Getting to St. Lucia: Several airlines fly nonstop to St. Lucia from Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, New York, and Philadelphia. St. Lucia’s primary gateway is Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) in Vieux Fort, on the island's southern tip. All large jets land at Hewanorra, which is particularly convenient to resorts in the Soufrière area. Regional airlines and small aircraft fly into George F. L. Charles Airport (SLU) in Castries, also referred to as Vigie Airport, which is convenient to resorts in the north. The drive between Hewanorra and resorts in the north takes 90 minutes; between Hewanorra and Soufrière, about 45 minutes.

Hassle Factor: Medium to high, because of the long drive from Hewanorra International Airport.

On the Ground: Taxis are available at both airports if transfers are not included in your travel package, but the 90-minute ride to the north from Hewanoorra is expensive ($80–$90 for up to four passengers). The 45-minute ride from Hewanorra to the Soufrière area is $75–$80. A helicopter is available to Castries from Hewanorra; it's a costly ($165 per person) but convenient option, cutting the transfer time to about 12 minutes.

Getting Around: A car may be important if you are staying at a small inn or hotel away from the beach or plan to confine your exploring to the northern part of the island. Driving elsewhere is tricky due to the winding mountain roads and sharp hairpin turns. Taxis are readily available for short trips or all-day excursions.