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<div align="center">St. Lucia General Information - St. Lucia Villa Rentals<br /></div><br />Airlines:<br />Air Jamaica, Air Caribe, Air Canada, Air Martinique, American Eagle, British Airways, Caribbean Star, LIAT, Virgin Atlantic and International Charters.<br /><br />**Please note clients who book a villa on St. Lucia with Villas Caribe are eligible for discounted airfare on Air Jamaica.<br /><br />St. Lucia Airport:<br />Guests fly into either the George Charles Airport (Vigie/Castries) located on the northern part of the island or the Hewannora International Airport located at Vieux Fort on the southern trip of the island. The majority of the villas we represent which are located in the Cap Estate area are closer in proximity to the George Charles/Vigie Airport (around a 20-30 minute drive).<br /><br />Airport Transfers:<br />Helicopter transfers are available from Hewanorra to Castries and can be booked directly through St. Lucia Helicopters Ltd. by PH# 758-453-6950, or by Fax# 758-452-1553.  Airport transfers are highly recommended and can be arranged for additional fees.<br /><br />    Airport Transfer Costs:<br /><br />        HEWANORRA/CAP or TROUYA/HEWANORRA<br />        US $135 (1-3 PERSONS)<br />        US $150 (4-5 PERSONS)<br />        US $175 (6 PERSONS)<br />        US $200 (7-8 PERSONS)<br />        US $226 (9-10 PERSONS)<br /><br />        GEOCHARLES/CAP OR TROUYA/GEOCHARLES<br />        US $50 (1-3 PERSONS)<br />        US $56 (4 PERSONS)<br />        US $66 (5-6 PERSONS)<br />        US $78 (7-8 PERSONS)<br />        US $94 (9-10 PERSONS)<br />         <br />        HEWANORRA/RODNEY BAY/HEWANORRA<br />        US $127 (1-3 PERSONS)<br />        US $145 (4-5 PERSONS)<br />        US $168 (6 PERSONS)<br />        US $195 (7-8 PERSONS)<br />         <br />        GEO CHARLES/RODNEY BAY/GEO CHARLES<br />        US $45 (1-3 PERSONS)<br />        US $54 (4 PERSONS)<br />        US $62 (5-6 PERSONS)<br />        US $75 (7-8 PERSON)<br />         <br />        CHARLES/ST. REMY(SOUFRIERE)/G. CHARLES<br />        US $185 (1-2 PERSONS)<br />        US $200 (3-4 PERSONS)<br />        US $215 (5-6 PERSONS)<br />         <br />        HEW/ST. REMY (SOUFIRERE)/HEWANORRA<br />        US $114 (1-2 PERSONS)<br />        US $136 (3-4 PERSONS)<br />        US $152 (5-6 PERSONS)<br /><br />        GEO CHARLES/VIGIE/GEO CHARLES<br />        US $26 (1-3 PERSONS)<br />        US $33 (4-5 PERSONS)<br />        US $46 (6-7 PERSONS)<br />        US $66 (8-9 PERSONS)<br />        US $85 (10 PERSONS)<br /><br />        HEWANORRA/VIGIE/HEWANORRA<br />        US $115 (1-3 PERSONS)<br />        US $140 (4-5 PERSONS)<br />        US $152 (6-7 PERSONS)<br />        US $166 (8-9 PERSONS)<br />        US $199 (10 PERSONS)<br /><br />        + EXCESS LUGGAGE<br />        US $50 GEO CHARLES ROUND TRIP<br />        US $130 HEWANORRA ROUND TRIP<br />         <br />        DIVIDE THE RATES ABOVE BY TWO FOR ONE-WAY TRANSFERS<br />        AIRLINES:<br />         <br /><br />Banks:<br />Banks on the island are open Monday to Thursday, 8:00 Am-3:00 PM and Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.<br /><br />Boating:<br />Bareboat and crewed yachts are available for charter through several companies located at Rodney and Marigot Bay. Both marinas offer yachts and sail boats that are available for charter to navigate the West Indies and the Grenadines.  Both marinas offer safe anchorage, restaurants and groceries.<br /><br />Cancellation Penalties:<br />In the event of a cancellation, penalties will be assessed on any deposits or final payments received. The amount of the penalty can vary depending upon the particular property reserved as well as how far in advance the cancellation is received. Generally, cancellations made prior to 45 days of arrival are subject to a minimum penalty of 25% of the gross rental rate of the property. Generally, there are no refunds for cancellations made within 45 days of arrival during either the winter season and during the summer season. Trip cancellation insurance is advised and available through our company.<br /><br />Check-In/Check-Out Times:<br />Check-in time is 2:00 PM or later for the villas on St. Lucia.<br />Most villas require guests to vacate their villas no later than 12:00 noon unless otherwise noted.<br />When circumstances permit, allowances are usually made for late departures.<br /><br />Churches:<br />Approximately 80% of St. Lucians are Roman Catholic but other churches/denominations may be found on the island.<br /><br />Communications:<br />Please note that there are no facilities for direct dialed overseas phone calls from the villas. If you wish to place an overseas call, you must first dial the operator and she will only place an overseas call if you call collect or use a credit card.<br /><br />Telephones and mobile/cell phones are operated by Cable &amp; Wireless. Phone cards are available at Cable/Wireless offices as well as many other outlets to include airports, Rodney Bay Marina etc.<br /><br />St. Lucia uses the TDMA (North American) system and therefore the GSM system (European) is not compatible.<br /><br />Mobile phones are available for rental from Cable &amp; Wireless Caribbean Cellular.<br /><br />Internet access is available at most shopping malls and at Cable &amp; Wireless.<br /><br />Currency:<br />The currency of St. Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar which is linked to the US Dollar with an exchange rate of 1 US $ to 2.70 ECS.<br />The U.S. dollar is widely accepted on the island as well as most major international credit cards.<br /><br />Deep Sea Fishing:<br />Vast arrays of big game fish live in the oceans surrounding St. Lucia.<br />Depending upon the time of year, anglers may land a variety of fish including mackerel, king mackerel, white marlin, barracuda, kingfish and sailfish.<br /> <br />Departure Tax:<br />A departure tax of US $22 applies to all passengers over 12 yrs. of age leaving the island.<br /><br />Driving:<br />Driving is on the left hand side of the road and all visitors who do not possess an international driving permit must purchase a temporary permit in order to drive in St. Lucia. The permits are good for three months, cost US $20.00 and are available through the major car rental companies.<br /><br />Electricity:<br />220-240 volts. Adapters for small personal appliances are required.<br /><br />Entry Requirements:<br />Visitors must present valid passports except US &amp; Canadian citizens who may alternatively enter with a certified copy of a birth certificate along with a photo I.D.<br /><br />Entertainment: <br />The majority of the hotels and resorts offer some form of entertainment most nights-including live bands and various cultural performances.  Additionally, many of the island’s bars and restaurants offer music in the evenings.<br /><br />Golf:<br />The St. Lucia Golf &amp; Country Club located in the scenic, rolling hills of the exclusive Cap Estates offers a newly designed, fully irrigated 6829 yard, par 71 championship golf course. A semi-private golf course it accommodates players of all skill levels all within a gorgeous tropical landscape with panoramic views of both the Caribbean and the Atlantic.