Come and discover our island
We are pleased to provide some information for anyone considering visiting St. Helena. You may also be interested in our ‘Pictures’ page and our detailed features. And if the only thing you know about St. Helena is that Napoleon Bonaparte died here, you may be interested to read some fascinating facts about him. Click here if you fancy a walk.
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Where is St. Helena?
How to get here
Come here on your yacht, or travel on the RMS St. Helena, seen below in James Bay
(Read more on our ‘The RMS St. Helena’ page; for bookings see the RMS St. Helena website)
Weather and Travel Advice
How about St. Helena at Christmas?
The weather on St. Helena is one of the island's more unusual features. It can be sunny and calm in one place, and wet and windy only a few miles away. The site indexed below gives a general island view.
Remember also that St. Helena is in the Southern Hemisphere, so our summer runs from (roughly) November through to May.
Travel advice for St. Helena is available from various sources:
A souvenir of your visit
You can buy attractive souvenirs of your visit at the Moonbeams shop in Jamestown.
And if you've taken so many photos your camera's memory card is getting full you can have your photos transferred to a CD or DVD, to make room for more - just ask in the shop for details.
St. Helena Place-Name Puzzle
While you are here you could try to find out why some of the island's places have the names they do. At first sight some of the names seem quite illogical. For example:
Alarm Forest: One of the island's more peaceful spots
Barren Ground: Lushly vegetated
Bottom Woods: Housing area on high ground
Cow Path: Housing area in one of the drier parts of the island, with no pasture and no longer any path (though the historical people are trying to find it)
Donkey Plain: Quarry area - no sign of any donkeys
Horse Pasture: There are no horses on St. Helena
Lemon Valley: No lemon trees
Levelwood: A steep valley
Longwood: No trees
Old Woman's Valley: A strenuous walk, only for the young and fit
Prosperous Bay: Deserted area with no economic value
Scotland: No lochs or mountains
Maybe the answer can be found at the Tourist Office . . .
Learn about St. Helena
To learn about St. Helena probably the best place to start is the Wikipedia article on St. Helena. You could also usefully read the "Homepage of Saint Helena" which is full of intereting and useful information on many topics and some fascinating old photos. There are also more useful links on our ‘Related Sites’ page. And don't forget our slide show ‘Images of St. Helena’.
"The world was not left to us by our parents,
it was lent to us by our children"
Local money - the St. Helena Pound
The local currency in St. Helena is the Saint Helena Pound (SHP) which is linked at parity to the British Pound (Sterling; GBP). Notes and coins are similar in denomination and appearance to their UK counterparts. Banking services on St. Helena are provided by the Bank of St. Helena from whom further information may be obtained. A currency converter is available from XE.com.
As if being a beautiful sub-tropical island paradise is not enough, St. Helena has many interesting aspects. Some of them are mentioned here. If there is something about St. Helena that we have not covered please contact us and we'll try to add it in.
Click on the links to learn more about each subject . . .
A longer stay?