St. Lucia is a beautiful volcanic island located in the Eastern Caribbean, dividing the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and south of Martinique and Dominica.
The Island has a rich cultural heritage and a very intriguing historical background which makes it very popular as a family holiday destination as well as being named the World’s Best Honeymoon Destination by World Travel Awards.
St. Lucia provides more than enough to keep visitors enthralled, hosting a wealth of natural wonders from excellent beaches and mountainous scenery, to the Only Drive-in Volcano in the Caribbean with its boiling sulphur springs, as well as tropical flower-lined roadsides.
St. Lucia is the second-largest of the Windward Islands. It has some of the finest mountain scenery in the West Indies with Mount Gimie being the highest peak of the island (950m, 3,117ft). Most spectacular are the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which rise 3,000ft above the Caribbean Sea. Both Pitons are recognized for their lush, green landscapes and diverse animal and plant life.
St. Lucia in general is known for its tropical vegetation. Orchids and exotic plants grow wild in the rainforests, with scenic roadsides covered with many colourful tropical flowers. Indigenous wildlife includes a species of ground lizard baring the colours of the national flag, found only in St. Lucia. As well as the Amazona versicolour parrot, known locally as Jacquot, a rare sight it inhabits the rainforests of the island’s interior.
- Area – 616.3 sq km / 238 sq miles
- Capital – Castries
- Climate – Tropical with December – May being the driest time and June – November being rainy season.
- Population approx. 170,000
- Currency – Eastern Caribbean Dollar
- Religion – The majority of St. Lucians are Roman Catholic. Other denominations include Anglican, Methodist, Baptist and Seventh Day Adventist.
- Government – Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy