Capital – Castries
Currency – The official currency is Eastern Caribbean Dollar, however US Dollars are widely accepted.
Official & Language – French Creole is spoken by the locals but English is widely spoken and understood.
Population – 165,595
Time – GMT -4
Sport in St Lucia
Cricket and football (soccer) are the most popular sports on the island of St Lucia. The West Indies cricket team regularly hosts matches on the island at the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet (formerly known as the Beausejour Cricket Ground), with Semi Finals played here at both the 2007 Cricket World Cup and 2010 World Twenty20. Named after the first St Lucian to play for the West Indies, Darren Sammy, who went on to captain the team in winning the 2012 and 2016 World Twenty20.
The national football team play at the George Odlum Stadium in Vieux Fort. The team have never qualified for the World Cup or Gold Cup, although they did reach the second qualification round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Getting to St Lucia & Visa
St Lucia is a popular cruise stop in the Caribbean. There are two airports in St. Lucia but only the Hewanorra International Airport in the south of the island handles long-haul flights from the UK, North America and Europe. The George FL Charles Airport, near the capital of Castries, handles most regional Caribbean flights.
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British passport holders do not require a visa to visit St Lucia, however your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry. Further information can be found through the UK government website here. If you are not a British passport holder, please consult your country’s travel advice for St Lucia.
Getting around St Lucia
Bus – The bus is a cheap way of getting around the island, with the main room forming a loop all the way round the island. Buses are private minivans who stop at towns along the main route, with designated bus stops in urban areas. Route numbers and destinations are displayed on the front of the bus. Buses generally run until 7pm, with few running on Sunday’s.
Taxi – Taxi’s are readily available within major tourist sports such as the airport, harbour, hotels and taxi ranks. Always confirm the price in advance as taxis in St Lucia are not metered.
Where to stay in St Lucia
What to do in St Lucia
Lets face it, you came to St. Lucia for the beach. The most popular beaches can be found at nearby Rodney Bay, this includes Reduit Beach and it is recommended to stay in this area when visiting for the cricket.
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