St Lucia is 239 Sq Miles (619 Sq Km), 14 miles across and 27 miles long and is a part of the Windward Islands with Martinique 21 miles north, Barbados 100 miles east and St Vincent and the Grenadines 25 miles to the south.

St Lucia is a part of the British Commonwealth. The head of state is the Queen of England and we have an elected democratic government with a Prime Minister and a legal system very similar to that of England.

The official language is English with a French based creole often spoken as a second language.

St Lucia is lush, warm and green, with tropical rainforest covering much of the island. The dramatic topography of St Lucia varies from over 3000ft (900metres) above sea level, all the way down to the shores of the beautiful Caribbean sea.

The average temperature is 25 C (77 Fahrenheit) all year round. The wet season is from June to September and dry season is from February to May.

The currency is the East Caribbean Dollar made up of 100 Cents and is fixed to the US Dollar at a rate of EC$2.68 to US$1.0

The population is around 180 000 people with the main religion being Roman Catholic.

St Lucia has some striking physical features, with beautiful lush rainforest in the ย interior of the island giving way to beautiful coves and beaches on the coastline.

The island is famous for its world heritage site, the two Pitons, Gros Piton and Petit Piton which are situated in the south west of the Island. The land is fertile and supports many fruit trees including Mango, Avocado, Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon and Lime.

The main industries are the export of bananas and tourism.

Currency
Our currency is the East Caribbean dollar, locally called “EC”, which is tied into the US dollar.

You get EC$2.68 for US$1.00.

Taxis
Taxi drivers take special courses and make ideal tour guides.
Number plates begin with TX and are red or blue. It is always advisable
to check the fare before departing on your journey.

Car Hire
Avis rent a car in St Lucia takes pride in providing the highest level of customer service and ensure their fleet is maintained to the highest standards. Located at the major airports they will also deliver to your hotel or villa.
www.AvisStLucia.com Tel: +1 758 452 2700

Banks
First Caribbean – Tel: +1 758 456 1000

1st National Bank – Tel: +1 758 458 3744

Bank Of St Lucia – Tel: +1 758 456 6000

Scotia Bank – Tel: +1 758 456 2100

Royal Bank of Canada – Tel: +1 758 456 9200

Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago – Tel: +1 758 452 2265

Branches of these banks can all be found in and around Bridge Street in Castries, as well as Rodney Bay and Rodney Bay Marina. Credit cards are widely accepted, especially in the tourist areas. Most banks are open from Monday to Thursday 8am-3pm, Friday 8am-5pm.

Electricity
230 Volt 3 Pin British plugs and sockets are standard, however, 110 Volt US two prong plugs and sockets are often available.