Castries is home to St. Lucia's main regional airport, which makes it easy for tourists to plan a getaway in this location as long as they don't mind connecting flights. Just because it is the most convenient location, however, doesn't mean it is the best option. Another airport is located 40 miles south in Vieux Fort and you'll typically find there are more direct and often less expensive flights to this locale that make the drive worth it.
Located right in Castries is the (SLU). It is small, not very modern, and mostly serviced by airlines traveling from other destinations in the Caribbean. The runway, made of asphalt, is 5,735 feet long and typically welcomes smaller prop planes rather than jets.
Most international air travel to St. Lucia lands in Vieux Fort, which is an hour and a half west of Castries. Originally serving as a military air strip, (UVF) handles over 500,00 international travelers each year on a 9,003 foot long runway capable of managing long range jumbo jets. The amount of air traffic this facility sees has been increasing annually, and a $160(USD) expansion project has been proposed.
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines|
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada, Air Transat|
If you're going to fly from across "the Pond" the table below is the one you need.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||Virgin Airlines|
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||British Airways, Virgin Airlines|
See below for a listing of scheduled air service from other regional airports. Even if you can't take a flight directly from your local airport, a connecting flight from another Caribbean airport might be a fine option.
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||Caribbean Airlines, LIAT|
|Barbados||BGI||Caribbean Airlines, LIAT|
|Kingston, Jamaica||KIN||Caribbean Airlines|
|Martinique||FDF||Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, LIAT|
|St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||SVD||LIAT|
|Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago||POS||Caribbean Airlines, LIAT|
|Barbados||BGI||Thomas Cook Airlines|
|Calliste, Grenada||GND||British Airways, Virgin Airlines|
|Martinique||FDF||Air Antilles Express|
|Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago||POS||British Airways|
Regardless of which airport you fly to, many hotels on the island offer transportation to and from both George F.L. Charles Airport and Hewanorra International Airport. When this is not a possibility, taxis will do the trick for anywhere between $20 and $85(USD). If you'd like to rent a car and make the slightly perilous drive yourself, you'll find rentals to be around $40 to $80(USD) a day, plus the cost of a local permit which is $25(USD).
Another options guests will have in reaching Castries (or anywhere else in St. Lucia) is taking a bus. The bus system on the island is well developed and offers a network of routes taking passengers to and from the different areas.
Rather than drive along the vertigo inducing roads between destinations on St. Lucia, many people choose to sign up for helicopter rides. Soufrière for about $145(USD) per person each way. You can also arrange a flight to the Jalousie Plantation. Not only are these flights the fastest way to get around, but they offer tourists a unique way to see the island. The North Island Tour flies over Castries allowing for views of sprawling resorts, , Rodney Bay, Rat Island, and the Atlantic Coast. The tour takes 10 minutes, while the South Island Tour, which lasts for 20 minutes, showcases the banana plantations, Marigot Bay, the rainforest, the Soufriere volcano, and a collection of fishing villages.offer flights between Castries and either Hewanorra International Airport or
There are a lot of different options to consider as you plan to fly to your getaway in Castries, from which airport you'll fly to down to which form of transportation you'll use to get you from the airport to your hotel. By taking the time to learn about each you'll be better prepared to make your final decision when the time comes.
If you are thinking about an air charter, you can contact one of these regional companies:
|(473) 439-0681||Maurice Bishop Intl Airport - Calliste||Grenada|
|(758) 452-3762||- Bisse||Saint Lucia|
|(877) 359-6732||Grantley Adams International Airport - Charnocks||Barbados|
|--||ET Joshua Airport - St. Vincent||St. Vincent|
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