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Bay Gardens Inn
Rodney Bay Village
PO. Box 1892
Castries
St. Lucia
Tel.: 758 452 8200
Fax.: 758 452 8002
This small but intimate property is conveniently nestled in the hub of St. Lucia’s heartbeat Rodney Bay, where you will bask with comfort from the sheer hospitality delivered by our amicable and qualified team members.
baygardensinn@candw.lc
www.baygardensinn.com

La Haut Resort
Po.Box 304
Soufriere, St.Lucia
West Indies
Tel. +1 758 4597008

Fax. +1 758 4595975
Number of Rooms: 15
Check In Time: 14:00
Check Out Time: 11:00
Amenities: - Boutique Shop
- Plantation Tour
- Cashew Nut Roasting Demonstration
- Complimentary shuttle service to Soufriere Town, the Beach, diving centre
- Complimentary beach towels
- Snooker Table, sports bar
- Antique Piano
- Games & Books
- Fully-equipped Gym
- Laundry Service
- Two Swimming Pools
- Bar
- Own tour department
Property: Enjoy peace and tranquility at this sun kissed resort overlooking St.Lucia’s most photographed vista: the majestic Pitons rising out of the blue Caribbean sea. The quiet, guesthouse is perfect for weddings, groups, family get-together and nature lovers. The Resort is part of a 80-acre former coconut and cocoa estate.
Diving: Our resort offer a free shuttle to the best diving and water sport centre in the Island. The distance from the resort is only 3 miles. Besides, we are linked to other companies for special diving experiences.
lahaut@candw.lc
http://www.lahaut.com





P.O. Box MG 7182
Marigot Bay, St.Lucia
West Indies
Tel: Ph. 785 451-4974
Fax: 758 451-4973
25 self contained villas, perched on the hill over looking the gem of the Island Marigot Bay. Day and night dives arranged from the property. Dive pick ups arranged daily. We offer dive packages on our site. Dive shop on property.
info@marigotbeachclub.com
www.marigotbeachclub.com/




Scuba Steve's Diving
Rodney Bay
PO Box CP6289
Castries
St. Lucia
West Indies
Tel. (758) 450 9433 or (758) 489 0411
Fax. (758) 450 9433
PADI 5* Resort Dive Center, British owned and operated. PADI courses and guided dives. Top quality service at an affordable price. See us on TripAdvisor.com
» Number of Dive Boats: 2
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat: 9 and 16
» Gear Provided: Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Tanks & Weights
» Rental Gear Available: Scuba Pro BCD's, Regulators, Procella 3mm shorty wetsuits
» Nitrox Available: Yes
» Type of Diving Available: Reefs, wrecks, walls, drift, boat
» Total Dive Sites:
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites: 5 minutes (northern sites) 30 minutes (southern sites)
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites: 50 minutes
» Certification Agencies: PADI, DSAT, EFR
» Courses Offered: PADI courses from Bubblemaker up to Assistant Instructor including specialities
info@scubastevesdiving.com
http://www.scubastevesdiving.com


About St. Lucia

Sparkling bays glisten in the sunlight over picturesque sandy coves. Exotic rainforests burst with the vibrant colors of tropical flowers and vegetation. The `Twin Peaks` of the Pitons magnificently rise from the sea. For the explorer in you, trek through an exotic rainforest, take a bike ride along the waters or bask in the abundant natural wonder of the Soufriere area. Largely untouched by time, the island of St. Lucia truly is a vacation you will never forget.

St. Lucia - Caribbean Islands Vacation Information, Services and AccommodationsIn addition to the wide variety of opportunities to hike, birdwatch, and tour St. Lucia's outstanding natural attractions, the island is replete with a full range of recreational facilities. Visitors may enjoy the leisurely pleasures of touring the island by horse, chartering a yacht for an evening sail or day cruise, or relax with a round of golf amid St. Lucia's entrancing natural beauty. For those who enjoy the thrill of an even more active vacation, there are plenty of places to windsurf, dive, snorkel, water-ski, or play tennis or squash.

St. Lucia diving has a great range of corals; finger, brain, boulder, leaf, and flower intermixed between coral gardens hosting a tremendous variety of sponges which give the reef an unparalled mix of color and texture.

Small critters from arrow crabs, coral banded shrimps, flaming scallops, seahorse, frog fish, and brittle stars can be seen, as can a wide variety of reef fish such as chromis, chub, bar jack, snapper, and others.

Climate 70 -90F 21 - 32C Water Temp 77 - 83F 23 - 25C Visibility Average 80 - 100 ft 24 - 30 m

Getting There

St. Lucia is served by scheduled international and regional airline services. There are 2 airports: International services from North America and Europe operate to and from Hewanorra International Airport in the South of the island. Regional services (for the most part) operate to and from George Charles Airport in Castries in the northwest of the island. These two airports are about 45 minutes to 1 hour apart so if you are making connections between them, please allow for your transfer time. St. Lucia Helicopters offers a charter transfer service between the two airports, significantly cutting transfer times.

Airlines Serving St. Lucia
Virgin Atlantic
British Airways
American Airlines
LIAT
Delta
Jet Blue
Air Canada
Westjet
Thomas Cook Airlines

Flying times from major cities

* 31/2 hours from Miami
* 4 hours from New York
* 5 hours from Toronto
* 8 hours from London

Entry Requirements

Visitors must carry valid passports. Visas are not required where the visitor is a citizen of the USA or certain Commonwealth countries, or where there is agreement for exemption between the home country and St. Lucia.

