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Saint Lucia
Sainte-Lucie
Flag Coat of arms
Motto"The Land, The People, The Light"
AnthemSons and Daughters of Saint Lucia
Capital
(and largest city)
Castries
14°1′N 60°59′W / 14.017°N 60.983°W / 14.017; -60.983
Official language(s) Antillean Creole, English
Demonym Saint Lucian
Government Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy
 -  Monarch Elizabeth II
 -  Governor-General Dame Pearlette Louisy
 -  Prime Minister Stephenson King[1]
Independence
 -  from the United Kingdom 22 February 1979 
Area
 -  620 km2 (193rd)
239 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) 1.6
Population
 -  2009 census 173,765 
 -  Density 298/km2 (41st)
672/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2008 estimate
 -  Total $1.827 billion[2] 
 -  Per capita $10,750[2] 
GDP (nominal) 2008 estimate
 -  Total $987 million[2] 
 -  Per capita $9,907[2] 
HDI (2007) 0.795 (medium) (72nd)
Currency East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Time zone (UTC−4)
Date formats numeric dates (dd-mm-yyyy, yyyy.mm.dd, etc.) plus era (CE, AH, etc.)
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .lc
Calling code +1-758

Saint Lucia (pronounced /ˌseɪnt ˈluːʃiə/; French: Sainte-Lucie) is an island nation in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean.[3] Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. Its size is 620 km² with an estimated population of 160,000. Its capital is Castries. The island nation has been the home of two Nobel laureates, Arthur Lewis and Derek Walcott. It is the nation with the second most such honorees per capita after Faroe Islands.

One of the Windward Islands, it was named for Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, the first European colonizers. They signed a treaty with the native Carib peoples in 1660. Great Britain 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. In 1814, Britain finally took control of the island. Because it switched so often between British and French control, St.Lucia was also known as the "Helen of the West Indies."

Saint Lucia has a legal system based on British common law. The judiciary is independent and conducts generally fair public trials. The financial sector has weathered the global financial crisis, but the recession has hurt tourism.

Representative government came about in 1924 (with universal adult suffrage from 1953). From 1958 to 1962 the island was a member of the Federation of the West Indies. Finally, on February 22, 1979, Saint Lucia became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations.[3] The island nation celebrates this every year with a public holiday. It is also a member of La Francophonie.[4]

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History

Europeans first landed on the island in either 1492 or 1502 during Spain's early exploration of the Caribbean. The British failed in their first attempts at colonization in the early 17th century.

The island was first settled by the French, who signed a treaty with the local Caribs in 1660. Like the British and Dutch, the French began to develop the island for the cultivation of sugar cane on extensive plantations. After trying to use the Carib as laborers, they started to import enslaved Africans as workers. Many of the Caribs died because of lack of immunity to Eurasian diseases, such as smallpox and measles, and as a result of being overworked and maltreated by the whites.

Caribbean conditions were hard, and many slaves died before they lived long enough to have children. The French (and later British) continued to import slaves until the latter nation abolished the trade, and then the legal institution. By that time, people of ethnic African descent greatly outnumbered those of ethnic European background.

Thereafter Saint Lucia was much contested by the two European powers until the British secured it in 1814. It was part of the British Windward Islands colony.

It joined the West Indies Federation (1958-62) when the colony was dissolved. In 1967, Saint Lucia became one of the six members of the West Indies Associated States, with internal self-government. In 1979 it gained full independence under Sir John Compton. Compton, of the conservative United Workers party (UWP), was again prime minister from 1982 to 1996, when he was succeeded by Vaughn Lewis.

Kenny Anthony of the Labor party was prime minister from 1997 to 2006, when the UWP, again led by Compton, won control of parliament. In May, 2007, after Compton suffered a series of ministrokes, Finance and External Affairs Minister Stephenson King became acting prime minister. He became prime minister after Compton died in September 2007.

Politics

As a Commonwealth realm, Saint Lucia recognises Queen Elizabeth II as the Head of State of Saint Lucia, represented on the island by a Governor-General. Executive power, however, is in the hands of the prime minister and his cabinet.[3] The prime minister is normally the head of the party winning the elections for the House of Assembly, which has 17 seats.[1] The other chamber of Parliament, the Senate, has 11 appointed members. Saint Lucia is a two-party parliamentary democracy. Prime Minister Stephenson King of the business-friendly United Workers Party took office in 2007. Saint Lucia is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market and home to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

Saint Lucia is a full and participating member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and La Francophonie.

