Saint Lucia is the quintessential island paradise. Imagine the majestic peaks of the Pitons reaching to the heavens, the splendor of lush rainforests, and the hypnotizing blue-green waters of the Caribbean breaking just off shore. The island’s landscape, people, customs, and cuisine intertwine to provide the perfect setting for the vacation of a lifetime.
Here, the unique confluence of Caribbean, African, English, and French cultures creates an exquisite blend of food, music, and traditions that will inspire and enchant you. “Ki bèl pèi!” is Kwéyòl for, “What a lovely country!” When you visit Saint Lucia, you’ll discover that it’s not just lovely, it’s truly magical. Discover her mystery and let Saint Lucia inspire you.
HISTORY & CULTURE OF ST LUCIA
Saint Lucia’s history is as rich as it is vibrant. The island is a virtual gumbo of cultures, and her people have a deeply held sense of cultural identity that they vigorously celebrate to this day. Embark on a voyage to discover Saint Lucia’s story, from her pirate past to her colonial times to the colorful customs of her people.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
On this island, there’s always a party happening somewhere. Events in Saint Lucia range from weekly street jump-ups and fish fries to rich cultural celebrations and vibrant music festivals. You can experience incredible traditions and learn about local heritage, all while having the time of your life.
For those who feel compelled to compete even on vacation, the island hosts a triathlon called the TRI Saint Lucia. The island also is the finishing point for the world-renowned Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sailing event. There’s never any shortage of fun and exciting activities, no matter when you choose to visit.
Saint Lucia is anything but an ordinary island. Her mountains, jungles, beaches, and historic sites radiate history, beauty and a sense of living poetry. Of course, it’s not possible to see every corner of the island during your visit, and even many locals live here their entire lives without discovering all of her secrets. However there are a few iconic Saint Lucia landmarks that are not to be missed during a visit to her shores.
NATURE & ADVENTURE
There’s beauty, and then there is Saint Lucia. Saint Lucian Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott once said, “Visual surprise is natural in the Caribbean; it comes with the landscape.” When you travel to any Caribbean island, you expect sun, sea, and sand. But Saint Lucia’s transcendent natural wonders will transport your mind, body, and soul. Here you have the opportunity to experience the adventure of a lifetime.
FACTS & STATISTICS
Saint Lucia, which became an independent country/state on February 22, 1979.
The capital city (Castries) is located in the northern section of the island and represents approximately 40% of the population.
Other major population centers include Vieux-Fort and Gros-Islet.
Weather and Climate
St Lucia has a hot, tropical climate throughout the year, balanced by the northeast trade winds. The average annual temperature is estimated between 77°F (25°C) and 80°F (27°C).
Health care provided throughout the country. There are thirty-three (33) Health Centers, three (3) public hospitals, one (1) private hospital, and one (1) psychiatric hospital.
The academic year begins from September and ends in July. The year is divided into three terms (September to December; January to April and April to July). Admittance to the island school require the provision of the student’s transcripts and attendance letters from their previous schools.
The most popular played sports on island are cricket, football (soccer) tennis, volleyball, and swimming. Our most renowned athletes are Daren Garvin Sammy, Captain of the West Indies Twenty20 Team; Lavern Spencer, high jump and Dominic Johnson, pole vault.
The Pitons are two volcanic mountains our very own World Heritage Site in St. Lucia, linked by a ridge called Piton Mitan. The two Piton Mountains are perhaps the most photographed feature on the island. The larger of these two mountains is called the Gros Piton and the other is called Petit Piton.
The famous Sulphur Springs is the hottest and most active geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles. The park is approximately 45 hectares and is billed as the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano. There are man-made hot pools where locals and visitors alike frequent for the healing properties of the mineral-rich water.
Saint Lucia has the distinction of having the highest number of Nobel Laureates per capita in the world. Derek Walcott won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992 and Sir Arthur Lewis won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1979. The two winners share the same birthday of January 23, only 15 years apart.
- Population: Approximately 183, 657
- Area: 238 sq miles/616.4 sq km
- Official Language: English
- Local Language: French Creole
- GDP Per Capita: 6,847.6 (2014)
- Adult Literacy: 72.8% (2010 Census)
- Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)
- Exchange Rate: US $1 = EC $2.70
- Time Zone: EST +1, GMT -4