Whether they're exploring St. Lucia's dazzling coastlines, scenic volcanic peaks, secluded mountain coves, or historical plantations, travelers to St. Lucia have a convenient array of transportation choices.
Much travel is directed to St. Lucia by popular airlines. Whether you enter at the northern , located near Castries, or the in the south, you'll have to make your own way to your final destination. While most people opt for the typical rental car, some choose to fly via helicopter from Hewanorra International Airport to Castries, and still others take a ferry from or .
St. Lucia's airports are equipped to handle large commercial jets, which means there are plenty of direct flights for guests who are flying from the United States, Canada, and Europe. Many people even fly into St. Lucia and make a connecting flight to other islands in the region.
Learn more about flying into St. Lucia by reading our St. Lucia Air Travel Guide.
Sailors, on the other hand, can set their own course when they choose to visit St. Lucia by yacht, and sailing a private craft to St. Lucia is a much more popular option. In fact, the government of St. Lucia actively works to make sailing to the island easy in hopes of encouraging its status as one of the Caribbean's top yachting destinations. There are several ports of entry around the island, so vacationers can customize their arrival and departure. Read more about sailing and yachting to St. Lucia here.
Those who want to turn their travel into their vacation can also choose a sea-based route. Cruises can be a great deal of fun, and can enter at a few ports around the island. Cruises will allow travelers brief stops at attractions around the island, but will also stop at plenty of other Caribbean islands along the way.
Unfortunately, St. Lucia is not one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean, so you may have to do a bit of digging in order to find a ship headed to the island. Start your search with Carnival, Celebrity, Princess, and Royal Caribbean cruise lines, because while it is rarer to stop there, these lines do make trips to St. Lucia annually.
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Finally, having worked their way up to full-blown adventure-seeker status, visitors can enjoy St. Lucia's charm on their own - with a rented car or motorcycle. Four-wheel drive and a temporary license are all travelers need to experience the best of St. Lucia: small coastal villages, deep valleys sheltering lush coconut and banana plantations, inviting beaches, and mountainous jungle. Expect to pay around $60(USD) a day for a rental car, keeping in mind that you will also be required to purchase a temporary driver's permit in order to drive on the island. Bicyclists can brave the terrain as they take a tour or guide themselves through St. Lucia's mountainous jungles.
Read our St. Lucia Rental Car Guide to learn more.
Visitors can take advantage of the multitude of on-island travel options, beginning with taxis. Procuring a cab ride anywhere on this Windward island is easy. Simply hail a cab, decide on a fare with the driver, and then enjoy the ride, which can be negotiated as a full-island tour for a little extra. Many taxi drivers are fully-trained and even licensed as tour guides, so you'll be getting more than your money's worth.
As vacationers grow a little bolder, they can opt to catch a ride on one of the island's privately-run bus services and head for various shopping and dining areas. Bus may be too strong of a word to use to describe the vehicle of choice of the public transportation system. Instead, it is a fleet of minivans that service the island, running frequently on predetermined routes. Fares are dependent upon where the bus is going, and can be anywhere from EC$1.50 to EC$7.00.
Another great way to get around St. Lucia is to do so by fast ferry. Both sides of Marigot Bay are connected by a ferry service that runs continually throughout the day, and there is an hourly ferry service between the and a nearby shopping area. In addition to local ferry services, there are several options for inter-island travel, allowing visitors to make day trips to Dominica, Guadeloupe, and .
No matter how you choose to get around, exploring St. Lucia is fun and easy.
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