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Making the Most of St. Lucia
Making the Most of St. Lucia
Your ship will likely dock at Pointe Seraphine Pier across the harbor from Castries, the capital city of St. Lucia. If that pier is busy, however, you may dock at the Elizabeth II pier. Both are located in Port Castries on the west coast of the island and are indicated on the map on the next page. On the 7-night S. Caribbean itinerary in April 2017, the Magic lists an “all-ashore” at 7:30 am and an “all aboard” at 4:45 pm. Taxis are available at the dock to take you into town or to another destination, or you may simply walk to the nearby shopping.
GETTING AROUND ST. LUCIA
There’s good shopping near the pier at Pointe Seraphine, a red-roofed, harbor front shopping complex with over 20 shops, many of which offer duty-free goods. You can walk there easily. • Due to the rugged terrain of this island, shore excursions and taxis are the best way to get around. You can get a taxi right at the pier—taxis do not have meters, but rates for common routes are set by the government. A typical fare from Castries to Rodney Bay is $40 for up to four people. Confirm the fare before getting in. • If you’re thinking about a rental car, we think it may be more trouble than it’s worth. You are only in port for seven hours, and a temporary driver’s permit is necessary (you can get these from car rental agencies for $20). Also be aware that St. Lucians drive on the left side of the road, like the British. If you have your heart set on renting a car, there are half a dozen rental agencies at the pier—prices start around $50/day. • Beaches at Pigeon Island or Choc Beach are about 20 minutes away by taxi.
SAFETY IN ST. LUCIA
Petty street crimes and beach theft are the most notable crime problems you’ll encounter, so leave your valuables on board, and safeguard your purse or wallet while shopping. It’s best to stay on the main roads and not wander into alleys or away from downtown Castries on your own. Lockers aren’t easy to come by on the island. As always, know your prices before you shop, and agree to taxi fares in advance. Sunblock is a must. Apply it before you leave your stateroom, and dress according to your planned activities—changing rooms aren’t always easy to find. Wear cover-ups while shopping or walking in town, as local customs are conservative. You should also note that it is a local offense for anyone outside of the police force to dress in camouflage clothes, and topless bathing is illegal.
Top Photo Slice: Boat Vendor in St. Lucia (℗ 53335) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx
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