St Lucia is indeed a Caribbean dream: a small, lush tropical gem of an island that is still relatively unknown and undeveloped, although it does offer a good variety of accommodation for tourists, including a few discreet resorts. Whether it is romance, natural beauty or adventure you are looking for, St Lucia will tick all the boxes. St Lucia is one of the Windward isles of the Lesser Antilles, situated midway down the Eastern Caribbean chain between Martinique and St Vincent, just north of Barbados. It is tiny - only 27 miles (43km) long and 14 miles (23km) wide, shaped like an avocado.
The volcanic island's main landmarks are the Pitons, two soaring peaks on its southern coast that rise up from the sea and shelter magnificent dense rain forest where wild orchids grow and brilliantly-plumed tropical birds abound. The Creole people of the island are as warm as the tropical climate, and visitors are treated to plenty of smiles as they make the most of the island's natural beauty and secluded golden beaches, where coral reefs beckon snorkellers and scuba divers.
240 volts, 50Hz. Three square-pin plugs are standard.
English is the official language, but St Lucian Creole is widely spoken.
There are few health risks associated with travel to St Lucia, the mosquito-carried dengue fever is a risk throughout the island. There is a risk of Chikungunya Virus. The risk of Zika Virus transmission is moderate and pregnant women are advised to postpone non essential travel until after the pregnancy. Schistosomiasis a parasitic infection can be a risk if swimming in freshwater steams, rivers, or lakes that have been contaminated. There is no risk if swimming in the sea or a swimming pool containing chlorine. No vaccinations are required, however a yellow fever certificate is necessary for travellers arriving from infected areas. Advice is to prevent and avoid Mosquito bites. You are recommended to be up to date with routine vaccinations like MMR, diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccine. Please see foreign office site for any updated information. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-lucia/health
A service charge is not automatically added to bills and about 10% of the bill is expected. Taxi drivers, porters and chambermaids also expect small tips.