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Population

The approximately 150,000 islanders are mainly of African descent. The Lucians are generally very charming and friendly and when one walks through the streets , one is therefore often greeted with a warm " hello ! "

Local language

English is the official language in St Lucia . The population also speaks French tinted dialect : Kweyol. (a French-based Creole).

Electricity

There is everywhere 220 Volt 50 Hz. It uses the same type of plugs than in the United Kingdom , which are different from most European countries .

Clothing

light, cotton clothing is recommended. During the slightly cooler winter months, you might need a wrap or pullover at night. Long jeans around dusk are the best mosquito repellent!

Climate

St Lucia's tropical climate ensures pleasant temperatures all year round. Cool northeast breezes from the ocean provide a regular and natural refreshment .

The winter season has temperatures between 18 ° C and 31 ° C and is also the driest season with now and then a nice refreshing shower .

The summer season has temperatures between 23 ° C and 35 ° C and is also the rainy season, begins in June and ends in November. It has to do mostly with short heavy showers with a very small chance of a tropical storm .

Time difference

St. Lucia uses the Atlantic Standard Time, which is four hours earlier than the GMT time, CET – 5 to 6 hours. Since St.Lucia is close to the equator, the days throughout the year are about the same time. About 5 hours 45 Sunrise and sunset about 18 hours 15.

Entry regulations

Citizens from the European Community need a passport along with a return or onward ticket. American and Commonwealth citizens need to carry a passport, or proof of citizenship, or a birth certificate, photo ID, and a return or onward ticket.

A handful of countries do require visas – check with us if you’re not sure. Visitors normally receive a visa valid for 6 weeks, at no cost. When leaving St. Lucia, you will be required to pay a departure tax of US$20 per person.

Health regulations

No vaccination is required or necessary ( no malaria ). Well recommended are Tetanus and Hepatitis A. The sun shines brightly, so take your precautions and use sunscreen with a high protection factor .

Tap water is drinkable but bottled water is preferred.

Currency/mode of payment

The prices are expressed in local currency, the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. The EC $ has a fixed exchange rate against the U.S. dollar ( EC $ 2.67 = U.S. $ 1 ) .Both U.S. $, Travellers Cheques and Credit Cards are accepted in most restaurants .

Banks

Money can be exchanged at regular banks; official rates are the same everywhere. Banking hours are from 8am to 2 pm .There is a bank in Marigot bay, only 5 minutes stroll from your room..

Most restaurants will accept US dollars, although the exchange rate may be lower (EC$2.50 or EC$2.60). Major credit cards (especially Visa and Mastercard) are accepted at shops and restaurants around St. Lucia.

 




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