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    Part of the Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. The Island borders the Caribbean Sea on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east.

    Located on the northwest coast of the island, Castries is one of the major tourist hubs in Saint Lucia and acts as a main port of call for cruise ships. Cruise ships dock at Pointe Seraphine, located north of the harbor, where tourists can take advantage of duty free shopping. In and around Castries, travelers can visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the Castries food and craft market, Fort Charlotte at the top of Morne Fortune and take time to sunbathe at Vigie Beach, Choc Beach, La Toc Beach or Reduit Beach.

    One of the Windward Islands, Saint Lucia was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French inhabitants who were the first European colonizers on the island, signing a treaty with the native Caribbean people in 1660. Just a few short years later, England took control of the island in 1663. The change in power marked an on-going war with France and in 1814, the British claimed control of the island. As a result of the power struggle between Britain and France, Saint Lucia is also known as the "Helen of the West Indies." After the abolition of slavery in 1834, Saint Lucia remained an agricultural island, dedicated to producing tropical commodity crops, such as bananas. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979.

    Saint Lucia is an independent member state of the British Commonwealth with a Westminster style parliamentary democracy. The House of Assembly consists of 17 elected members, elected every five years, and the Senate is comprised of 9 Senators who are appointed by the Governor General. The Cabinet is led by the Prime Minister and other selected Ministers of the United Workers Party, the majority party of the House of Assembly.

    Saint Lucia is culinary paradise. Most restaurants offer playful European menus enlivened with island flavors. There are excellent ethnic restaurants—Chinese, Creole, French, Indian, West Indian, and beyond. Local (West Indian) delicacies include roast suckling pig, spiny lobster, crab, and curries. Restaurants catering predominantly to locals offer soused conch, turtle stews and goat.

    Useful Links
    Visit the website of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board for more information about this Caribbean destination.

    Note: Information provided on this page were derived from a combination of internal research and readily-available outside sources, such as destination tourism offices, official press releases and marketing media kits.

    Fast Facts

    Capital: Castries

    Motto: "The Land, The People, The Light"

    Anthem: "Sons and Daughters of Saint Lucia"

    Language: English and Saint Lucian Creole French

    Population: The population of Saint Lucia is estimated at 165,000 plus as of 2012. Saint Lucia's population is primarily of African and mixed African-European descent.

    Climate: Cooling trade winds keep St. Lucia's sub tropic climate mild. Random tropical showers can be expected from the months of June to November.

    Currency: East Caribbean Dollar. The US dollar is widely accepted on the island.

    Government: Independent democratic nation. Part of British commonwealth.

    Geography Martinique is 21 miles from the northern tip and St. Vincent is 26 miles from the southern tip. Both can be seen in the distance on a clear day.

    Time Zone: 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

    Electricity: 220 volts, 50 cycles AC. Some hotels are 110 volts, 60 cycles.

    Travel Information
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    By Air
    - George FL Charles Airport (SLU), near Castries
    - Hewanorra International (UVF), near Vieux Fort

    Airlines servicing the United States and Canada include American Airlines, US Airways, Delta, JetBlue, Air Canada and West Jet from the UK.

    Airlines servicing Europe include British Airway and Virgin Atlantic. Condor offers flights from Frankfurt, Germany during the winter. For passengers from France, daily service is available through Martinique and Guadeloupe on Air Caraibes and Air Antilles or via Ferry.

    Airlines servicing Saint Lucia within the Caribbean include American Eagle, LIAT, Air Caraibes, Air Antilles Express, Red Jet and Caribbean Airlines.

    Flight Times From Major Cities
    - Three and half hours from Miami
    - Four hours from New York
    - Five hours from Toronto
    - Eight hours from London

    By Sea
    When visiting St. Lucia via cruise, every traveler will need to present an ED card when exiting and boarding their ship. This card will allow visitors to to leave the ship and partake in various activities on the island. If a person doesn't have this card prepared, they will have to wait in line and fill one out before they can explore the island.

    Save time by printing and filling out the ED card in this link.

    Cruise Opportunities
    Carnival Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard, Holland American, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Pearl Seas, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, Windstar Cruises

    Entry Requirements
    Visitors are required to have passports that are valid for 3 months prior to end date of travel. Visas are not required for US and certain Commonwealth country citizens.

    All visitors, including US citizens, who are traveling between the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda by land or sea, including ferry transport, may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security.

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