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St Lucia : Useful information

Basic facts

Time difference: GMT - 4.
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (although US Dollars are widely accepted).
Language: English. A French-based creole language is spoken by many islanders.
Population: Approximately 180000.
Visa information: Holders of a British passport can stay for 90 days without a visa.

Travel arrangements

St Lucia’s main airport is Hewanorra International Airport in the south of the island, while George F. L. Charles Airport is located in the north and is a destination for inter-Caribbean flights. 

There are regular direct flights to St Lucia from London Gatwick (flight time 8-9 hours) - British Airways flies daily and Virgin Atlantic flies four or five times per week. Outbound flights leave the UK in the morning and land in St Lucia early afternoon, while return flights leave St Lucia in the evening and land in the UK the following morning. 

Transfers between the airport and the resort are usually by road, or guests can choose to travel by helicopter - the flight between Hewanorra International Airport and George F.L Charles Airport takes approximately 10 minutes and offers views over the island's lush interior, Mount Gimie, Roseau Dam, the Atlantic Coast and Marigot Bay. The final part of the journey is by road. 

Visitors to St Lucia can easily get around by taxi or local bus. It is also possible to hire a car - driving is on the left.


It is believed that the first settlers on St Lucia were the Arawaks who arrived in dugout canoes from South America in around 200AD. The remains of paintings and pottery have been found, while some words are still used today that have their origins in this native language. The Arawaks were overruled by the ferocious Caribs who arrived in about 800AD and called the island Hewanorra.

The Europeans arrived in the Caribbean in the early 1500s, wrestling with the Caribs for power over the course of the next few centuries. The Spanish, French and British all attempted to take possession of the island, with the British finally succeeding in making the island a Crown colony in the early 1800s.

By this stage the sugar trade was well established, largely due to the West African slaves that were introduced in the 1760's. For several years the island was stable and prosperous, but following emancipation in 1834, the sugar estates fell into disrepair. The economy recovered and over the next century the island became a stable democracy and multicultural society.

St Lucia gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1979, although the country remains part of the Commonwealth.

Tourism is St Lucia’s most important industry, while agriculture is still a major source of income.

See ‘Things to Do’ for more information about activities and places of interest, or see ‘When to go’ for more information about local events.

Our Resorts on St Lucia

Anse Chastanet -  1

Anse Chastanet Resort

  • Incredible views of the Pitons
  • Hillside accommodation
  • Two beaches
Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa, St Lucia -  1

Bay Gardens Beach Resort

  • Lively and fun
  • Varied board basis
  • Fully furnished suites including kitchens
 BodyHoliday, St Lucia -  1


  • Focus on wellness, health and fitness
  • Tailored schedule to suit you
  • All-inclusive experience
Main Pool with Swim up Junior Suite, Calabash Cove, St Lucia -  1

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa

  • Romantic, boutique resort
  • On the hillside
  • Accommodation includes swim-up suites
Cap Maison, St Lucia -  1

Cap Maison

  • Cliff-top location
  • Unique, private hideaway
  • Cove-like sandy beach
Coco Palm, St Lucia -  1

Coco Palm

  • French-Creole style
  • A few minutes away from Reduit Beach
  • Family-friendly
Coconut Bay, St Lucia -  1

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa

  • Premium all-inclusive
  • Set on mile long white sand beach
  • Family resort with waterpark
Holidays to East Winds, St Lucia -  1

East Winds

  • Premium all-inclusive
  • Tropical gardens with local wildlife
  • Luxurious intimate escape
Jade Mountain, St Lucia -  1

Jade Mountain

  • Luxury sanctuaries
  • Breathtaking views
  • Unique architecture
Ladera Resort, St Lucia -  1

Ladera Resort

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Adult-only open air resort
  • Rainforest location near the beach
Marigot Bay Resort and Marina, St Lucia -  1

Marigot Bay Resort and Marina

  • Eco-friendly and boutique in style
  • Large and luxurious all-suite resort
  • Set in a bay on the west coast
 Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat, St Lucia -  1

Rabot Hotel from Hotel Chocolat

  • Restored original estate house
  • Large lodge accommodation
  • Entire property can be hired
 Rendezvous, St Lucia -  1


  • Couples only, boutique resort
  • Elegant and intimate
  • Particularly romantic
Serenity at Coconut Bay -  2

Serenity at Coconut Bay

  • Couples only
  • Gourmet dining
  • Luxury all-inclusive resort
St James Club, Morgan Bay, St Lucia -  1

St James's Club Morgan Bay

  • Set on a secluded cove
  • Large vibrant resort
  • Perfect for families
Stonefield Estate Resort, St Lucia -  1

Stonefield Villa Resort

  • Plantation luxury
  • French, colonial-style villas
  • Spectacular views
Sugar Beach A Viceroy Resort, St Lucia -  1

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

  • Spectacular views of the Pitons
  • Range of complimentary activities
  • "Best Long Haul Hotel" Times & Sunday Times 2016
The Landings, St Lucia -  1

The Landings Resort & Spa

  • Five star resort
  • Adventure activities available
  • Perfect for families, couples or groups
Ti Kaye Resort and Spa, St Lucia -  1

Ti Kaye Resort & Spa

  • Small, quaint and unique
  • Elegant and simple cottages
  • Perfect Caribbean style getaway
Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St Lucia -  1

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

  • Set in the hillside
  • Wide range of accommodation
  • Well-suited to all guests
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