RAID 2013
Venue and Travel


Visa Information

Depending on your citizenship, you may need a visa to visit St. Lucia. Please see the St. Lucia Government’s website for a list of territories whose citizens do and do not require a visa to enter the island.

Send requests for VISA invitation letters to with the following information:

Please note visa invitation letters are issued via email by PDF and the original is mailed to your current postal address.


Conference Venue

Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa
Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa

RAID 2013 will be held at Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa, the northwestern-most of three Bay Gardens properties. Please consult the property map for assistance in navigating to the resort.

Saint Lucia
Gros Piton, Saint Lucia

From Wikipedia:

Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. It covers a land area of 617 km2 (238.23 sq mi) and has a population of 174,000 (2010). Its capital is Castries. Two Nobel laureates, Arthur Lewis, an economist, and Derek Walcott, a poet and playwright, have come from the island. It is the nation with the second most such honorees per capita after the Faroe Islands.

One of the Windward Islands, it was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, the first European colonizers. They signed a treaty with the native Carib people in 1660. England took control of the island from 1663 to 1667; in ensuing years, it was at war with France 14 times and rule of the island changed frequently (it was seven times each ruled by the French and British). In 1814, the British took definitive control of the island. Because it switched so often between British and French control, Saint Lucia was also known as the "Helen of the West Indies".


Getting There

There are several daily International flights from various cities in the US, Canada, and Europe. St. Lucia is serviced by two airports: Hewanorra International Airport (airport code: UVF) is the international airport; George F. L. Charles Airport (airport code: SLU) is the regional airport. The drive from UVF to the hotel is about 1 hour and 15 mins. (The hotel and the international airport are at opposite ends of the island). The ride from George F. L. Charles Airport is less than 20 mins.

More relevant travel information can be found at the St. Lucia Tourism Board.

Flights
From the US & Canada:
There are many options. Some direct flight are available from Delta (ATL or MIA to UVF), USAirways (Newark to UVF), American Airlines (MIA to UVF), United (Charlotte to UVF) and Air Canada.

From Europe:
British Airways offers direct flights from Gatwick to UVF. Virgin Atlantic also has direct flights from the UK.

Indirect Flights:
Westjet and Thomas Cook Airlines offer connecting flights - typically via Antigua (ANU), requiring that one transfer to the regional airline (LIAT) for the leg to SLU. British Airways also has a connecting flight via ANU.

Airport Transfer by Taxi
Arranged by the Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa:
For those staying at the conference hotel, please note that airport transfers can be arranged on your behalf at an additional cost. The charge from the George F. L. Charles Airport (SLU) is US$25.00 and the charge from the Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) is US$90.00 one way. These prices are based on one to four (1-4) persons sharing the taxi. Any additional people will be charged at a cost of US$5.00 per person one way from SLU and US$20.00 per person one way from UVF.

Options for Arrangement by You:
Garry’s Taxi & Car Rental Service

* There will be many taxis at both airports. However, expect to pay a higher rate than that quoted above if you don't arrange a taxi beforehand.
RAID 2012 Credit - Stefano Ortolani    |    Adapted for RAID 2013 - David Tagatac, Jill Jermyn, Nathaniel Boggs