Saint Lucia


Saint Lucia is an Eastern Caribbean island nation with a pair of dramatically tapered mountains, the Pitons, on its west coast. Its coast is home to volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts and fishing villages. Trails in the interior rainforest lead to waterfalls like the 15m-high Toraille, which pours over a cliff into a garden. The capital, Castries, is a popular cruise port.

"Saint Lucia (UK: (listen), US: (listen); French: Sainte-Lucie) is a sovereign island country in the West Indies in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. The island was previously called Iyonola, the name given to the island by the native Amerindians and later, Hewanorra, the name given by the native Caribs. 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 617 km2 (238 square miles) and reported a population of 165,595 in the 2010 census. Its capital is Castries.

The French were the island's first European settlers. They signed a treaty with the native Island Caribs in 1660. England took control of the island from 1663 to 1667. In ensuing years, it was at war with France fourteen times, and the rule of the island changed frequently (it was ruled seven times each by the French and British). In 1814, the British took definitive control of the island. Because it switched so often between British and French control, Saint Lucia was also known as the "Helen of the West Indies" after the Greek mythological character, Helen of Troy.

Representative government came about in 1840 (universal suffrage was established in 1953). From 1958 to 1962, the island was a member of the West Indies Federation. On 22 February 1979, Saint Lucia became an independent state and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Saint Lucia is a mixed jurisdiction, meaning that it has a legal system based in part on both the civil law and English common law. The Civil Code of St. Lucia of 1867 was based on the Quebec Civil Code of 1866, as supplemented by English common law-style legislation. It is also a member of Organisation internationale de la Francophonie." Wikipedia

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Rodney Bay

Lovely place to moor up for a few days and explore the island. Incredibly scenic pretty much a perfect spot.

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Rodney Bay
1 . Rodney Bay
(Saint Lucia Island )

A large busy popular town on the north-west of the island and home to a large natural harbour and marina surrounded by many restaurants and shops and hotel complexes.

2 . Castries
(Saint Lucia Island )

A large town on the eastern coast of the island around a natural harbour and close to the airport. Home to many restaurants, shops, although yachts tend to moor up towards the northern and quieter ...

Anse La Raye
3 . Anse La Raye
(Saint Lucia Island )

A popular and green tourist destination on the western coast of the island with a small sandy cove and jetty.

4 . Canaries
(Saint Lucia Island )

A small town on the western coast of the island home to a couple of grocery store and restaurants.

5 . Soufriere
(Saint Lucia Island )

A popular town nestled in the valley of lush green hills and around a popular anchorage. Home to many shops and restaurants.

6 . Choiseul
(Saint Lucia Island )

A popular town on the south-western coast of the island and home to a handful of bars and restaurants.

7 . Piaye
(Saint Lucia Island )

A small quiet holiday town on the southern coast of the island.

8 . Laborie
(Saint Lucia Island )

A popular town on the southern coast of the island and home to a handful of restaurants and two grocery stores set back from the coast.

Vieux Fort
9 . Vieux Fort
(Saint Lucia Island )

A port town on the southern tip of Saint Lucia and home to a harbour and several restaurants and a couple of grocery stores.

10 . Micoud
(Saint Lucia Island )

A popular town on the eastern coast of the island around a number of small coves and home to several restaurants and grocery stores.

11 . Praslin
(Saint Lucia Island )

A small village on the eastern coast of the island around a double cove bay.

12 . Dennery
(Saint Lucia Island )

A large busy town on the eastern coast of the island around a small outcrop and bay protected by a small islet. A popular anchorage and home to a small harbour and a couple of restaurants on the co...

Cap Estate
13 . Cap Estate
(Saint Lucia Island )

A rural resort on the northern rocky tip of Saint Lucia island. home to a number of jetties and marina south of Pigeon island.

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