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Things to Know BEFORE You Go to St. Lucia

Essential Information

US, Canadian and EU visitors will not find any Caribbean island which requires an entry visa, although US visitors require special permission to visit Cuba. Travel insurance is recommended for any trip to the Caribbean, particularly emergency evacuation coverage in case airlift is required. Check also that insurance policies cover so-called dangerous activities such as scuba diving.


A lush, mountainous part of the Windward islands, with a curious French/English mix. The Piton mountains are the distinctive feature, but beaches and rainforest activities both excellent and some luxury hotels slowly claiming their spot on the island.

Area: 238 sq miles

Population: 162,781

Capital: Castries

Political: Independence in 1979

Official website: www.stlucianow.com

Currency Eastern Caribbean Dollar

Passport Valid passport required

Visa Needs No visa required

Health Care Victoria Hospital, Castries, (758-452-2421)

Banks & ATMS. In Castries

Free WIFI Locations. Hotels

Internet Cafes. Shopping malls and LIME Cafes island wide

Cell Phones access/Dialing code +758

Safety Tips. No camouflage clothing. Some robberies at Gros Ilet at night.

Departure Tax $26

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