St. Lucia is a stunningly beautiful place. The combination of the natural splendor of sea, sky and land and the abundant flora and fauna make it much more than just the iconic Piton twin volcanic peaks that most people come to see. This beautiful gem of the Windward Islands is one of the most travel-worthy settings on the planet. Beautiful beaches, gorgeous hiking trails, geologic formations and working plantations of fruit, spices and cocoa make it a place of endless possibilities for action, entertainment and education. Although there is never enough time when one is on vacation, St. Lucia is only 14 miles wide and 27 miles long and it all of it's attractions are accessible by land or sea. It is one of the "Spice Islands", located between the islands of Martinique and St. Vincent. Our population is about 175,000 people, with most of them living in the north end of the island, near the city of Castries.
The island residents are very involved in celebrating St. Lucia's history with a number of very rich cultural events. Two examples are the La Rose and the Marguerite Flower Festivals, which are celebrated in August and October respectively. Carnival is also observed throughout June and reaches its climax in mid July. The St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival is probably the most prestigious event of them all, usually observed during the first week of May.
The English and French fought over this bountiful island and it changed hands 7 times, prompting historians to call St. Lucia the "Helen of the West". Independence was attained in 1979 and St. Lucia is now a sovereign nation. English is the official language, with most islanders familiar with Creole, a French-based patois dialect. They are friendly and welcoming and very proud of their island's natural resources and the importance of tourism to the island.