General Information About St. Lucia

St. Lucia is an island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of St. Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. It covers a land area of 620 km2 (238 sq mi) and its capital city is Castries.

St. Lucia has a relatively small population of 173,765 (2009 census), but welcomes another 300,000 tourists every year.

The culture of St. Lucia has been influenced by African, East Indian, French and English heritage. One of the secondary languages is Creole, a form of French patois.

The currency is the East Caribbean Dollar (EC$). There is a healthy banking system in St. Lucia with many North American and European banks represented here.

While many visitors arrive by boat, most air travellers arrive at the Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux-Fort, just minutes from George’s Bay. This airport is served by regular flights from the US, Canada, the UK, Germany and more. Car rentals are available at the airport or in town.

Tours, equipment and training can be arranged for almost any adventure you can imagine!

The island is fully wired and wireless for cellular and internet use.

The island has excellent health services available 24 hrs/day including the St. Jude Hospital in Vieux Fort.

For more information about St. Lucia please visit the following websites:

 

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