Your First History Lesson on St Lucia

Your First History Lesson on St Lucia

1. The majority of flights and all the larger airplanes fly into Hewanorra International Airport in the southern town of Vieux-Fort. However, the majority of hotel rooms are located at the north end closer to Castries, served by George F.L. Charles Airport at Vigie, Castries. Taxi travel time from the Hewanorra Airport to the northern end of St. Lucia is 1 to 1.5 hours.

2. Most of the people speak a French-based Creole, or French patois, properly known as Kweyol, said to be the Caribbean’s only indigenous language.

3. Although St. Lucia was a British colony before independence, its city and place names are in French because St. Lucia’s educational system traditionally has been in the hands of the French-oriented Catholic Church.

4. The two majestic pitons of St. Lucia – Petit Piton and Gros Piton - on the island’s southwest coast are ranked a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5. Honeymooners love St. Lucia because it is exactly what a romantic tropical island should look like… mountainous with numerous palm trees, scores of tropical flowers including orchids, giant ferns and birds of paradise. Some consider St. Lucia the Caribbean’s most beautiful island. I would not disagree with them.

6. St. Lucia has genuine rain forest, which means it rains a lot in some places: About 60 inches on the coast and up to 160 inches in the interior rain forests. January through April are the driest months, with April the driest of the year. June through November is the wet period, with August the rainiest month.

7. Due to the volcanic origin of St. Lucia, most of its beaches are dark sand.

8. St. Lucia has surprisingly chilly water temperatures. Despite its deep Caribbean location, the water around St. Lucia averages about 72 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, which requires a full wet suit for most divers to stay comfortable underwater.

9. Although the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, or EC, is the island currency, US dollars generally are accepted everywhere.

10.  The beautiful St. Lucia also has produced two Nobel Laureates; both were born on a January 23rd though decades apart. The late Sir W. Arthur Lewis won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1979. Poet Derek Walcott won the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature.

11. The St Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival is one of the most widely advertised events in St Lucia. The festival is a showcase of innovative infusion of Music and Arts designed to highlight the island's rich historic and cultural legacy. The festival starts on April 30th with a grand music launch, and continues through until 12th May. The main stage events take place at the Pigeon Island National Landmark.

11.  We all love to stay connected and St Lucia allows for you to continue using your devices and gargets while on island! St Lucia has internet connections wired and wireless right across the island. However it can be a bit tricky with mobile phones…so ask plenty of questions.

12.  Bonus! Our neighbouring islands is only a stone throw away…explore another island…visit The Grenadines or Martinique in one day!

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