Getting to St. Lucia: St. Lucia's primary gateway is Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) in Vieux Fort, on the island's southern tip. Regional airlines fly into George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU) in Castries, commonly called Vigie Airport, which is more convenient to resorts in the north. The 40-mile (64 km) drive between Hewanorra and resorts in the north takes about 90 minutes; the trip between Hewanorra and Soufrière takes about 45 minutes.

Hassle Factor: Medium to high due to the long drive from Hewanorra International Airport.

On the Ground: Taxis are available at both airports, although transfers may be included in your travel package. It's an expensive ride to the north from Hewanorra—$80–$90 for up to four passengers—and $75–$80 to Soufrière. A helicopter shuttle cuts the transfer time to about 10 minutes, but the cost doubles.

Getting Around the Island: A car is more important if you are staying at a small inn or hotel away from the beach. If you're staying at an all-inclusive beach resort and you don’t plan to leave for meals, taxis may be the better bet.