About St. Lucia
Gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest, the Qualibou volcano with its boiling sulphur springs, the majestic Piton Mountains, natural waterfalls, breath-taking views, and friendly locals make up just some of the reasons you’ll want to choose St. Lucia as your Caribbean vacation destination. Making up 238 square miles, St. Lucia sits midway down the Eastern Caribbean chain, between Martinique and St. Vincent. It has The Atlantic Ocean on its eastern shore, and the beaches of the west coast on the calm Caribbean Sea. The capital is Castries and the population is 162,781.
St. Lucia History
St. Lucia changed hands between Britain and France no fewer than 14 times between 1660 and 1814. With the British maintaining control until 1979, when St Lucia became independent. Within the Caribbean, St Lucia leads the lobby for the creation of a unitary Eastern Caribbean state and its capital is headquarters of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
St. Lucia Climate
St. Lucia’s temperature ranges from 65-85 degrees from December to May and 75-95 degrees from June to November.
St. Lucia Things to Do
- Fun Land Activities include hiking and ziplining jeep safari tours, rainforest treks, sky rides in open air gondolas, tennis, bicycling, and exploring via scooter or car rental.
- Fun Water Activities include snorkeling, diving on St. Lucia’s natural and artificial coral, sailing or speed boating, windsurfing, waterskiing, parasailing, natural encounters with dolphins/whales, and a wide array of non-motorized water sports.
- Fun Excursions include Charters to neighboring islands; Diamond Waterfalls and The Soufrière Volcano–St. Lucia’s drive-in volcano.
St. Lucia Special Events
- St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival the Caribbean’s premier cultural event attracts thousands to see the world-acclaimed entertainers and artisans over the 12-day festival which runs from the end of April through mid May.
Other St. Lucia Points of Interest
- The Morne Coubaril Estate A working plantation with a mill that produces sugar cane syrup.
- Diamond Waterfalls/Diamond Botanical Gardens and Sulphur Springs The Diamond Botanical Gardens are part of the Soufrière Estate. This 2,000-acre land grant was presented by King Louis XIV in 1713. View water bubbling from underground sulfur springs streams downhill in rivulets, forming the Diamond Waterfall.
- The Pitons Topping 2,000 feet, The Pitons are St. Lucia’s most famous landmark.
- The Soufrière Volcano: The “world’s only drive-in volcano,” is located towards the southwestern side of the island. The road runs right up to and through the crater!
- Latille Gardens Off the eastern coast of the island, This beautiful hidden treasure of St. Lucia is filled with luscious fruits, blooming flowers, thriving plants, shade trees, and vibrant waterfalls.
How to Get to St. Lucia
Fly into Hewanorra International Airport which is located 2.5 miles north of Vieux fort and 35 miles south of its capital Castries. It is accessible from North America and Europe. Airlines via American Airlines, US Airways, Air Jamaica, BWIA, Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, American Eagle, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, LIAT and Caribbean Star.
St. James’s Club, Morgan Bay is 60 minutes from the Airport by cab.
Elite Island Resorts All Inclusive Resorts in St. Lucia
Set amid 25 acres of colorful hillside gardens tucked into a private cove on the northern coast of St. Lucia. The all inclusive, beachfront resort of St. James’s Club Morgan Bay offers relaxation, romance, fun and a hint of Adventure. For travelers seeking a Caribbean beach resort that has it all!