One of the most naturally beautiful islands in the Caribbean, St Lucia lies within the Windward Islands, midway between Martinique and St Vincents. It is dominated by mountainous terrain and lush tropical vegetation, the majoity of which holds National Park protection status. The capital, Castries, located in the northeast of the island, is home to over 40% of the population. Many of St Lucia's popular hotels and resorts are located nearby including the resorts of Reduit Beach, Rodney Bay and Marigot Bay. To the south of Castries lie the famous Pitons, Gros and Petit, surrounded by densely forested hills and valleys. The area is home to banana plantations, fishing villages and the quaint, old French-colonial township of Souffriere. St. Lucia is a lively, typically Caribbean destination with a rich and unique identity. Fought over by the French and the British for over 150 years the island finally came under British rule in 1814 and remained so until independence in 1979. St Lucia's French heritage is still evident within its cuisine, with many Creole influenced dishes on offer including saltfish, callaloo and spicy stews and curries.
- Language: English
- Flight from UK: 16 hours 5 minutes
- Visa: No
- Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar
- Time difference: (GMT-4)