You'll need a passport to enter the country. Please be aware that your passports must be VALID for SIX MONTHS from the date of your departure from the island.
There are two airports on the island. George Charles Airport in Castries and Hewanorra Airport in Viewx Fort.
Although the George Charles Airport (SLU) in Castries is certainly closer to the villa (about 30 minutes), it does not have jet service. The Hewanorra Airport in Vieux Fort (UVF) is about a 75-90 minute drive, but is where jets arrive.
You will need a special driver’s license to drive in St. Lucia. A temporary driver’s permit is available from all car rental companies at the airport or a local police station. Your car rental company will provide you with one upon your arrival.
Almost all of our visitors rent a car for the convenience; it makes planning your day much easier. Taxis are not readily available from the villa and require some advance planning, so that option does not allow for spontaneous trips. Some larger parties use both taxis and rental cars - taxis to get extra people and luggage back and forth to the airport, but also rent a car for their own use at the house. Most cars hold 5 people at most, so using a taxi van may make sense for larger parties. Christy can help arrange for taxis.
All traffic in St. Lucia drives on the left side of the road, and the steering wheel will be on the right side. For guests hailing from the US and other right-side traffic countries, this may take some getting used to. As St. Lucia’s roads are very curvy and precipitous, we recommend only experienced drivers operate rental cars.
For car rentals we recommend Drive-A-Matic which has cars and great four-wheel drive vehicles, similar to Troopers. They can be reached at 1-758-452-0544 or check out http://www.drivestlucia.com. They will need to know at which airport you will be arriving, as well as the airline, flight number, date and time. Be sure to let them know you are staying at Les Chaudieres. Almost all of the other large car rental firms (Avis, Budget, Hertz) can also be found at either airport.