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Experience St. Lucia without breaking the bank. Uncover budget-friendly travel tips, hidden gems, and economical ways to enjoy your Caribbean getaway.

About St. Lucia

Just because St. Lucia is considered the 'Honeymoon Island', doesn't mean that single people and unmarried couples can't have fun there as well.

St. Lucia's unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness is sure to make your visit a memorable experience.

A popular luxury Caribbean destination, St. Lucia can still be enjoyed on a budget; with some careful travel planning and cost-saving considerations.

St. Lucia sits to the south of Martinique and north of St Vincent.

Travel Map Mapping St. Lucia

Map of St. Lucia

Map of St. Lucia

St. Lucia is a sovereign island country located in the eastern Caribbean Sea.

The capital of St. Lucia is Castries.

St Lucia Overview

Situated north-east of the island of Saint Vincent, north-west of Barbados, and south of Martinique, St. Lucia is part of the Lesser Antilles.

The official language of St Lucia is English.


St. Lucia has a tropical climate, with a wet season from June to November and a dry season from December to May.

The island can be affected by hurricanes during the hurricane season.


St. Lucian cuisine is a mix of African, French, and Caribbean influences.

Common ingredients include seafood, tropical fruits, and vegetables.

Popular dishes include green fig and saltfish, callaloo soup, and various seafood preparations.


St. Lucia has a rich cultural heritage influenced by African, French, and English traditions.

The island hosts various festivals and events throughout the year, celebrating its music, dance, and cuisine.


The economy of St. Lucia is primarily based on agriculture, tourism, and services.

The tourism industry is a significant contributor to the country's economy, with visitors attracted to the island's scenic landscapes, coral reefs, and cultural events.


St. Lucia is known for its stunning natural beauty, featuring lush rainforests, volcanic mountains, and pristine beaches.

The twin volcanic peaks of the Pitons, Gros Piton and Petit Piton, are iconic landmarks; designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


St. Lucia is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with the British monarch as the head of state.

The monarch is represented by a Governor-General while the Prime Minister is the head of government.


St. Lucia gained independence from the United Kingdom on February 22nd, 1979.


Tourism is a major industry, and visitors come to St. Lucia to enjoy its natural attractions, including the beaches, the Pitons, and the Sulphur Springs.

The island offers a range of activities such as snorkelling, diving, hiking, and exploring the rainforests.

Visiting St Lucia

St. Lucia's combination of natural beauty, cultural richness, and recreational activities makes it a popular destination for tourists seeking a Caribbean experience.

St. Lucia Highlights

Botanical Gardens

Explore the Diamond Botanical Gardens, home to a wide variety of tropical plants and the Diamond Waterfall.

It's a serene and colourful environment.

Enjoy the Beaches

St. Lucia boasts beautiful beaches.

Reduit Beach and Anse Chastanet are popular choices for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports.

Explore the Pitons

Gros Piton and Petit Piton are iconic volcanic peaks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You can hike these mountains for breathtaking views of the island.

Local Cuisine

Try St. Lucian cuisine, including local dishes like green fig and saltfish, callaloo soup, and fresh seafood.

Don't forget to sample the island's rum after an enjoyable day.

Marigot Bay

Visit Marigot Bay, a picturesque natural harbour surrounded by lush hills.

It's a great spot for boating, dining, and enjoying the scenery.

Pigeon Island National Landmark

Explore Pigeon Island, an historic site with ruins, hiking trails, and panoramic views of the island.

The park also hosts events and festivals.

Rainforest Adventures

Perhaps take a rainforest canopy tour, to experience the island's lush greenery from above and within.

Zip-lining and hiking trails are available for those seeking an adventurous escape.

Snorkelling and Diving

St. Lucia offers excellent opportunities for snorkelling and diving.

Anse Chastanet and the coral reefs around the island are teeming with marine life.

Visit Sulphur Springs

Experience the world's only 'drive-in volcano' at Sulphur Springs, in the Soufriere District of Saint Lucia.

The site is a popular tourist destination and is known for its hot springs and mud bath; with the mineral-rich mud is believed to have therapeutic properties.

Despite being technically a volcano, Sulphur Springs has not erupted for over 200 years and is considered dormant.


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Map of Castries

Map of Castries, St. Lucia

Founded by the French in 1650, Castries came under British control when the island was ceded to them in 1814.

A good view of the area can be had from the nearby hill of Morne Fortune.

Where to Stay in Castries

Hotels in Castries.

Around St Lucia

Roads link all towns and villages on St Lucia, and the island even has two airports.

Arriving in St. Lucia by Air

George F. L. Charles Airport (SLU)

Conveniently located about five minutes from the city of Castries, George F.L. Charles Airport is Saint Lucia's regional hub.

Formerly known as Vigie Airport, the name was changed to honour the first chief minister, Sir George Fredrick Lawrence Charles.

A true representation of the island's beauty, upon arrival you will be greeted by the lush green hills and the golden sands of the Vigie beach.

Hewanorra International Airport (UVF)

St. Lucia's main international airport, Hewanorra International Airport, is located in the south of the island (near Vieux-Fort).

A good hour's drive from Castries (67km), Hewanorra serves as Saint Lucia’s international hub, with flights from New York, Miami and London.

St. Lucia Resorts

Ti Kaye Village:
Located in Anse Cochon, on the serene West Coast of St Lucia, this rustic resort has 33 cottages, a restaurant, tropical bar, and fresh water pool - all with a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea and its stunning sunsets.

St. Lucia Tours

Hackshaw's Boat Charters

The Hackshaw family introduced charter boating to St. Lucia some 68 years ago.

Today Hackshaw's Boat Charters offer fishing excursions, sightseeing tours, snorkel trips, sunset cruises, inter-island trips, and premium whale watching safaris.

Jungle Tours - St. Lucia

If you like the outdoors and you want to experience the island of St.Lucia away from the beaten track, try the Rainforest Experience.

Jungle Tours St. Lucia offers a range of outdoor excursions and adventures in the beautiful landscape of St. Lucia.

Visitors can experience the tropical rainforests, hike through lush greenery, enjoy local tropical foods, and swim in natural pools.

Real St. Lucia Tours

Locally owned and operated, Real St. Lucia Tours offers a huge array of exciting opportunities that let you explore the island in a way that you will never forget.

Experience adrenaline-packed tours and excursions in St Lucia that will get your heart pumping and create memories to last a lifetime; in a way that doesn't break your budget.

St Lucia Travel Tips

St. Lucia is Our Home

St. Lucia is a paradise, yes, but it is also our home and we do expect visitors to respect that.

When in the towns and capital city of Castries, please dress respectably; no swimsuits or bare feet.

Also, remember, there is crime everywhere, even in paradise, so don't leave your valuables lying around unattended.

An open mind is important too; don't forget that the pace here is much slower than you're accustomed to.

Community Travel Trips By Jungle Tours St. Lucia.

Tours For All Tastes

St. Lucia has progressed by leaps and bounds over the last few years as far as quality tours on offer.

There are numerous land based and water based tours to suit everyone's taste.

Community Travel Trips By Chris Hackshaw.

Drink The Tap Water

While some might say to avoid tap water, St.Lucia's tap water is perfectly safe to drink and best of all it's free; compared to bottled water, which comes at a high price.

Community Travel Trips By Martis Phillip.

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