<br /><br />    St. Lucia Golf &amp; Country Club Phone: 758-450-8523<br /><br />        Golf Packages:<br />        9 holes:<br />        $70 US per person<br />        $20 US for club rental<br />        $10 US for shoe rental<br /><br />        18 holes:<br />        $95 US per person<br />        $20 US for club rental<br />        $10 US for shoe rental <br /><br />Government:<br />St. Lucia is an independent democratic nation that is part of the British Commonwealth.<br /><br />Hiking:<br />A variety of hiking opportunities exist on St. Lucia on a number of nature trails as well as hikes through the mountainous rainforests of ST. Lucia (where hikers can see 30 species of birds-including perhaps the rare and beautiful parrot, Jacquot. Jeep safaris and All Terrain Vehicle trips are available as well for exploring off-road terrain.<br /><br />Horseback Riding:<br />A variety of horseback riding excursions are available on the island.  St. Lucia offers lush and dramatic trails along deserted beaches where riders can savor the spectacular serenity and serenity of the island.<br /><br />    International Riding Stables in Gros Islet Phone: 758-452-8139<br /><br />Language:<br />English is the official language, but the majority of St. Lucians speak a French Creole commonly called “patois”.<br /><br />Minimum Rental Periods:<br />Christmas &amp; New Year: Minimum stay of 14 nights required.<br />Annual Jazz Festival: Minimum stay of 5 nights required.<br />December 15 - April 14: Minimum stay of 5 nights required<br />April 15 - December 14: Minimum stay of 3 nights required.<br /><br />Miscellaneous Information:<br />Roll-a-way beds, cribs, TV/VCR rentals etc. are available for additional charges and all are subject to additional fees and service charges.<br /><br />Nightclubs:<br />Indies: Located at Rodney Bay<br />Le Charlet: Located at Rodney Bay<br />Shamrock&#39;s Pub:Located at Rodney Bay<br />The Jazz Lounge: Located at Rodney Bay<br /><br />Payments, Deposits and Final Payments:<br />A written confirmation along with an invoice will be mailed to guests as soon as they request a confirmation of a reservation. If the reservation is made more than 60 days prior to arrival, a 25% deposit is required within one week to confirm the reservation. Final payments are due approximately 60 days prior to a guest’s arrival date. For reservations made less than 60 days prior to arrival, full payment is due immediately in full. Reservations are not considered final until the deposit is received.<br /><br />Payments made within 30 days of arrival must be made either a certified or cashier’s check or via a bank wire transfer.<br /><br />Places to Visit:<br /><br />    Anse Chastanet:<br />    Located just north of Soufriere, Anse Chastanet offers a palm studded, gray sand beach against a dramatic backdrop of lush green hills, and offers the best reefs for snorkeling and diving on the island.<br /><br />    Marigot Bay:<br />    A beautiful natural yacht harbor.  Parts of the movie, Doctor Doolittle, were filmed here.  Doolittle’s Cafe is nice for refreshments.<br /><br />    Pigeon Point:<br />    A National Park with historical and archaeological sites and a small museum.  A nice place to picnic and watch the birds.<br />     <br />    Soufriere:<br />    Including the Anse Chastanet and its great snorkeling, the Diamond Waterfall, the drive-in-volcano, Mineral Baths, the Pitons and the Sulphur Springs.  It is a long (two hour) drive and is best visited by private boat or on one of the day charters (Unicorn, Maho etc.). <br /><br />Pre-Stocking and Food Packages:<br />Guests may have the villa pre-stocked with the food and beverages of their choice for their arrival for additional fees.<br /><br />    STARTER FOOD PACK<br />    1 SMALL BOX OF TEABAGS<br />    1 NESCAFE 50g<br />    1 ORANGE JUICE – SMALL BOTTLE<br />    1 PACKET OF CRACKERS<br />    1 lb FLOUR<br />    1 SMALL PACKET OF SALT<br />    1 MAYONNAISE 250 ml<br />    1 OIL (NOT COCONUT OIL)<br />    1 KETCHUP SMALL<br />    1 SALAD DRESSING<br />    1 PACKET BLACK PEPPER<br />    1 JAM OR MARMALADE<br />    1 BOX OF CEREAL<br />    1 BOTTLE OF LARGE SODA ( USUALLY COKE OR SPRITE)<br />    1 BOTTLE OF WATER PER PERSON<br />    1 BEER PER PAX.<br />    1 LOAF OF BREAD<br />    BUTTER<br />    MILK<br />    1 PACK BACON<br />    1 PACK OF PORK SAUSAGES<br />    CHICKEN LEGS OR BREAST OR FISH<br />    ½ LIT. ICE CREAM<br />    1 DOZ. EGGS ( 2 – 3 PESONS – ½ DOZEN EGGS)<br />    CHEDDER CHEESE<br />    SALAD, FRUIT, VEGETABLES – LETTUCE, TOMATOES, ONIONS, GARLIC, PARSLEY, CARROTS, LOCAL FRUIT IF POSSIBLE<br />    RICE OR PATATOES<br /><br /><br />    PLEASE NOTE THIS IS TO BE USED AS A GUIDELINE AND WILL BE PROVIDED, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. Please delete from, or add to list.Cost approximately – US$40.00 per person and is subject to a 15% service and delivery charge which will be assessed on the total amount of your grocery order. Approximate cost of US$40.00 is for 1 person but this drops to approx. US$35.00 per person if buying for 2 or more persons.<br /><br />Rental Vehicles:<br />Rental vehicles are highly recommended and may be arranged for additional costs. We strongly recommend clients rent 4 wheel drive vehicles due to the poor condition of the roads on St. Lucia. Rental vehicles may be picked up at the airport upon arrival or delivered on a complementary basis to the villa. Weekly rental rates range from US $300 to US $000 depending upon the type of vehicle.  Children’s car seats are available for rental upon request for additional fees.<br /><br />    Group A Vehicles:<br />    Small Manual car No A/C, 4 seater - $270/wk - $45/day<br />     <br />    Group B Vehicles:<br />    Small Automatic car with A/C, 4 seater - $300/wk. $50/day<br />     <br />    Group C Vehicles:<br />    Medium Manual car with A/C, 5 seater - $360/wk. - $60/day<br />    Soft Top Manual 4 x 4 – No A/C, 4 seater - $360/wk. - $60/day<br />    Hard top Manual or Automatic 4 x 4 with A/C, 4 seater - $360/wk. and $60/day<br />     <br />    Group D Vehicles:<br />    Automatic car with A/C, 5 seater - $390/wk. $65/day<br />     <br />    Group E Vehicles:<br />    Fully Loaded 4 x 4, 5 Doors, A/C, Manual - $450/wk. - $75/day<br />     <br />    Group F Vehicles:<br />    Mini Bus, Automatic, A/C, 8 seater - $500/wk. - $85/day<br /><br />Scuba Diving Operators:<br />Scuba St. Lucia: Phone 800-223-1108<br />Buddies Scuba: Phone 758-452-5288<br />Dolphin Divers: Phone: 758-451-1476<br /><br />Shopping:<br />While there are individual shops dotted here and there around the island, for the most part the shops tend to be collected in specific, developed parts of the island.  Duty-free shopping is available at Pointe Seraphine Shopping Complex which is located on the west side of Castries Harbour.  In order to be eligible to make duty-free purchases, you must bring your airline ticket with you.  