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WINGS Birding Tours – Information

Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent

Tour Information

Note: The information presented below has been extracted from our formal General Information for this tour.  It covers topics we feel potential registrants may wish to consider before booking space. The complete General Information for this tour will be sent to all tour registrants and of course supplemental information, if needed, is available from the WINGS office.

ENTERING ST LUCIA & ST VINCENT: U.S., U.K., and Canadian citizens need a passport with more than six validity to enter St Lucia and no visa is required.

COUNTRY INFORMATION: You can review the CIA World Factbook background notes on St Lucia and St Vincent at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/st.html.

PACE OF THE TOUR: This tour has daily starts between 06:30 and 07:00, with siestas back at our hotel on some afternoons. Many meals will be taken in the field with one picnic breakfast and two picnic lunches, returning to the hotel between 16.00 and 17.00, before dinner. Trails are smooth and straightforward. Much of the birding is along roadsides, and the walks are less than 1½ miles in duration.

HEALTH: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccinations. These include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. They further recommend that most travelers have protection against Hepatitis A and Typhoid.

Please contact your doctor well in advance of your tour’s departure as some medications must be initiated weeks before the period of possible exposure. 

Specialized medications may be difficult to obtain locally and we advise bringing all you will need with you. 

The most current information about travelers’ health recommendations for St Lucia & St Vincent can be found on the Centers for Disease Control’s Travel Health website at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/saint-lucia. Please contact your physician if you have questions about travel to these islands. 

Malaria and Chikungunya:  Malaria and other tropical parasites are not common on these islands, but mosquitos (more prevalent in the wet season) have been known to transmit Dengue Fever and (as of 2016) Chikungunya and Zika. We typically encounter very few mosquitoes during the tour. Please consult your physician for their specific recommendations.

Altitude: The highest elevation we visit is just over 2,000 feet above sea level, and most of the birding is conducted at or very close to sea level. 

Smoking:  Smoking is prohibited in the vehicles or when the group is gathered for meals, checklists, etc. If you are sharing a room with a nonsmoker, please do not smoke in the room. If you smoke in the field, do so well away and downwind from the group. If any location where the group is gathered has a stricter policy than the WINGS policy, that stricter policy will prevail. 

Miscellaneous:   We typically encounter few biting insects during the course of the tour.  We recommend using insect repellents with a high concentration of DEET.  Like most islands in the Caribbean, there may be chiggers on St Lucia and St Vincent.

CLIMATE: The days are generally quite warm (in the 80’s F), and summer clothes are suitable year-round. Please be prepared for the possibility of cool, damp (or rainy) weather in the mountains.  Light rain is always a possibility (although rare in March) so bring along a rain jacket or umbrella just in case.  The March sun can feel intense, so a good broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses can be useful. 

ACCOMMODATIONS: During the tour we’ll stay at only two hotels. One on St Lucia and one on St.Vincent. The Coco Palm hotel on St. Lucia is 1½ hours from the airport and is a higher-end US/UK style hotel with spa facilities. Guests may find the swimming pool very refreshing after a hot day in the field, so please do bring swimwear. On St Vincent we will stay in similar standard accommodation to that on St Lucia, where there is also a swimming pool for guest use.

INTERNET AND MOBILE PHONE ACCESS: Free WiFi is available at Coco Palm Hotel. Smartphone data generally carries over to St Vincent however please check with your phone provider to ensure that no additional charges would be incurred. At our hotel in Coco Palm mobile phone service is patchy due to the coastal mountains (The Pitons) which can affect the signal.

FOOD: Food is very good with some excellent seafood. Most mornings we’ll take breakfast at our hotels and on other mornings we’ll have a picnic breakfast out in the field. Lunches are mostly in restaurants, but we will enjoy several field picnics. Evening meals at our hotels offer tasty fusion dishes as well as traditional authentic Creole cuisine, and mostly include fish or chicken.

WINGS tours are all-inclusive, and no refunds can be issued for any tour meals participants choose to skip. 

Food Allergies / Requirements:  We cannot guarantee that all food allergies can be accommodated at every destination. Participants with significant food allergies or special dietary requirements should bring appropriate foods with them for those times when their needs cannot be met. Announced meal times are always approximate depending on how the day unfolds. Participants who need to eat according to a fixed schedule should bring supplemental food. Please contact the WINGS office if you have any questions. 

TRANSPORTATION: We will be travelling by minibuses or people-carriers. The leader will arrange a seating rotation and participants should be able to ride in any seat in tour vehicles. One day we will enjoy a leisurely cruise along the coast and you will be required to wear the personal lifejackets supplied. We use scheduled flights between the two islands.

Created: 24 March 2017