Currency – The Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar is the currency of St Lucia. The rate is tied to the US dollar.
Language – English is the official language of St Lucia, though many people speak a French Creole Patois.
Electricity – The voltage in St Lucia is 220-240 volts. Most villas are equipped with a step down (220-110 volts) transformer.
Passports & Visas – US citizens and members of the Commonwealth require a valid passport for travel to St Lucia. Citizens of other countries should check with the nearest St Lucian Consulate for information regarding visas.
Driving – St. Lucians drive on the left. A visitor’s driving permit can be obtained from any police station but often car hire companies can arrange one for you.
January – New Year’s Day
February – Independence Day, International Food Fair
March – St Lucia Kite surfing Fiesta
April – Easter
May – Labour Day, St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Whitsuntide
June – Corpus Christi
July – Carnival
August – Emancipation Day, La Rose Flower Festival
September – St Lucia Bill fishing Tournament
October – La Marguerite Flower Festival, Thanksgiving, (Jounen Kweyol) Creole Day
November – All Souls Day, The Food and Rum Festival, Sandals 10K
December – Heineken Kalalu World Music Festival, Atlantic Rally for Crusiers (ARC) National Day, The Festival of Lights, Christmas & Boxing Day celebrations
St Lucia Jazz Festival – for ten days in May St Lucia is abuzz with the strains of music in the air. The outdoor festival brings together international, regional and local acts in spectacular venues – parks, beaches, hilltops, for an incredible celebration of toe-tapping, waist-swaying and head-nodding music.
Carnival – St Lucia explodes into a panoply of colour and energy for its annual Carnival celebrations in July. For months before, calypsonians and steel bands hone their skills and come together to vie for coveted titles. Designers pull out bands of ribbon and buckets of sequins to put together the costumes which will inspire revellers to parade through the streets for the two days of festivities which bring old and young, lawyer and labourer together for a dynamic celebration.