A CARIBBEAN PARADISE
St Lucia was first colonized successfully by France who signed a treaty with the native Carib peoples in 1660. The island switched hands between Great Britain and France fourteen times between this date and 1814. Because it was fought over so many times, St Lucia is dubbed the ‘Helen of the Caribbean.’
It’s certainly an island worth fighting for. Seen from above, St Lucia is a mass of dense green forested peaks, ridges and valleys that tumble to white coastlines surrounded by bright blue seas. The most famous St Lucian landmarks are the Pitons: striking, pointed twin volcanic peaks that remained when a volcanic cone blew apart 40,000 years ago.
Other tourist attractions include the world’s only drive-in volcano, Sulphur Springs at Soufriere, the Botanical Gardens, the rain forests and Pigeon Island National Park, which is home to Fort Rodney, an old British military base. St Lucia has a variety of terrain to explore. Near the capital there is agriculture and banana plantations, the south is volcanic, mountainous and fertile and the north and east coasts are less rugged and have the best beaches.
St Lucia has a wide range of accommodation from large hotels to tucked away places to stay, hidden in pretty coves and dotted on lush hillsides. Most accommodation is in the more bustling north of the island. In the coves of the south you will find charming, smaller properties. Inspirational Travel will be happy to talk through your ideal itinerary with you, and tailor make your dream St Lucian holiday.
Flight Time: Approx 8 hours
Time Difference: GMT -4 hours
Language: English, French & Kwéyòl (Antillean Creole) are widely spoken
Currency: The Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Area: 238 square miles
Total Coastline: Approx. 100 miles
Population: Approx. 181,000
St. Lucia’s climate is tropical, although moderated by north east trade winds throughout most of the year. The dry season extends from December to April, with a rainy season from May to November.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to visit St Lucia is between December to July, although you can travel any time. In the wetter months of July to November you will find the prices very attractive but you are likely to experience heavy showers, although these are often just short and sharp.
Health & Vaccinations
We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Passport & Visa
British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders do not require a visa to enter St Lucia.