Quarters

Saint Lucia is divided into 11 quarters, or sections of the island, which were sometimes called "districts" under the British colonial government:

  1. Anse la Raye Quarter
  2. Castries Quarter
  3. Choiseul Quarter
  4. Dauphin Quarter
  5. Dennery Quarter
  6. Gros Islet Quarter
  7. Laborie Quarter
  8. Micoud Quarter
  9. Praslin Quarter
  10. Soufrière Quarter
  11. Vieux Fort Quarter
Quarters of Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is also divided into 17 electoral districts for the 17 seats in the House of Assembly (each with title "Parliamentary Representative"):[1]

  • Canaries & Anse La Raye
  • Babonneau
  • Castries Central
  • Castries North
  • Castries North East
  • Castries South
  • Castries South East
  • Choiseul
  • Dennery North
     
  • Dennery South
  • Gros Islet
  • Laborie
  • Micoud North
  • Micoud South
  • Soufriere
  • Vieux Fort North
  • Vieux Fort South

Geography

View of Soufrière
Map of Saint Lucia. See also: Atlas of Saint Lucia

The volcanic island of Saint Lucia is more mountainous than many other Caribbean islands, with the highest point being Mount Gimie, at 950 metres (3,120 ft) above sea level. Two other mountains, the Pitons, form the island's most famous landmark. They are located between Soufrière and Choiseul on the western side of the island. Saint Lucia is also one of the few islands in the world that boasts a drive-in volcano.

The capital city of Saint Lucia is Castries, where about one third of the population lives. Major towns include Gros Islet, Soufrière and Vieux Fort. The local climate is tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds, with a dry season from January to April and a rainy season from May to December.

Economy

Its economy depends primarily on tourism, banana production, and light manufacturing. An educated workforce and improvements in roads, communications, water supply, sewerage, and port facilities have attracted foreign investment in tourism and in petroleum storage and transshipment. However, with the U.S., Canada, and Europe in recession, tourism declined by double digits in early 2009. Because of fluctuations in banana prices and possible World Trade Organization–imposed reductions in European Union trade preferences, the government is encouraging farmers to diversify into such crops as cocoa, mangos, and avocados. The recent change in the European Union import preference regime and the increased competition from Latin American bananas have made economic diversification increasingly important in Saint Lucia. The island nation has been able to attract foreign business and investment, especially in its offshore banking and tourism industries, which is the island's main source of revenue. The manufacturing sector is the most diverse in the Eastern Caribbean area, and the government is trying to revitalise the banana industry. Despite negative growth in 2001, economic fundamentals remain solid, and GDP growth should recover in the future.

Inflation has been relatively low, averaging 5.5 percent between 2006 and 2008. Saint Lucia’s currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$), a regional currency shared among members of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) issues the EC$, manages monetary policy, and regulates and supervises commercial banking activities in member countries. In 2003, the government began a comprehensive restructuring of the economy, including elimination of price controls and privatization of the state banana company. Five points were deducted from Saint Lucia’s monetary freedom score to adjust for measures that distort domestic prices.

Demographics

The population of Saint Lucia is of mostly African descent (81% of the population). There is also a significant Mixed minority representing 11.9%, with Indo-Caribbean or Indian groups at 2.4%, and a small ethnic European minority (descendants of French, British, and Irish colonists). Other or unspecified ethnicity accounts for 3.1%. There are small numbers of Greeks, Lebanese, Syrians, Italians, Chinese, North Americans, Portuguese, Germans.[citation needed]

The official language is English, but a creole language called Antillean Creole is spoken by 80% of the population. It is getting increasing use in literature and music, and official recognition.[5] It evolved from French, African languages, and Carib. Saint Lucia is a member of La Francophonie.

St. Lucia boasts the highest ratio in the world for number of Nobel laureates produced with respect to the total population of the nation. Two winners have come from St. Lucia: Sir Arthur Lewis won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1979, and Derek Walcott received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. Both were born on January 23, but in different years.

