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Destination Saint Lucia, a virtual travel guide to Hewanorra (Land of the Iguana). This page aims to give you a broad overview of Saint Lucia's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this Caribbean island nation, e.g.: official web sites of Saint Lucia, addresses of Saint Lucia and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Saint Lucia.

Aerial view of Saint Lucia
Aerial view of Saint Lucia ©

Saint Lucia | Hewanorra

Country Profile

Flag of Saint Lucia

Flag of Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is part of the Windward Islands, the southern group of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies.
An island nation with an Amerindian, African and British-French heritage.
The island, with its fine natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times!); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814.
Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979.

Windward Islands: Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
where in the Caribbean is Saint Lucia

Official Name:
Saint Lucia
Amerindian Name: Hewanorra (there where the iguana is found)

ISO Country Code: lc

Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Sun-Oct-23  23:21

Country Calling Code: +1 758

Capital City: Castries (pop. 65 000)

Other Cities: Micoud, Gros-Islet; Vieux Fort; Soufriere.

Westminster-style parliamentary democracy.
Independence: 22 February 1979 (from UK).
Constitution: 1979.

Location: Caribbean, an island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and south of Martinique.
Area: 539 kmĀ² (208 sq mi)
Terrain: Mountainous; highest point: Mount Gimie 950 m.

Climate: Tropical; dry season from January to April, rainy season from May to August.

Nationality: St. Lucian(s); (Lushuns).
Population: 167,000 (2010 census)
Ethnic groups: African descent 90%, mixed 6%, East Indian 3%, European 0.8%.
Religions: Christianity.
Languages: English (official); a French patois is common throughout the country.
Literacy: 85%

Natural resources: Forests, sandy beaches, minerals (pumice), mineral springs.

Agriculture products: Bananas, coconuts, vegetables, citrus, root crops, cocoa.

Industries: Clothing, assembly of electronic components, beverages, corrugated cardboard boxes, tourism, lime processing, coconut processing.

Exports partners: UK 41.4%, USA 16.5%, Brazil 11.6%, Barbados 5.8%, Antigua and Barbuda 4.6%, Dominica 4.5% (2004)

Imports partners: USA 27.8%, Trinidad and Tobago 20.4%, UK 8%, Venezuela 7.6%, Finland 7% (2004)

Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)

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Official Sites of Saint Lucia

Government of Saint Lucia
Official Website of the Government of Saint Lucia.

Government House of St. Lucia
Officfe of the Governor-General, Her Majesty's representative in Saint Lucia.

Saint Lucian Statistics
Official website of the Saint Lucia Government Statistics Department.

Saint Lucia Weather Report
St. Lucia official weather information.


Map of Saint Lucia
Shaded relief map of Saint Lucia.
Google Earth Google Earth Saint Lucia
Searchable map and satellite view of Saint Lucia.
Google Earth Google Earth Castries
Searchable map and satellite view of Saint Lucia's capital city.

Detailed map of Saint Lucia
Map provided by Caribbean-On-Line.

Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean. 

Saint Lucia - Pitons and Jungle, Windward Islands
Saint Lucia - Windward Islands ©

St.Lucia News

St.Lucia Mirror
SL news but not very up-to-date.
St. Lucia Star
Regional news, three times weekly.
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Arts & Culture

St. Lucia Jazz Festival

(May 4th-13th, 2007)
The official portal for St. Lucia Jazz. The island moves to the beat of jazz when music fills the air and tourism takes on a whole new meaning to all.
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill at Saint Lucia Jazz Festival

Business & Economy

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
St Lucia is ECCB Member.

The official site for the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority.

Destination Saint Lucia - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Saint Lucia: Castries, Vieux Fort, Pitons, Mamiku Gardens
Links to accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, botanic gardens, sailing, waterskiing, golf, snorkeling, diving, tours and much more.

Saint Lucia Tourist Board
The Official Web Site of the St. Lucia Tourist Board.

Visions of St. Lucia
Official Publication of the St Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association with comprehensive visitors information.
St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association.

Visit St. Lucia Anytime 
Island portal with information for visitors and the Lushun community.

Mamiku Gardens
Website about Mamiku botanical gardens.

Anse Chastanet Resort
Nick Troubetzkoy's hotel on St Lucia's unspoiled southwestern Caribbean coast.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Saint Lucia Beach
Saint Lucia Beach and Pitons ©


Charterhouse High School
Charterhouse High School and College.
Sir Arthur Lewis Community College
Official website of the college.

Environment & Nature

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries
Official website of the ministry.

NEMO Saint Lucia
Information site of the National Emergency Management Organisation.
Soufriere Marine Management Association Inc.
SMMA manages the sustainable use and development of marine resources in the area.
Saint Lucia National Trust
Established to preserve buildings, objects and areas of historic and architectural interest.

Eastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness
Overall objective of ECCA's programme is to strengthen regional initiatives within the Eastern Caribbean, promote community based nature and heritage tourism, environmental education and to improve the conservation of island ecosystems.


Our History
Overview of St. Lucia's history.
St. Lucia History
A look at our past - From Settlement and Colonization to Independence.
History of the Town and District of Vieux Fort
In the second half of the 18th century, Vieux Fort was the center of the sugar industry.

Additional Information on Saint Lucia

BBC News Country Profile: Saint Lucia

LANIC Saint Lucia
Latin American Network Information Center.

Open Directory Project: Saint Lucia

Wikipedia: Saint Lucia

The World Factbook -- Saint Lucia

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