St. Lucia Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: St. Lucia

Where is it?: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago

Why do people go here?: If you can get past the packaged tours and sunset drinking that goes with it, St. Lucia has a lot to offer between its beautiful sandy beaches and volcanic interior.

What are the main entry points?: You can come from nearby islands via catamaran, or fly into the island. Note that international flights NOT from the Caribbean go to the Vigie airport, which is located further away from the capital, Castries.

Currency used: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

Country Code: 1-758

Religion: Roman Catholic 90%, Anglican 3%, other Protestant 7%

Population: 200,000

Ethnic Breakdown: Black 90%, mixed 6%, East Indian 3%, white 1%

Government: Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy

Languages: English (official), French patois

Travel Information

Major Cities: Castries

Attractions: Volcanoes, Sun, Sand

Accommodation: St. Lucia Hostels, St. Lucia Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: St. Lucia- Tourist Board Pointe Seraphine, Box 221 Castries, St. Lucia +1-809-452-4094, 5968, 2596, 454-6644;; FAX ; +1-809-45-31121;www.stluciatravel.com.lc, www.interknowledge.com/st-lucia/

Health Issues: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Snowbirds take heart! Late winter and early spring are the best (and driest) times to visit.

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 22 February (1979)

Getting Around: Be like a local and take the cheap minivan buses everywhere you go.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Saint Lucia is the Hewanorra International Aiport.

Need more information?: Check out the Saint Lucia travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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