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St Lucia, Caribbean: where it is, when to go and what to see


Saint Lucia is a Caribbean island that hosts two particular volcanic formations called Pitons. On its wonderful coast we find black and white sand beaches, a colorful coral reef, fishing villages and luxury resorts. Inland, however, there is rain forest with paths that lead to waterfalls, such as those of Toraille.
St Lucia is an island with spectacular landscapes and wild nature, as tourism here is not yet a systematic source of income. In short, an island to be discovered. Let's do it together!



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in St Lucia: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a holiday in St Lucia cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 178.844
  • Capital: Castries
  • Languages: English
  • Local currency: East Caribbean Dollar XCD (€ 1,00 = 3.08 XCD)
  • Weather: tropical climate, average temperatures min 25 ° C, max 30 ° C
  • vaccinations: Yellow fever vaccination is only required if you are coming from a country with a risk of yellow fever. Among these Italy is not included. Vaccines against hepatitis A and typhoid are recommended.
  • Entry requirements: passport, return ticket. Visa not required for Italian citizens for stays of less than 90 days.
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Santa Lucia is aCommonwealth island in Central America. It is located in the Lesser Antilles, between the eastern Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, north of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and south of Martinique. From an administrative point of view, it is divided into 10 Neighborhoods plus the government-controlled territory of the "Central Forest Reserve" in the center of the island.



    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: both from Rome and Milan you have to make at least 2 stopovers (London and Barbados). From Rome to London it is about 3 hours of travel, from London to Barbados 9 hours and from Barbados to St Lucia 40 minutes.
      Flights from Rome to Vieux Fort from € 575,00 - Flights from Milan to Vieux Fort from € 565,00
    • From the main European capitals: from London you have to make a stopover in Antigua (duration 9 hours) and from Antigua you can get to St Lucia in about an hour with Virgin Atlantic, LIAC. From Paris there are one or two stopovers, usually in Martinique. Then from here to St Lucia it's a 25 minute flight. The companies are Vueling, LIAT, British Airways, Corsair. From Berlin there are at least two stopovers (London and Barbados) with British Airways and LIAT.

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: tropical climate, hot all year round, with a relatively cool and dry season (from January to mid-April) in which the north-east trade winds blow constantly, and a hot, muggy and rainy season (from mid-June to November), where the winds are more irregular. Temperatures are constant throughout the year, around 25 °, with lows of 23 in the coldest months, and 31 in the warmest ones. The rains vary according to altitude and location, but are substantially more frequent and abundant from July to November, sporadic and shorter from February to April. The sea is warm all year round, with temperatures ranging from 26 ° C in February and March to 29 ° C in September and October.
    • Best time: from December to April, being the coolest and least rainy, and in particular from February to April (driest).
    • Period to avoid: Hurricane season runs from June to November, and the odds increase from August to October.
    • Advice: in all seasons, pack cool, breathable clothes, a light sweatshirt and a raincoat for thunderstorms. Snorkeling equipment, aquatic shoes or with rubber soles for the coral reef.
      Bring mosquito repellent, as mosquitoes can transmit viruses. In addition, it is recommended to drink purified or bottled water (without ice), eat only well-cooked food, peel fruit and boil vegetables. It is recommended to take out an insurance policy before departure and bring first aid medications (there are few pharmacies).

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Castries, the capital, is the landing point for those arriving on a cruise. Here are all the services and you can indulge yourself with shopping. To see the Dereck Walcott Square, the Cathedral, the port. Castries beaches are also very beautiful, for example Choc Bay, Labrellotte Bay and La Toc Beach.
    2. Soufriere, a town famous for its sulphurous springs, thermal waters and for the Pitons, famous rock formations of volcanic origin covered with rainforest and emerging from the water.
    3. Vieux fort, is known for the presence of the airport and is the second largest city of St Lucia. Being that in this area the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, the coasts are particularly windy and perfect waves are created for those who practice windsurfing and kiteserf.
    4. Toraille Falls, one of the largest waterfalls on the island and located surrounded by nature, near the center of Soufrière. The waterfall ends in a natural pool where you can take a relaxing bath and, the water flowing over you, gives the feeling of being in a whirlpool!
    5. Reduit Beach, one of the most beautiful and famous beaches, made of white sand overlooking a bay washed by the sea of ​​a turquoise color. Here there is no shortage of all comforts, bars and entertainment: for those who want a holiday of this type, this is the ideal beach.
    6. Sandy beach, a very nice beach where mostly locals are found. The currents are quite strong and create fantastic waves for those who love water sports.
    7. Malgretoute Beach, a beach characterized by dark sand and gravel. The water is transparent and gently sloping towards the open sea, therefore perfect for snorkeling.
    8. Honeymoon Beach, is a beach of soft white sand surrounded by tall palm trees and greenery. It is surrounded by rolling hills and the sea that bathes this splendid bay is crystal clear.
    9. Marigot Bay, is an irregularly shaped cove bordered by luxuriant palm trees. Along the Marigot Bay there are several narrow beaches bathed by a wonderful and almost always calm sea. Boats often dock here and boats can be hired for pleasant excursions.
    10. Roseau Beach, is an uncontaminated and wild beach, with a long sandy coast and washed by a limpid sea, with shallow waters. Around there are dense woods and cliffs, behind you you can admire a huge banana field.

    What to do in St Lucia: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday in St Lucia cost? Prices, offers and advice

    How much does a holiday in St Lucia cost? Here are some expenses you have to face in organizing this trip.

    First, the cost of airline tickets varies between € 650,00 and € 1.200,00 depending on the season, but booking well in advance allows you to get the best rates. With € 35,00 - 40,00 per day you can stay at the hotel one night for two, but many residences and hotels offer exorbitant prices, so watch out for the offers! Remember that you can save money by renting an apartment.

    For the rental of a car we are about € 48,00 per day. For what concern food the prices are not exorbitant, or at least there is something for all budgets: on average you spend about € 30,00 in two for a complete dish of meat or fish, side dish and drink. With € 4,00-5,00 you will rent a sunbed with umbrella, While the excursions range from € 50,00 to over € 200,00. If you look hard and move early, you can find flight + hotel deals for two for € 3.300,00. A one week vacation in St Lucia for two, including the various expenses, will cost approximately € 4.000,00-4.500,00.



    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
    • starting from € 575,00 -

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