Saint Lucia is where the mountains meet the sea. This sovereign island state in the eastern Caribbean Sea is part of the Lesser Antilles. It lies north and northeast of the Isle of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique.
Saint Lucia is a two-in-one island, with Rodney Bay in the north offering modern conveniences and the scenic Soufriere in the south bringing you to the photogenic landscape of Pitons and old plantations. The official language is English. Also, French is very popular here.
Eastern Caribbean Dollar is the country’s official currency. The approximate exchange rate is EC$2.7 for US$1. US Dollars also get a better rate, when exchanged. Major credit cards are accepted in big shops, restaurants and hotels. ATMs are available at most banks. Traveler’s cheques are also acceptable. To avoid additional charges, you should make them in US Dollars. However, you will probably get the change in the local currency.
Hiring taxi in Saint Lucia is cheap and easy. However, you should agree upon the price, before getting into the car, as tourists often become victims of overcharging. You can also hire a car in Castries, Soufrière and Vieux Fort, or through hotels. Most cars are suitable for St. Lucia roads. However, it can be hard to drive through mountainous terrain or in bad weather conditions. Here cars drive on the left. Also, the seat belt must be worn all the time.
As for electricity, the country uses type G sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 230 V. Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.
The twins Gros Piton and Petit Piton are cone-shaped summits located south of Soufriere. This British Commonwealth country has a tropical climate that moderates with the northeast trade winds. It has a dry season from January to April and a rainy season from May to August. Tourism is a key driver of Saint Lucia’s economy, especially during the dry season due to its tropical weather and scenery.
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