The island-nation of St. Lucia is located on the eastern fringe of the Caribbean Sea. This island is part of the Lesser Antilles forming the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. St. Lucia shares its marine borders with St. Vincent, Martinique and Barbados. The French were the first Europeans to arrive here in the 15th century. This strategically important island had since changed rulers frequently, earning the nickname “Helen of West Indies”. The country became sovereign in 1979. Your St. Lucia travel guide may include relaxation on the beaches in the famous Caribbean weather or a more active sojourn in the inland mountains.
Visa Statuettes of St. Lucia
The citizens of the European Union may visit St. Lucia without a visa for a 90 day period. Citizens of certain other countries are exempted from St. Lucia visa for any stays up to six weeks. A further group of countries has agreement for visa-on-arrival with the country. An updated list is available on the official website of the government of St. Lucia. For French nationals, their national identity card may be used in place of a valid passport for entering the country. For the rest, an application for visa approval is required, which takes around 6 days to be processed.
Best Time of the Year to visit St. Lucia
The island of St. Lucia is close to the equator, so there is little difference in average temperatures all round the year. The period between the months of December to April is considered as the high season and is probably the best time to visit St. Lucia. The weather is dry and comfortable daytime temperatures prevail. The temperature starts to rise from May onwards, with rainfall and hurricanes till November.
Top Tourist-Drawing Destinations in St. Lucia
An afternoon of sight-seeing and climbing the Piton Mountains is one of the top things to do in St. Lucia. Alternatively, sea-loving couples absolutely love to snorkel and dive in the clear sea waters of AnseChastanet Bay and relax on the beach. The Pigeon Island is one of the best places to visit in St. Lucia, with its nature parks, secluded beaches and the famous Rodney Fort. The Reduit Beach is also a favorite location for tourists with its beautiful natural setting and a myriad of sea-base activities.
Transportation Mediums in St. Lucia
The taxis are the easiest solution to solve the issue of how to reach St. Lucia tourist destinations throughout the major islands. Alternate options include traveling by public buses. These typically carry around 12–14 passengers to most popular parts of an island. Boats or “Water-Taxis” are also great for traveling through the sea to the different islands.
Local Food and Places to Board in St. Lucia
Lobsters cooked in different ways make ‘Langouste’, the local favorite dish. ‘Bouyon’ is stewed fish, meat or chicken with dasheen, plantains, bananas, coconuts and other ingredients. Green figs and salted fish are used in the preparation of salads. For relaxation amidst your busy schedule, you may book yourself in The Landings or East Winds Hotels in the island.
You will remember your holiday in St. Lucia with fondness due to the sheer variety of experiences.