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Destination Saint Lucia, a virtual guide to Hewanorra (Land of the Iguana), the second-largest of the Windward Islands is located in the southern group of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies (Caribbean), between Martinique to the north and Saint
Vincent to the south. Saint Lucia shares maritime borders with Barbados, Martinique (France), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Venezuela.
Saint Lucia | Hewanorra
An island nation with an Amerindian, African, British, and French heritage.
The island, with its outstanding natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times!). As a result, Saint Lucia has one of the most mixed Anglo-French cultures of the region. In 1814 it was finally ceded to the UK, but Saint Lucians retained many of the French customs in language and religion.
Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979. Since then several forest reserves and coastal nature reserves have been established, making the island attractive to tourists.
Related countries: France, UK
Amerindian Name: Hewanorra (there where the iguana is found)
ISO Country Code: lc
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Fri-June-22 08:58
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).
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 km² (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: 172,000 (2013 est.)
Ethnic groups: African descent 90%, mixed 6%, East Indian 3%, European 0.8%.
Languages: English (official); a French patois is common throughout the country.
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 - commodities: bananas 41%, clothing, cocoa, avocados, mangoes, coconut oil (2010 est.)
Exports partners: Dominican Republic 25.1%, US 15.9%, Suriname 9.1%, Antigua and Barbuda 7%, Dominica 6.8%, Trinidad and Tobago 6.3%, Barbados 6.1%, UK 4.8%, Grenada 4.6% (2015)
Imports - commodities: food, manufactured goods, machinery and transportation equipment, chemicals, fuels
Imports partners: Brazil 34.9%, US 25.7%, Trinidad and Tobago 14.4%, Colombia 10.9% (2015)
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 Lucia Statistics
Official website of the Saint Lucia Government Statistics Department.
Saint Lucia Weather Report
St. Lucia official weather information.
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.
Business & Economy
Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
St Lucia is ECCB Member.
The official site for the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Destination Saint Lucia - Travel and Tour Guides
Discover Saint Lucia: Castries, Vieux Fort, Pitons, Mamiku Gardens.
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.
Website about Mamiku botanical gardens.
Anse Chastanet Resort
Nick Troubetzkoy's hotel on St Lucia's unspoiled southwestern Caribbean coast.
EducationCharterhouse High School
Charterhouse High School and College.
Sir Arthur Lewis Community College
Official website of the college.
Environment & NatureMinistry 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.
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
Other Countries and Territories in the Caribbean
Anguilla | Antigua and Barbuda | Aruba | Bahamas | Barbados | British Virgin Islands | Cuba | Dominica
Dominican Republic | Grenada | Guadeloupe | Haiti | Jamaica | Martinique | Montserrat | Netherlands Antilles
Puerto Rico | Saint Kitts and Nevis | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines | Trinidad and Tobago | U.S. Virgin Islands
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