St Lucia's rainforests and palm-fringed beaches are ideal for active holidays or relaxation
Here is a little practical information about the destination to help with your planning, but please do contact us with any questions that you might have.
Castries is the capital of St. Lucia and the official language is Kweyol or Patwah, which is piscine by 95% of the population.
As well as French, Kweyol draws on West African and Carib influences, and though you will never need to speak any to make yourself understood, the islands will be impressed if you can manage a few words.
St. Lucian cuisine mixes Creole, French and West Indian influences, with plenty of spice. The national dish is green figs (unripened bananas) and saltfish. Seafood is well represented on most menus, with mahi mahi, lobster and snapper widely available. Callaloo, a green leafy vegetable similar to spinach, is the basis for a variety of soups. Other local favourites include roti, a kind of Indian flatbread filled with meat or vegetables and accras, little fish cakes that are usually served with hot sauce.
Rum is a popular drink, while Piton is the best known local beer.
The currency of St. Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$ or XCD) which is tied to the US dollar. US dollars are widely accepted on the island, although you will be given change in EC dollars and at a less favourable exchange rate. Credit cards are widely accepted and if taking travellers cheques we recommend talking them in US dollars rather than sterling as this will avoid additional exchange rate charges,
Tipping in St. Lucia is discretionary and should reflect the service you have received, however a service charge of between 10 - 12% is recommended. In some restaurants a service charge of 10% maybe autonomically added to your bill.
Our country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.