Saint Lucia Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by cjg1
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by cjg1
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by cjg1

Saint Lucia Warnings and Dangers

  • Sun Burns...no really.

    No really, the Sun is the real deal down here. You can literally your skin cooking in the direct sunlight. Seek shade. We put on A LOT of sunblock. Full covering every few hours and still got fried. We are from New England however...=)

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  • Mosquitos

    Mosquitos seem to have enjoyed several other guests and my wife as a meal during our trip. My wife who never gets a mosquito bite got at least a dozen large, angry bites on her legs and torso. I had never seen such large bites in my life and some other guest looked like they had chicken pox; they were so covered. We always travel with some bug...

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  • Overly Aggressive Vendors

    For the most part during our vacation a simple "No Thank you" sufficed with most vendors on the beach and in the towns. The only problems we had were at the major attractions such as the volcano and sulphur springs. We were swarmed by at leat twenty vendors before we even got fully off the van. We tried to be polite with our No Thank You, Not...

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  • You will be Offered Drugs

    The one thing that turned me off during our stay was the amount of people asking us if we wanted to buy drugs. No matter what beach it was; someone always approached us to see if we wanted to buy some "smoke". Just say no and walk on as we did. I know we are tourists and the stereotype is that people come to "have a good time" but we are not that...

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  • Just be on your guard

    Anywhere in most places you will be continually approached and asked if you want to buy something.St Lucia is now different, albeit they all seem alot more friendly than the beggars/touters/ sellers in other places of the world buton the beach - you will be asked if you want drugs, fruit, a hand made handbag/ hat from leaves.you will also be...

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  • My top six in St. Lucia

    My top Six Saint Lucia Dangers1. The most common danger in St. Lucia, or any tropical destination for that matter, is sunburn. As you travel nearer to the earth’s equator the sun is filtering through less of earth’s atmosphere and will burn you much faster than you are used to. Even wearing sun-block (spf-30) you can be severely burned in 3 – 4...

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  • The Caribbean Sun

    I only came up with one warning. I underestimated the strength of the sun on our honeymoon to St. Lucia. Look at the picture to see what 4 hours in the sun with spf 30 sunblock can do. The other parts of my body, like my ankles, which weren't covered in sunblock got burnt much worse.

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  • Avoid Sunburn

    The sun is strong and skin cancer is always on the rise so avoid getting sunburn. I am very white and burn very easily so I always wear sunblock and take hats when we travel especially to beach locales. On this trip I took several hats for the beach to avoid getting a burn on my head, face and neck while relaxing on the beach. We also avoid peek...

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  • You can be robbed and/or assaulted

    The police in St Lucia will not help you if you are robbed or assaulted. Sometimes they yell at the tourist who has been robbed. Rumor has it that many of the criminals are close relatives of the police.Be extremely careful anywhere you go on the Island. At the very best the police are unhelpful.

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  • Don't buy the junk! Avoid the roads!

    If you happen to be staying at any of the Sandals resorts, avoid the homeless bums who hang out on the beach daily, hocking their wares. They make palm frond and coconut crafts (which you won't be able to get through Customs). They'll try to sell you one-of-a-kind hematite necklaces, anklets and bracelets "made from stones from the volcano, mon."...

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  • Corn braids and Sun

    Corn braids look pretty cool. Must travelers to the Sun spots have them put in their hair. What some people forget is that this exposes part of your scalp that normally does not see the sun. My wife had her hair done and the next day burnt her scalp. It was not fun.CARE: Buy a hat

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  • Safety in Castries and the Island

    When in Castries be careful of where you are, don't wander out of the main area and make sure there are other people around, especially if you're white, you are quite likely to be targeted if you wander into a wrong area, the boundaries aren't marked. If you stay at a hotel, ask at reception where the areas to go and not to go are.Being held up at...

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  • Beware of locals selling trinkets

    EVERYWHERE we went on St. Lucia, we were constantly approached by locals telling us their life stories and trying to sell us identical volcanic rock necklaces which they made (meaning they all bought the same kit of beads and strung them onto some fishing line). When we were on the beach, they came. When we were swimming in the sea during a...

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  • Virgins all over the place! ;-)

    One word of 'warning' about the Royal St Lucian. The Virgin cabin crew stay here on a regular basis - it is their allocated hotel in St Lucia. (Obivously a good airline to work for!). They only tend to be there for 1-2 days from what I can gather.While there was of course no trouble from any of them, there was a slight edge to them - maybe it was...

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  • Traffic?

