St. Lucia Travel Tips
Keep in Mind...
- The electricity is different St. Lucia's electric current runs on 220 to 230 volts. Buy a transformer and plug adapter so that you can use your 110-volt U.S. appliances. And call ahead; some hotels do have 110-volt outlets.
- The currency is different But this will work out to your advantage. The Eastern Caribbean Dollar is valued at a little less than $.40 USD. And don't worry about exchanging money -- you can use your Washingtons and Jeffersons throughout town.
- It's like the Vegas of the Caribbean On any day of the week at just about any hotel you'll find a wedding going on. Call ahead and ask to speak to the resort coordinator if you're looking to exchange vows in paradise. Or go the quickie route and buy a same-day marriage license for an extra fee.
Lush, unspoiled St. Lucia has a growing fan base. Some of its vacationers are music lovers, letting loose at the springtime St. Lucia Jazz Festival (which has previously featured headlining acts like Ne-Yo, Corinne Bailey Rae, Kenny G and the late Amy Winehouse). Others are honeymooners, unwinding on one of the island's chalky beaches or holing up in one of the isolated couples' resorts. Still other patrons are adrenalin junkies, testing their limits climbing the Pitons or zip lining through the Chassin region's rain forest. But what if none of these archetypes is you? Don't worry: St. Lucia refuses to be pigeonholed as any "type" of Caribbean vacation. Plus you also don't have to spend a lot of money (its reputation as a luxurious hideout is only somewhat warranted). To discover some of the island's indescribable charms you'll have to visit for yourself. Start your mornings basking in an orange-tinted Soufrière sunrise; round out your evenings at an evening "jump-up" (or dance party) along Gros Islet. We'll wait to hear what you think.
How To Save Money in St. Lucia
- Leave your kids at home Airfare for three, four and five vacationers can quickly add up. But St. Lucia, more than any other Caribbean island, is the place to enjoy with just your honey. Take your children on your next tropical vacay to a family-loving place like the Bahamas.
- Shop on the weekend Fridays and Saturdays are popular market days. Save your souvenir buying for those days and you might haggle a better deal on your trinkets.
- Mind the service charge There'll be a 10 percent tip added to your hotel bill and to restaurant checks. Factor that into any additional tipping you decide to do.