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Driving in St Lucia
 
 
 

All foreigners are required to obtain a local driving licence before attempting to drive on the island roads. Licences are available at the airport (immigration authority), most major car rental agencies, and the local police station. On presentation of a national driving licence, a local licence will be issued by the police or car rental agency for a fee of EC$54 ($20). A local licence is not required if you are a holder of a valid OECS or International Driving Permit. Permits can be used on the island for up to three months.

Once the paperwork is in order, foreigners should be aware of driving procedures that may be different from those in their home countries. Roads in St Lucia should be approached from the left, as in the UK. Speed limits are usually comparable to those found in the US and should be strictly observed, particularly in urban areas where drivers should never exceed 30 mph. Seatbelt and parking laws are also strongly enforced, and those with small children should remember to bring the proper safety seat with them from home.

The main cross-island route runs from Vieux Fort in the south of the island to Castries in the north. Roads are narrow and mountainous roads are steep, often with hairpin bends which are not marked.

Take note that while road conditions in St Lucia have been notoriously bad in the past, the government has recently undertaken a renovation of all major public roads. The improvements have been well-received and travellers should find that most of the roads on the island are convenient and easy-to-use.

 

 
 

 



 


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