St. Lucia Travel Overview

St. Lucia Travel Overview

Important facts

Capital: Castries

Official language: English

Currency: dollar

Continent: Caribbean North America

Caribbean dreams come true

In Saint Lucia you can discover the full beauty of the Caribbean: white sandy beaches, warm sea water and lush vegetation

Location

According to Countryaah, the island nation is located on the edge of the Caribbean Sea and is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The closest neighboring islands are St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the north and Barbados in the south.

Vacation St. Lucia

Saint Lucia is well developed for tourists. There are many hotels on site as well as two airports with international flights to Europe. You can reach the island from Frankfurt am Main or from London Airport.

region

Like Jamaica and most of the Caribbean islands, it is of volcanic origin, which adds to the lush vegetation. On the island you can discover a myriad of tropical fruits and walk along the white sandy beaches.

Located in the Caribbean Sea, you can count on pleasantly warm water all year round. The area is therefore ideal for diving and sailing trips and beach holidays. The region is also very popular among deep-sea fishermen.

Important facts

Capital: Castries

Official language: English

Currency

Currency (sub-unit)

Dollars (100 cents)

ISO 4217 code

XCD / 951

Geography

Continent: North America

Region: Caribbean

Geo coordinates: N 13 ° 54 ’34 ” W -60 ° -58′ -44″

Highest mountain: Mount Gimie (950 m)

Total area: 616 km²

Mainland: 606 km²

Coastline: 158 km

Politics

Dependency: Great Britain until 1979

UN member since: 1979

Other political affiliation: Commonwealth

Form of government: Parliamentary monarchy

Houses of Parliament: bikameral

Party system: Multi-party system

State building: centralistic

Political culture: not specified

Particularities: no permanent army

Economy

St Lucia GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Food, animals

Electricity consumption: 282 million KWh

Cultivation area: 29.51%

Demographic data

Residents: 168,500

Residents in cities: 64,500

Minorities: Mulattos, Asians, whites

Average age: 25.2 years

0-14 years: 29.8%

15-64 years: 65%

> 65 years: 5.2%

Population growth: 1.29%

Birth rate: 19.68 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 5.08 / 1,000 residents

Migration: -1.73 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 0.97

Fertility: 2.18 children / woman

Infant mortality: 13.17 ‰

Life expectancy men: 70.29 years

Life expectancy women: 77.65 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: LC

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: LCA

ISO 3166 numeric: 662

Top Level Domain: lc

IOC country code: LCA

UN / LOCODE: LC

Source: Abbreviationfinder

Health

Number of doctors: 95

Daily food intake: 2.870 kcal / resident

Education

History

Foundation: 1979

Last sovereign since: 1979

Religion

Main religious group: Christians

Distribution of religions: 67% Roman Catholic, 8.5% Seventh-day Adventist

GETTING THERE

Arriving by plane

St. Lucia is served directly from London by British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic (VS). There are good feeder connections to British Airways flights from London Gatwick in winter from Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Zurich and Basel. Lufthansa (LH) flies to St. Lucia via Puerto Rico. LIAT (LI) (Internet: www.liatairline.com) also flies to St. Lucia. United Airlines (UA) flies non-stop from New York Newark to St. Lucia once a week.

Departure fee

US $ 38 (approx. € 69) per departing passenger. Transit passengers (stay up to 24 hours) and children under 12 years are exempt from this. The airport charges are included in the flight ticket.

Arrival by ship

The L’Express des Isles (Internet: www.express-des-iles.com), a high-speed catamaran, offers connections to Dominica with stops in Martinique and Guadeloupe. The travel time from St. Lucia to Martinique is 1 hour 20 minutes.

St. Lucia is also served by some cruise lines such as Cunard (Internet: www.cunard.com) and Aida (Internet: www.aida.de) as well as by local passengers – and freight lines started.

The main ports are Castries, Vieux Fort and Soufrière. Pointe Seraphine, a free port with berths for two cruise ships, offers duty-free shops, restaurants and bars and is also accessible to non-cruise passengers. For duty-free purchases, however, you need a valid passport and a flight ticket.

Further information on ports and airports is available from the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) (Internet: www.slaspa.com).

ON THE GO

Traveling by plane

Charter and helicopter flights connect George FL Charles (SLU) and Hewanorra (UVF) airports . Charter planes to the neighboring islands are also possible.

On the way by car / bus

The road network is good and connects all major towns. The island’s main road runs from Vieux Fort in the south of the island to Castries in the north. Most of the roads are two-lane, narrow and in some cases very winding. Because of the many potholes and the unorthodox driving style, caution is advised in traffic.

Buses
connect the rural areas with the capital. The connection from Castries to Gros Islet in the north of the island is good; Buses run every 30 minutes (service often also on weekends and public holidays).

Taxis are inexpensive; fixed prices apply on standard routes. You can

hire a car
in Castries, Soufrière and Vieux Fort or from hotels. Buses are available for group tours. Left-hand traffic.

Documents:
A temporary driving license is issued upon presentation of the national or international driver’s license. Available at both airports and the Castries Police Station.

Out and about by ship

Boats can be rented in Castries, Marigot Bay and Rodney Bay.