Gift items and souvenirs are available at the Sea Island Cotton Shop in Castries, Bagshaws at La Toc and Noah&#39;s Arcade in Castries and at Reduit. Other notables include the wonderful cotton clothing at the Windjammer and the Caribelle Batik.  Bagshaws has a wonderful silk screen studio where you can shop, as well, for beautiful original designs in a wide variety of tropical clothing and gifts.<br /> <br />** Store hours vary, but are generally from 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM, and 1:30 -4:30PM on Mondays through Fridays.  Stores are usually only open a half day on Saturday from around 8:00AM until noon.  Most stores are closed on Sunday.<br /><br />Security Deposits:<br />At present, none of the properties on St. Lucia require a security/damage deposit.<br /><br />Squash:<br />St. Lucia Racquet Club at Club St. Lucia Phone: 758-450-055<br /><br />Stables:<br />Located at Cas en Bas-phone:  452.8273<br />Offers a variety of one and two hour sessions throughout the day.<br /> <br />Sports:<br />Golf, Horseback Riding, Scuba Diving, Squash, Tennis.<br /><br />Staff:<br />The majority of the properties on St. Lucia include a minimal staff of a cook/housekeeper six days per week. Larger villas may have more extensive staffs. The staffs at the villas are responsible for the villa’s house laundry. If you wish them to do your personal laundry, prior arrangements should be made with our on-island representatives for additional fees.<br /><br />Taxes:<br />None of the villas we currently represent on St. Lucia are currently subject to any additional taxes with the exception of the villas located at the Windjammer Hotel/Resort.<br />Hotel and restaurants, however, will add an 8% government tax and some will, also, add a 10% service charge.<br /><br />Tennis:<br />Most of the major hotels on St. Lucia have tennis courts that are available for use for a small fee.<br />The St. Lucian Hotel and Windjammer Beach Resort have courts with prices varying. The St. Lucia Racquet Club at Club St. Lucia in Cap Estate offers good facilities with 9 flood lit tennis courts.<br /><br />    St. Lucian Hotel: 758-452-8351<br />    St. Lucia Racquet Club Phone: 758-450-5441<br /><br />Time Zone:<br />St. Lucia is on Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. When the east coast of the U.S. observes Daylight Savings Time, St. Lucia’s time remains the same.<br /><br />Tipping:<br />We recommend guests tip the entire staff US $25 per week, per couple.<br /><br />Weddings:<br />A wedding at a private villa on St. Lucia is an excellent choice and provides a romantic backdrop of lush flowering gardens and expansive ocean views - a perfect setting.<br /><br />It is necessary to meet with a local lawyer to arrange the legal formalities. The ceremony is conducted by the Registrar and is legal according to British Law. Ceremonies may be arranged Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The date and time selected is at the Registrar’s availability and should be confirmed before arrival.<br /><br />A residency period of two full working days is required before applications can be made to the Governor.  Please keep in mind that time must be allowed to process the application so please allow 3-5 full working days prior to the actual wedding ceremony.<br /><br />    Original Documents Required:<br />    -Valid Passports<br />    -Birth Certificate<br />    -If one of the parties is a divorced, the divorce certificate including the Decree Absolute is required.<br />    -In the case of a widow/widower, a Death Certificate is required.<br />    -If a name has been changed, full proof is required.<br />    -Notarized sworn affidavit stating parental consent for anyone under the age of 18 yrs. <br /><br />The maximum number of guests that can be accommodated at the wedding ceremony are the maximum number of guests permitted at the villa plus six invited guests. With prior permission and additional charges, larger parties may be accommodated.<br /><br />    Wedding Packages:<br />    -A wedding package for US $650 is available and includes the following:<br />    -Basic decorating of location<br />    -Bouquet for the bride<br />    -Buttonhole for the groom<br />    -Fruit cake or cheese cake<br />    -Two bottles of Californian Champagne<br />    -Wedding cake<br />    -Legal Fees<br />    -Register Fees<br />    -General Wedding coordination, which includes; organization of the Registrar, arranging the ceremony and reception at the villa, ordering the bouquet for the bride and the buttonhole for the groom and any extras requested by the couple<br /><br />    Suggested Locations:<br />    Cap Pavilion<br />    Hummingbird House<br />    Smuggler’s Point<br /><br />    Optional Extras:<br />    Music:<br />    Steel Band-US $185<br />    Trio-US $95<br />    Guitarist-US $66<br />    Saxophonist-US $165<br /><br />        Video:<br />        Standard: US $115<br />        Extended: US $185<br />        Duplicate Copy: US $50<br />        Standard video includes: The actual ceremony, cutting of the cake and champagne toast.<br />        Extended video includes: Shots of the island, bride preparing in room, groom waiting in another room, wedding site, ceremony, signing of registrar book, presentation of marriage certificate, cutting the cake, music and graphics.<br /><br />        Photos:<br />        36 Prints &amp; Negatives: US $136<br />        24 Prints &amp; Negatives-US $95<br />        Extra Prints (each)-US $24<br /><br />        Flowers:<br />        Bridesmaid Bouquet-US $25<br />        Flower Girl Basket-US $15<br />        Corsage (for ladies)-US $8<br />        Buttonhole (for gentleman)-US $4<br /><br />        Flowers for Hair:<br />        Comb or Tiara-US $10<br />        Garland-US $15<br /><br />        Beauty:<br />        Hairdresser-US $20<br />        Manicurist-US $10<br />        Pedicurist-US $15<br />        Make-Up Artist-US $10<br /><br />Windsurfing:<br />Beginners will find the calmer waters of the West Coast ideal and equipment and instruction is available at most hotels and several windsurfing centers around the island.<br /><br />Yacht Charters:<br />Sunsail Stevens, located at Rodney Bay Marina offers a wide variety of yachts, bareboat or crewed charters, phone, 28648.  Tradewind Yacht Charters Ltd., at the Rodney Bay Marina, offers luxury crewed yachts up to 80ft. and a selection of bare boats for charter.  Day and overnight trips to Martinique can be arranged, phone 28424.  Via Carib Yacht Charters, located at the Rodney Bay Marina, offers daily and weekly charters that are either bareboat or crewed.  Selections include a 31ft. Pearson and 28 and 43ft. Irwins.  Arrangements can be made by stopping by the marina.<br /> <br />If you have further questions regarding your St. Lucia rental villa, or the sights and activities that are nearby, please do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced St. Lucia villa rental consultants or visit our complete collection of St. Lucia villas by clicking here.

