video.fwWatch our video!

Quick Facts

Area: St Lucia is 238 square miles (619 sq. km), 27 miles long and 14 miles wide

Time: St Lucia is 4 hours behind GMT

Language: English is the official language of the st lucia government and island. A French-based Patois (Creole) is also widely spoken.

Population: 187,623 (2017)

GDP per capita:


British, Canadian, and French nationals do not require passports or a st lucia visa for short stays (weekend to one week). Due to the re-entry requirements by the United States, US nationals require a passport to travel to St. Lucia, as well as all other nationalities. A st lucia visa is required for citizens of some countries.

Immigration, Customs & Taxes
Visitors can stay 42 days (6 weeks) on a tourist visa, which can be extended for US$ 80 per month for up to 6 months. You must have a return ticket. Nationals of some countries are required to obtain a visa.

Duty free allowance: 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco or 50 cigars, one liter of spirit or wine.

The departure tax is already included in ticket prices on International flights. For regional travel, a separate departure tax still applies.

Public buses

The most affordable, local way of traveling. Privately owned and operated 14–seater minivans with green “M” license plates run individual routes between major communities. There is no schedule, simply get on at the village bus stop or wave them down on the road. You may have to wait up to 30 minutes and not all areas are served by public transportation. Buses don't run on Sundays and holidays and in most acases, not after 6 pm.

The 4 major bus routes are:

Vieux Fort – Soufriere (4F)
Soufriere – Castries (3D)
Castries – Vieux Fort (2H)
Castries – Gros Islet (1A).

Rental Cars

The best way to get around and usually cheaper than taxis and organized tours, average US$ 60 - US$ 80 per day

Driving is on the left.

You will need a local permit (US$ 22, valid for 3 months - if you have an international driving license you do not have to pay but still need to get the stamp).

A 4×4 is only necessary for certain locations and hiking trails off the main road.

Min age 25, max age 65, 3 years driving experience.

During the busy season reserve and pay for your rental car in advance!

Taxi Rates

UVF to SLU airport US$ 75
UVF to Balenbouche: US$ 30/EC$ 80
UVF to Soufriere: US$ 75
Soufriere to Castries: US$ 75
Castries to Gros Islet: US$ 25
Castries to Balenbouche: US$ 90
Castries to Anse La Raye US$ 40/EC$ 100
Rodney Bay to Pigeon Island: EC$25/US$10
Rodney Bay to Gros Islet town: EC$25/US$10

Taxi hire for the day: US$ 150 – US$ 250

balenbouche waterlily

Waterlily Cottage

  • 1 - 2 persons
  • 1 bedroom/1 bath
  • Veranda
  • Kitchen
  • 600 sq. feet
st lucia apartment banyan bedroom

Banyan Cottage

  • 1 - 6 persons
  • 3 bedrooms/2 bath
  • Living Area/veranda
  • Kitchen
  • 1,150 sq. feet
st lucia guesthouse

Almond Cottage

  • 1 - 4 persons
  • 2 bedroom/2 bath
  • Living Area
  • Kitchen
  • 1,150 sq. feet
st lucia cottage frangipani bedroom

Frangipani Cottage

  • 1 - 2 persons
  • One bedroom
  • One bathroom
  • Balcony
  • 450 sq. feet
St Lucia Guest House

Calabash Cottage

  • 1 - 2 persons
  • One bedroom
  • One bathroom
  • Veranda
  • 450 sq. feet