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Saint Lucia is a green, volcanic island rich in culture and history. At 616 km2 and situated between Martinique to the north and St. Vincent to the south, Saint Lucia is part of the Windward Islands. It lies between the Caribbean Sea to the west and the North Atlantic Ocean to the east. It is approximately 1300 miles southeast of Florida. To help you prepare for your upcoming adventure, here's a brief overview of our island and its climate, population, currency and more:


Tropical, with temperatures ranging from the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties farenhieght. There are only two seasons. The dry season is from January to April. The rainy season is from April to December.


The first visitors that set foot on the island's lovely beaches were the peaceful Arawak Indians. During the 9th century they were expelled by the fierce Carib Indians until the Europeans discovered this island paradise at the time of Columbus.

During the 17th and 18th centuries the French and English battled to become masters and St. Lucia changed hands 14 times. In 1814 St. Lucia was finally ceded to the British and in 1842 English became the official language.

In 1967 St. Lucia was granted internal self-government by the British and acquired full independence in 1979 with a stable parliamentary democracy.


Saint Lucia's tropical climate guarantees pleasant temperatures throughout the year. Cool North-Easterly breezes from the Atlantic Ocean provide regular and natural freshness.

The winter season has temperatures between 18° C and 31° C (64° F and 88° F) and is also the driest season with occasional refreshing showers.

The summer season has temperatures between 23° C and 35° C (74° F and 95° F). This is also the rainy season starting in June and ending in November. Mostly short but heavy showers.


Saint Lucia's economy is traditionally based on agriculture. The earlier sugar cane cultivation has been mostly replaced by banana cultivation.

The 'green gold' with an average annual export of about 110,000 tons is, still today, an important source of income.

Tourism with its very solid infrastructure, and respect for nature conservation, is now the most important economical pillar. With about 3,500 rooms and a 250,000 nights spend in 1996, the tourism industry increases yearly by about 10%.


The nearly 180,000 inhabitants of the island are mainly of African origin. Saint Lucians are generally very charming and kind. Walking through the streets, you are greeted often with a warm 'hello!'.

English is the official language. The people also speak a French Creole. Some elderly inhabitants, especially from the rural parts of the island, may speak very little English.


Saint Lucia's currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. It is used thoughout the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union which consists of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

The EC banknotes are in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. From time to time the ECCB upgrades the security features of the notes, in an effort to guard against counterfeiting. The last upgrade of EC notes with the exception of the $5, was on April 8 2015.  

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Saint Lucian artist Dunstan St. Omer, designer of the National Flag, has described it as follows:

On a plain blue field, a device consisting of a white and black triangular shape, at the base of which a golden triangle occupies a central position.
The triangles are superimposed on one another the black on the white, and the gold on the black. The black ends as a three-pointed star in the centre of the flag.
The width of the white part of the triangle is one-and-a-half inches on both sides of the black. The distance between the peaks of the black and white triangles is four inches.
The triangles share a common base the length of which is one-third of the full length of the flag.


Getting to Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia features one regional and one international airport which are George F. L. Charles Airport - Castries and Hewanorra International Airport – Vieux Fort respoctively. Several international airlines have flights into Saint Lucia with varying frequencies. Visitors from some parts of the Caribbean have the option of arriving via ferry.

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