Car hires in St Lucia: practical information
Where to rent a car in St Lucia
The Caribbean is where it's at, especially when it comes time to spend some quality time at the beach. Thinking about spending your holidays in Saint Lucia? As an independent state in the Commonwealth, Saint Lucia is a favourite spot, especially for British holidaymakers. Whether you arrive to Saint Lucia via George FL Charles Airport in Castries or Hewanorra International in Vieux Fort, pick up a Saint Lucia car hire at the airport, it's the easiest way to get around and explore the island.
It's strongly recommended to have an international driver's permit before yo arrive in Saint Lucia if you want to rent a discount car hire while you're there. If not, you'll need to purchase a temporary Saint Lucia driving permit from your car rental company or the immigration office at the airports or police stations.
Driving in St Lucia: parking and other tips
Like at home in the UK, vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road in Saint Lucia. Roads are much narrower on the island than you're used to in the UK so it's a good idea to take things slow and watch out for changing road conditions. If you're driving in the mountains, roads can get very steep with hairpin bends. It's a local custom to simply flag down a vehicle for a lift. If you're driving a Saint Lucia economy car hire we strongly recommend that you don't stop to pick up locals and doors should be locked at all times while you're driving.
Road trips in St Lucia: what to do, what to see
Gros Islet is located on the northern part of the island and is known mainly for its gorgeous beaches. The city has one small beach so you have to travel a bit out of town to the north to find the bigger ones like Reduit Beach, the most popular beach on the west coast. For something really special, head just to the north of Gros Islet to Pigeon Island National Park. The island's lush forests will certainly impress.
The island's sulphur springs are a major attraction for visitors on holidays in Saint Lucia. They are located just south of Soufriere and make for a great day out swimming in the warm waters. While you're in the area, don't miss the "drive-in" volcano crater near the hot springs or the great beaches in the area, like Anse Chastanet along the coastal route to the north.
This is a destination for A-listers. There are always a few around, usually basking in the sun on the decks of their yachts which are moored in the harbour. From the mountain side, you can get some incredible views of the bay so don't forget your camera! This is a great place for snorkelling and of course for some amazing beaches. Castries is also nearby, a good place to do some shopping.