Car Hire from St Lucia Hewanorra Airport
Set in the Carribbean, the island of St Lucia is a popular holiday resort for both the active adventurer and those seeking a relaxing beach break soaking up the sun. St. Lucia Hewanorra Airport is located to the south of the island and hiring a car from Hewanorra Airport is the best way to take in everything on offer on the island.
Where to hire a car at St Lucia Hewanorra Airport
There are a number of international car hire companies located at St Lucia Hewanorra Airport, these include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Solo, E-Z rent a car and Sixt.
In order to drive in St Lucia you need to obtain a temporary drivers permit, this can be obtained at the immigration desk at the airport and through car rental companies. You should confirm this with the car hire company when booking your hire car. The cost of the drivers permit is $54 (XCD).
Petrol Stations near St Lucia Hewanorra Airport
Depending on the fuel policy of your hire car you may need to refuel before returning it to the airport.
The nearest petrol station to Hewanorra Airport is a No. 1 Service Station, off of Clarke Street in the town of Vieux Fort which is just opposite the entrance of the airport. Most of the petrol stations on the island of St. Lucia are in the north and west of the island and those planning long distance trips to the east of the island and into the Edmund Forest Reserve should ensure they have enough fuel for their drive.
Driving around St Lucia Hewanorra Airport
It is relatively straight forward to reach the main resorts in St Lucia from Hewanorra Airport with two main roads, one to the east of the island which is Micoud Highway and one to the west, St Judes Highway. The main roads have undergone recent upgrades however when travelling inland roads can be steep, twisty and require cautious driving. A 4x4 car may be advised for those planning on spending a lot of time away from the main roads.
Driving in St Lucia is easy to adjust to as driving is on the left side of the road, the same as the UK.
Getting to your destination
Here are some of the top places to visit in St Lucia which are easily reached from the airport after hiring a car. You can also check out our guide to the best things to do in St Lucia.
Castries is the capital of St Lucia which is often understated and overlooked yet offers an authentic piece of the Caribbean and an exciting shopping experience. Must visits include the Jeremie Street market, the Cathedral, Vigie beach and Morne Fortune.
Hewanorra Airport to Castries is a 1 hour, 5 minute, 56km drive via the Micoud Highway on the east of the island. The easiest place to find parking in Castries is the multi storey car park in the city.
Pigeon Island, an ideal place for rest and relaxation with opportunities to explore historical monuments is located in the north of St Lucia in Gros Islet. Panoramic views, 40 acres of white beaches and the annual Jazz Festival are all on offer.
The 70km drive from Hewanorra Airport to Pigeon Island will take 1 hour and 25 minutes via Micoud Highway and passing Castries City on the way.
Soufriere is a bustling town surrounded by breath-taking scenery which captures the essence of St Lucia. You can relax on the beaches, visit the attractions which include the Sulphur Springs and Diamond Botanical Gardens or have an adventurous break with bike trails, hiking in the Pitons and snorkelling in Soufriere Bay.
Hewanarro Airport to Soufriere is a 40 minute, 30km drive via St Judes Highway on the west of the island. Car parking is available at most of the hotels in Soufriere and the main tourist attractions.