Restaurants

<div align="center">St. Lucia Restaurants<br /></div><br />Restaurants in St. Lucia are heavily weighted in favor of fresh seafood, vegetables, and fruits. Some of the best dishes featured at St. Lucia restaurants involve local catches of lobster combined with one of the many Caribbean flavors like mango or yam. This sort of fusion cuisine makes St. Lucia restaurants a pleasure to dine in. A strong French influence can be felt while eating at St. Lucia restaurants despite the British flare to Island. Be a bit adventurous and make sure to take advantage of the local cuisine at all our favorite restaurants in St. Lucia. Please find a list of our favorite restaurants below:<br /><br />Tao<br />Asian cuisine is rare in St. Lucia restaurants, but this spot specializes in the fare and does so well.<br />Cap Estate<br />Reservations: 758.450.8551<br /><br />J.J’s Paradise:<br />Sit with locals at this causal St. Lucia restaurant<br />Castries<br />758.451.4076<br /><br />Coal Pot<br />Fantastic St. Lucia restaurant specializing in French fare. Come early, this waterfront spot only has 10 tables!<br />Closed Sundays<br />758.452.0284<br /><br />Great House<br />The most romantic restaurant in St. Lucia. This French bistro is located on an old plantation home.<br />Cap Estate<br />Reservations: 758.450.0450

