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.
Language: English, Kewyo
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.
Things to do
Sulphur springs (Soufriere)
St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival (annual May)
Gros Islet Party
Where to stay
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!
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.
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
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.