ISLAND FUN FACTS
Population: Over 183 627 people
Religion: Roman Catholics and Protestants.
Side of Street Drive-On: As you drive around St. Lucia remember to lean on the Left Hand Side of the road
Currency: Jamaican Dollar
Language: Residents who live in the rural of St.Lucia speak ‘Kweyo’ which is a Creole language a blend of French and African dialects. English is the National language that is also used as a medium of instruction. Efforts are in place to have ‘Kweyo’ as the second national language in the region.
Saint Lucia was initially named “Louanalao” this term cane from the Arawak Indians in 200 AD, which means “Island of the Iguanas,”. It was later baptised as “Hewanorra,” in 800 AD on the arrival of Carib Indians who introduced their culture into Saint Lucia. The descendants of the Carib can still be traced in Saint Lucia today. Caribs dominated Saint Lucia until 1600s, when settlers wanted to take over the island so as to steer European trade. Despite the colonialism struggle, the Caribs kept on with the fight and severally blocked the English and French to live on the island.
Saint Lucia was not colonized by Juan de Cosa. A famous pirate called François Le Clerc, and Jambe de Bois as his nickname- because of his wooden leg was the actual colonizer. In 1550s, through Pigeon Island, Peg-Leg Le Clerc attacked Spanish ships. Currently, the island is a National Landmark, serving as a home of historic sites and museums that enthrall tourists.
In the 1600s, there were several attempts by the Dutch, English, and French to win Saint Lucia. Around 1600s the Dutch tried to construct Vieux Fort in vain, they were overpowered by the Caribs. In 1639, 400 British settlers made their entrance into the island. Before they clocked two years of their stay, the Caribs wiped them out.
In 1651, French West India Company bought the land from the Caribs with an aim of transforming it into a French colony, immediately, the English sent 1,000 men to recover the island. This fight went on up to 1814, when the French surrendered Saint Lucia to the English.
Saint Lucia was last among the European colonies to declare independence. She gained independence through the British Commonwealth in 1979. Today Saint Lucia has a thriving sovereign government and a peaceful economy.
THINGS TO DO
Deep Sea Sport Fishing
Many visitors find pleasure in exploring sport fishing as St. Lucia is largely known for offering exclusive fishing experience in the Caribbean. Most companies organize amazing sport fishing expeditions to suit the client.
This a convenient way to have a air view trip throughout St. Lucia in 30 minute helicopter tour. This tour is accompanied by Pilot commentary to keep you posted of every dashing spot you go buy. With its flexibility the helicopter zooms around Castries, over the beaches, Pigeon Island, St Lucia’s fishing villages, the rugged Atlantic Coast, the Rodney Bay Marina, Rat Island in the north and the Pitons, interior mountain Marigot Bay, the Soufriere volcano, coral reefs, lush rainforests, waterfalls, rivers and valleys of the south.
Horse Back Riding
Beginner or experienced – there is a ride to suit your every need! Travel Boutique can arrange just a trek or for a combination of trek & BBQ. They will take you through trails and along the Atlantic beach and to the Caribbean Sea.
Tet Paul Nature Trail
The Tet Paul Nature Trail is an easy to moderate 45 minute hike offering visitors a number of stunning views enroute of Martinique and St Vincent, Sugar Beach and the Petit Piton among other attractions. There are traditional medicinal plants and exotic fruit trees along the way and you will also see a traditional house where the ancestors of Saint Lucians used to live.
The iconic twin Pitons are Saint Lucia’s remarkable landmarks that rest peacefully on the South West coast, in the town of Soufriere. They offer a nice backdrop for wedding ceremonies, filming venue, photoshoot, as well as a great spot for diving and snorkeling. The Gros Piton trail, enables visitors to enjoy a 4-5hours climb to the top of the mountain to take in the breath-taking views of the island.
Tropical Jeep Safari
In an open-topped land rover jeep, tourists are able to see the stunning features of St. Lucia from its town centers to the interior rural. The life in the countryside and other charming sceneries like the extensive banana plantation, a waterfall, the highest mountain in St Luciaand so much more!
Mountain biking – Anse Mamin beach
To relax your mind, you can take a boat to Anse Mamin Beach in Soufriere, then to mountain bike via an old sugar plantation. Depending on your experience, you can take an easy trail for beginners or more difficult trails. Your guide will point out all the flora and fauna along the route. You may also enjoy a fascinating historical account on the state of life at the plantation.
Scuba diving & Snorkeling
While on the coast of the Island, plunge into the crystal clear waters of Saint Lucia and have a fulfilling snorkeling and scuba diving whether you are a beginner or an expert. All the island dive operators are committed to provide memorable diving experiences for all. They offer both starter courses and even advanced certifications. The instructors provide full training on boat dives and exciting atmospheric night dives. Saint Lucia boasts enough spectacular dive spots that steer divers into a tranquil world overflowing with secret alcoves waiting to be unearthed.
Rainforest / Zip Line Adventure
St Lucia’s mountainous interior is occupied by beyond 19,000 acres of pristine rainforest. A Hiking experience through trails of varying hardships and length, through a space of giant ferns, paving way to the dangling Tarzan roots, beautiful waterfalls and unique colorful parrots plus other tropical birds. There are additional spots to zip-line above the tall trees, and, for the faint hearted, you can observe an aerial tram, plus a gondolas gliding moving on the upper and on the base of the mountainside over the rainforest canopy. This unbelievable scenery is a lifetime of natural spectacle of the world you would never forget.
Tout Bagay Day Tour – Sailing
Take a boat to Soufriere, in the west coast of St Lucia, home of the giant Pitons. Along the way you can feed your sight with the beautiful Volcano, enjoy an optional mud bath and enroute to the Toraille Waterfall. Cool your hunger pangs with a delicious Creole lunch before getting back to the boat. As the tour advances back up the coast you will definitely enjoy a swim or snorkelling. To wrap up the day, the boat sails by Marigot Bay, the best hurricane haven in St.Lucia, and great spots to some of the world’s best known movies.
On and under the water
While in the Caribbean you should do a catamaran cruise trip. Get to witness the dramatic view of the west coast, going through the ancient fishing villages, docking for a divein the unspoiled beach, and finishing with captivating views of St Lucia’s bizarre, strategic twin peaks, the Pitons. The reefs placed at its base and in front of Anse Chastanet provide an extensive avenue perfect for snorkelling and diving on the shores.
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Enjoy the excitement of the search for one of the world’s greatest mammals. This is a funful activity that can make your day exciting and fulfilling. In St. Lucia, tourists and residents enjoy a beautiful view of the Dolphins, Pilot & Sperm whales, False Orca and other whales.”
With one international airport receiving flights from dozens of international destinations, flying to St. Lucia is easier than you’d expect. With dozens of flights from around North America, Europe, and South America, you will not have any difficulty getting to this tropical paradise.
Instead of dealing with the flights to St. Lucia, you can enjoy the leisurely life aboard a cruise as you coast through the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean.
Once you make it to the tropical paradise of St. Lucia, you might want to guide yourself around the island with a rental car. If you feel like travelling around the islands like a local, you can jump aboard one of the minivans that operate as a bus in the local communities.