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Saint Lucia, a volcanic island nation in the heart of the Caribbean, is in the eastern Caribbean Sea near where to it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Due to its turbulent volcanic past, Saint Lucia is world famous for its dramatic, beautiful natural scenery.

Where to find Saint Lucia

The island is part of the Lesser Antilles, which is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. If you look at these islands on a map, you’ll see that they form a long arc between the Greater Antilles and South America.

Saint Lucia is near the centre of this chain, located northeast of nearby Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and northwest of Barbados, with Martinique above it as another close neighbour. Saint Lucia is not a large island, being only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide.

The history of the island

The first people to live on Saint Lucia were French pirates, who set up camp on Pigeon Island in the late 1550s. English people also settled there, after a ship called the Oliphe Blossome was blown off-course and ended up at Saint Lucia in 1605. However, it was the French that gave the island its name, calling it after Saint Lucy of Syracuse.

The French and the English have both shown interest in Saint Lucia over the centuries, and its ownership has changed hands many times.

Saint Lucia today

Less than 200,000 people live permanently on the island, according to an estimate by the United Nations in 2016. Most people live in Castries, the capital city, with others popular places to live including Gros Islet and Vieux Fort.  Saint Lucia is an independent state with its own government, the principle languages are English, French and Saint Lucian Creole and the currency is the East Caribbean dollar.

Unsurprisingly due to its many natural attractions, one of the main industries on Saint Lucia is tourism. Other leading industries include offshore banking, manufacturing and businesses such as banana plantations which the government has been doing much to revive.

Saint Lucia has a vibrant culture, with influences ranging from French and English to Carib and African found in the food and language in particular. Its people are known to be extremely welcoming and the island boasts much world-class accommodation to attract visitors too.

Geography and climate

Saint Lucia has a tropical climate like its Caribbean island neighbours, with a dry season from December to May and a rainy, wet season from June to November.

The island has a variety of landscapes, from huge volcanic peaks and spires such as the famous ‘Pitons’ (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to valleys, rainforests and attractive beaches. Saint Lucia is incredibly green, with ample palm trees, gardens and botanical gardens.

To find out more about visiting Saint Lucia, contact the experts. The friendly, knowledgeable team at St Lucia Holiday Experts will be happy to help you plan the perfect escape to this unforgettable Caribbean island. Please feel free to get in touch for a chat about your plans.

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