(Closed) St Lucia Airports

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We stayed at Sandals Grande and flew into Hewanorra. It was a long, crazy drive from the airport but not terrible. Maybe an hour and a half? I forget. But not bad. My understanding was that the other airport is smaller and the planes coming in are smaller- I didn’t want to fly in on a prop plane. I’m jealous, you’re going to have a great time!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We are staying at the Sandals Grande also and we are flying into UVF.  I think UVF was the only option for us from the airport we are flying from… but not completely certain. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We are flying in to Hewanorra. We are staying at the Regency.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

St Lucia has two airports. The southern airport, UVF is the one that the international flights arrive in. The northern airport is for smaller and charter flights.

It takes about 90 minutes by car to get from the airport up to the northern end of the island. I would recommend the helicopter transfers.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Bliss Honeymoons: Are the helicopter transports $100 per person each way?

Post # 8
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Busy bee

No, the helicopter transfers are pretty pricey. But it’s a great way to see the island! They run about $200.00 one way.

After the big storm a couple of weeks ago, American Eagle was flying people from the southern airport to the northern airport for $100.00 one way. Now that the road is no longer flooded, I don’t know that they are continuing that service. I will check into it, and post more info as soon as I get a response.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@Bliss Honeymoons: We are thinking of doing the helicopter. A couple of questions: Do you book them ahead of time. And, are they run by reputable companies with reputable pilots? I am a little nervous about that. Thanks!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hewanorra Was the only option we had we stayed at the regency . We both said we wished we would have gottenthe Helicopter ride but it really wasnt that bad the guy who took us to the Resort gave us alot of good and very interesting information along the way and even let us stop off for a photo op and a beer LOL

All i have to say is riding with the St Lucia Drivers was like being on a roller coaster. I think as long as you give it a toot of the horn first anything goes.

 

OH ONE TIP! WHEN YOU GET TO THE AIRPORT AND PAST ALL THE LINES AND READY TO HEAD OUT THE DOORS AFTER TURNING IN YOUR CUSTOMS FORMS AND ALL. DON’T GET SUCKERED INTO LETTING THE GUY TAKE YOUR BAG! hE WILL TAKE YOUR BAG ABOUT 5 FT AWAY THROUGH A SET OF DOUBLE DOORS TO THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY WORK FOR SANDALS  AND EXPECT A TIP!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We are flying into Hewanorra also and staying at the Regency.  We are taking the helicopter to the hotel and then again on the way home because we don’t want to deal with the rollercoaster rides and the 2 hours drive.  We got it through our travel agency for $150 each way so $300 total.  

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Saeliz: Thanks! FH and I are thinking about doing this.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

My *husband* (YAY!) and I just returned from St.Lucia last night.. We stayed at the Sandals Grande and absolutely loved it! We decided to fly into UVF because it was more expensive to fly into SLU, though the smaller airport is very close to all three Sandals resorts. The Grande is the farthest from the airport, but only 15 minutes from Halcyon and 30 minutes from Regency. The island was hit really hard, as I’m sure you’ve read, by a hurricane at the end of October, so the drive is a bit scary at times, but the drivers we had were excellent, professional and safe. The Grande did not have any damage from the hurricane at the time that we went, but there was a bad storm last week that caused further mudslides on the island. Make sure that you check the weather forecast before you book an excursion, because ours ended up being cancelled while we were on the trip…Have a great trip everyone! Enjoy every last minute!! 🙂

Post # 15
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Busy bee

@magilnyc:

Yes the helicopter companies are great. I would recommend that you pre-book this before you go. Your travel agent should be able to add it on for you. If you booked on your own, you can contact Island Routes or St Lucia helicopters for assistance.

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