    Many people warned us for the traffic, and in particular for the taxidrivers. In our experience it wasn't that bad at all though. Ok, they drive left and roads are potholed at some places. On our third visit we hired a car, which is dissuaded by most, but we faced no difficulties at all. Get yourself a reliable car (4WD), take your time, avoid the...

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  • WATCH YOUR KIDS !!!

    This happened at Christmas in the Dominican Republic, but can happen anywhere, that is why I am posting it in all my travel places.This is something that makes me sick. This is not a place specific concern. While at the pool I notice a little girl about 2 ? 3 yrs old. She had water wings on and was in water over 5 feet deep. There was absolutely...

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  • Gros Ilet Street Party

    Gross Ilet holds night time street parties.These parties are NOT for the Faint Hearted!!The village of Gross Ilet is a small imboverished neighbourhood, in the North of Saint Lucia close to Pigeon Point.During the street parties the village bubbles with culture, music, with street vendors selling BBQ food. A crowd of people fill the streets that...

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  • St. Lucia. Villa Robberies

    Make sure that if you are staying in a private villa that it has an alarm or some type of security. If not lock your doors AT ALL TIMES!! A couple we were staying with did not lock their shutters and someone brought a ladder and climed onto their deck, opened the doors and stole all of the belongings they could grab without waking anyone! We were...

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  • The romance may sweep you away!

    I don't know what it was... the warm breezes? The incredibly friendly locals? The honeymooners? The truly stunning sunsets? The excellent, all you can drink cocktails? We were compelled to go from being engaged to having our wedding here -- completely unprepared and unexpected. And utterly wonderful. In order to get married on the island, you must...

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  • Beggers in Rodney Bay area

    We came across perhaps 3-4 beggers or homeless folk around the Rodney Bay area. None were threatening, although one very old lady approached us imitating a held out palm for money. We when said no, and we didn't carry cash, we got what we can only assume was a bit of verbal abuse in the French Patois language.Another guy, Columbus was great, he...

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  • Are you supposed to drive on this?

    The road from the town of Suffriere to the Anse Chastanet Resort is not a road. I have been on country roads, mountain roads, snow roads, etc. That is not a road. I don't know if anyone knows how to drive on rocks the size of a soccer ball. Our lives were in definite danger. I think that's the reason most people arrive by boat.

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  • Just say No

    While Saint Lucia is a beautiful place and Crime is not really a problem if your careful, you do need to beaware of certin situations that can arise.One is a trick that the locals use alot. Many times while walking around , especially if you have children, you may be approached by locals who will offer a gift to you or the children, many times...

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  • Bathing in sulfuric falls or pools....

    is claimed to be helpful and thereaputic. It may be, but the bottom line is you will smell like ass for up to 7 days.

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  • Remeber your sunblock

    No matter wear you may go around the island. just remember that you are only 12 degrees off the equator..When your on the beach make sure that you have lotion on if you are lite skinned or even if your not.It does not matter if the sun is behind some clouds either you willburn very quickly, I know...Also there may be locals selling there ,as they...

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  • There every where.....

    This is more of a known fact i hope.. But for some it can create a problem, if you don't like insects etc..I put this in here because i read a review on another site, not VT.. and the people hated the Rex Hotel. They said that there were bugs,etc in the room and outside the hall of the hotel.Yes people there are bugs,insects and little lizards,...

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  • You never know what is for sale

    Four girls from Toronto that we met told us this story.They were in a shop in Castries. One of them seen a lady with a baby and commented "what a pretty girl". A man walked up to the lady, took the baby, chased the lady away and asked the girls if they wanted to buy the baby.These same four girls were blocked in a store and hasseled into buying...

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  • Please Be Careful

    Please be carefull and curtious when visiting St. Lucia in high season as it is also dry season! So be conciderate when you put out your cigarettes.I have watch a few times Pigeon Island on fire. This is from tourists walking up to the fort enjoying the view and a cigarette, then throughing their butt over the edge and then the dry bush catches on...

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  • Holiday time

    If you land on St. Lucia during one of the local holidays you will find very deserted streets. Most shops will be closed and tourist activities at a minimum.

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  • If you are renting a car,...

    If you are renting a car, please be very careful driving as the streets are narrow and wyndy with fast drivers. The main highway only has 2 lanes. There are roads that run along sides of steep cliffs and I have heard of people falling off these roads.

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  • There are a lot of people in...

    There are a lot of people in St Lucia who will try to sell you goods and services at the road side. They will all hassle you, but only a very few will be unpleasant as long as you are pleasant to them. Some will even offer a good and worthwhile service - we were 'adopted' by a local who we met everywhere we went. He always had some advice for us;...

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