About St. Lucia
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St Lucia is simply beautiful. An emerald island in the Caribbean where you will find a unique mixture of history, culture and quiet charm. It is rich in natural beauty, from inland tropical forests to dramatic waterfalls and lovely sandy beaches. Although St Lucia (pop. 161,000, GDP/cap US$13,500) is a former British colony (it gained independence in 1979), the French settled the island in the 17th century.
French influence is deeply felt today, in the names of its cities, towns and bays, in the architecture and in the French-inflected patois spoken by the islanders. English, however, is spoken at all major hotels, major tourist attractions and restaurants.
St Lucia is famous for the twin peaks of the magnificent Pitons, rainforest walks, waterfalls, golden beaches and bubbling volcanic springs. It even boasts a drive-in volcano.
St Lucia enjoys economic and political stability, has a friendly, easygoing population and boasts claim to the moniker Helen of the West Indies. This Windward Island is fast emerging as the destination of choice for real estate investment, holiday home or retirement living.
Ideally situated midway down the arc of islands that constitutes the Caribbean chain, the 27-mile long and 14-mile wide island is serviced by two international airports and is the perfect launch pad for sailing expeditions to the nearby Grenadines.
St Lucia’s jazz festival attracts visitors from all over the world every May and Carnival in July is a week-long party for the whole island. In fact, St Lucians love to party and beside the annual flower festivals, Christmas, New Year, the Calypso Competition and the Independence Day celebrations, some of the villages hold main street jump ups every Friday night of the year.
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