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Sainte-Lucie is an island that moves
In Sainte-Lucie, partying is a big part of the culture. In the street or on the beach, people dance and sing for any occasion. With a certain “joie de vivre” and friendly spirit, the ever-welcoming Sainte-Lucie is an island that moves. Corsair offers seven low-cost flights a week to Sainte-Lucie in partnership with Air Antilles.
-6 hour in the winter
compared to Paris
-5 hours in the summer
compared to Paris
8 hours with Corsair
45 min with Air Antilles Express
6 908 km
Requirements for Sainte-Lucie
Plant products as well as animal products must be declared in customs.
Before departing for Sainte-Lucie, you must have:
- a valid passport
- a round-trip airline ticket
No visa is required for French, Belgian, Swiss or Canadian nationals.
Information regarding customs and policies are given for information purposes only.
In no case will Corsair be held responsible if you are not in compliance with the authorities.
Tourism Office of Saint-Lucia
76 Rue d'Allerey, 75015 Paris, France
tél. + 33 (0) 1 45 32 02 54
If you are coming from France, vaccinations are not required. However, you should bring sunscreen, sunglasses and mosquito repellent. Vaccinations against Yellow Fever are required if you are coming from a country located in the risk zone.
Stores are generally open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, and from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm as well as Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Banks are open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. Some are open till 5:00 on Friday, but are closed for the weekend as well as holidays, except for those in the Rodney Bay Marina, which are open Saturday mornings from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Renting a car is the best solution if you have enough people, and if you don’t have much time. Avoid driving at night and, if possible, make sure you have comprehensive insurance.
Taxis are plentiful and easy to find, but are expensive. It is recommended that you agree on the price before starting out.
You should also verify that it’s an official taxi that you’re taking. (It will have a red license plate beginning with TX and a red badge on the windshield.)
Plentiful and practical (especially in the north), shuttles and buses are easily recognizable. They travel all routes, but their hours are random. The main station is located behind the Castries Market, on Jeremie Street. If you are traveling by boat, slips are plentiful. Rodney Bay, with its marina, is the largest port.
No specific recommendations. If you go swimming, be careful of certain fish and marine animals. Sainte-Lucie is subject to the same health standards and regulations as mainland France.
Vacations and holidays
January 1st and 2nd: New Year’s Day
February 22: anniversary of the island’s independence (1979)
May: Jazz Festival - for more than a week, the island lives to the rhythm of saxophones and string basses.
June 9: Fishermen’s Festival - boats are decorated in honor of the patron saint.
June-July: Carnival of Sainte-Lucie in Castries - the festivities bring the entire population together for a little over a week.
1st Monday in August: Emancipation Day - a day commemorating the abolition of slavery.
August 30: Festival of Sainte Rose de Lima
October 5: Thanksgiving
October 17: Feast of the Marguerite
October: Creole Culture Month
November 22: Feast of Saint Cécile, patron saint of musicians
December: Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - a transatlantic race leaving from the Canaries at the end of November
December 13: National Day commemorating the discovery of Sainte-Lucie in 1502 by Christopher Columbus. This day is also the Festival of Lights in Castries.
December 25: Christmas, followed by Boxing Day on the 26th
Going to / Leaving the airportSee detail
The airport in Sainte-Lucie
Hewanorra International Airport is located on the southern part of the island of Sainte-Lucie, in the Antilles. Its international code (IATA) is UVF, and this is what will be on your luggage tags when you fly to the Antilles. This airport is located 6,848 km from Paris. Its name is Hewanorra, but it was originally a military base, and was named Beane Army Airfield. It’s now a commercial airport, and its name means “Land of the Iguana" in Ameridian.
There’s also a second airport, George F. L. Charles Airport. Its international IATA code is SLU, and it’s located near the capital at Castries.
Learn more about these airports by visiting their websites: Hewanorra Airport and Geore F. L. Charles Airport.
Not to be missed
Sainte-Lucie was originally a volcano and is therefore very mountainous, with several streams that flow down from the slopes of Mount Gimie (950 m) in the heart of the rainforest.
In Soufrière, don’t miss the only volcano in the world that can be visited by car. The most breathtaking vista on the island are the two peaks, one big and one small, which border the coast south of Soufrière.
A boating paradise, Rodney Bay is also one of Sainte-Lucie’s must-see destinations.
Parks and gardens
Sainte-Lucie has a number of excellent botanical gardens, such as those in Soufrière or Latille, with their magnificent waterfalls and sulfur lakes. The nature park on Pigeon Island is beautiful as well.
Diving, fishing and water sports
You can participante in all water sports imaginable in Sainte-Lucie, such as windsurfing, water skiing, sailing, etc.
You can also go deep-sea fishing off Rodney Bay (for white marlin, mackerel and barracuda). Several companies offer fishing excursions.
You can also visit the island’s rum factories. In Castries, the cathedral and the Jeremie Street Market are worth the detour, as are the Government House and Fort Charlotte.
With its mountainous terrain, volcanic landscapes and tropical forests, Sainte-Lucie offers amazing hikes for hiking enthusiasts.
A delicious exoticism
The food in Sainte-Lucie is an exquisite mix of flavors that unveil the island’s various civilizations. From European dishes to Caribbean spices and Indian subtleties, Creole cuisine is both refined and surprising.
Coconut and ginger are widely used. There are also many kinds of curry and dishes made with fish, such as sea bream. Bananas, mangos, pineapples and papaya round out the island’s exoticism.
Stuffed crabs, tuna steaks, fresh fish with spicy sauce and fried plantains are some of the Creole culinary traditions of St. Lucia. A certain English influence can also be found in the carrot cake, the very sweet desserts, and in the pork and fried chicken drumsticks.
Due to the large presence of American tourists, you can find a number of fast food and pizza restaurants. However, many French, Indian and Italian restaurants can also be found, as well as restaurants serving high-quality local cuisine.
In addition to the traditional local rum (especially Bounty Rum, which is a brown rum), you can also find drinks made with sea moss, an algae from the island’s coasts. Steeped and combined with milk, nutmeg and cinnamon, it is the mother of all sugary and creamy drinks.
The growing of bananas is very important in Sainte-Lucie. This fruit is naturally very present in the local cuisine.
As with everywhere in the Caribbean, music is very important to the culture of Sainte-Lucie. The various derivatives of Jamaican reggae can often heard, but there are also influences from the French West Indies, such as Zouk and Soca.
Parties and nightlife
Sainte-Lucie is also known for its nightlife. The people from Martinique come Friday nights for soca and street parties in Gros-Ilet.
There are huge parties on Friday nights on the beaches of Anse La Raye and Gros Ilet. Additionally, the must-see carnival takes place from June to July.
A world-renowned festival
Each May, the Sainte-Lucie jazz festival welcomes artists from all over the world, and is the fifth largest jazz festival in the world.
Warm all year round
Sainte-Lucie has a tropical climate which is tempered by the trade winds. The dry season extends from January through May, and the rainy season runs from June to December. The average year-round temperature is 27°C, and the warmest months are generally June through August, where it can easily reach 35 °C. However, there are often breezes which help cool things down a bit.