Top Ten Saint Lucia Attractions

Top Ten Saint Lucia Attractions

       Saint Luciais an island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. It covers a land area of 620 square km (238 square mi) and has an estimated population of 173,765 (2009). Its capital is Castries. The island nation has been the home of two Nobel laureates, Arthur Lewis and Derek Walcott. It is the nation with the 2nd most such honorees per capita after the Faroe Islands. One of the Windward Islands, it was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, the first European colonizers. They signed a treaty with the native Carib peoples in 1660. England took control of the island from 1663 to 1667; in ensuing years, it was at war with France 14 times and rule of the island changed frequently (7 times French and British each). In 1814, the British took definitive control of the island. Because it switched so often between British and French control, Saint Lucia was also known as the “Helen of the West Indies.” Saint Lucia has a legal system based on British common law. The judiciary is independent and conducts generally fair public trials. The financial sector has weathered the global financial crisis, but the recession has hurt tourism. Representative government came about in 1924 (with universal suffrage from 1953). From 1958 to 1962 the island was a member of the Federation of the West Indies. Finally, on February 22, 1979,Saint Lucia became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations.

  1. Soufrière

    Soufrière is a town on the West Coast of Saint Lucia. The town and the surrounding district have a population of 7,935. Originally founded by the French it was the original capital of the island. There were large estates run by plantation owners of French origin and their descendants still live in the area. The French Revolution of 1789 resulted in many Royalists being executed and the slaves freed. However, Napoleon reintroduced slavery when he came to power. The British invaded St. Lucia shortly after, but the slaves and French deserters fought them in a guerrilla campaign until 1803 when they were defeated and St. Lucia became a British colony. Also, during that time, Castries became the capital of St. Lucia. Soufrière has some famous inhabitants, the future Empress of France Joséphine de Beauharnais spent much of her childhood in the area, as well as George Charles, the first Premier of St Lucia. When Queen Elizabeth II visited St Lucia in 1966, she landed at Soufrière rather than Castries. Today, Soufrière is more dependent on tourism rather than agriculture. The Pitons are just south of the town and there are several attractions in the area. Many of the old estates are still there such as Soufrière Estate, Fond Doux Estate and Rabot Estate.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soufri%C3%A8re,_Saint_Lucia,
  2. Castries

    Castries is the capital city of Saint Lucia, a country in the Caribbean. The district with the same name had a population of 61,341 (2001), and stretches over an area of 30.5 square miles (79 square km). Castries is located in a flood gut and is actually built on reclaimed land. It houses the seat of government and the head offices of many of the businesses both foreign and local. The city’s design is in a grid pattern similar to a metropolitan city like New York but on a much smaller scale. It has a sheltered harbor which receives cargo vessels and ferry boats as well as cruise ships. It contains duty free shopping facilities such as Point Seraphine and La Place Carinage; many restaurants which offer varied menus from local to Chinese; supermarkets and many other shopping facilities. The city is well serviced by a bus system and taxi service.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castries,
  3. Pitons Management Area

    The Pitons are two volcanic plugs in Saint Lucia. The Gros Piton is 771 m, and the Petit Piton is 743 m high; they are linked by the Piton Mitan ridge.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitons,
  4. Links: Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lucia,