St Lucia receives direct long-haul flights from the US, UK and Europe. It also has regional connections to Antigua, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and St Vincent.
Airports & Airlines
St Lucia has two airports:
Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort is at the remote southern tip of the island. It handles flights from North America, the UK and Europe plus a few regional flights.
George FL Charles Airport is conveniently located in Castries but due to the short runway is only served by regional flights on prop planes from Liat (www.liat.com), Air Caraibes (www.aircaraibes.com) and Caribbean Airlines (www.caribbeanairlines.com).
Departure tax is collected by the airlines and is included in all tickets to and from St Lucia.
St Lucia has no land borders.
Cruise ships dock in Castries, either at Pointe Seraphine or right in town at La Place Carenage. Smaller vessels sometimes call at Soufrière; they anchor offshore and bring passengers ashore via tenders.
The fast-ferry service L’Express des Îles operates a daily 80-minute express catamaran between the ferry terminal in Castries and Fort-de-France on Martinique. It also has continuing service to Dominica (four hours) and Guadeloupe (seven hours). Departure days and times change frequently; check in advance.
Customs and immigration can be cleared at Rodney Bay, Castries, Marigot Bay, Soufrière or Vieux Fort. Most yachties pull in at Rodney Bay, where there is a full-service marina and a couple of marked customs slips opposite the customs office.
It’s easy to clear customs and immigration at Marigot Bay, where you can anchor in the inner harbor and dinghy over to the customs office. Castries is a more congested scene, and yachts entering the harbor are required to go directly to the customs dock. If there’s no room you should head for the anchorage spot east of the customs buoy. In Soufrière the customs office is right on the waterfront. At Vieux Fort you can anchor off the big ship dock, where customs is located.
Popular anchorages include Reduit Beach, the area southeast of Pigeon Island, Rodney Bay Marina, Marigot Bay, Anse Chastanet, Anse Cochon and Soufrière Bay.
Yacht charters are available in Marigot Bay and Rodney Bay.