St Lucia is a holiday destination where you will enjoy a vast array of scenery – from the contrast of volcanoes, mountains and rainforests, to the beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.
You can experience the friendliness and hospitality of the islanders who will introduce you to regular events, from seafood Fridays, to cricket matches to jazz music.
You can choose to do as much or as little as you wish, on an island that enjoys plenty of sunshine all year round and has an average temperature of 27ºC (80ºf)
Located between the islands of Martinique to the north and St Vincent to the south, St Lucia is not a big island. It is part of the Lesser Antilles, in the Caribbean Sea, and is 27 miles long (north to south) by 14 miles wide (east to west), and has a population of 160,287 (July 2009).
St Lucia History
Throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries both England and France fought over who would take control of St Lucia, with the Island changing hands 14 times, with England taking final control in 1814. St Lucia became self-governing on 1st March 1967, and finally obtained total independence from England on 22nd February 1979
There are still many British characteristics throughout the Island, and although English is the official language, French patois is widely spoken by the locals. In spirit, the island is influenced by many cultures. St Lucians drive on the left and have a passion for cricket. But the Caribbean influence surfaces in the drinks – rum and locally brewed beer, in the music – calypso, soca, reggae, in the richly flavoured Creole cuisine, in the carnivals, festivals and days of national pride, and in the open-air markets.
Things to do in St Lucia
If you just want to chill and enjoy the sunshine then the beaches of St Lucia is the perfect choice for your holiday. However, if you can’t sit down for more than 10 minutes then try snorkelling, scuba diving, a spa treatment with the volcanic mud, take a trek on one of the 30 miles of trails or visit the lively area of Rodney bay.
Culture Tours St Lucia
There are several walks and tours available to help you experience the St Lucian way of life;
The Castries Heritage Walk within the island’s capital will provide a fascinating insight on the architectural history of the old colonial city, whilst offering information on the ever-changing modern Caribbean
For those of you seeking to experience the island’s rich history, the Pigeon Island National Park is not to be missed. See a real pirate hideout, and visit Fort Charlotte, which although is a college today, it was the site of a battle between French and British forces for control of the island during colonial days.
St. Lucia is home to the world’s only drive-in volcano. With the volcano now dormant, take time to visit the nearby steamy Sulphur Springs, and enjoy an insight into the geology of the Caribbean Rim. And if you need to cool down after that, head to Diamond Falls, where a shower under the natural mineral-rich water can be an invigorating experience.
Sports and Activities in St Lucia
St Lucia offers a wide range of activities from water sports, diving, deep-sea fishing and yachting to the less energetic activities of jeep safaris, bird watching, turtle watching and whale watching – the choice is yours!
Getting Married in St Lucia
All you need to bring is the following documentation:
Passport, Birth Certificate, Decree Absolute (if one of the parties has previously been divorced), or in the case of a widow/widower a Death Certificate of first spouse is required. If a name has been changed, a Deed Poll is required. If one of the parties is under the age of 18, evidence of consent of parents is required in the form of a sworn affidavit stamped by a Notary Public. If any required documents are not in English, an authenticated translation must be available
Residency Requirements for Weddings in St Lucia
St Lucia has a No Residency Policy therefore clients arriving on the island for a day can be married within hours. A license fee of $335 is applicable if clients are staying on the island for 3 days or more, or $540 is applicable for a special license if the clients are on the island for less than 24 hours.
Application to be married in St. Lucia must be made by a local solicitor to the Attorney General or notary who prepares and signs the license.
Marriage Fees St Lucia; Special Marriage Licence EC$540.00, Notarial Fees & Marriage Licence EC$335.00
Registrar Fees EC$100.00, Marriage Certificate EC$8.00
Honeymoons in St Lucia
If you’re looking for that special destination to celebrate after your wedding, then look no further than St Lucia. With it’s natural beauty of palm trees on white sandy beaches, gentle turquoise waters lapping on the shore, lush rainforests, spectacular views from its’ highest points, fantastic choice of accommodation and activities, St Lucia is the perfect Caribbean island to choose for your honeymoon.
Accommodation in St Lucia
St Lucia offers a vast array of accommodation choices across the Island, from luxury villa’s and all-inclusive resorts, to smaller hotels and simple guesthouses, from beachfront to quieter areas inland – there is something for everyone’s budget and we will be happy to advise and answer any questions you may have. Consider a twin center on the island to experience both parts of the island as it is so different. Call Go Easy on 01256 536020 or email for more details.
Weather in St Lucia
The best time to visit St Lucia on holiday is between December and Easter however prices are higher then. To get good weather and great deals consider the months of May and June in St Lucia.
Useful information For St Lucia
· Local time – GMT – 4hours, EST +1 hour
· Currency – East Caribbean Dollar (EC$)
· Driving – is on the left-hand side of the road
· Telephone Country Code is -1-758
· Airports – Hewanorra International (Vieux Fort) and Sir George F.L. Charles Airport (formerly Vigie Airport (Castries)
For more information visit the St Lucia Tourist Board