Once you arrive at your accommodation, make sure that it is secure. Make sure that your doors and windows can lock. Make sure that those locks are adequate.
We always recommend that solo female travellers trust their gut. Being a female you will most likely be used to being on guard anyway, but that feeling comes into play especially when you’re in a situation that feels like it isn’t right.
One great thing about travelling solo as a female is the amount of female-specific resources there are on the internet. Get online and join groups like Girls Love Travel and Women Who Live On Rocks (that’s women who live in the Caribbean), ask questions, for advice, and general tips. People often want to meet up on these groups, so take them up on it and get shown around a local area.
Make sure your phone is charged at all times and that you have a data plan that will last you. Both these things will be crucial in case of emergencies, so maybe get yourself an extra battery pack and pick up a local sim if you need it for the data.
For any sort of solo traveller, Saint Lucia doesn’t exactly stick out as the number one destination. It seems like, and in some ways is, more of a place for cruise ships, couples, honeymooners and families who stay at all-inclusive resorts. However, solo travellers do come here.
More on Safety in Saint Lucia
We’ve covered the main safety concerns already, but there are a few more things to know. Read on for more detailed information on how to have a safe trip to Saint Lucia.
Despite the levels of crime, Saint Lucia is actually perfectly safe for families to visit. With all of its all-inclusive resorts, hotels and Airbnbs, you will have no trouble having a comfortable adventure when you and your children visit this Caribbean island.
There is plenty going on here to keep both adults and children entertained during your vacation – that means nobody is going to be getting bored here.
Although there’s not a ton of children specific attractions located on the island (don’t expect crazy amusement parks and soft plays), there is a lot on offer for a fun-filled whale of a time.
When it comes to safety, pay attention to the weather, not just in terms of hurricane season and downpours, but the sun.
Young children are affected much more than adults by the symptoms of sunstroke. Ensure that your children don’t spend too long in the sun, take frequent shade breaks, apply sunscreen and are covered up with sun hats and T-shirts.
Another thing to note is the necessity of protecting against mosquito bites. Again, children are more at risk than adults, so ensure to use a child-friendly mosquito repellent, burn mosquito coils (if possible), and make sure your little ones are covered up.
When it comes to food, don’t worry: there will be plenty on offer for even the pickiest of eaters at the all inclusive resorts and hotels. That said, there are plenty of places to eat outside of the resorts which are family friendly and cater to children, such as La Petit Peak in Soufriere, with local Creole food and great views.
Driving in Saint Lucia is not always straightforward, but it can be done. They drive on the left hand side of the road here (good news if you’re from the UK) and the main roads of the island tend to be in a pretty good state.