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 hours are Mon-Thu 8am-2pm and Friday 8am-5pm.
80% of St Lucia’s population are Roman Catholic – other denominations include Anglican, Methodist, Seventh Day Adventists, Baptist and others.
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.
UK Citizens require a valid passport.
From the UK British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways fly directly into St Lucia. St Lucia is also a very popular cruise destination.
The official language of St Lucia is English – however, French Patois is widely spoken throughout the island.
There are five medical facilities in St Lucia.
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.