St Lucia, St Lucia
When to go
Though it’s hot all year round, the best months weather-wise are between mid-December and mid-April, which predictably coincides with the biggest influx of tourists. June to November is the wettest time of year, and the island is occasionally threatened by hurricanes at this time.
PlanesInternational flights arrive at Hewanorra International Airport | though it’s also possible to fly into George FL Charles Airport from the US and other Caribbean islands.
BoatsBoats are available from coastal hotels and can be picked up from popular beaches or harbours. Marginally more expensive than a regular taxi, they is the quickest way to get around – as well as offering spectacular island views.
AutomobilesCar hire is easy to organise from Hewanorra airport or your hotel | and it’s probably the most affordable and interesting way to see the sights. Driving on St Lucia requires a permit – for $22 | you will be free to roam the island’s roads for three months. Be prepared to tip friendly locals keen to offer you directions.
TaxisTaxis are easily available but expensive. You can flag cabs down in the streets – licensed cars have red number plates. But, beware, the winding roads on the west of the island can make for a queasy journey.