Saint Lucia

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Overview of Island

It has been said that St. Lucia changed hands fourteen times between primarily the French and the British since the original inhabitant of the Carib Indians.  British ruled from 1814 to 1979 when the Island achieved its Independent status.  St. Lucians derive their identity from the  many  African slaves who were brought to the island to work on the plantations,  coupled with East Indian indentured servants and persons of  European origin. Although English is the official language of business and instruction, most people speak  Kewyo or Creole which is a type of patois that  reflects the African  and French mixed influence on the culture.  The use of Creole has been encouraged over more recent years as recognition of their own identity.    


Capital:  Castries 

Language:  English, Kewyo 

Population:  183,627 


First known as "Louanalao' by the Arawak Indians in 200 AD which meant 'Island of the Iguanas" and then "Hewanorra" in 800 AD by the Caribs until the 1600's.  These Indians fought fearlessly  over hundred of years to retain control from the Spanish, French and English.  Among the many warriors was Francois Le Clerc who used Pigeon Island as a barrier from behind which  to attack Spanish ships.  Pigeon Island is  now a National landmark with historic sites and museums for those interested in the Island's history. Fighting continued until 1814 when the French ceded St. Lucia to the English.   


Saint Lucia was one of the last European colonies to finally declare independence.  In fact, she only became independent within the British Commonwealth in 1979 and finally has a thriving, peaceful economy and sovereign government.


This diversity  has lent to the melting pot of St. Lucia's cultures.  This is seen in some of its archaeological sites, or in a walk along Old town Vieux Fort. 

                                                                                                                                                            

Highlights

Things to do

Drive-in volcano

Sulphur springs (Soufriere)

Rain Forests

St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival (annual May)

Gros Islet Party

Where to stay

Bay Gardens Hotel

A Charming Choice in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia Hotels.

Jade Mountain

Jade Mountain Resort is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty. A Resort within a resort at Anse Chastanet - luxury beyond your imagination!

Oasis Marigot

Our villas offer St. Lucia travelers a new and refreshing vacation rental experience with personalized service, privacy, and always breathtaking views.

East Winds Inn

East Winds is a breathtaking tropical garden by the sea, planted on a sandy, secluded storybook beach.

Rendezvous Resort

Rendezvous is the perfect couples resort. When the Barnard family first opened the doors to paying guests in 1966, the aim was to provide a truly personalised, intimate and romantic holiday.

Crystals Villa Hotel

Crystals St Lucia, brimming with Caribbean mystery and island magic, is indeed a one of a kind travel destination; a unique tree house style property built into nature.

The BodyHoliday LeSport

Set on a secluded cove of white sand beach at the edge of the Caribbean Sea, surrounded by tropical gardens and rainforest, BodyHoliday Saint Lucia is the ultimate getaway for body and mind.

Fond Doux Plantation & Resort

Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, nestled in the heart of St. Lucia is best known for romantic, intimate, and private eco-luxurious cottages. Experience tranquility in St.Lucia.

Anse Chastanet

Anse Chastanet is scenically one of the most spectacular beach resorts in St. Lucia . . .Tranquility • Romance • Adventure ...Anse Chastanet awaits you!

The Inn on The Bay

The Inn on The Bay is a boutique inn that is comfortable and centrally located in the heart of Gravenhurst and offers luxury & relaxed Muskoka comfort.

Coco Palm Resort

Coco Palm is truly Caribbean exuding warm hospitality - You haven’t experienced Saint Lucia if you haven’t stayed at Coco Palm!

Starfish St. Lucia (All Inclusive)

This all-inclusive St Lucia hotel is located in Rodney bay within its own landscaped gardens on the Reduit Beach, the island’s best location with its fine light sands and crystal clear waters. This id

Mystique Royal St. Lucia

An elegant blend of privacy and sophistication on the beautiful island of St Lucia.

Bel Jou (All Inclusive - Adults Only)

Set amid lush tropical gardens with outstanding views overlooking Castries and the Caribbean Sea beyond, Bel Jou is the perfect retreat for nature lovers.

Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa

Discover our family friendly resort and spa! A magnificent Island escape...

Stonefield Villa Resort

ESCAPE. RELAX. REJUVENATE.

Mango Beach Inn

An authentic Caribbean experience.

Bay Gardens Inn

The Intimate, Affordable Hotel in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.

Bay Gardens Marina Haven

A New Addition to Bay Gardens Resorts.

The Landings Resort & Spa

A tropical sanctuary on St. Lucia's Northwest Coast where mellow meets magic.

Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort

Experience Paradise at our St Lucia Resort in Marigot Bay

Ladera Resort (Adults Only)

Welcome to Ladera Resort - 5-Star Luxury in Perfect Harmony with Nature!

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

ESCAPE TO WINDJAMMER LANDING

Villa C'est La Vie

A luxury vacation villa created so you can live your vacation on a whim!

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa (Adults Only)

WELCOME TO CALABASH COVE - YOUR ULTIMATE ST LUCIA ALL INCLUSIVE ESCAPE!

FAQs

How To Get There?
The major airport is: Hewanorra International Airport International flights include: Virgin Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com) and British Airways (www.ba.com) fly to St Lucia direct from London. JetBlue (www.jetblue.com) flies direct from New York. Air Canada, Sunwing and WestJet fly out of Canada. Others from France, and US also fly directly into Hewanorra Int'l airport. Regional Airlines serving St Lucia include LIAT (www.liat.com) and Air Caraibes (www.aircaraibes.com) Caribbean Airlines and InterCaribbean Airways fly into George F.L. Charles Airport (or better known as Vigie Airport) as well as SVG Air (Charters) from the souther Eastern Caribbean. Secondary airport is George F.L. Charles Airport (better known as Vigi Airport) is located in castries and serves flights from within the region.
CUISINE KNOWN FOR
St Lucia is known for its national dish consisting of green bananas and salt fish locally known as green figs and saltfish - the Island's national dish. Add fried plantains or a bowl of callaloo soup or a side of breadfruit and you are on your way to being Lucian.
What is our terrain like?
The rugged volcanic island of Saint Lucia is more mountainous than most Caribbean islands, with the highest point being Mount Gimie , at 950 mtrs. (3,120 feet) 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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Lucia
What is the climate like?
Saint Lucia has a tropical climate, hot all year round, with a relatively cool, dry season from December to mid-April and a hot, humid and rainy season from June to November.
What Are The Entry Requirements?
Basic requirements: A valid passport for entry A return airline ticket and/or proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay.
What Are The Marriage Requirements?
Requirements are: - No blood tests - a four day residency requirement, which is exactly how long it will take to get the license, provided you present the required documents. These include: - birth certificates or passports, and change of name documents, if applicable. - proof of divorce or the death certificate of a deceased spouse, if applicable. - If under the age of 18 a sworn affidavit from one of the parties, stamped by a Notary Public. ALL documents must be an authenticated translation into English if originals are not. Notarial Fees and marriage licenses fees include: - Same day - EC$540..00 - Regular - EC$335.00 - Registrar Fees - EC$100.00 - Marriage Certificate - EC$8.00 Couples should submit an application to the St. Lucia attorney general through a local lawyer or other representative. For more information, contact the St. Lucia Tourist Board, Tel.758-452-4094. http://www.visailing.com/articles/married-in-Caribbean/married-in-Caribbean
What Are The Healthcare Options?
There are 36 health and wellness centres plus 3 public hospitals: the main Victoria Hospital 1 psychiatric hospital in Castries (Mental Wellness Centre) and St Jude Hospital in Vieux Fort (a Charity Hospital). Thee is also a 30 bed privately run hospital called Tapion Hospital located minutes from the capital.
Other Useful Facts
Water: safe to drink Electricity: St. Lucia runs on 220-230 volts AC 950 cycles) so visitors must bring an adapter and/or transformer for US appliances. Telecommunications: Good. Serviced by DIGICEL and FLOW. Prepaid phone cards can be purchased island-wide from either provider. Many card and coin public phone boxes can be found around the Island. Cellular phones are available for rent from either provider.