Guest Safety & Security
Guests of St. Lucia vacation villas will find that the island is relatively safe and secure. Keeping these few health and security concerns in mind will help to ensure that your vacation is enjoyable and hassle-free.
As is true for any vacation destination, we recommend keeping your villa and your rental car locked. Don’t keep any valuables in your rental car, even if it is locked. St. Lucia does have its fair share of robberies. Valuables left unattended on beaches are also vulnerable to theft.
Tourists are a target of opportunity, so you are advised to stay on the main streets, which are patrolled. Use caution, especially at night and while walking on the beach alone.
Driving on St. Lucia can be challenging, since the roads wind around a bit and the natives are not the most cautious of drivers. Stay alert, follow the speed limit, and drive carefully to avoid a trip to the hospital. Seatbelts are recommended for all passengers as well as the driver.
Do not underestimate the power of the Caribbean sun – many a traveler has had his or her vacation spoiled by painful sunburns or sunstroke. Protect yourself with sunscreen and avoid the strong midday rays.
There are a number of hospitals on St. Lucia, none of which provides the level of care we’re used to in the States. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate payment for their services. There is no hyperbaric chamber here; divers requiring treatment for decompression illness must be evacuated from the island. For major medical problems, contact St. Jude Hospital in Vieux Fort (758-454-6041), Victoria Hospital in Castries (758-452-2421), Golden Hope Hospital in Castries ((758) 452-7393), or Dennery Hospital (758-453-3310). For minor medical issues, it’s best to avoid the St. Lucia medical centers and the insurance hassles that may evolve. Instead, visit a local pharmacy. There are several pharmacies in Castries, one on the Gros Islet Highway and one in Gablewoods Shopping Mall. Most hotels have “over the counter” medication, such as Aspirin, and first aid facilities.
For the police, ambulance, or in case of fire, call 911.