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Saint Lucia Travel and Tourism

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Saint Lucia is an island nation in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. Its size is 620 km² with an estimated population of 160,000. Its capital is Castries. The island nation has been the home of two Nobel laureates, Arthur Lewis and Derek Walcott, and so can claim the distinction of being the nation with the most such honorees per capita in the world. Saint Lucia is one of the Windward Islands, named for Saint Lucy of Syracuse. It was first visited by Europeans in about the year 1500 and first colonized successfully by France who signed a treaty with the native Carib peoples in 1660. Great Britain took control of the island from 1663 to 1667 then went to war with France over it fourteen times, and finally took complete control in 1814. Because it switched so often between British and French control, Lucia was also known as the "Helen of the West Indies" as it was likened to the mythical Helen of Troy. Representative government came about in 1924 and from 1958 to 1962 the island was a member of the Federation of the West Indies. Finally, on February 22, 1979, Saint Lucia became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations. The island nation celebrates this every year with a public holiday. It is also a member of La Francophonie. 20.9 % of the population of Saint Lucia live on less than $5.00 a day.

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Tourism in Saint Lucia - Castries
Tourism in Saint Lucia Tourism to Saint Lucia is so vital, that it is the runner-up for the position of the most economically-important industry, behind bananas. It is expected that tourism will take the place of the most economically-important industry in Saint Lucia in the near future, as the market for bananas becomes more competitive among the Caribbean islands. Saint Lucia tends to be popular due to its tropical weather and scenery and for its large number of beaches and resorts. Crime is becoming increasingly prevalent in St. Lucia and this could threaten the development of the tourist industry. Other Attractions Although cruises and beaches are what draws most tourists to Saint Lucia, other attractions include: The Pitons, two...

Local and International Food and Drink of Saint Lucia - Castries
Local and International Food and Drink of Saint Lucia Eat Local St Lucian food consists mainly of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and a variety of curry, jerk, rice and stewed dishes. The coal pot is a delicous stew, traditional to native carib cultures and can be found at many local restaurants in Castries, Soufriere and Vieux-Fort. Vegetarian and meat rotis can be found at a number of small local restaurants, ask any local for the best roti shop and they'll tell you how to get there. Roti's are usually made fresh in the morning so if eating a spicy early lunch is of interest, its highly recommended. Local cuisine is prepared throughout the island, so depending on where you are staying ask a local if they know someone/somewhere that prepares local food and you will be...

St. Lucia's Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa Offering Honeymoon Package - Castries
St. Lucia's Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa Offering Honeymoon Package With its soaring mountains and fertile landscape, St. Lucia just looks like you think the Caribbean should...and we think it makes a great honeymoon destination. We just received word of a new honeymoon package offered by Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa which is set on St. Lucia's exotic southern coast. The Package: The CocoMoon Luxury Honeymoon Package, priced at an all-inclusive rate of $400 a night, offers couples the chance to enjoy the more intimate side exotic St. Lucia before settling down at home. Adding the icing to wedding cake, the resort's extraordinary offer includes over $1,200 of additional complimentary amenities and upgrades. Upon arrival honeymooners are greeted by a champagne welcome reception ...

Festivals of Saint Lucia - Castries
Festivals of Saint Lucia Saint Lucian cultural festivals include La Rose and La Marguerite, the one representing the Rosecrucian order, the other one representing Freemasonry,as seen in a mural painted by Dunstan St. Omer, which depicts the holy trinity of Osiris, Horus and Isis. The Christmas season is celebrated and a number of small festivals and parades take place throughout the island. Saint Lucia also celebrates a cultural festival known as Jounen Kweyol (Creole Day). This is celebrated each year on the week of the 27th of October. On the Sunday of this week, the various towns chosen to host this festival put out the result of their grand preparations; local food and drink such as breadfruit and salt fish, manicou (agouti) and roast ba...

The Tourist Month of Saint Lucia - Castries
The Tourist Month of Saint Lucia The western shores of St Lucia are a mighty fine place to be from December to March when the rain eases off a bit. Predictably, these are also the busiest months on the island when both the numbers of tourists and the costs of food, airline tickets and accommodation are much higher. After mid-April many of the prices drop as much as 50%. Carnival in July has not yet been overrun by visitors and can be a good way to be thrown head long into St Lucia culture.