The island of St Lucia is a small, simply beautiful country with picturesque visions of pure tranquility located towards the center of the Caribbean chain. It is 238 sq. miles, 27 miles long and 14 miles wide.
The Island is of volcanic origin which has its benefits. One of those benefit is the St Lucia Pitons.
The Pitons are majestic twin peaks called Gros Piton (797m) and Petit Piton (750m) which soars from the sea. These twin peaks are the only two of its kind in the world and have recently attained world heritage site status.
St Lucia also provides visitors with an opportunity to visit the only drive-in-volcano in the world and bathe in the therapeutic sulphur springs, mineral baths, our beautiful cascading waterfalls and our one of a kind unspoiled beaches located all over the island.
We are also known for our botanical flower gardens depicting all the tropical flowers and lush vegetation you can think of. A day at anyone of these will have you coming back to the island of St Lucia year after year; or even sooner.
CLIMATE: The Island of St Lucia is generally a sunny country with temperatures
of 76F to 87F. The rainy season normally lasts for 6 month (from June to
November) but even in that time the St Lucia weather is generally
fair.The dry season is from December to May and is usually a good time
to come get a tan and relax on our lovely beaches. It is often referred to as the island In the Sun.
LANGUAGE: The people in St Lucia are known for speaking two languages. Our main language is English but we also speak Kweyol. Every year the month of October is designated, jounen Kweyol month with a big celebration towards the end of that month.
POPULATION: The population in st Lucia is 160,000 with a growth rate of 2% annually. The capital, Castries holds a vast amount of the population, 50,000.
ELECTRICITY: The voltage of electricity used on the island of
St Lucia is 240v/50Hz. Most hotels use step down transformers to break
down the electricity to 120v so there is hardly a need to walk with your own step down transformer.
St Lucia Currency: The official currency used in St Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). It is also used in many of the Caribbean countries. The normal exchange rate is US$1 equivalent to XCD$2.70. That rate has been stable for a number of years now.
St Lucia's History: The history of St Lucia is indeed remarkable since it was fought over by the French and British a total of fourteen times. It was first inhabited by Arawak Indians who is believed to have come from South America in 200-400 AD.
St Lucia's Flag: The flag of St Lucia is made up of the colors white, black, gold and cerulean blue. It has been in use since March 1st 1967 but was officially adopted on day of St Lucia's Independence February 22nd, 1979.
After four devastating fires between 1796 and 1948, Castries is today, one of the most modern cities in the Caribbean. It is the capital city of St Lucia and is a very interesting place with lots of attractions for St Lucian's and visitors alike.
Soufriere was once the capital city of St Lucia but is now known for it's picturesque beauty and is believed to have the potential of being the most sought after place in the world. It is also the home of the only drive in volcano in the world, its majestic twin peaks, hot and cold waterfalls, the rain forest where our national bird lives. Read more...
#2) Gros Islet
Gros Islet is known as a small fishing village found towards the north of St Lucia. It has gotten popular for its Friday nights street party where locals and visitors alike come to have fun. It is definitely the place to be on a friday night. Read more....
#3) Rodney Bay
Rodney Bay has grown to become the most popular part of St Lucia among the visitors to the Island. It is the hub for most of the tourist activities here on the Island along with having most of the Major in close proximity. Read more...
#4) Anse La Raye
Anse La Raye is a small fishing village on the west coast of St Lucia. It is famous for its Friday nights fish fiesta. Every Friday night, scores of people flood the streets to enjoy and sample the savory flavors of the various types of fish. You will be able to sample lambi, tuna, lobster. Read more...
#5) Vieux Fort
Vieux Fort is located to the most southern part of St Lucia and is the second largest town after Castries. It is the home of our largest of the two airports on the Island, the Hewanorra International Airport. Read more...
#6) Pigeon Island
I hope you learned something new about the Island of St Lucia. It is a small country with lots to see and do.