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  CUSTOMS
Visitors are allowed to bring in 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco or 50 cigars, and one litre of spirits or wine duty free.

For more information call Customs and Excise at 758/468-4800.

Also see the section in General Info: Illegal items.

IMPORTING ANIMALS
To import a pet you must apply for an import permit. For more information call the Veterinary Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at 758/450-2812.

GETTING THERE
BY AIR
Most flights arrive at Hewanorra International Airport (airport code UVF; tel 454-6355) in Vieux Fort, which is about 40 miles south of the capital, Castries. Commuter airlines originating out of the Eastern Caribbean generally land at the smaller George F L Charles Airport (airport code SLU; tel 452-1156) on the outskirts of Castries. Flights take about 3.5 hours from Miami, five hours from Toronto and eight hours from London.

Airlines that service St Lucia include Air Canada (tel 800/744-2472), Air Caraïbes (tel 453-0357), Air Jamaica (tel 453-6611), American Airlines (tel 454-6777 or 800/744-0006), American Eagle (tel 452-1820), BMI (tel 454-8186), Caribbean Airlines/formerly BWIA West Indies Airways (tel 454-5075 or 800/538-2942), British Airways (tel 454-6172 or 452-7444), Carib Aviation (tel 268/462-3147, Antigua), Caribbean Star (tel 453-2927), Delta Air Lines (tel 800/221-1212), LIAT (tel 452-5856), US Airways (tel 800/622-1015) and Virgin Atlantic (tel 454-3610 or 800/744-7477).

Note: The phone numbers listed above are local access numbers unless otherwise stated.

BY CRUISE
Cruise ships dock at Pointe Seraphine and La Place Carenage in Castries.

Cruise lines that call on St Lucia include Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Lindblad Expeditions, Majestic Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn, Silversea Cruises, Star Clippers and Windjammer Barefoot Cruises.

The St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority maintains a cruise ship schedule on their website (www.slaspa.com).

BY FERRY
The L'Express des Isles ferry operates between St Lucia (tel 758/456-5022) and Dominica (tel 767/448-2181), Guadeloupe (tel 590/5 90 91 69 68) and Martinique (tel 596/5 96 63 05 45). The return fare for adults is about $99. Reduced fares are available for seniors, students, kids and babies.

Channel Shuttles Inc (tel 758/451-8161) operates a daily ferry service between St Lucia and Martinique. The return fare is about $77.

BY YACHT
Moorings are available at Rodney Bay Marina, Marigot Bay and Soufriere, which are also official points of entry.

GETTING AROUND
BY CAR
There are plenty of car rental agencies on the island. Bicycles, scooters and motorcycles can also be rented. Roads are steep, narrow and winding with few guardrails, and often poorly marked.

To rent a car you will need an international driver's license or a temporary St Lucia driver's license, which you can purchase for EC$54/US$20 at the car rental agency, the airport immigration department or any police station. Ensure you bring your valid driver's license from home.

Driving is on the left. The use of seat belts is mandatory.

CAR RENTALS (country code 758)
Hewanorra International Airport, Vieux Fort: Alto Rent A Car, 454-5311; Avis Rent A Car, 454-6325; Budget Rent A Car, 454-7470; Cool Breeze Car & Jeep Rental, 454-7898; Hertz Rent A Car, 454-9636; National Car Rental, 454-6699

George F L Charles Airport, Castries: Avis Rent A Car, 452-2046; Budget Rent A Car, 452-3516; Cool Breeze Car & Jeep Rental, 458-2031; Economy Car Rental, 451-7997; Guy's Car Rental, 451-7885; Hertz Rent A Car, 451-7351

Castries: Alto Rent A Car, 452-0233; Avis Rent A Car, 452-2700 or 452-7089; Best Rates 24 Hours Car Rental, 452-1330; Car Total, 450-2414; D&J Car Rental, 451-8909; Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals, 452-0544; Hertz Rent-a-Car, 452-0679; National Car Rental, 453-0085; New Frontier Auto Rentals, 459-0835 or 451-8043; Reliable Auto Rental, 452-0339; Twenty Four (24) Hours Car Rental, 452-1330

Rodney Bay/Gros Islet: Budget Rent A Car, 452-9887; Candida's Car Rental, 452-9076 and 458-4040; Car Rental Agency & Internet Caf????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????, 458-4293; Cool Breeze Car & Jeep Rental, 458-0824; Cost Less Rent A Car, 450-3416; Courtesy Car Rentals, 452-8140; Economy Car Rental, 450-0293; Hertz Rent A Car, 450-0222 and 452-0679; Holiday & Business Car Rental, 452-0872; Moncherry's Car & Jeep Rental, 458-0797; National Car Rental, 450-8721; TJ's Car Rental, 452-0116 or 452-0466; Two Sevens Car & Jeep Rental, 450-7387; Vacation & Corporate Rentals (Rent-A-Ride), 452-9404

