St. Lucia stands right alongside Saint Martin when it comes to the most popular islands in the Caribbean. Known as the “Helen of the West Indies”, this island stretching over 240 square miles is often quite populated with tourists, particularly in the northwestern portion which lies between Castries, St. Lucia’s capital and the northern half where most of the beaches can be found. Like several other Caribbean islands, St. Lucia also belongs to the Commonwealth of Nations as an independent state and has a yearly celebration to commemorate such a status.
St. Lucia’s economy heavily depends on tourism and it’s not uncommon to see new couples getting married or newlyweds spending their honeymoon in one of the St. Lucia hotels and resorts, particularly during the months of January to April. The areas that are not frequented by tourists have remained in a state where the nature appears as though man has never set foot on St. Lucia, contributing towards its status as one of the top “eco friendly” destinations in the world. The island presents visitors with a vivid display of untouched nature from open valleys and orchid gardens to classic banana producing plantations and a volcano that can actually be driven into. St. Lucia is also quite mountainous which provides for additional scenic views.
Just over 150,000 people call St. Lucia their home, the majority of which have African lineage although there is also a prevalent mix of individuals of French and British descent. They’re a little more few and far between but St. Lucia is also known to have a small population of people from China, Lebanon, and Syria. English is considered the official language although most people speak an Antillean Creole dialect called Kwéyòlaka. Marigot Bay is popular with celebrities; former professional heavyweight boxer George Foreman and lead singer of the Rolling Stones Mick Jagger being two of the more recognizable names that have a home in St. Lucia.
Nineteen ninety two Nobel Prize recipient and writer Derek Walcott is one of the more globally recognized names born in St. Lucia who may have involuntarily contributed towards the surge in the island’s popularity. Late economist Sir Arthur Lewis is also from St. Lucia. The culture practiced by the people of St. Lucia contains French, African and English influences and is often depicted through the St. Lucia festivals regularly held on the island like La Rose and La Marguerite. Indigenous folk and jazz music is also very popular with the people of St. Lucia, the latter being performed in an annual festival.
St. Lucia homes available for purchase often emulate the look and feel of a St. Lucia resort. In the capital of Castries for example, there are properties situated on just over two acres comprised of three individual villas: the main house, a pool house and a cottage. Swimming pools, bars, lounges, balconies, kitchens with the latest appliances, they’re all included in these large St. Lucia villas. Pool houses and cottages have a kitchenette and a bathroom.
Even the more modestly sized residences that have two bedrooms are constructed in private locations and they also feature some of the interior features found in larger villas like hardwood flooring, large verandas completely encircling the residences and large dining and living areas. Many of these smaller residences also have plenty of room to expand the property or add additional features like plunge pools.
Another perk of St. Lucia real estate is the large variety of empty land available for purchase. Whether you’re seeking to build a home right by the beach, next to one of St. Lucia’s arterial roads and its attractions or near the mountains away from all the city activity, there are options available in varying price ranges anywhere from five acres to over 200 acres.
The majority of St. Lucia property can also be used as short term rental property which makes them worth checking out if you’re in the market for an investment property of some kind. Since there is a large degree of residential property available, it’s a lot easier than one would expect to find vacation rentals at virtually any time of year.
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The East Caribbean dollar (XCD) is the official currency of St. Lucia.
Calling Code: (758)
Top Level Domain: (.lc)
Cable providers: East Caribbean Fiber Optic cable
St. Lucia is a commonwealth of England. Its government is run by a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy.
Valid Travel Documents: Required Exit/Entry
Government Issued Photo ID: Required
St. Lucia has a tropical climate moderated by northeast trade winds. The dry season is from January to April and the rainy season is May to August.
Tips when you get there:
St. Lucia is a relatively large island in the Caribbean. If you want to take a quick tour of the island upon arrival, getting a taxi cab or rental car is a popular method. But if you’re feeling adventurous, helicopter tours are available to give you a full tour of the island’s 243 square miles of cities, ports, forests and mountains.
What to do
Being a large Caribbean Island with a decent size population, St. Lucia has a litany of places and activities of interest. From outdoor adventures to villas and resorts St. Lucia’s versatility has made it an extremely popular island in the Caribbean.
Outdoor activities include visiting one of St. Lucia’s many beaches. Pigeon Point Beach is a preferred destination with its white sands and popularity for midday picnicking, it’s also a section of Pigeon National Historic Park that is on an island joined to the St. Lucia mainland by a bridge. Boating, camping, deep sea fishing, golfing, scuba diving and tennis are also popular outdoor activities on St. Lucia.
Annual events such as the Rose Festival in August honors the island’s Regal flowers and the Marguerite festival in October honors the daisy of St. Lucia, both of these festivals are celebrated with an elaborately colored festival and ceremony. The island’s Carnival celebration happens from the 21st to the 22nd of July in the capital city of Castries where carnivals run through the streets and local musicians display their talents. Finally the Jazz Festival in May is a month long celebration of jazz with a tropical backdrop, featuring performances all over the island.