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Saint Lucia

Background

Saint Lucia

The island, with its fine natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Even after the abolition of slavery on its plantations in 1834, Saint Lucia remained an agricultural island, dedicated to producing tropical commodity crops. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979.

About

Saint Lucia is a British Commonwealth country that is an island in the Caribbean, off the coast of Central America. It lies between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago.

The twin Pitons (Gros Piton and Petit Piton) are striking cone-shaped peaks south of Soufriere that are one of the scenic natural highlights of the Caribbean.

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Saint Lucia

Saint LuciaSUGAR BEACH VICEROY JALOUSIE 

Val des Pitons
Forbidden Beach- La Baie de Si
PO Box 251
Soufriere West Indie
Saint Lucia

Price (US$): $990 - $2180 / night

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NESTLED IN 192 ACRES OF MAGNIFICENT RAINFOREST AND SWEEPINGMAJESTICALLY DOWN TO SEA THIS HOTEL IS WITHOUT QUESTIONLOCATED IN ONE OF THE MOST AWE INSPIRING LOCATIONS IN THEWORLD THE MAJESTIC VALLEY OF THE PITONS. more »

Saint LuciaCap Maison Resort & Spa 

Smugglers Cove Drive
Cap Estate
Saint Lucia

Price (US$): $580 - $1320 / night

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Location. Cap Maison Resort & Spa is located on the beach in Cap Estate, close to Smugglers Cove, Reduit Beach, and Pigeon Island National Park. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Rodney Bay Aquatic Centre and Bonne Terre Tropical Gardens. Hotel Features. Cap Maison Resort & Spa's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a health club… more »

Saint LuciaJade Mountain Resort 

1000 Anse Chastanet Road
Soufriere
Saint Lucia

Price (US$): $1504 - $3162 / night

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Location. Jade Mountain Resort is located near the beach in Soufriere and close to Anse Chastanet Beach, Turtle Reef, and Sulphur Springs. Nearby points of interest also include Soufriere Volcano and Morne Coubaril Estate. Hotel Features. Jade Mountain Resort's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. The property's full… more »

Saint LuciaSugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort 

Jalousie Beach
Soufriere
Saint Lucia

Price (US$): $990 - $2180 / night

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Location. Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort is located on the beach in Soufriere, close to Jalousie Beach, Petit Piton, and Anse Chastanet Beach. Other points of interest near this all inclusive resort include Sulphur Springs and Soufriere Volcano. Resort Features. This resort offers both all inclusive and room only rates. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all inclusive rates. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes,… more »

Saint LuciaHotel Chocolat Boucan 

Rabot Estate
Soufriere
Saint Lucia

Price (US$): $395 - $595 / night

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Location. Hotel Chocolat Boucan is located near the beach in Soufriere and close to Diamond Falls, Anse Chastanet Beach, and Sulphur Springs. Nearby points of interest also include Soufriere Volcano and Mamiku Gardens. Hotel Features. Hotel Chocolat Boucan's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary cooked to order breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool… more »

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Saint Lucia

Capital
Castries
Location

Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago

Geographic coordinates

13 53 N, 60 58 W

Area comparative

3.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

158 km

Climate

tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season January to April, rainy season May to August

Terrain

volcanic and mountainous with some broad, fertile valleys

Lowest point

Caribbean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Mount Gimie 950 m

Natural resources

forests, sandy beaches, minerals (pumice), mineral springs, geothermal potential

Population

160,922 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

black 82.5%, mixed 11.9%, East Indian 2.4%, other or unspecified 3.1% (2001 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 67.5%, Seventh Day Adventist 8.5%, Pentecostal 5.7%, Rastafarian 2.1%, Anglican 2%, Evangelical 2%, other Christian 5.1%, other 1.1%, unspecified 1.5%, none 4.5% (2001 census)

Languages

English (official), French patois

Government type

parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm

Independence

22 February 1979 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 22 February (1979)

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Dame Pearlette LOUISY (since September 1997)

Head of government

Prime Minister Stephenson KING (since 9 September 2007); note - Sir John COMPTON died in office 7 September 2007

Internet country code

.lc

Internet users

142,900 (2009)

Airports

2 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Castries, Cul-de-Sac, Vieux-Fort

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