SAINT LUCIA TRAVEL GUIDE
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.
A treasure trove of natural reserves with some rare species inhabiting the island, St. Lucia offers some excellent opportunities for quiet walks interrupted only by the chirpings of a bird or two. In the interiors of the Island, you can spot a variety of birds and wildlife in the lush rainforest. The numerous waterfalls provide soothing background music. Most of its sun-kissed silvery beaches washed by pure white surf are isolated thus making them ideal getaways. Unlike its Caribbean neighbours, St. Lucia is less attuned to tourism, which in itself is a major tourist attraction.
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SAINT LUCIA QUICK FACTS
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Area: 616 km²
Population: 181 889 (2018)
Language: English (official), French patois
Religion: Roman Catholic 90%, Protestant 7%, Anglican 3%
Electricity: 240V, 50Hz (UK plug)
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SAINT LUCIA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 22 February, Independence Day
- 1 May, Labor Day
- 1 August, Emancipation Day
- 1st Monday in October, Thanksgiving Day
- 13 December, National Day
- 26 December, Boxing Day
Also, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Whit Monday, and Corpus Christi.
SAINT LUCIA WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Saint Lucia has a tropical maritime climate throughout the year with some relief from the high temperatures and humidity being offered by the easterly (trade) winds that blow from the northeast. Although it rains during every month of the year, there is a well-defined rainy or wet season that occurs between June and November. Precipitation during the wet season comes mainly from tropical waves, depressions, storms and hurricanes, which occur frequently over this region owing to its geographical location within the Atlantic hurricane belt. The tropical cyclone season typically lasts from June until November.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN SAINT LUCIA
The best months for outdoor activities in Saint Lucia, are December to June when it's driest and least humid. From July to November the rain usually falls in brief, very heavy showers.
BEACH OPTIONS IN SAINT LUCIA
Saint Lucia enjoys a hot, tropical climate suitable for beach going all year round. The driest and least humid months are typically from December to June, so these are best for enjoying the beaches. From July to November the rain usually falls in brief, very heavy showers.
SURFING IN SAINT LUCIA
The best months for surfing in Saint Lucia is from November to April. The most popular surf spots are Commaret Point, Marigot Bay, Pigeon Point and Winjammer.
KITESURF IN SAINT LUCIA
There is pretty good wind for kitesurfing in Saint Lucia from November to June, with the best conditions from February to April. One of the most popular spots is Cas en Bas, Plantation Beach or Cotton Bay.
HEALTH RISKS IN SAINT LUCIA
Be aware of possible health risks in
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.