Visiting St Lucia is a great destination if you are looking for a Caribbean holiday. Located in the Eastern Caribbean Sea, this beautiful island is home to wondrous beaches, fishing villages, beautiful resorts and reef diving sites. The Island was just recognized as the best Island in the Caribbean and promises its visitors a trip of a lifetime.
If you will be visiting this lovely Caribbean Island, there are a few things you should know before visiting St Lucia.
Top Things to Know before visiting St Lucia
Rent a car
Renting a car from one of the top local car rental companies is a great way to go. If you have a car at your disposal, you will be free to do whatever you want and at the time you feel like. You have the independence to visit all the attractions you want to see without paying exorbitant taxi fares. However, it is advisable to have a driver pick you up from the airport with the rental car and then leave the car with you. This way you can relax on the first day while watching how the locals drive. Before visiting St Lucia, you should know people drive on the left side of the road. You can also arrange to be picked up from the airport and then rent a car subsequently.
Loads of beaches and all public
As a Caribbean Island, St Lucia has loads of beaches and wonderful relaxation spots. Visit popular beach spots like Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island. While at Pigeon Island, rent a bike and do some exploring, you can also hike the trails to the top where you will be able to see the island in all its glory. Don’t expect to have the beaches to yourself as no one is restricted from lounging at the beach. Resort beaches are no exception.
Prepare to be swarmed by vendors
Be prepared to see loads of food vendors, street vendors selling all kinds of items, and loads of restaurants. You will be spoiled for choice, so take your time deciding what to buy. In areas like Rodney Bay, the restaurants can be quite pricy so don’t be afraid to eat street food.
Use your Mosquito spray
This is a must or you will be bitten by Mosquitoes. Just rub insect repellent all over you before beginning your Caribbean adventure. You do not want to have to run back to your lodgings to get some respite from insect bites.
U.S dollars are accepted almost everywhere
You might have some trouble while using the ATM as many have reported that transactions via the ATMs don’t go through often. It is important to bring enough cash for the trip. You can decide to exchange your U.S dollars for Eastern Caribbean dollars (St Lucia’s official currency).