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St. Lucia Tourism: Best of St. Lucia

Welcome to St. Lucia, where volcanos, rainforests, and black-sand beaches are the norm
St. Lucia suits travelers seeking a relaxing beach vacation with active pursuits, plus charming island culture. For hikers, there’s the lush rainforest, Pidgeon Island National Park, and Tet Paul Nature Trail. La Soufrière, set against the majestic volcanic Pitons, is known for its Sulphur Springs and mud baths, beautiful Diamond Botanical Gardens, and the romantic, private black-sand beach of Anse Mamin. Get a taste of local cuisine at a bevy of restaurants serving up everything from green figs and salt fish to cassava bread. And be sure to catch an afternoon cricket game plus the popular Gros Islet Fish Fry on Friday nights.

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Essential St. Lucia

St. Lucia Is Great For

Dreamy turquoise-water beaches

Ziplining adventures

Getting a taste of Caribbean culture

St. Lucia Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips for experiencing St. Lucia

For farm produce, spices, locally grown fruits, and freshly caught fish, the Farmer's Market held on Saturday mornings in Soufriere is a great place to shop. Just go really early for the best selection.
When driving, keep to your side (left), use your horn when the road is narrow and you can't see oncoming traffic (blind curves), watch for animals by the roadside, and don't expect Lucians to indicate when turning/overtaking or that street names are marked.
Eat at some of the small restaurants on the side of the road - that is where we had our best meals.
Customs and immigration take forever no matter where you are, so just be prepared when you get off the plane.

In the words of those who've been there before ...

David K
This was the most beautiful place I have been in the Caribbean.
St. Lucia has been on my bucket list for years and it was more than I could ever ask for.
Marisa O
The Pitons are what drew me to St. Lucia, and they do not disappoint. They’re simply magnificent and you must experience them in person to fully appreciate their beauty. We love you, St. Lucia!
There's an amazing amount of things to see and do in St Lucia.

What is the best way to get there?


St. Lucia has two airports. Most international flights land at Hewanorra International Airport, while flights from other Caribbean islands often land at George F. L. Charles Airport.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting St. Lucia from overseas, check the government website to see if you need a visa.

When is the best time to visit?

St. Lucia’s Caribbean climate means that the sun shines year-round. The most popular time to visit is during the dry season, when temperatures average between 77°F (25°C) and 84°F (29°C) — perfect for beach days and island-hopping cruises. If you don’t like crowds, avoid the peak months of February and March.

Low-season visits are a more budget-friendly option, but prepare for frequent showers as it’s also the wet season (June to November).


The cheapest way to get around the island is by minibus and popular routes run between Castries, Vieux Fort, and Soufrière, as well as to many of the island’s smaller towns and beaches. Various private companies operate the buses, so it’s best to enquire locally about timetables and fares.


Water taxis cruise the island’s west coast, linking Rodney Bay, Marigot Bay, and Soufrière.


Taxis are widely available and can also be hired for longer trips and day tours. Agree on a price before you set out.


Paycab is available in Castries.

On the ground
What is the timezone?
Atlantic Standard Time
What are the voltage/plug types?
The standard voltage in St. Lucia is 240V and the standard frequency is 50Hz. The plug is a British-style plug with three pins.
What is the currency?
Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Are ATMs readily accessible?
Are credit cards widely accepted?
How much do I tip?
Most in St Lucia add a 10% service charge to the bill; additional tipping is not expected.

Are there local customs I should know?

The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 18 years old.
Drive on the left
If you hire a car, be aware that St. Lucians drive on the left side of the road. Similarly, when crossing the road, be sure to look to the right.
St. Lucia’s tap water is drinkable in all of the main cities and resorts, so bring a refillable water bottle.
Leave the camo at home
Wearing camouflage clothing is illegal in St Lucia for non-military members and fines apply.
Frequently Asked Questions about St. Lucia

St. Lucia is known for some of its popular attractions, which include:

If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to St. Lucia between September and November, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between December and February.