About St. Lucia
Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. It covers a land area of 620 km or 238 square miles and has 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. It is the nation with the second most such honorees per capita after the Faroe Islands. Saint Lucia’s legal system based on British common law.
Its economy depends primarily on tourism, banana production, and light manufacturing. An educated workforce and improvements in roads, communications, water supply, sewerage, and port facilities have attracted foreign investment in tourism and in petroleum storage and transshipment. The island nation has been able to attract foreign business and investment, especially in its offshore banking and tourism industries, which is the island’s main source of revenue. The manufacturing sector is the most diverse in the Eastern Caribbean area, and the government is trying to revitalize the banana industry. Despite negative growth in 2001, economic fundamentals remain solid, and GDP growth looks poised for steady growth in the future. Saint Lucia tends to be popular as a tourism destination due to its tropical weather and scenery and its numerous beaches and resorts.
Other tourist attractions include a drive-in volcano, Sulphur Springs (at Soufrière), the Botanical Gardens, the Majestic twin Peaks “The Pitons”, A world heritage site, the rain forests, and Pigeon Island National Park, which is home to Fort Rodney, an old British military base.
The official language is English, but an Antillean Creole, which is based on French, is spoken by 80% of the population. Antillean Creole is increasingly used in literature and music, and is gaining official recognition. It evolved from French, African languages, and Carib. Saint Lucia is a member of La Francophonie.
Migration from Saint Lucia is primarily to Anglophone countries, with the United Kingdom having almost 10,000 Saint Lucian-born citizens, and over 30,000 of Saint Lucian heritage. The second most popular destination for Saint Lucian expatriates is the United States, where combined (foreign and national born Saint Lucians) almost 14,000 reside. Canada is home to a few thousand Saint Lucians. Most other countries in the world have fewer than 50 citizens of Saint Lucian origin (the exceptions being Spain and France with 124 and 117 Saint Lucian expats respectively).
The majority of tourists visit Saint Lucia as part of a cruise. Most of their time tends to be spent in Castries, although Soufriere, Marigot Bay and Gros Islet are popular locations to visit.
Saint Lucia a kaleidoscope of cultural activities and entertainment, the now popular Saint Lucia Jazz in May, carnival parades in July, the excitement never stops in Saint Lucia. Taste sumptuous Creole infused dishes during the Jounen Kweyol Festival in October and watch the first boat cross the finish line at the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers race in November. One is sure to find an activity they can delight in or just relax and enjoy year round sunshine.