Information about flights to Saint Lucia
It's hard to describe the sheer beauty of Saint Lucia's emerald coastline, which is backed by towering, exotic green mountains and opulent hotel resorts. This popular holiday destination, which belongs to the Lesser Antilles, was once a British and French colony, but earned its independence in 1979. For flights to St Lucia, you can either travel to George FL Charles Airport or Hewanorra International Airport, the latter of which handles more passengers.
See this remarkable harbour, which is decorated with beautiful yachts and was once used as a filming location for the film 'Pirates of the Caribbean'. Frequented by pirates in the 18th and 19th centuries, it's now overlooked by numerous delightful restaurants and boutiques, as well as the renowned Treasure Bay Casino.
Whatever your plans, don't forget to witness The Pitons, two extraordinary volcanic plugs that are a major focal point and defining symbol of St Lucia. Climb to the top for a spectacular view of the coast, or feel free to just photograph the mountains from sea level. The volcanoes, which include the smaller Petit Piton and the much larger Gros Piton, have even earned a place on the exclusive UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
The Sulphur Springs
View these exceptional sulphur springs in the south-east of the island and see the enormous volumes of steam that rise above the boiling water. It is estimated that they were formed around 410,000 years ago, and can easily be accessed by car, hence its status as the only 'drive-in' volcano on the planet.
Other sights in St Lucia
Go to the stunning Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens and see the fabulous waterfall and an impressive array of exotic plant life. You should also consider visiting scenic Marigot Bay, which has a small sheltered sandy beach and is a good spot for witnessing the sunset. If you have the time, relax on Vigie Beach, another beautiful sandy bay that is generally secluded and unspoilt.
Eating out in St Lucia
You can enjoy wonderfully vibrant Indian cuisine at the Spice of India restaurant in Gros Islet or Masala Bay in Marigot Bay, or delectable French and Caribbean food at The Coal Pot in Castries. For other mouth-watering Caribbean dishes, try The Beacon Restaurant, or try Jade Mountain in Soufriere for excellent Chinese food.
Some of the most popular luxury hotels in St Lucia include the sublime Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort, the utterly romantic Rendezvous Resort, and the exquisite Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa. You can also find a number of more affordable accommodation establishments, some of the most sought-after of which include the pretty Marigot Beach Club and Dive Resort and the attractive Coco Palm Resort.
Cost of living in Saint Lucia
|Food and drinks||Prices average|
|Beer (0.5 litre)||£1.00|
|Meal at McDonald's||£6.00|
|Water (0.33 litre)||£1.00|
|One way tube ticket||£1.00|
|Taxi starting price (normal tariff)||£6.00|
|1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M,...)||£25.00|
|1 pair of jeans (Levi's 501 or similar)||£41.00|
|Average monthly disposable salary (net)||£919.00|