History

<div align="center">St. Lucia Island History<br /></div><br />The history of St. Lucia Island is a bit different from its Caribbean neighbors. First inhabited by native South American Indians for the first modern millennia, St. Lucia Island remained relatively untouched by European settlement until the early seventeenth century. Much of the early history of St. Lucia Island was a back and forth between the native Arawak Indians, pirates who used the Island as a jumping off point for high-seas marauding, and English settlers who wished to colonize and settle. The French eventually settled much of the decision making process by purchasing St. Lucia Island in the mid-seventeenth century. The French West India Company took control in 1651, making St. Lucia Island part of France’s new world trade triangle.<br /><br />As with many other territories throughout the world, St. Lucia Island was in the middle of the French/British play for colonial power. By 1814, the British took control of St. Lucia Island and its prosperous plantation economy. Under British rule, St. Lucia Island abolished slavery and with it its economic might. It was not until the mid-twentieth century that St. Lucia Island experienced a resurgence in its economy that was sparked by the tourism industry. In 1979 St. Lucia Island achieved independence under the British Commonwealth. Today, a more vibrant economic outlook allows the over 200,000 St. Lucia Island residents to achieve a greater level of success than ever before.

Golf

<div align="center">St. Lucia Golf<br /></div><br />For guests of the Island, there is only one public course available to play golf in St. Lucia. The 18-hole St. Lucia Golf &amp; Country Club is located in Cap Estate in the North. As much of St. Lucia is mountainous and traversed with rainforest, the Cap Estate area provides one of the only regions where St. Lucia golf can be played. Though not as majestically beautiful as exploring the South, playing golf is St. Lucia offers great views of the Ocean and Sea while enjoying a bit of sport.<br /><br />Greens fees at the St. Lucia Golf Club cost $95 for 18 holes worth of play. Golf carts are required by the St. Lucia Golf &amp; Country Club for course play. There is also a dress code at the St. Lucia Golf Club, no jeans or t-shirts are allowed for golf on St. Lucia. The St. Lucia Golf Club has an onsite pro-shop for equipment rental and lessons. Golf on St. Lucia is a popular event, so make sure to make reservations ahead of time in order to secure your round.<br /><br />Golf:<br />The St. Lucia Golf &amp; Country Club located in the scenic, rolling hills of the exclusive Cap Estates offers a newly designed, fully irrigated 6829 yard, par 71 championship golf course. A semi-private golf course it accommodates players of all skill levels all within a gorgeous tropical landscape with panoramic views of both the Caribbean and the Atlantic.<br /><br />St. Lucia Golf &amp; Country Club Phone: 758-450-8523<br />www.stluciagolf.com<br /><br />Golf Packages:<br /><br />9 holes:<br />$70 US per person<br />$20 US for club rental<br />$10 US for shoe rental<br /><br />18 holes:<br />$95 US per person<br />$20 US for club rental<br />$10 US for shoe rental

Airport

<div align="center">St. Lucia Airport</div><br />St. Lucia is one of the more sizable Caribbean Islands allowing for multiple St. Lucia airports. The smaller St. Lucia airport, George Charles Airport, in Castries deals with much of the inter-Caribbean air traffic. Many of the small Caribbean airlines use this St. Lucia airport as their St. Lucia hub. Guests will find that Air Caraibes, Caribbean Star, and LIAT all use this St. Lucia airport.<br /><br />The larger St. Lucia airport, Hewanorra International, is a very modern facility. This particular St. Lucia airport handles incoming air traffic from the US and Europe. Most of the major carriers who handle Caribbean routes offer direct of indirect service to this St. Lucia airport. Hewanorra is the St. Lucia airport that is located on the Southern tip of the Island, aside from the international lines, smaller flights do also arrive from Barbados and Jamaica.<br /><br />St. Lucia Airports:<br /><br />George Charles Airport<br />758.452.1156<br /><br />Hewanorra International Airport<br />758.454.6355<br /><br />Airlines:<br />Air Jamaica, Air Caribe, Air Canada, Air Martinique, American Eagle, British Airways, Caribbean Star, LIAT, Virgin Atlantic and International Charters.<br /><br /> <br />St. Lucia Airport Transfers:<br />Helicopter transfers are available from Hewanorra to Castries and can be booked directly through St. Lucia Helicopters Ltd. by PH# 758-453-6950, or by Fax# 758-452-1553.  Airport transfers are highly recommended and can be arranged for additional fees.<br /><br />Airport Transfer Costs:<br /><br />HEWANORRA/CAP or TROUYA/HEWANORRA<br />US $150 (1-2 PERSONS)<br />US $172 (3-4 PERSONS)<br />US $192 (5-6 PERSONS)<br />US $210 (7-8 PERSONS)<br /><br />GEOCHARLES/CAP OR TROUYA/GEOCHARLES<br />US $53 (1-2 PERSONS)<br />US $60 (3-4 PERSONS)<br />US $75 (5-6 PERSONS)<br />US $85 (7-8 PERSONS)<br /><br /> <br />HEWANORRA/RODNEY BAY/HEWANORRA<br />US $134 (1-2 PERSONS)<br />US $154 (3-4 PERSONS)<br />US $172 (5-6 PERSONS)<br />US $204 (7-8 PERSONS)<br /> <br />GEO CHARLES/RODNEY BAY/GEO CHARLES<br />US $43 (1-2 PERSONS)<br />US $53 (3-4 PERSONS)<br />US $65 (5-6 PERSONS)<br />US $75 (7-8 PERSON)<br /> <br />CHARLES/ST. REMY(SOUFRIERE)/G. CHARLES<br />US $195 (1-2 PERSONS)<br />US $225 (3-4 PERSONS)<br />US $245 (5-6 PERSONS)<br /> <br />HEW/ST. REMY (SOUFIRERE)/HEWANORRA<br />US $115 (1-2 PERSONS)<br />US $138 (3-4 PERSONS)<br />US $155 (5-6 PERSONS)<br /><br />GEO CHARLES/VIGIE/GEO CHARLES<br />US $30 (1-3 PERSONS)<br />US $35 (4-5 PERSONS)<br />US $40 (6 PERSONS)<br />US $48 (7-8 PERSONS)<br /><br />HEWANORRA/VIGIE/HEWANORRA<br />US $122 (1-3 PERSONS)<br />US $145 (4-5 PERSONS)<br />US $160 (6 PERSONS)<br />US $185 (7-8 PERSONS)<br /><br />Over 8 Persons - 1 Extra Vehicle<br /><br />+ EXCESS LUGGAGE<br />US $50 GEO CHARLES ROUND TRIP<br />US $130 HEWANORRA ROUND TRIP<br /> <br />DIVIDE THE RATES ABOVE BY TWO FOR ONE-WAY TRANSFERS<br /><br />Departure Tax:<br />A departure tax of US $22 applies to all passengers over 12 yrs. of age leaving the island.<br /><br />Entry Requirements:<br />Visitors must present valid passports except US &amp; Canadian citizens who may alternatively enter with a certified copy of a birth certificate along with a photo I.D.

