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About Saint Lucia
St Lucia is a country on the Caribbean island. It has a population of about 170,000. Majority of the population are Roman Catholics.
The capital city and largest port is famous for The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the largest church in the Caribbean and palm-lined Vigie beach. Near the harbour, you can enjoy duty-free shopping or visit the lively Castries market for a range of local products.
St Lucia has a warm and humid climate with two seasons, the wet season – June to November and the dry season, December to May. This period, December to May is the best time to visit.
Lightweight casual clothing is recommended as the climate is tropical. A light sweater or jacket is also recommended for cool evenings.
Road transport is the most popular means of transportation. Minibuses run frequently between popular places. Taxis are more comfortable and easier and you can hire through taxi companies or you can hail one on the street. You can also take water taxis to popular bays and beaches.
St. Lucians are friendly and lively people, and they celebrate their history and heritage with many festivals and events throughout the year, such as:
- Independence Day: in honour of their independence from Great Britain
- St. Lucia Jazz Festival: featuring international and local artists
- Carnival: St. Lucia, like other Caribbean countries, celebrate carnival, a colourful celebration of St. Lucian way of life.
- Atlantic Rally for Cruisers: a sailing competition
With a coastline along the Caribbean Sea, St. Lucia is a stunning island with some of the best waters for water sports. Scuba diving is especially popular. Sailing is also popular and you can charter a yacht and enjoy the beautiful Caribbean waters. If you’re tired of the water, take a short or long hike through the mountainous rainforest or enjoy a round of golf at one of the golf courses.
Some other places worth exploring in St. Lucia are:
- The Pitons: twin peaks that are on the UNESCO World Heritage site list. These scenic peaks are St. Lucia’s gem. You can hike the trail to the top of the peak and enjoy the beautiful natural landscape along the way.
- La Soufriere sulphur springs: it features a drive-in volcano of bubbling pools of muddy, sulphuric water. Here, you can also have a soothing hot water bath in the healing sulphur water of Soufriere Hot Springs.
- Pigeon Island National Park: features ruins of St Lucia’s former military fort. It is also home to two beaches.
- Diamond Botanical Gardens: home to a diverse range of flora, and the Diamond Waterfall.
- Tet Paul Nature Trail: located close to the Pitons peak, this trail features breath-taking views of the island.
There is a wide range of suitable and comfortable accommodation in St. Lucia to ensure you enjoy a great stay on this beautiful island.
Facts about Saint Lucia
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How do I travel out of Saint Lucia?Get Visa from Saint Lucia
For Saint Lucians looking to travel out of the country. You can check out the list of destinations, how to Get Saint Lucia visa to those countries, Embassies in Saint Lucia and Visa Free Countries for Saint Lucian passport holders
Common Questions Travellers Ask About Saint Lucia
What currency should I take to St Lucia?
The Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar is the currency of St. Lucia. It is pegged to the US dollars. Both currencies are accepted and you can take the US dollars. There are various places in which you can exchange to the EC dollars.
What is the best time of year to go to St Lucia?
The dry season, December to April is the best time to visit. May to June is also a good time to visit.
What is the rainy season in St. Lucia?
The rainy season in St. Lucia is between June to November.
Can I drink the water in St. Lucia?
Tap water in St. Lucia is treated with chlorine and considered to be safe.
Can you use US money in St. Lucia?
Yes, US dollar can be used in St. Lucia, especially in hotels and resorts. Some hotels quote their prices in dollars.
Do they speak English in St. Lucia?
English is the official language of St. Lucia and it is widely spoken.