Climate: Average daytime air temperature are 27°C / 80°F in winter and 30°C / 88°F in summer. Diving is great all year.
Water Temperature: 27 – 30°C / 81 – 85°F
Time: UTC -4:00
Language: English (official), Creole or French based Patois spoken by many.
Currency: East Caribbean Dollars, XCD and USD is widely accepted
Electricity: 220 volts, 50 cycles. Converters are usually available in hotels.
Marriage Requirements: St. Lucia does not have a residency period, so this allows marriage licenses to be obtained within 24 for hours of arrival with a same day marriage license application. For those who apply for the regular marriage license, the couple is required to be in St. Lucia two days prior to their wedding. As laws, fees, and requirements are subject to change.
Airport(s): Hewanorra International Airport (UVF)
Hyperbaric Chamber: Tapion Hospital Hyperbaric Chamber
From angelfish, frogfish, octopus and more, the healthy reefs of St. Lucia abound with life. Getting your fins wet for the first time? St. Lucia, with gentle currents and high visibility at most dive sites, is a great place to start.
Above the turquoise waters the island is a nature lover’s paradise. Hiking the rainforest or the twin peaks of The Pitons will help you get your nature fix. Shopping is a cultural experience when you visit Market Day, a 100 year tradition where the vendors sell their assorted sundries under colorful parasols.
Ti Kaye and St Lucia is probably one of the nicest places we have ever been...no really...(I know I have said that in the past about other destinations)...LOL...We found that the staff at Ti Kaye were the friendliest I believe we have ever ran across...always eager to help and it felt "genuine", not phony..know what I mean?
The resort was very well taken care of. Our room was awesome with a fantastic view. It was clean, and cozy. The outdoor shower was way cool we thought. The food at the restaurant was good...I did think it was a bit pricey...(I do all the cooking at home and can whip up some pretty good stuff so I might be a bit biased). It probably cost us around $80 per night US dollars, for dinner...which we don't mind spending , but back home that's a REALLY awesome meal...know what I mean...No complaints however, just stating the facts..
If I were to grumble about anything it would be the fact that the dive boat did not go out to many dive spots on the days we dove...we kept hearing that they needed at least 4 persons to run 15-20 minutes south where the supposedly "good diving" was. We did not dive every day, and they did go south one day that we didn't go. However, on our last day to dive we were told that we were going beneath the "Pitons" where we really wanted to do a dive...they did have 5 divers on the boat that morning...instead we went out in front of Ti Kaye where we had been diving the barren, dead coral all week long and dove there again...said something about a tropical depression coming in... as I am a Captain and ran charters in the Gulf for years a while back...so I could not really understand why they did not want to put much effort in the diving? There was another guy on the boat from Nashville. He agreed with my statements concerning the diving and actually paid a water taxi to take him south to another dive operator that took him to dive beneath the Pitons.
Not being one to complain, I did not let it ruin my day...we actually enjoyed everything about Ti Kaye with the exception of the diving...and that was OK just could have been much better. We actually did not do all of the dives we paid.
The resort took care of arranging all of our hiking excursions and various trips, so we did and saw lots. We did not rent a vehicle rather chose to be driven ...which was nice...
Ti Kaye is a remotely located resort and you are pretty much stuck there unless you pay for a ride or rent a car. If that bothers you , don't stay there...we enjoyed being away from it all and going in to town when we wanted to..We totally enjoyed the trip and look forward to going again...Once again, the staff ROCKED!!!
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