Airport departure tax
There is a Departure Tax of EC $68 or US$ 26 for all passengers over 12 years old leaving the Island.

Airport Transfers
Taxis are readily available from the Hewanorra airport to Castries and the north of the island and should cost in the region of (EC $120 up to 4 persons). Public transport is another option, however you must walk your luggage to the main road. The trip to Castries will cost approximately $8.00 EC, but it will take twice as long to get there than by taxi.

By sea Caribbean Express operates a hydrofoil service between St. Lucia and Martinique. Cruise ships arrive daily at Port Castries and Soufriere. If you are arriving by in your own boat or by charter boat there are two main moorings available: Rodney Bay Marina and Castries Yacht Centre.

Visitors must carry valid passports. Visas are not required where the visitor is a citizen of the USA or certain Commonwealth countries, or where there is agreement for exemption between the home country and St. Lucia.

Getting Around

Auto Rentals
If you enjoy exploring on your own, or just want to take things in your own time why not rent an automobile. There are several reputable rental companies on island. Cars, 4-wheel drive vehicles and scooters can be booked in advance through your travel agent or at the airports, hotels or car rental offices on island.

Regular weekly rates range from US$300 to US$400 depending on the type of vehicle. Driving is on the left and the use of seat belts is compulsory. Observe the speed limits and no parking zones.

Drivers License
Visitors to St. Lucia who do not possess an international driving permit must purchase a temporary permit in order to drive in St. Lucia. The permit is good for three months and costs $54 EC or $20 US. Permits can be obtained from the immigration department at either airport or at any police department . You must present your drivers license. They are also available at most major car rental compa- nies. International drivers must have their permit stamped at immigration. There is no charge for this.

Taxis
Taxis operate at the two airports; the cruise ports in Castries and at all the major hotels, tourist spots and shopping malls throughout St. Lucia. Some guideline fares are from Castries to Hewanorra Airport (EC $120 up to 4 persons), Castries to Rodney Bay (EC $40 up to 4 persons).

Bus Service
Buses serve the north of the Island around Castries and Gros Islet very well and run until around 10.00pm: (longer on Friday night when the weekly "jump-up" takes place at Gros Islet). However, there is no scheduled bus timetable. Bus fares: Castries - North end of the island EC $2.00, Castries - South end of the island (Vieux Fort) EC $8.00. Car travel via the new West Coast Road from Castries to Soufriere takes about an hour. From Hewanorra Airport to Castries takes around an hour.

Money
A full range of banking and foreign currency services are available at banks on St. Lucia. Cash in local currency can be obtained by credit cards or bank cards through the ATM machines located at most banks. Normal banking hours are from 8: 00 a. m. to 3: 00 p. m. and some banks are open until 5: 00 p. m. on Friday. Banks at the Rodney Bay Marina are also open from 8: 00 a. m. until 12: 00 noon on Saturday.

Shops
Most shops are open from 8:30AM to 12:30PM and 1:30PM to 4:30PM Monday to Friday. The Castries Market is very popular on Saturdays, especially during St. Lucia Jazz and Carnival. Most shops are open Saturdays regularly from 8:30AM to 12:30PM, while the major shopping centers are open in the afternoon as well. With the exception of the marina-based shops, shopping is generally closed on Sundays.

Duty-free shopping is available at the following shopping centers in St. Lucia:
- La Place Carenage, Castries
- Pointe Seraphine, Castries
- J.Q. Mall, Rodney Bay
- Hawanorra Airport Duty-Free

Electricity
220 volts, 50 cycles AC (a few hotels are 110 volts, 60 cycles). Most sockets take 3 pin square plugs (UK standard) but some take 2 pin round plugs or flat American plugs, which are more rare. Adaptors are generally available at the hotels.

Health Information
Immunization is not required unless coming from an infected area within six days of arrival, however Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid are recommended. Drinking water is safe from the tap and bottled mineral/distilled water is also available. There are several pharmacies in Castries, one on the Gros Islet Highway and one in Gablewoods Shopping Mall and in JQ Charles Mall Rodney Bay. Most hotels have "over the counter" medication, such as aspirin and first aid supplies. All hotels have doctors either resident or available on call. A resident doctor’s visit costs approx. US$ 15 (approx. EC$40- EC$50). For a "call-out" visit it may cost more.

Credit Cards
Major international credit cards are widely accepted at all large shopping centres, restaurants, hotels, etc.

Service Charges & Tax
On hotel and restaurant bills there is a Government tax of 8%. A service charge of 10% is also applicable. In some instances these charges are included in prices quoted, so it is best to clarify. The prices on labels in shops are what you pay.

Tipping
Tipping is not automatically added and is customary at about 10% to 12% of bills. Tips are generally accepted by bell hops in hotels, taxis and other persons providing service.

Telephones
Telephones and Mobile Phones are operated by Cable & Wireless, AT&T Wireless and Digicel St. Lucia. Many card and coin public phone boxes are available around the island. Cards can be purchased at Cable & Wireless offices, St. Lucia Tourist Board Information Centres and many other outlets including Airports, Rodney Bay Marina etc. Cellular phones are available for rent from the Cable and Wireless Caribbean Cellular offices at the Gablewoods Mall, Rodney Bay and the Castries Waterfront.


 
 

 


 










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