Questions about St Lucia
The island electrical service is 220V. But we have both 220V and 110V (U. S.) service throughout the villa. You will not need an adapter or a transformer if you are from the US, Canada, or the UK.
The official language is English, with a French-based Creole patois spoken by many St Lucians in addition to English.
The official currency of St Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). The bank exchange rate is $2.70 EC to the US$ (37 cents US = one dollar EC). The US dollar is widely accepted but usually at a lower exchange rate ($2.50EC per $1 US)
The St Lucian culture follows England, with a 10% service charge added to many bills. So tips are not nearly as expected as they are in the United States. We frequently add a bit, especially if they were extra-pleasant or did something extra for us. If our bill doesn’t show a service charge, or we aren’t sure, we still tip, but usually 5-10%. The average hourly wage in St Lucia for those in the tourism industry is about the same as a Starbuck’s grande latte, so we know a little extra is appreciated.
Yes. Most travelers have no issues with the drinking water anywhere on the island.
St Lucia is not like Jamaica – it’s generally a very safe place. We’ve never had any issues at the villa, and our guests have never had any issues during their visits. Of course, use common sense: don’t wear expensive jewelry, don’t leave your valuables unattended, don’t flash wads of cash around, don’t go down dark alleys, don’t go in search of illegal drugs (marijuana is illegal), and don’t invite people back to the villa.
St Lucia is in a very temperate climate and much of the island is a rainforest, prime conditions for bugs to thrive. We have methods to try to control their population but we can’t eliminate them entirely.
Some mosquitoes in St Lucia can transmit diseases. However, they have to bite someone with the disease and then bite you to give you the disease. This kind of mosquito does not usually fly more than about a quarter of a mile, so being in places of low population density (such as at Villa Grand Piton) lowers the likelihood that a mosquito will bite an infected person and then fly far enough to bite you and transmit the disease. So although it is possible, it is very unlikely.