8 a.m. – noon.

Information on Electricity

The current is 220/230 volts, 50 cycles AC. British-type plugs with three prongs are used.

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