Communications

<div align="center">St. Lucia Villas: Communications<br /></div><br />Guests of St. Lucia villas will find that the island and their home are well equipped with a modern telecommunications system. These amenities make it very simple to stay in touch from all St. Lucia villas. The communications system is operated by St. Lucia Cable &amp; Wireless. When guests are away from their St. Lucia villas, they will find it easy to make calls with a phone card that can be purchased from Cable &amp; Wireless. For guests of St. Lucia villas who wish, mobile phones are also available for rental from the phone company.<br /><br />Communications:<br />Please note that there are no facilities for direct dialed overseas phone calls from the villas. If you wish to place an overseas call, you must first dial the operator and she will only place an overseas call if you call collect or use a credit card.<br /><br />Telephones and mobile/cell phones are operated by Cable &amp; Wireless. Phone cards are available at Cable/Wireless offices as well as many other outlets to include airports, Rodney Bay Marina etc.<br /><br />St. Lucia uses the TDMA (North American) system and therefore the GSM system (European) is not compatible.<br />Mobile phones are available for rental from Cable &amp; Wireless Caribbean Cellular.<br />Internet access is available at most shopping malls and at Cable &amp; Wireless.<br /><br />Electricity:<br />220-240 volts. Adapters for small personal appliances are required.<br /> <br />Language:<br />English is the official language, but the majority of St. Lucians speak a French Creole commonly called “patois”.

Nightlife

<div align="center">St. Lucia Nightlife<br /></div><br />Entertainment:  <br />Guests to the Island will find St. Lucia nightlife to be a bit more than they expected. There are some good local spots to choose from where guests will spend the night mixing with locals or other vacationers seeking their slice of nightlife in St. Lucia. The majority of the hotels and resorts offer some form of entertainment most nights, including live bands and various cultural performances.  Additionally, many of the island’s bars and restaurants offer music in the evenings making St. Lucia nightlife a fun experience.<br /><br />Nightclubs:<br />Indies: Located at Rodney Bay<br />Le Charlet: Located at Rodney Bay<br />Shamrock&#39;s Pub:Located at Rodney Bay<br />The Jazz Lounge: Located at Rodney Bay

Car rental

<div align="center">St. Lucia Car Rentals: Transportation<br /></div><br />Guests to the island will find St. Lucia car rentals an invaluable tool. Many of the private villas are not easily accessible without the use of a St. Lucia car rental. The island is quite sizable and villas are rarely located on the beaches making a St. Lucia car rental essential for getting to the sandy strips. Trips during the day to the South of the Island are a popular way to spend time. From the northern Cap estate area, a St. Lucia car rental makes the drive much more pleasant and time friendly.<br /><br />There are many St. Lucia car rental agencies to choose from, including local operators and major international brands. There are a few locations where guests will be able to pick up a St. Lucia car rental, from Rodney Bay to Vieux Fort near the Hewanorra Airport. Villa guests wishing to have access to a St. Lucia car rental must have a permit which can be purchased through the agency for $20.<br /><br />Rental Vehicles:<br />Rental vehicles are highly recommended and may be arranged for additional costs. We strongly recommend clients rent 4 wheel drive vehicles due to the poor condition of the roads on St. Lucia. Rental vehicles may be picked up at the airport upon arrival or delivered on a complementary basis to the villa. Weekly rental rates range from US $288 to US $668 depending upon the type of vehicle.  Children’s car seats are available for rental upon request for additional fees.  A US $15 charge for Petrol will be charged on rentals.  Rentals are to be returned empty and NO Refunds will be made on Petrol.<br /><br />Group A Vehicles:<br />Small Automatic car, A/C, 4 seater<br />Summer: $270/wk - $48/day          Winter: $288/wk - $51/day<br /> <br />Group B Vehicles:<br />Small Automatic car, A/C, 4 seater<br />Summer: $330/wk - $58/day          Winter: $348/wk - $61/day<br /> <br />Group C Vehicles:<br />Hard top Manual or Automatic 4 x 4, A/C, 4 seater<br />Summer: $360/wk - $65/day          Winter: $378/wk - $68/day<br /> <br />Group D Vehicles:<br />Automatic car, A/C, 5 seater<br />Summer: $390/wk - $75/day          Winter: $408/wk - $78/day  <br /> <br /> <br />Group L1 Vehicles:<br />Summer: $450/wk - $75/day          Winter: $468/wk - $81/day<br /> <br />Group L2 Vehicles:<br />Summer: $650/wk - $105/day        Winter: $668/wk - $108/day<br /><br />Driving:<br />Driving is on the left hand side of the road and all visitors who do not possess an international driving permit must purchase a temporary permit in order to drive in St. Lucia. The permits are good for three months, cost US $20.00 and are available through the major car rental companies.

