|Location||Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean|
|Co-ordinates——||61′ 00″ W, 14′ 00″ N|
|Size||238 Sq. miles (381 Sq. km).
26 miles (42 km) long, 13 miles (21 km) wide.
|Language||English, Creole/Patois widely spoken|
|Population||159,585 (July 2008 est.)|
St. Lucia is known as the ‘Helen of the West Indies’ as it has always been as captivating to visitors as Helen was to Troy. St. Lucia combines many desirable qualities found on islands throughout the Lesser Antilles: It has majestic volcanic scenery carpeted in lush rainforest; the amazing Pitons rise like giant sentinels from the sea to over 2000 feet; excellent white sand beaches nestle within idyllic natural harbours.
The people of St. Lucia are of mixed African, European and, to a lesser extent, Amerindian origin and you will find this delightfully apparent in the faces you will see. Local culture is reflected in the vibrant French Caribbean rhythms of Zouk and Cadence (pronounced ‘k’dance’), the widely spoken Patois language and the distinctive Creole cuisine – inventive, spicy and always colourful.
A detailed, pocket sized holiday/vacation guide and road map ideal for finding out what’s there and exactly where to find it. Order your copy online and get familiar with St. Lucia before you arrive!
|Saint Lucia Roadmap & Guide
Our Skyview Guides provide the island visitor with a detailed, pocket sized holiday/vacation guide and road map. On your arrival to the Island, through your hire car company or accommodation provider please ask for your complimentary copy. The guides can also be bought online through our store. Use our map tools in the menu directly above to actually explore the Island in much more detail; start with our Map Viewer.
When in Saint Lucia, one normally gets around in a hire car or taxi; see our Transport options in our Getting About Page.
We have visited many resorts, hotels and small inns to provide you with a full resource to help you create an individual holiday. Please do not be afraid to contact proprietors directly or through the links to their own web pages. We are sure that through your own exploration you will find the perfect place to get away from the stress of day to day living.
Shopping & Services
Shopping in Saint Lucia is mainly between Castries, the capital, and Rodney Bay, a few miles to the north. There are also chances to pick up arts & crafts further south around the village of Soufrière, so it’s a good idea to keep your eyes peeled when you’re out of town!
Activities – What’s There To Do?
Although Saint Lucia has earned its rightful reputation as one of the most naturally beautiful islands in the region and less commercial, there’s actually plenty fun to be had! Saint Lucia’s attractions include diving & snorkelling, cruising & fishing, its sights and places of interest. There are also great white sand beaches in St. Lucia, so you should be sure to bring your beachwear!
All Caribbean islands have something unique about them that the traveller should be aware of before leaving home, our Useful Information page gives an insight into this information
How to get Here
There are many options to getting to and from Saint Lucia. Visit our How to get Here pages for the options and use our Travelocity© Partner link to book your flight!
We have compiled a short synopsis of the History of Saint Lucia on our History Page (well worth a read, by the way).
There’s lots to do in the Caribbean. Saint Lucia in particular has gained an deserved reputation for its breathtaking natural beauty and awe-inspiring scenery. It’s got more to offer, so we have compiled information on places of interest to help you explore opportunities before you get to the Island.
Dining & Entertainment
When you’ve had enough of the beach, or you have stretched yourself to the limit with the multitude of activities in Saint Lucia, then what better than food and some nightlife? Check out our Dining & Entertainment Pages.
Calendar of Events
Saint Lucia has a lively calendar of events, full of all sorts of activities from the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) to its world famous Jazz Festival, Carnival, food festivals, flower festivals, the Creole Festival, to mention a few.
Altogether, Saint Lucia is a real find for those wanting something a little out of the way but with enough to do to make for a really relaxing holiday.
Recommended Links & Further Reading
Visit our Recommended Links page for further country specific on-line information.