St. Lucia is home to stunning scenery both above and below the water, but the most recognizable feature of this Caribbean island are its two Pitons. These are twin cone-shaped, volcanic peaks that are surrounded by miles of untouched rainforest. Geographically, St. Lucia is part of the Lesser Antilles in the southeast Caribbean Sea. It is located just northeast of the island of St. Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique.
From as early as the 1550s, the Dutch, English and French vied for control of St. Lucia. None succeeded until 1660, when the French signed a treaty with the Caribs. For almost 200 years, the English and French traded the colony, each controlling it 7 times in this period. During this time, it was an important sugar cane producing island and featured prominently in the slave trade. Finally, in 1814, the British secured the island. St. Lucia finally gained independence in 1979 although it remains part of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Today, the population is mostly of African or mixed African-European descent. The official language is English although Saint Lucian Creole French is spoken by a majority of the population. While manufacturing makes up the largest part of the economy, tourism also plays a significant role. In recent years, scuba diving has become an extremely popular excursion and there are now more dive shops than ever to choose from. Whether you visit the island on a cruise ship or come to stay a while, you are sure to easily find a way under the water with one of the many qualified dive masters on the island.
With lush rainforests, volcanic peaks and beautiful beaches, St. Lucia is a nature-lover’s dream. Visitors should take the time to drive through the island’s drive-in volcano, climb to the top of Gros Piton (one of the island’s twin peaks), trek through unspoiled rainforests, take a dip in the hot Sulphur Springs, discover the beautiful Botanical Gardens, and learn about the island’s history at Fort Rodney in Pigeon Island National Park. Whether you choose to spend most of your time topside or under the water, St. Lucia is a magical Caribbean destination that you are sure to remember for years to come.
Saint Lucia hosts two airports. George FL Charles Airport (SLU) is near Castries and Hewanorra International (UVF) is close to Vieux Fort. These airports welcome a variety of flights from other Caribbean Islands, North and South America as well as Europe.
It is also possible to arrive in St. Lucia by cruise ship or ferry from surrounding Caribbean islands.
Once on the island, rental car, taxi and local bus will help you to move from one point to another.