EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING AROUND
You may know them as Vans, but in St. Lucia they’re public transport. To hail one, just stick out your arm! Their license plates are green and begin with an ‘M’. Bus Fares Castries to Gros Islet: EC$2.50 Castries to Rodney Bay: EC$2.25 Castries to Choc/Vigie: EC$1.50 Castries to Vieux Fort: EC$8.00 Castries to Soufriere: EC$8.00 Provided by the National Association
From November to February the day temperature is approximately 81˚F, with a night temperature of approximately 70˚F-72˚F. December and January are the coolest months of the year. From April to October the day temperature is approximately 84˚F and the night 73˚F. June to August is the hottest period of the year.
Widely accepted at all major shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, etc.
The East Caribbean Dollar (EC$) is tied to the US$. Bank exchange on US Traveller Cheques is EC$2.68 and on US cash EC$2.67.
Visitors must have a Temporary Driving Permit, obtainable from the Immigration Office at Hewanorra Airport or the Gros Islet Police Station. A 3-month permit is EC$54. Driving permits are also issued by major car rental firms. We drive on the left hand side of the road.
220 volts AC, 50 cycles. Please be energy conscious.
The current prime minister is the Right Honourable Kenny Anthony, Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning and Social Security. St Lucia has been an independent state since 1979 within the British Commonwealth.
Local stations: HTS Channel 34 or 47, CHOICE Channel 39 or 50 and DBS Channel 35 or 46, Visitors Channel 50 or 51. There are two main cable TV providers in St Lucia.
Most places include a 10% standard tip. Use this as a guide if there is no service charge. Government tax is 15%. Tipping tour guides is acceptable & appreciated.
St. Lucia Tourist Board Head Office (452-4094) St Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association (452-5978)
Passports are required by all except British, Canadian and US subjects who are holding a return ticket. Passports are also required of SME citizens. For visa requirements, other information and updates see www.stlucia.gov.lc, click on ‘Archives’ and then ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ on the left hand side.
Fun Factoids & Loopy Legends
• Our taxi drivers take special training courses and are friendly, knowledgeable guides. Their license plates are blue or red and begin with ‘TX’. Taxi Fares Castries to Gros Islet: EC$66/US$25 Rodney Bay to Gros Islet town: EC$20/US$8 Rodney Bay to Pigeon Island: EC$20/US$8 Castries to Soufriere: EC$424/US$160 Castries to Vieux Fort: EC$212/US$80 Castries to Anse La Raye: EC$160/US$60 Prices provided by Courtesy Taxi • Lucian legend has it that going from ironing to a cold shower will cause you to get a cold. • Did you know you could be fined in St. Lucia for hitting a cow with your car? • According to Lucian Voodoo, frogs are bad luck. Once, a court session was cancelled after a frog was placed inside the room. • St. Lucia’s first hotel was the Cunard La Toc, which is now known as Sandals La Toc. It’s been said that if you see a strange light while walking at night and you stare and blink, you’ll suddenly end up in a banana field.