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Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia
Continent: The Americas 
Capital: Castries
Population: 183,600 (2014 World Bank data)
Dialing Code: +1 758
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Time zone: (UTC-4)
Language: English

 

 

 

Saint Lucia is an island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea.  Two distinctive mountains, the Pitons rest on its west coast and it is well known for its beaches and reef diving sites as well as its waterfalls and rainforest.They say first impressions are important and St. Lucia creates a lasting first impression on visitors on arrival. They are greeted by the unforgettable sight of the Piton Mountains and while other Caribbean islands lay claim to other beautiful beaches, St. Lucia will tempt you to stay on its shores more.


Throughout history, the Island has changed hands 14 times between France and England, resulting in the frequent change of power and its nickname “Helen of the West Indies”. In 1814, the British took definitive control of the island but they lost it when the island country gained its independence in 1979.


Various cultural legacies linger from the colonial style plantations dot the landscape of the country with the final result being a destination that will captivate and pamper visitors.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Saint Lucia is the perfect destination, whether you're after romance, rejuvenation or adventure. Natural waterfalls, breath-taking views, friendly locals and authentic culture impress the most travelled individuals for a holiday with lasting memories. Tropical weather, welcoming accommodations, and unexpected adventures await all who travel to this paradise island. Explore the market resorts and intimate inns. Bask together under the Caribbean sun, sail into a champagne sunset, and cuddle beneath the vast starry sky. Go snorkeling and scuba diving on St. Lucia Natural and artificial coral. Explore Castries, the island capital city, beautiful in every shade or time of the day. It is surrounded by hills and its large bay is a condtant hive of activity.


Visit the picturesque little village of choiseula nd Laborie and marvel at the Diamond waterfalls in the Diamond Botanical Gardens and Sulphur Springs. Soar above the rainforest in a high adrenaline zip line experience or check out the weekly Friday street party at Gros Islet for some nighttime fun.


For nature lovers plantation tours cover Amerindian settlement and historic buildings of the sugar trade. Explore the islands, rainforest, mountain and plantation walks with local guides. Turtle and whale watching are fun extras

 

Business

Saint Lucia’s economy still relies heavily on agriculture but has broadened during the last 15 years  to tourism and light manufacturing. The government is focusing its efforts on further diversification of the economy and deregulation measures have been put in place. The main agricultural exports are bananas, coconuts and cocoa and manufactured goods.

Climate

The hot tropical climate which occurs throughout most of the year is an invitation to tourists. December and May but there is increased rainfall in summer and towards the end of the year. The beaches around the North receive cooling trade winds while the interior is susceptible to hurricane.  

Communications

Cell phone coverage is good on the island with roaming agreements being made in progress. Airmail takes up to one week. 

Customs

St. Lucians are friendly and hospitable and encourage tourism. Casual wear is acceptable although some hotels and restaurants encourage guests to dress for dinner. t is an offence for anyone, including children, to dress in camouflage clothing. Certain homosexual acts are against the law. English is the official language but French patois is widely spoken.

Duty Free

The following items may be imported into St Lucia by travellers over the age of 18 without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225g of tobacco.
• 1.2L of alcoholic beverages.
• Other gifts or souvenirs to the value of US$250.

You may only claim this allowance once a year.

Banned imports:
The following items may not be brought into the St Lucia:

• Counterfeit currency and coins.
• Indecent or obscene photographs, painting or objects.
• Any narcotics including marijuana, morphine, LSD, opium and morphine.
• Flick knives and blades.
• Shaving brushes made in or exported from Japan.
• All matter associated with black magic and occultism.

Banned exports:
The following items may not be exported from St Lucia without the correct consent:

• Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
• Ginger and dry coconuts.
• Any goods that have the coat of arms or the flag of St Lucia.
• Rare or threatened species of animals or plants, their products and derivatives.

Electricity

St. Lucia has 220 volt electricity, meaning unless your computer or appliance is dual voltage or designed for 220 volts, you will need a converter or transformer. The cycles (Hz) are 50 per second.

Getting Around

Local minibuses are available and are affordable too. Boat charters can be accesed at Castries, Marigot and Rodney Bay. Car hire and taxi services are cheap but you should agree upon a price before you get in. Tipping is unnecessarily.

Health

The cost of healthcare is high and payment in cash is usually expected. Serious health cases are transferred to other neighboring countries. Water from the mains is relatively safe and bottled water is available.  Barracuda should not be eaten due to risk of ciguatera poisoning.

Language

English is the official language but French patois is widely spoken.

Money

The official currency of Saint Lucia is the East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

Passport Visa

To enter St. Lucia a passport of six months is required. Cntact your embassy/high commission for visa requirements 

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