St Lucia

St Lucia

Country profile

Saint Lucia has a touch of everything that travellers want from the Caribbean: picture-perfect beaches, historical riches, world-class diving, party vibes (and plenty of rum) and luxurious accommodation. In the south-west corner, the Pitons steal the show – a pair of rugged volcanic peaks that wow visitors as their inbound flight approaches.

St Lucia

KEY INFORMATION
Capital: Castries
Visa requirements: No visa required
Time zone: GMT – 4
Language: English
Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar
Population: 178,844
Electricity: 120V and 50Hz

Tipping policy: Tipping is discretionary. Tip around ten per cent for good service in restaurants and taxis  

AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK 

Direct flights to Castries (average flight time: 8h 30m): London Gatwick

TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Gros Piton for hiking and panoramic views
Diamond Botanical Gardens
Marigot Bay harbour area
Tet Paul Nature Trail
Pigeon Island islet for hiking and snorkelling

MAJOR EVENTS
Independence Day, February 22
St Lucia Jazz Festival, May
Carnival, July
St Lucia Flower and Creole Festivals, twice a year in August and October
Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sailing competition, November

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