Soufriere: Alexo Car Rentals, 459-7257 or 459-7281; Ben's West Coast Jeep & Taxi Service, 459-5457 or 459-7160; C C Car & Jeep Rentals, 451-9452 and 459-5771; Cool Breeze Car & Jeep Rental, 459-5017 and 459-7729

Vieux Fort: Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals, 454-9520; Duval's Auto Services, 454-9072; Moncherry's Car & Jeep Rental, 454-9591; New Frontier Auto Rentals, 454-3635 and 454-8978

Elsewhere on the island: Serieux's Auto Rental, 455-3742 (Micoud)

MOTORCYCLE AND SCOOTER RENTALS (country code 758)
Castries: Accessories R-Us, 453-0693; Scottie's Scooter Rentals, 450-1404

BICYCLE RENTALS
Universal Cycle Center, 453-6976 (Castries) and 454-9669 (Vieux Fort)

BY TAXI
Taxis are readily available at the airports, the cruise ports, major hotels and tourist areas. They can also be hired for island tours. Only use taxis that are specially marked as licensed taxis. Minibuses can also be hired as taxis for groups of up to 10 people. Water taxis are available in Soufriere.

There are no taxi meters. Rates are fixed by the government and a rate list is available at both airports. Verify the fare and the currency (EC$ or US$) with the driver prior to departure. Taxis accommodate up to four people. The approximate fare between Hewanorra Airport and Castries is EC$120-EC$175. From Castries to Rodney Bay the fare is about EC$40.

TAXI SERVICE
Castries: A New Generation Taxi Service, 458-1041; A No 1 Taxi Service, 453-2492; A Taxi Service, 459-0001; AAAA Taxi Service, 453-7291; All Day All Night Taxi Service, 284-4747; Boulevard Taxi Service, 452-1531; Courtesy Taxi Co-op Society, 451-6737; Courtesy Taxi Service, 452-3555; Dependable Taxi Service, 459-0862; Fletcher's Touring Service, 452-2516; Independent Market Taxi Service, 452-7805; La Place Carenage Taxi Association, 451-8371; Rodney Bay Marina Express Taxi Association, 452-9957; Alan Sampson, 452-2651; Sea Side Taxi Service, 452-5988; Taxi Plus, 453-0499; Vigie Airport Taxi Service, 452-1599 (George Charles Airport); Yellow Cab, 453-7786

Rodney Bay/Gros Islet: Bay Gardens Taxi Service, 458-0428; Holiday Taxi Co Op Society, 452-6067 or 452-6093; Northern Club Taxi Association, 450-0431; North Lime Taxi Association, 452-8562; Rainbow Taxi Service, 458-0389; Unique Taxi Service, 452-0985 or 715-8852

Soufriere: Soufriere Taxi Association, 459-5562; Soufriere Water Taxi Association, 457-1351; South Western Taxi Association, 459-5740

Vieux Fort: New Frontier Taxi Association, 454-5555; Southern Taxi Association, 454-6136 (Hewanorra Airport)

BY BUS
Privately owned minibuses operate along set routes around Castries and Gros Islet. There are no schedules, but they run until about 10pm (later on Friday night in Gros Islet). Fares range from EC$2 to EC$8, depending on your destination. Flag them down alongside the road or wait at designated bus stops.

BY FERRY
The Rodney Bay ferry operates across the bay to the shopping complex and to Pigeon Island National Park. A small ferry also operates across Marigot Bay.

BY AIR
St Lucia Helicopters (tel 453-6950) offers a 10-minute shuttle service between the Hewanorra and George F L Charles airports for US$120 per person one way. Their West Coast shuttle, which takes five minutes longer but takes a more scenic route, costs US$130 per person one way. From George F L Charles Airport to the Jalousie Hilton, which has its own helicopter pad, the eight-minute flight costs US$120 per person one way or US$230 round trip pre-paid. From Hewanorra Airport to the Jalousie Hilton the seven-minute flight costs US$125 per person one way or US$250 round trip pre-paid. Guests not staying at the hotel pay an additional $5 and $10 respectively. Rates are subject to change.

Disclaimer: Information is provided as a service to visitors and is updated regularly. All information should be verified prior to travel.

 
     
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