About 70% of the population is Roman Catholic, influenced from the days of French Catholic rule and evangelization. The rest are Seventh-day Adventists (7%), Pentecostalists (6%), Anglicans (2%), Evangelicals (2%), Rastafari (2%) and a small minority are Baptists.[6]

Migration from Saint Lucia is primarily to Anglophone countries, with the United Kingdom (see Saint Lucian British) having almost 10,000 Saint Lucian-born citizens, and over 30,000 of Saint Lucian heritage. The second most popular destination for Saint Lucian expatriates is the United States, where combined (foreign and national born Saint Lucians) almost 14,000 reside. Canada is home to a few thousand Saint Lucians. Most other countries in the world have fewer than 50 citizens of Saint Lucian origin (the exceptions being Spain and France with 124 and 117 Saint Lucian expats respectively).[7]

Health

Public expenditure on health was at 3.3 % of the GDP in 2004, whereas private expenditure was at 1.8 %.[8] Health expenditure was at US$ 302 (PPP) per capita in 2004.[8] Infant mortality was at 12 per 100,000 births in 2005.[8] There are two public hospitals and one private hospital in St. Lucia.

Culture

The culture of Saint Lucia has been influenced by African, French and English heritage. One of the secondary languages is Creole, a form of French patois.

Festivals

Saint Lucian cultural festivals include La Rose and La Marguerite, the first's representing the Rosicrucian order, and the second's representing Freemasonry.[9] This can be seen on a mural painted by Dunstan St. Omer, depicting the holy trinity of Osiris, Horus and Isis.

Traditionally in common with other Caribbean countries, Saint Lucia held a carnival before Lent in association with Mardi Gras. In 1999, the government moved Carnival to mid-July to avoid competing with the much larger Trinidad and Tobago carnival. It wanted to attract more overseas visitors.

Music and dance

A popular folk dance is the Quadrille.

Together with Caribbean music genres such as soca, zouk, kompa and reggae, Saint Lucia has a strong indigenous folk music tradition.

Each May since 1999, Saint Lucia has hosted an internationally renowned Jazz Festival.

Education

The Education Act provides for free and compulsory education in Saint Lucia from the ages of 5 to 15.[10] Literacy is very common.[8] Public spending on education was at 5.8 % among the 2002-2005 GDP. [8] Saint Lucia has one university; University of the West Indies Open Campus. [11]

Tourism

Tourism is vital to St. Lucia's economy. Its economic importance is expected to continue to increase as the market for bananas becomes more competitive. Tourism tends to be more substantial during the dry season (January to April). St Lucia tends to be popular due to its tropical weather and scenery and its numerous beaches and resorts.

Other tourist attractions include a drive-in volcano, Sulphur Springs (at Soufrière), the Botanical Gardens, the rain forests, and Pigeon Island National Park, which is home to Fort Rodney, an old British military base.

The majority of tourists visit St. Lucia as part of a cruise. Most of their time tends to be spent in Castries, although Soufriere, Marigot Bay and Gros Islet are popular locations to visit.

A panorama of Marigot Bay

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Notes

  1. ^ a b c "Members of the House of Assembly", Government of St. Lucia, 2008, stlucia.gov.lc (see below: References).
  2. ^ a b c d "Saint Lucia". International Monetary Fund. http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2009/02/weodata/weorept.aspx?sy=2006&ey=2009&scsm=1&ssd=1&sort=country&ds=.&br=1&c=362&s=NGDPD%2CNGDPDPC%2CPPPGDP%2CPPPPC%2CLP&grp=0&a=&pr.x=66&pr.y=9. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Saint Lucia Constitution" (1978-Dec-20 effective 1979-Feb-22), Government of St. Lucia, December 2008, www.stlucia.gov.lc (see below: References).
  4. ^ "Undp.org" (PDF). http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDI_2008_EN_Tables.pdf. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Kweyolphone Countries Take Stock of the Language's Growth". Government of Saint Lucia. http://stlucia.gov.lc/pr2005/may/kweyolphone_countries_take_stock_of_the_languages_growth.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Infoplease.com". Infoplease.com. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0855613.html. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Oecd.org". http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/18/23/34792376.xls. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Human Development Report 2009 - Saint Lucia". hdrstats.undp.org. http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/data_sheets/cty_ds_LCA.html. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  9. ^ "St. Lucia Culture". Flights To St. Lucia. http://www.flightstostlucia.com/culture-of-st-lucia. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  10. ^ "Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) - U.S. Department of Labor". Dol.gov. http://www.dol.gov/ilab/media/reports/iclp/tda2001/saint-lucia.htm. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  11. ^ "Saint Lucia Colleges and University Directory. Universities and Colleges in Higher Education of (Saint Lucia ). Universities, Colleges, Departments, Schools, Institutes of Saint Lucia, version: 2009-11-16,1687412353". University-directory.eu. http://www.university-directory.eu/Saint-Lucia/Saint-Lucia.html. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 

