Travel to Saint-Lucia

Travel to Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is an island state in the Antilles which is part of the Windward Islands. It is located on the eastern edge of the Caribbean Islands. It is also located between the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and Martinique. The island has an area of ​​620 km2 and with a population of 187,768 inhabitants. The capital of Saint Lucia is Castries. The name of Saint Lucia is inspired by Lucia of Syracuse, moreover it is the only state in the world to bear the name of a woman.

History

The history of the island dates back to a thousand years BC. Indeed, at that time the island was inhabited by a people of Amerindians who are the Arawaks. It was in the 9th century that the Kalinagos became the majority on the island. At the beginning of the 16th century, Spanish merchants discovered the island and named it Lucia of Syracuse. After this discovery, the Europeans tried to settle there gradually, but without success. It was France which succeeded in establishing a real colony there and signed a treaty with the Caribbean in 1660. The island was later discussed by France and Great Britain and finally it was the United Kingdom which obtained control. total with the Treaty of Paris. And so the island became independent in 1979 and joined the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. Since 2013, the island of Saint Lucia has become a member of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.

Language and culture

With the colonization of France and Great Britain, the languages ​​of the island are heterogeneous. Indeed, English is the official language of Saint Lucia, but the first language is a Saint Lucian Creole based on French lexicon. On the cultural level, this influence of France was very present with the Creole culture.

Places to visit on the island

The island of Saint Lucia is very visited in terms of tourism with places that are attracting more and more people. To this end, tourism remains the most profitable sector in the country.

Castries

Being the capital of Saint Lucia, Castries is a popular place on the island with its many restaurants, bars and supermarkets. Castries is also rich in history with satisfying buildings and magnificent views. Also, in terms of gastronomy, a taste tour is also an excellent option.

Rodney Bay

Located in the north, Rodney Bay has a bluish cove in tropical greenery. Rodney Bay has some great and popular beaches including Reduit Beach which is the most visited beach on the island. There is also the option of a workout such as Kayaking in the sea.

Gros Islet and Pigeon Island

Gros Islet has several brick houses with magnificent colors. In these houses, you will have bars and others at your disposal for relaxation with family or friends.

For Pigeon Island, you can visit it with extraordinary views of tropical bird species. Historically, the beach has several traces of the colonial era which gives it another historical significance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The island of Saint Lucia is located on the edge of the Caribbean Sea, between Martinique and the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The island of Saint Lucia is a mountainous volcanic island, covered with jungles and clear water. It is a tropical paradise which attracts lovers of nature, flora and fauna. A destination to discover in an all-inclusive package, for a getaway, vacation stays, or hiking at the 'two Pitons', a renowned attraction of the island classified as a Unesco Heritage Site. On Friday evenings, Saint Lucia is vibrant and it's party time in the streets to the rhythm of the calypso.
Mid-December to mid-March is high season in Saint Lucia. It is therefore the best time of the year to go there. As with other destinations in the West Indies, from May the rainy season sets in and precipitation can become more frequent. It is an island that can be affected by hurricanes from August.
Beach, sailing, diving, and all land and sea nature activities can be enjoyed in Saint Lucia.
The current currency on the island of Saint Lucia is the East Caribbean dollar (XCD) which is equivalent to 2.24 XCD for $ 1 CAD (according to the daily rate); US dollars are also accepted.
The local time in Saint Lucia is the same as in Quebec during the summer period. When Quebec changes its time in the fall, a delay of one hour is to be expected.
The island of Saint Lucia is a constitutional monarchy, headed by Queen Elizabeth II; the island gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1979.
The typical souvenirs of the island of Saint Lucia are products of local crafts like banana oils, spices, wood carvings, colorful batiks and handmade brooms. You will also find duty-free products, since Saint Lucia is a port for cruise ships that stop there every day during high season.