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Lounge on the beach, hike up the Piton Mountains or visit the Diamond Waterfall; Saint Lucia offers stunning scenery and amazing adventure for every traveler.

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Overview

One of the greenest and most beautiful islands in the Caribbean is, arguably, the most romantic. The scenic south and central regions are mountainous and lush, with dense rain forest, endless banana plantations, and fascinating historic sites. Along the west coast, some of the region's most picturesque and interesting resorts are interspersed with dozens of delightful inns, appealing to families as well as lovers and adventurers.

In the central and southern parts of the island, dense rain forest, jungle-covered mountains, and vast banana plantations dominate the landscape. A tortuous road follows most of the coastline, bisecting small villages, cutting through mountains and thick forests, and passing by fertile valleys. On the southwest coast, Petit Piton and Gros Piton, the island's unusual twin peaks that rise out of the sea to more than 2,600 feet, are familiar navigational landmarks for sailors and aviators alike.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: For Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport or other government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license). For all other islands, U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport and a ticket for return or onward travel. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as inoculations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Airport Departure Tax: Saint Lucia’s departure tax is included in the price of your airline ticket.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories, and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 83° to 83°
October through April: 82° to 83°

Tropical Storm Season from June to November

Water Safety: Bottled water is recommended.

Tipping: A 15% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar

Currency Information: U.S. dollars are widely accepted. Major international credit cards also are accepted at large shopping centers, restaurants and hotels.

Time Zone: Atlantic

Local Language: English

Transportation: Public transportation and taxis are available.

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Sargassum/Seaweed Advisory

Sargassum is a free-floating seaweed that is especially prolific in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. While beneficial to ocean life, these large free-floating seaweed mats often wash up on beaches. The amount of seaweed on the beaches fluctuates based on the time of year and ocean currents. While resorts do their best to maintain the beaches for their guests, you may experience some inconvenience during your stay.

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Top Experiences

  • Eye-Popping Views : Magnificent, lush scenery, particularly in the south and around Soufrière, makes Saint Lucia one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands.

  • Falling in Love : A popular honeymoon spot, Saint Lucia is filled with romantic retreats. Many people who came here as newlyweds return every year for anniversaries.

  • Under the Sea : Anse Chastanet, near the southwest coast, is the best beach-entry dive site. The underwater reef drops from 20 feet to nearly 140 feet in a stunning coral wall. And many other dive sites are nearly as good.

  • Non-Stop Music : The Saint Lucia Jazz Festival draws performers—and listeners—from all over the world. And the beat goes on the rest of the year in bars and clubs all over the island.

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Activities

Make the most of your vacation by including an activity when you book your package. Please note, activities and tour credits are only available with a vacation package.

$100 Solar Tours and Travel Tour Credit

The tour credit is redeemable by calling Solar Tours locally at (758) 452-5898, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To book a tour prior to arrival on Saint Lucia, call from the U.S. at (305) 433-7736. To book a tour from your hotel, speak with the onsite Solar Tours representative. Space is limited and not all tours operate daily, so advance reservations are recommended. When making the reservation and upon tour check-in, guests must state their Costco Travel booking number. Please reconfirm your tour reservation at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure time. The amount of the credit will be deducted from the total tour cost and any remaining balance must be paid at that time. The credit may not be combined with other discounts. Any unused portion of the credit is nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash. A 100% cancellation fee will apply for no-shows, or if the reservation is changed or canceled within 48 hours of arrival on Saint Lucia.

Additional Information

Tour Details
The following Solar Tours & Travel tours range in price from $65-$350 per person:
Horse Back Riding
Snorkeling
Whale Watching & Dolphin Spotting
West Coast Tour
Zip Lining
Soufriere Catamaran
Soufriere Land & Sea
Scuba Diving
Deep Sea Fishing
The Spice of Life (island tour by bus)
Jeep Safari
Martinique by Boat
Grenadines

Not all tours operate daily and restrictions (age, weight, etc.) may apply. Please call Solar Tours & Travel for complete details.
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Transfers

Region: Saint Lucia
Transfer Company: Solar Tours
Telephone: 758-452-5898

Address:
PO Box 1519
Castries
Saint Lucia
Emergency Telephone: 758-584-3172
Instructions: Upon arrival at the airport, please claim your luggage and proceed through Immigration and Customs. A representative, holding a Solar Tours and Travel sign, will greet you. Solar Tours and Travel will confirm the pick-up location and time for your departure transfer.

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