Saint Lucia is one of the Windward Islands, a part of the Lesser Antilles, and is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with Atlantic Ocean. The country was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, its first European settlers. It was also known as the “Helen of the West Indies,” due to its switching between British and French control. Saint Lucia’s capital and largest city is Castries. Saint Lucia is notable for being a volcanic island that is more mountainous than most other Caribbean islands. Its most iconic landmarks are the Piton mountains and a drive-in volcano.
Where to go
As a tropical country, more tourists visit Saint Lucia during the dry season (between January and April) to enjoy its beaches and resorts. The island also boasts of wonderful scenery, as well as many notable attractions, including a drive-in volcano, Sulphur Springs in Soufriere, the Botanical Gardens, the twin peaks “The Pitons” (a World Heritage Site), the rainforests, and Pigeon Island National Park. The most visited areas in Saint Lucia are Castries, Soufriere, Marigot Bay, and Gros Islet. Popular recreational activities in the country include swimming in the hot springs, hiking in the rainforests, climbing the Pitons, snorkelling, scuba diving, and catamaran sailing.
Flying from Saint Lucia, available short-haul destinations include Fort-de-France, Pointe-a-Pitre, Port of Spain, Paramaribo, Canefield, Saint Croix, Saint Thomas, Antigua, Barbados, Saint Kitts, Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent, Toronto, Montreal, San Juan, Miami, Grenada, Tortola, Atlanta, New York, Montserrat, Boston, Mustique, Saint Barthelemy, Newark, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Beef Island, and Tobago. A major Caribbean city, Fort-de-France is the capital of Martinique, a Caribbean overseas department of France. The city houses four historic forts: Fort Desaix, Fort Tartenson, Fort Gerbault, and Fort Saint Louis, which is a French naval base. Tourist attractions in Fort-de-France also include Place de la Savane, Schoelcher Library, Jardin de Balata, Sacré-Cœur de Balata Church (situated on a cliff surrounded by tropical forest), and the Fort-de-France Cathedral.
Travellers can also fly farther into Europe from Saint Lucia. Long-haul flights available from Hewanorra International Airport include flights to London, Frankfurt, and Manchester. Manchester in England was historically known as the world’s first industrialised city, as well as the site of the first railway station in the world. It is also known for its architecture, culture, and music, among many others. A widespread use of red bricks serves as Manchester’s trademark. The city is also home to old cotton mills; public monuments concentrated in Albert Square, Piccadilly Gardens, St. Peter’s Square, Sackville Park, and Lincoln Square; and designated Local Nature Reserves.
How to get out
Saint Lucia is served by two airports: Hewanorra International Airport, near Vieux Fort and George FL Charles Airport, near Castries. Hewanorra International Airport is the larger of the two, operating flights to the Americas, Europe, and other Caribbean destinations. George FL Charles Airport, on the other hand, operates inter-Caribbean scheduled passenger flights, and is known for having a runway that is parallel to Vigie Beach. Ferries and cruise ships are also deployed from Saint Lucia, which travel to neighbouring islands, such as Martinique and Guadeloupe.
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