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St Lucia FAQ’s

We all love doing a bit of travel research before our holidays, and it’s important to find out all the essential information before you go. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Saint Lucia and the answers you need to prepare for your dream Caribbean island escape…

Where is Saint Lucia?

Saint Lucia is in the West Indies, in the Caribbean Sea. It is part of a chain of Caribbean islands called the Lesser Antilles which stretches from the Greater Antilles down to the continent of South America. The island is nestled between the neighbouring islands of Martinique, Barbados and Saint Vincent.

How can I get there?

There are direct flights from the UK to Saint Lucia, from London Gatwick with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic and from Manchester Airport with Thomas Cook. The flight takes around 8 hours from London to the Hewanorra International Airport which is in the south of the island. You can also visit Saint Lucia as part of a Caribbean cruise.

When’s the best time to visit Saint Lucia?

You’ll want to visit Saint Lucia in the dry season when the weather is hot and sunny, which is typically between December and April. March is a great month to holiday in Saint Lucia as it can offer as much as ten hours of sunlight per day.

What is the main language of Saint Lucia?

The official language of the island is English, but French and also the local dialect of Saint Lucian Creole are also spoken.

What is there to do on the island?

Visitors to Saint Lucia should immerse themselves in the breath-taking natural scenery. Top tourist attractions and experiences include:

  • The pretty harbour of Marigot Bay
  • The Pitons – two huge volcanic spires, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Botanical gardens
  • Soufrière, the original French colonial capital
  • Historic plantations
  • A ‘drive-in’ volcano
  • Waterfalls and natural spas
  • Swimming, snorkelling and horseback riding

What is the currency of Saint Lucia?

The currency on the island is the East Caribbean dollar (XCD).

Do I need a visa to enter Saint Lucia?

If you have a British Passport, you don’t need a visa to enjoy a holiday on Saint Lucia.

What facilities do the hotels have?

Saint Lucia boasts many luxurious hotels and world-class holiday properties, so you can expect great facilities including Wi-Fi and currency exchange.

What native dishes should I try on Saint Lucia?

There are lots of delicious dishes and delicacies to try! For example, callaloo soup (made from leafy greens), salt fish and green figs, accras (fried cod balls in a spicy sauce), jerk chicken, curried goat and pepperpot stew. You can even push the boat out and sample succulent Caribbean lobster. There’s plenty of choice for all diets, and vegetarians are particularly well catered for due to the many vegetable-based stews and dishes.

Have another burning question about Saint Lucia? Contact our team here at St Lucia Holiday Experts for essential information, travel tips and to plan the holiday of a lifetime in the Caribbean.

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