Weddings

<div align="center">St. Lucia Weddings<br /></div><br />St. Lucia is one of the top tropical destinations for weddings in the world. The Island offers such astounding natural beauty that St. Lucia weddings are sure to please even the most discriminating tastes. Warm Caribbean breezes and shimmering blue waters create an enchanting feeling to St. Lucia weddings that cannot be replicated. There are many coordinators on-island for weddings in St. Lucia insuring that arrangements go off without problem.<br /><br />There are very few requirements for arranging a wedding in St. Lucia. Couples wishing to organize St. Lucia weddings only need to spend two days on-island before the planned ceremony. Documents such as passports and certificates of birth or divorce will also be needed where applicable for St. Lucia weddings. There is a small fee assessed to all St. Lucia weddings as well.<br /><br />Weddings:<br />A wedding at a private villa on St. Lucia is an excellent choice and provides a romantic backdrop of lush flowering gardens and expansive ocean views - a perfect setting.<br /><br />It is necessary to meet with a local lawyer to arrange the legal formalities. The ceremony is conducted by the Registrar and is legal according to British Law. Ceremonies may be arranged Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The date and time selected is at the Registrar’s availability and should be confirmed before arrival.<br /><br />A residency period of two full working days is required before applications can be made to the Governor.  Please keep in mind that time must be allowed to process the application so please allow 3-5 full working days prior to the actual wedding ceremony.<br /><br />Original Documents Required:<br />-Valid Passports<br />-Birth Certificate<br />-If one of the parties is a divorced, the divorce certificate including the Decree Absolute is required.<br />-In the case of a widow/widower, a Death Certificate is required.<br />-If a name has been changed, full proof is required.<br />-Notarized sworn affidavit stating parental consent for anyone under the age of 18 yrs.<br /><br />The maximum number of guests that can be accommodated at the wedding ceremony are the maximum number of guests permitted at the villa plus six invited guests. With prior permission and additional charges, larger parties may be accommodated.<br /><br />Wedding Packages:<br />-A wedding package for US $650 is available and includes the following:<br />-Basic decorating of location<br />-Bouquet for the bride<br />-Buttonhole for the groom<br />-Fruit cake or cheese cake<br />-Two bottles of Californian Champagne<br />-Wedding cake<br />-Legal Fees<br />-Register Fees<br />-General Wedding coordination, which includes; organization of the Registrar, arranging the ceremony and reception at the villa, ordering the bouquet for the bride and the buttonhole for the groom and any extras requested by the couple<br /><br />Suggested Locations:<br />Cap Pavilion<br />Hummingbird House<br />Smuggler’s Point<br /><br />Optional Extras:<br />Music:<br />Steel Band-US $185<br />Trio-US $95<br />Guitarist-US $66<br />Saxophonist-US $165<br /><br />Video:<br />Standard: US $115<br />Extended: US $185<br />Duplicate Copy: US $50<br />Standard video includes: The actual ceremony, cutting of the cake and champagne toast.<br />Extended video includes: Shots of the island, bride preparing in room, groom waiting in another room, wedding site, ceremony, signing of registrar book, presentation of marriage certificate, cutting the cake, music and graphics.<br /><br />Photos:<br />36 Prints &amp; Negatives: US $136<br />24 Prints &amp; Negatives-US $95<br />Extra Prints (each)-US $24<br /><br />Flowers:<br />Bridesmaid Bouquet-US $25<br />Flower Girl Basket-US $15<br />Corsage (for ladies)-US $8<br />Buttonhole (for gentleman)-US $4<br /><br />Flowers for Hair:<br />Comb or Tiara-US $10<br />Garland-US $15<br /><br />Beauty:<br />Hairdresser-US $20<br />Manicurist-US $10<br />Pedicurist-US $15<br />Make-Up Artist-US $10

