St.Lu­cia

EVERY­THIN G YOU NED TO KNOW ABOUT GET­ING AROUND

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BUSES

CLI­MATE

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

CREDIT CARDS

CUR­RENCY

DRIV­ING LI­CENSE

ELEC­TRIC­ITY

GOV­ERN­MENT

TELE­VI­SION

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.

TAXIS

TIP­PING

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.

TOURISM IN­FOR­MA­TION

St. Lu­cia Tourist Board Head Of­fice (452-4094) St Lu­cia Ho­tel & Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion (452-5978)

VIS­I­TOR RE­QUIRE­MENTS

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.

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