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North America : Caribbean : Saint Lucia
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Quick Facts
Capital Castries
Government Westminster-style parliamentary democracy
Currency East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Area 616 sq km
Population 166,312 (July 2006 est.)
Language English (official), French patois
Religion Roman Catholic 90%, Protestant 7%, Anglican 3%
Electricity 240V/50Hz (United Kingdom plug)
Calling Code +1-758
Internet TLD .lc
Time Zone UTC -4

Saint Lucia [1] is a British Commonwealth country that is an island in the Caribbean, off the coast of Central America. It lies between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago.

The twin Pitons (Gros Piton and Petit Piton) are striking cone-shaped peaks south of Soufriere that are one of the scenic natural highlights of the Caribbean.

Map of Saint Lucia
Map of Saint Lucia
  • The Sulfur Springs - just south of Soufriere, these hot springs are one of the main attractions on the island. There is a pool that the hot water runs through, so make sure to take your swimming trunks and go for a dip!
  • Pigeon Island nature reserve - just north of Gros Islet, the park has some of the oldest buildings on St.Lucia and affords views across to Martinique.
  • Rainforest hikes - there are several offical hiking routes on the island. The Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries [2] site has links to information about the ones they support.

Understand

Climate

Tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season from January to April, rainy season from May to August; Experiences hurricanes.

Terrain

Volcanic and mountainous with some broad, fertile valleys; Natural hazards : volcanic activity.

Highest point 
Mount Gimie 950 m

History

The island, with its fine natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979.

Independence 
22 February 1979 (from UK)
National holiday 
Independence Day, 22 February (1979)
Constitution 
22 February 1979
Soufriere Harbor
Soufriere Harbor

By plane

St. Lucia has two airports,

  • George FL Charles Airport (SLU), which is near Castries.
  • Hewanorra International (UVF), which is near Vieux Fort.

- George FL Charles Airport is closer to many of the all-inclusive resorts, has a modest terminal and runway able to easily support inter-island commercial flights. For less-experienced pilots in high-performance aircraft, the over-water approach and hills on both sides of runway can seem a bit harrowing, but prevailing winds are usually favorable. The airport is right next to Vigie beach, so it's possible to top up your sun tan while you wait for your flight.

- Hewanorra is larger, but can be an 1 hour by Taxi from most of the major resorts in the north. However, the journey north is a good way to see the island except if you arrive at night.

More information on both airports can be found on the official website for the St.Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority [3]

By boat

Ferries to and from neighbouring islands are available, if rather expensive.

The most extensive official service is operated by Express des Isles [4], which runs services to Martinique, Guadeloupe, etc.

Channel Shuttles Inc. operate a slightly cheaper ferry service (235 ECD including departure tax) to Martinique operating from Castries at 10.00 on Wednesday and 15.00 on Thursdays. They can be contacted on 7139701/4518161 or their office can be found in the ferry terminal just outside of Castries.

Cruise ships (usually one or two at a time) are frequent visitors to the small, picturesque harbor. An open air mall abuts the main pier and offers "duty free" shops. See "Buy" below.

Catamaran rides from Soufriere to Rodney Bay are also offered through a local tour company (to be updated).

Get around

The main way for tourists to get around St. Lucia is by taxi, either arranged by the hotel, taxi agency or individual operators. The tours arranged by resorts are usually the most expensive way to travel but might offer food and drink. Using a local taxi operator to plan your own adventure will be much more affordable. Your hotel staff should provide you with a number of a taxi agency or operator that they use regularly. The prices are generally fixed but you can shop around to get the best rate if given several numbers. Many taxi drivers that run from the resorts to the marketplaces will offer tours of the island for around $145 per van load. Each van will hold between 6 and 12 people.

