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Castries, the cruise port of St. Lucia
ST. LUCIA FACTS & TRAVEL TIPS
Official Language: English
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time
Est. Population: 163,000
Cruise Port City: Castries
The island's tropical climate averages 75 degrees to 85 degrees. As a result, the "dress code" is always "island casual." Anytime is a great time of the year to travel here, however, to avoid crowds and high prices, May to November is off season. A rainier season starts in May and ends in August. Due to its tropical climate, brief showers can come at any time.
U.S. dollars and major credit cards are also accepted by most establishments. You can make phone calls at stations near the cruise port. Get a local phone card for the best rates. The post office is located on Bridge Street in Castries. Post office hours are 8:30am-4:30pm (Monday-Friday).
Banks are open from 8am-3pm (Monday-Thursday) and 8am-5pm (Friday). Some banks close for lunch. ATMs are plentiful. Most stores are open 8:30am-4:30pm (Monday-Friday) and 8:30am-12:30pm (Saturday). Some stores close for lunch. Passports are required for U.S. citizens.
You should drink bottled water when available. Bring sunglasses, a hat and plenty of sunscreen lotion. Electricity is different than the U.S., so bring a converter. Cruise ships dock at Pointe Seraphine in Castries. If you rent a car, remember to drive on the left.
The crime rate here is probably less than a major metropolitan city, but visitors should use common sense when out and about.
The major holidays in St. Lucia are New Year's Day, Independence Day, Good Friday, Easter, Easter Monday, Labour Day, Whit Monday, Corpus Christi, Emancipation Day, Thanksgiving Day, National Day, Christmas, Boxing Day.