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St. Lucia FAQs

Question: How big is St. Lucia?
Answer: St. Lucia is 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, for a total of 238 square miles.

Question: Can I drink the tap water in St. Lucia?
Answer: Yes, as tap water is safe to drink.

Question: What are the best things to buy in St. Lucia?
Answer: Duty-free items include designer resort wear, leather goods and accessories, jewellery and gemstones, watches, cosmetics, perfumes, crystal, china, electronics, liquor, cigarettes, and cigars. For souvenirs with local flavor look for shell necklaces, stamps, carved wooden sculptures, paintings by local artists, hot sauces and seasonings, handwoven straw items, dolls, jewellery, batik and screen-printed clothing, and local perfumes.

Question: What are the main industries in St. Lucia?
Answer: The main industries are clothing, assembly of electronic components, beverages, corrugated cardboard boxes, tourism, lime processing, and coconut processing.

Question: What native dishes should I try in St. Lucia?
Answer: Traditional dishes include callaloo soup (made from a leafy green similar to spinach), pepperpot stew (a stew of squash, okra, aubergine, spinach, pumpkin, pork, beef, casareep, and grated cassava), green figs and salt fish, flying fish, lambi (conch, pronounced conk), accras (fried codfish balls in a piquant sauce), Caribbean lobster, scampi, pumpkin, breadfruit and groundnut soups, pumpkin soufflé, tablette (a sweetmeat made of coconut), poile dudon (a chicken dish), jerk chicken, curried goat, and fresh fruit, such as guavas, mangoes, passionfruit, papayas, pineapples, and soursops.

Question: Can I use my calling card from St. Lucia?
Answer: AT&T: Service is available from pay phones and/or select hotels for calls to the US only using AT&T Calling Cards, AT&T Corporate Cards, American Express, Diners Club, Discover/NOVUS, MasterCard, and Visa. Dial 1-800-872-2881 + area code + local number. Follow the voice prompts.

BT: Using your Chargecard dial 1-800-44, input your account number and PIN, then dial the number you require.

Cable & Wireless (C&W) prepaid phone cards are available at C&W offices, St. Lucia Tourist Board Information Centres, the airports, Rodney Bay Marina, and other agents around the island. For calls to the US, Canada, and the Caribbean dial 1 + area code + local number. For calls to other countries dial 011 + country code + area code + local number.

To use a major credit card dial 811 and follow the voice prompts.

Sprint: Dial 1-800-277-7468 and follow the voice prompts.

Question: How should I dress to go out in St. Lucia?
Answer: Dress in St. Lucia is casual. Still, it is unacceptable to wear bathing suits, short shorts, and short tank tops in public. Men should wear shirts in public. Lightweight, cotton clothing is suitable. Casually elegant is appropriate for evenings out. You may want to bring a light sweater/jacket for evenings.

Question: Can I use my hair dryer and electric shaver to St. Lucia?
Answer: Electricity is 220 volts, 50 cycles AC, which is the European standard. Some hotels also have 110 volts, 60 cycles.

Question: How much should I tip in St. Lucia?
Answer: Tip about 15 per cent. Some hotels and restaurants automatically add your tip to the bill so check first as it is not necessary to leave an additional tip.

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