For the budget travellers or the more adventurous tourists, local buses provide a cheap and fun way of getting around. They are small vans which hold around 10-14 people and vary in quality. They run irregularly, but frequently from rural towns to urban centers, (i.e. Soufriere to Castries, Soufriere to Vieux Fort, Vieux Fort to Castries), each day most travelling to Castries in the morning and returning to Soufriere] late afternoon. They are very affordable and provide a unique experience each time; the vehicle operators often decorate the interiors and play their own music, either a mix of Caribbean flavours or country. If you want to try and take a transport discuss your route and travel time with one of the local staff familiar with the bus system. Many of them likely take a transport to and from work.

Water taxis are a main source of income for many locals and can be a much quicker, convenient and picturesque method of traveling short distances to private beaches or coastal towns. Many water taxi operators in the Town of Soufriere can be found at the jetty. The rates of these drivers are a little high and can be bargained down. There are a few taxi owners who regularly play dominoes and sell drinks near the Hummingbird Hotel and Soufriere beach. They can offer a much cheaper rate. From Soufriere, you can take a water taxi to Anse Chastenet and Jalousie Beaches.

A helicopter taxi can be taken from Hewannora airport to Vigie airport and is a quick and spectacular way to get to the resorts on the Northern end of the island.

  • Windward Islands [5] - Windward Islands, the yacht charter company, can take care of all charter requirements, from bareboat to crewed in St Lucia (starting Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay), Martinique and St Vincent. Operating from 8 offices (USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Caribbean, Monaco).
Languages 
English (official), French patois

Buy

Castries market is a good place to buy gifts as is the JQ Shopping Mall in Rodney Bay. There is also La Place Carenage, a duty free and gift and souvenir outlet located in the main harbour of Castries. There you will find fine jewellry arts and crafts, ideal for gifts.

Supermarkets have quite good prices on rums produced or bottled on the island, e.g., look for Elements 8, Admiral Rodney, Chairman's Reserve.

Visits by cruise ships over the years have generated a duty free mall (at dockside, Point Seraphine, Castries) with jewelry, souvenirs, art, liquor/rums and other offerings typical for cruise shoppers.

You may also find lower, "duty-Free" prices available across the island in strip malls and resortts. You may need identification as a visitor to qualify for duty-free treatment.

Eat Local

St Lucian food consists mainly of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and a variety of curry, jerk, rice and stewed dishes. The coal pot is a delicious stew, traditional to native carib cultures and can be found at many local restaurants in Castries, Soufriere and Vieux-Fort. Vegetarian and meat rotis can be found at a number of small local restaurants. Ask any local for the best roti shop and he or she will tell you how to get there. Rotis are usually made fresh in the morning so, if eating a spicy early lunch is of interest, it's highly recommended. Local cuisine is prepared throughout the island so, depending on where you are staying, ask a local if he or she knows someone/somewhere that prepares local food and you will be sure to be welcomed somewhere nearby. Many rum shacks in rural towns also prepare food if given advanced notice. Fish, veggie, chicken and goat meals are very common and usually come with a number of sides including salad, plantain, breadfruit, macaroni, and rice prepared a number of different ways.

For a quick snack, barbeques with chicken and pork can be found in any community on a Friday night. The food is well marinated and spiced. Soak up the sauce with a barbequed or fried bake. Fried chicken and fish can also be found, and are quite delicious.

There are weekly parties and festivals held in various communities throughout the island where you can also sample a range of local foods, including sea food, barbequed meats, salads and drinks. These festivals are filled with dancing, drinks, food and music. Let your hair down, try some cuisine and lime it up. Be sure to ask what is in the pots before you sample the food. For those environmentally conscious, blackfish is porpoise.

Friday night: Anse La Raye "Seafood Friday"
Friday night: Rodney Bay Jump-up
Every Second Saturday: Castries Coal Pot
Saturday: Dennery (East coast) Fish Fry

Eat International

Rodney Bay is full of people from all over the world and the restaurants reflect the diversity. You can find a variety of cuisines, from East Indian to Italian including local dishes of course, in a small area.