Shopping

<div align="center">St. Lucia Vacation Rentals: Shopping<br /></div><br />The local markets and crafts are a good reason to step away from your St. Lucia vacation rentals. Local artists and craftsmen dominate the shopping for guest of St. Lucia vacation rentals. Wood carvings are often found in the St. Lucia vacation rentals that guests are staying in, so you might get a good idea of what is out there to buy.  Outside of Cap Estate, where a cluster of St. Lucia vacation rentals are located, lies the Gablewoods Mall. This market houses an array of local crafts, island liquors and flavors that will make any St. Lucia shopping experience one to remember.<br /><br />While there are individual shops dotted here and there around the island, for the most part the shops tend to be collected in specific, developed parts of the island and closer to St. Lucia vacation rentals. Duty-free shopping is available at Pointe Seraphine Shopping Complex which is located on the west side of Castries Harbour, very close to St. Lucia vacation rentals.  In order to be eligible to make duty-free purchases, you must bring your airline ticket with you.  Gift items and souvenirs are available at the Sea Island Cotton Shop in Castries, Bagshaws at La Toc and Noah&#39;s Arcade in Castries and at Reduit. Other notables include the wonderful cotton clothing at the Windjammer and the Caribelle Batik.  Bagshaws has a wonderful silk screen studio where you can shop, as well, for beautiful original designs in a wide variety of tropical clothing and gifts.<br /> <br />** Store hours vary, but are generally from 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM, and 1:30 -4:30PM on Mondays through Fridays.  Stores are usually only open a half day on Saturday from around 8:00AM until noon.  Most stores are closed on Sunday.<br /><br />Banks:<br />Banks on the island are open Monday to Thursday, 8:00 Am-3:00 PM and Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.<br /><br />Currency:<br />The currency of St. Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar which is linked to the US Dollar with an exchange rate of 1 US $ to 2.70 ECS.<br />The U.S. dollar is widely accepted on the island as well as most major international credit cards.<br /><br />Pre-Stocking and Food Packages:<br />Guests may have the villa pre-stocked with the food and beverages of their choice for their arrival for additional fees.<br /><br />STARTER FOOD PACK<br />1 SMALL BOX OF TEABAGS<br />1 NESCAFE 50g<br />1 ORANGE JUICE – SMALL BOTTLE<br />1 PACKET OF CRACKERS<br />1 lb FLOUR<br />1 SMALL PACKET OF SALT<br />1 MAYONNAISE 250 ml<br />1 OIL (NOT COCONUT OIL)<br />1 KETCHUP SMALL<br />1 SALAD DRESSING<br />1 PACKET BLACK PEPPER<br />1 JAM OR MARMALADE<br />1 BOX OF CEREAL<br />1 BOTTLE OF LARGE SODA ( USUALLY COKE OR SPRITE)<br />1 BOTTLE OF WATER PER PERSON<br />1 BEER PER PAX.<br />1 LOAF OF BREAD<br />BUTTER<br />MILK<br />1 PACK BACON<br />1 PACK OF PORK SAUSAGES<br />CHICKEN LEGS OR BREAST OR FISH<br />½ LIT. ICE CREAM<br />1 DOZ. EGGS ( 2 – 3 PESONS – ½ DOZEN EGGS)<br />CHEDDER CHEESE<br />SALAD, FRUIT, VEGETABLES – LETTUCE, TOMATOES, ONIONS, GARLIC, PARSLEY, CARROTS, LOCAL FRUIT IF POSSIBLE<br />RICE OR PATATOES<br /><br /><br />PLEASE NOTE THIS IS TO BE USED AS A GUIDELINE AND WILL BE PROVIDED, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. Please delete from, or add to list. Cost approximately – US$40.00 per person and is subject to a 15% service and delivery charge which will be assessed on the total amount of your grocery order. Approximate cost of US$40.00 is for 1 person but this drops to approx. US$35.00 per person if buying for 2 or more persons.

Sights

<div align="center">St. Lucia Activities<br /></div><br />Boating:<br />Bareboat and crewed yachts are available for charter through several companies located at Rodney and Marigot Bay. Both marinas offer yachts and sail boats that are available for charter to navigate the West Indies and the Grenadines.  Both marinas offer safe anchorage, restaurants and groceries.<br /><br />Churches:<br />Approximately 80% of St. Lucians are Roman Catholic but other churches/denominations may be found on the island<br /><br />Hiking:<br />A variety of hiking opportunities exist on St. Lucia on a number of nature trails as well as hikes through the mountainous rainforests of ST. Lucia (where hikers can see 30 species of birds-including perhaps the rare and beautiful parrot, Jacquot. Jeep safaris and All Terrain Vehicle trips are available as well for exploring off-road terrain.<br /><br />Horseback Riding:<br />A variety of horseback riding excursions are available on the island.  St. Lucia offers lush and dramatic trails along deserted beaches where riders can savor the spectacular serenity and serenity of the island.<br /><br />International Riding Stables in Gros Islet Phone: 758-452-8139<br /><br />Places to Visit:<br />Anse Chastanet:<br />Located just north of Soufriere, Anse Chastanet offers a palm studded, gray sand beach against a dramatic backdrop of lush green hills, and offers the best reefs for snorkeling and diving on the island.<br /><br />Marigot Bay:<br />A beautiful natural yacht harbor.  Parts of the movie, Doctor Doolittle, were filmed here.  Doolittle’s Cafe is nice for refreshments.<br /><br />Pigeon Point:<br />A National Park with historical and archaeological sites and a small museum.  A nice place to picnic and watch the birds.<br /> <br />Soufriere:<br />Including the Anse Chastanet and its great snorkeling, the Diamond Waterfall, the drive-in-volcano, Mineral Baths, the Pitons and the Sulphur Springs.  It is a long (two hour) drive and is best visited by private boat or on one of the day charters (Unicorn, Maho etc.).<br /><br />Tennis:<br />Most of the major hotels on St. Lucia have tennis courts that are available for use for a small fee.<br />The St. Lucian Hotel and Windjammer Beach Resort have courts with prices varying. The St. Lucia Racquet Club at Club St. Lucia in Cap Estate offers good facilities with 9 flood lit tennis courts.<br /><br />St. Lucian Hotel: 758-452-8351<br />St. Lucia Racquet Club Phone: 758-450-5441
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