St. Lucia – useful hintsMMCIS Webmaster

The Villa On The Bay is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy all the pleasures of the Caribbean sea, overlooking what author James A. Michener once described as “the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean”, St. Lucia’s Marigot Bay… For more photos of The Villa On The Bay, just click HERE


Marigot Bay

Our 7 restaurants in Marigot Bay are: Doolittle’s, Chateau My’Go, The Hurricane Hole, The Rum Cave, The Pirate Bay, The Grill and The Masala Bay. For more info on these restaurants, please click HERE

Our beach in Marigot Bay is a public beach located on a small peninsula in the middle of the bay as shown in some photos of our website.

The beach and the restaurants are only within a 10-minute walk from The Villa.


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Car rental

To explore our beautiful island at your own pace, whether for convenience or adventure, you might want to rent a car or a 4X4. Our suggestion? If you’re tired after your flight, simply arrange to have your rental car delivered to The Villa the next morning, after you’ve settled in and rested up. Please note that all car rental companies at both airports often close around 6:00 pm.

Churches

Almost 90% of St. Lucians are Roman Catholic. Other denominations include Anglican, Methodist, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist, Church of the Nazarene, Church of Christ, Christian Science and the Salvation Army. Times vary at individual churches, so it’s best to call before attending.

Climate and Clothing

St. Lucia’s temperature varies from 28 to 32 degrees Celsius (82 to 90 degrees Far.) and the climate is tempered by constant, cooling trade winds. Visitors should bring cool, comfortable clothing and a good pair of walking shoes. While jacket and tie are rarely required, overly casual beachwear is not appreciated off the beach. (Please note that Web based weather and forecasts are not always accurate. St. Lucia weather is great, as our former guests will tell you! – Just take a look at their comments!)

Economy

The banana was introduced to St. Lucia in the middle of the century, where it quickly replaced sugar cane and coconut as the island’s main source or revenue. Although still a major industry today, the banana is finally giving way to tourism, as the island continues to adapt to changing global markets. When you visit St. Lucia, you’ll understand why the island’s incredible beauty and the charm of its people is truly a natural resource to behold, to share and to treasure.

Electricity

St. Lucia conforms to the European standard of 220 volts at 50 cycles but transformers for electrical appliances are available at The Inn. All our guest rooms have both 2-pin American flat type connections and UK 3-pin square type connections.

Language

English is the official language, but the historical French influence is still present in the local patois still spoken by many St. Lucians among themselves.

Money

We recommend that you carry US$. One US$ is worth approximately 2.50 Eastern Caribbean dollars (EC$). You can change your American money at our bank/ATM located in Marigot Bay. All major Credit Cards are widely accepted in St. Lucia in most shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, etc… Banks are opened from 8.00 AM to 3.00 PM, Monday through Thursday, and Friday from 8.00 AM to 5.00 PM. Our bank in Marigot Bay is even opened during the week-end!

Rum

St. Lucia’s only Rum Distillery is located in the lush Roseau Valley, which is 10 minutes away from Marigot Bay.  On arrival you will be able to view our rum story which gives you a brief outline of the rum industry both historical and contemporary.

You will be given a tour of the facility where you will receive first hand information on how rum is made.  In addition you will experience the taste of over 20 different exotic blends of rums and liqueurs and hundreds of years of rum production knowledge captured to produce a quality product for you!

Tours are conducted every half hour. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9.30 AM to 4.00 PM.

Shopping Advice

If you plan to buy duty free items at duty free shopping malls such as La Place Carenage, Pointe Seraphine or Rodney Bay Mall in Rodney Bay, you’ll need to bring you airline ticket and identification. You will be required to show both when making your purchases.

Store Hours

Store hours in Castries may vary, but are generally from 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM Monday Through Friday, and from 8.30 AM to 1.00 PM on Saturday. Supermarkets are open from 9.00 AM to 8.00 PM, Monday through Saturday, and from 9.00 AM to 4.00 PM on Sunday.

Taxis, Water-Taxis and Public transportation

Taxis and Water-Taxis are a popular means of getting around. Drivers are well-informed and friendly and know nearly all the points of interest. Before you hire a taxi or a water-taxi for a day, settle on the price. To look at our Sightseeing and Shopping Tours, please click HERE. But for a real St. Lucian adventure try the local minibuses, the island’s very unique public transportation. They are clean, frequent, safe and inexpensive.

Time Differences

Eastern Daylight time all year round. Europe: October to April – 5 hours ahead (4 to UK), April to October – 6 hours ahead. North America: 1 to 3 hours behind.

Tipping

Restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill. Any additional gratuity is up to you. Please note that cab drivers should be tipped about 10%.


A Few Things that Await You at The Villa On The Bay

What a Place!!! What a View!!! What a Deal!!! This Villa On The Bay is truly a different holiday experience: affordable, comfortable, peaceful, quiet, unfussy and unpretentious…. Far away from expensive luxury villas and anonymous all-inclusive resorts. A unique and off-the-beaten-path to stay. We’ll be back!!!     Tom, Sue… and the family! New York, July 2017