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24th April 2009, 12:45 AM
The island is steep with very lush tropical vegetation. The scenery, especially near Soufrière is dominated by the dramatic presence of the twin peaks: Gros Piton and Petit Piton, 615 m (2019 ft.) and 750 m (2461 ft.) tall.

The climate is tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season January to April, rainy season May to August.

Arrival/Departure procedures

Vessels MUST clear out at an official Port of Entry so as to obtain a clearance certificate.
Warning: Be aware that the authorities will request and hold a document showing that the yacht has been cleared for the previously visited country. Since many countries do not automatically issue such documents be sure to request one.
St Lucia Immigration, Visas & Customs

Immigration
The up-to-date visa requirement information is available on the St Lucia Website (http://stlucia.gov.lc/faq/do_i_need_a-visa_to_enter_saint_lucia.htm) and Online Application Forms (download) (http://www.stlucia.gov.lc/faq/StainLiciaVisaApplicationFrom.pdf)

Visas are not required for the citizens of Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Venezuela and the US. "Arrival Visas" (at US$50) will be granted to citizens of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Luxembourg, Malta, Panama, Poland, Portugal and Sweden. Arrivals from the Russian Federation require a visa obtained in advance.

A six week stay is granted when clearing in, with a possible further 30 day extension that can be obtained in Castries.

Customs
Firearms and ammunition MUST be declared to Customs on arrival.
PETS: Pets must have a Veterinary Import Permit before entering St Lucia. Cats and dogs must be microchipped, have been vaccinated against Rabies and have been treated against ticks and fleas within 48 hours of arrival. Animals (and their documentation) MUST be inspected by the Veterinary Officer before being allowed ashore. For full requirements and information: St Lucia Veterinary Office Email (chiefvet@slumaffe.org). Forms can be downloaded in advance from Pet Travel (http://www.pettravel.com/store-pet-immigration-forms1.html)

It is possible for visiting yachts to stay for up to 6 months (crews are subject to immigration rules).

See the ST LUCIA (http://www.cruiserlog.com/wiki/index.php?title=St_Lucia) page on the World Cruising Wiki for details on ports, approaches, marinas, anchorages, etc.