Top Tips For Driving in St. Lucia
For those of you are planning to travel to the tropical paradise of St. Lucia you are in for a magnificent experience. St. Lucia is a beautiful place with many things to see and do. If you want to make the most of this trip, you will need to find a car to rent to get around the island. Here are a few tips about our island that you will need to know.
Being able to drive in St. Lucia is definitely the perfect way to explore the island. For persons who are coming from the United States should be aware that in St. Lucia, we drive on the left-hand side of the road. This island is very mountainous therefore one must be cautious when travelling.
Make sure to give way to vehicles coming from the right at the roundabout. It can be confusing but be cautious and look out for pedestrian crossings and traffic lights.
Be wary of the traffic signs and speed limits. Speed limits for driving in St. Lucia may differ from other countries, therefore be aware. The speed limits city areas 10-15 mph, rural areas 30 mph, major highways - 40 mph. Always be mindful, to check the signs to be sure you're not exceeding the limit.
Make sure you wear your seat belts. It is the law that both driver and passengers wear their seatbelts. Children or toddlers under 7 years and younger must be seated with a child seat. Rent a car seat with us and we will provide you with the appropriate seating suitable for your family.
Phones and Driving
It is required by law to use a mobile phone in St Lucia unless you have a hands free kit.
Drinking and Driving
In St. Lucia the alcohol limit is 80mg per 100ml of blood the same as the UK. If you intend to drink, we recommend that you restrict the amount of alcohol intake.
If you are travelling to the capital, Castries you will have to pay for parking charges, however, for other areas on the island, it’s free.
The Atlantic and Caribbean coasts main roads have a beautiful scene but due to storms that have hit the island, it is important that drivers be cautious to avoid any potholes, especially along the shoulders of the road, to prevent tyre damage or even an accident.
We hope you get acquainted with the roads and culture when driving in St. Lucia. Most of all we want you to stay alert and make the most of your experience while travelling on the island. Make sure to book your vehicle in advance and enjoy your time in our tropical paradise!