Drink

St. Lucia has fantastic Rum Punch. It's hard to go wrong. Highly recommended:

  • Chairman's Reserve (cask-aged dark rum)
  • Crystal Lime (clear rum infused with lime)
    • Elements 8

Most bars will have both, even at the smaller resorts.

In addition to rums, Piton Lager beer is is brewed and bottled on the island and is quite good (although it has a slightly higher alcohol content than most American beers). It's usually offered in eight ounce bottles, often for $1 US.

Also seen in coolers: Heineken, Champagne, Wine, Water, Coke (usually $1 US)

Sleep

St. Lucia is home to a huge number of resort hotels as well as small boutique hotels and self-catering villas, condos, and vacation apartments.

  • Villa Beach Cottages Castries. [6] Self-catering beachfront villas.
  • The Inn On The Bay Marigot Bay. [7] A romantic 5-room Hotel overlooking beautiful Marigot Bay.
  • Oasis Marigot, 177 Seaview Avenue (Marigot Bay), 1-800-263-4202, [8]. checkin: 4:00 PM; checkout: 11:00 AM. Oasis Marigot is a vacation community nestled on the hillside overlooking Marigot Beach, St. Lucia. It offers different types of accommodations to fit any travel budget. All units enjoy a spectacular view of the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean. Active vacationers who want a unique experience, such as island hopping on a 42-foot yacht, diving or sailing, will find it at Oasis Marigot. From $159.  edit
  • Mago Hotel, Soufriere. Eco-Hotel, overlooking the bay, set amongst the tropical forest  edit
  • East Winds Inn [9]
  • Ladera - 5 Star - Amazing Views, Eco-Tourist [10]
  • Sandals - Exclusive, couples only- [11]
  • Rendezvous [12]
  • LeSPORT [13]
  • Stonefield Estate Villa Resort [14]
  • Anse Chastenet - 5 Star [15]
  • Fond Doux Plantation- 3 Star [16]
  • Coconut Bay Resort & Spa (Vieux Fort) [17]
  • Calabash Cove Resort - Boutique, Ocean front cottages 5 Star [18]

Learn

The island has a rather turbulent history. It's worth taking a "Jungle Safari" around the rainforests, as this also includes much information on the island itself.

There is a marine sanctuary (national park) on one side of the island by the Anse Chastenet resort. Great spot to learn about local marine life & ecology.

Stay safe

Recently there have been a series of brutal midnight attacks on foreign hotel guests in their rooms. These attacks include rape and robbery. The police are ineffective. See the "Crime" section of the US State Department's web page on St. Lucia for more info: [19] . More information is available on the St. Lucia website. [20]

Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (includes Special Service Unit and Coast Guard)

Castries Central Market is a popular place for pickpockets. Heed care.

Street vendors can be very forceful in their approach, much more than on some of the other Caribbean islands. If necessary, be firm in your refusal if you do not want to buy from them. Be aware that every tour stop and scenic overlook on the island has several of these street vendors. Be careful and watch yourself.

Vendors in canoes, selling shells and cheap jewelry, are even more aggressive in their approach. If your catamaran tour stops at a beach, the canoe vendors will approach the boat and hang onto the side of the boat, lurking there and waiting for sales the entire time until the catamaran leaves.

Always refuse anything that a person wants to "give" to you, even if you ask the price and they say that you can just have the item. They will only ask you to pay them for the item soon afterward and will be aggressive and yell at you and/or the tour operator until they collect the money.

Driving can be tough with steep winding hills dotted with potholes. Less intrepid visitors may prefer taxis.

Stay healthy

This island is a series of hills and mountains. The driving is the most hair-raising series of winding hair pin turns you will ever see might have an effect on you if you above the age of 60. Think of driving up and down Lombard Street in San Francisco for an hour or so. Needless to say if you are at all prone to motion sickness, bring the Dramamine. If you fly into the big airport and stay in Castries, as most tourists do, take your pills the minute that you clear customs. It is probably the biggest health risk that you face in St. Lucia(talking to tourist who have sicknesses).

  • All beaches on St. Lucia are open to the public.
  • Nude sunbathing is illegal in St. Lucia.
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