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LOCATION & HISTORY

St Lucia is located in the Eastern Caribbean, north-east of St Vincent and south of Martinique.  It is part of the British Commonwealth but an Independent Nation with a democratic government.  St Lucia changed hands frequently between the British & French with the British taking control in 1814.  The island is 27 miles long and 14 miles wide – a total of 283 square miles with a population of approx. 176,000.  St Lucia is known as the ‘Helen of the West Indies’.

 

BANKING

Banking hours are Mon-Thu 8am-2pm and Friday 8am-5pm.

 

CHURCHES

80% of St Lucia’s population are Roman Catholic – other denominations include Anglican, Methodist, Seventh Day Adventists, Baptist and others.

 

CLIMATE

As is expected of a Caribbean island, St Lucia experiences year-round ‘summer’ with average temperatures between 27°-30°.  The island experiences two seasons – a ‘wet’ season from June to December and a ‘dry’ season from January to May.  The hottest months are usually between June and September.

 

CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS

The Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$) is used in St Lucia – it is linked to the US$.  Major credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, car hire companies and some restaurants and shops.  US$ are also widely accepted on island.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

UK Citizens require a valid passport.

 

GETTING THERE

From the UK British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways fly directly into St Lucia.  St Lucia is also a very popular cruise destination.

 

LANGUAGE

The official language of St Lucia is English – however, French Patois is widely spoken throughout the island.

 

MEDICAL

There are five medical facilities in St Lucia.

 

TIME ZONE

St Lucia is in the Atlantic Time Zone and is 4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

St Lucia is a tropical island which boasts beautiful beaches, lush mountains – including the famous Pitons – Perfect for romance, relaxation or adventure….

  • Wedding & Honeymoon – Voted the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination several times
  • Health & Wellness – A wide variety of spas – natural resources supplied by the Soufriere Volcano are included in some treatments
  • Rodney Bay Village – Luxury Resorts, Restaurants and Entertainment
  • Adventures & Activities – Adventures for all the family: Mountain Climbing; Diving; Snorkelling; Sailing; ATV Adventures; Segway Tours; Horseback Riding, etc.
  • Yachting and Sailing
  • Events & Festivals – St Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, Carnival, etc.
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