Car hire in St Lucia
Hiring a car in St Lucia
Located in the eastern Caribbean, with some of the best beaches and reef-diving sites in the world, St Lucia really is a little bit of heaven on earth. The island nation has two distinctive mountains, called the Pitons, situated on its west coast, and was created as an island because of its volcanic activity.
Exotic plants and flowers grow wild in the island's tropical rainforest, spilling out into the local villages and towns and adding colour to every street corner. With a year round average temperature of 27C, luxury resorts and quaint fishing villages, it’s easy to see why this volcanic island is popular among tourists.
Upon obtaining total independence from England back in 1979, St Lucia coined the national motto “The Land, The People, The Light”, and since then the island has only moved forwards. St Lucia’s freedom and laid back vibe will provide you with the opportunity to truly relax in a destination which will make you feel as though you’re in paradise.
What you need to know
St Lucia is the second largest of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean but is still only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide. However, with the highest point on the island 3,117ft above sea level, St Lucia’s mountainous terrain makes car hire the best way to navigate and explore the island.
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Where to pick up your car
Holiday Autos makes St Lucia completely accessible with our extensive car hire coverage. By booking your car rental before visiting the island you can make sure that the best price is guaranteed and you can pick you vehicle up from the airport as soon as you land.
There are two airports in St Lucia, both offering car hire services. George F. L. Charles Airport (UVF), is located within Castries, and Hewanorra International Airport (SLU) situated in Vieux Fort, which is 40 miles to the south of Castries. After collecting your baggage, there will be car hire desks located in the arrival halls of both airports, where you will be able to pick up the keys to the vehicle of your choice.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Offering car hire deals in more than 30,000 locations worldwide, over five million travellers have explored new places thanks to Holiday Autos. So once you’ve picked up your car keys, it’s time to get yourself on the road and start exploring.
Where you choose to visit is entirely up to you and nowhere is out of bounds with the freedom of a hire car.
By simply driving along the coast and to the great heights of St Lucia, you will see the magnificent sights of the island, exploring as you go along. The island is home to many tourist attractions, so whether you want a holiday packed full of activity, or if you’d prefer to relax with a cocktail in your hand on one of the island's tropical beaches, St Lucia’s got it covered.
Nearby St Lucia
One of the most admirable aspects of St Lucia is how naturally beautiful the island is, unspoiled by the modern world. Across from Rodney Bay, you'll find Pigeon Island National Park, which will provide you with the history of the island. Here, the outlooks were used to monitor French troops during their struggle for control of St Lucia. Today visitors can hike to the outlook point and explore the ruins of the many military buildings.
To take a look into local life on the island, a visit to the Castries market is recommended, which is located in the capital. Here you will be able to purchase local foods, handmade gifts and souvenirs. If you want to be right at the centre of the action, visit on a Saturday, the market's busiest day.
Driving in St Lucia
You can rest assured that driving in St Lucia is safe, with roads in good condition. Driving is also on the left-hand side, like in the UK, so you don’t need to worry about getting which lane you need to be in mixed up. There are two main roads that cover the island, with the west coast road the more adventurous and scenic route for tourists.
Aside from these two main highways, you will find a number of other roads which will take you to beaches, resorts and villages. It’s worth bearing in mind that when driving on these roads, it is likely that you will encounter steeper hills and bumpy roads, more so than you'll find on the main highways.
Top attractions to visit in St Lucia
Take in some of the best sights in St Lucia with the flexibility and independence your hire car offers you.
The Diamond Falls
The Diamond Falls are a great destination for a day trip, offering the opportunity to take in the beauty of nature. The waterfalls are coloured by mineral deposits and located nearby the healing mineral hot spring baths, originally built for the troops of King Louis XVI of France. This location also features stunning natural gardens with colourful flowers and trees from around the world.
Anse Chastanet Marine National Park
Anse Chastanet coral reef harbours attract drivers from all over the globe. With a variety of tropical corals and colourful fish, including parrotfish, goatfish, wrasse and barracudas, the reef really is a treasure trove of beautiful sea life. Above the surface, tourists will find white sandy beaches which provide picturesque views of the Pitons.
A trip to St Lucia wouldn’t be complete without a road trip to The Pitons, the island’s twin towering peaks which soar out of the sea to great heights. The largest peak stands at 798 meters tall, with the smaller Piton falling slightly behind at 750 metres. The Pitons are acknowledged as difficult climbs, so driving the majority of the way is recommended. Alternatively, tourists can admire the scenic beauty of the peaks from different parts of the island.
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