St Lucia appeals to all the senses with some of the most inspiring attractions in the Caribbean.
Covering a land area of 617 km2, St Lucia is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located northeast of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique.
Warm all year round with little variation in temperature, the gentle climate makes St Lucia an ideal location for a vacation home. It enjoys a warm tropical climate throughout the year, balanced by the northeast trade winds. The average temperature is between 77°F (25°C) and 80°F (27°C).
The island has all of the amenities in place that one would expect at a long established high-end destination, as well as an excellent medical, utility and telecommunications infrastructure.
The capital Castries is a pleasant and friendly harbour town. Pointe Seraphine is a Duty Free Shopping Mall in Castries Harbour, with over 40 stores selling designer clothing, arts and crafts, electrical goods, jewellery and accessories. The Market, where gift items, spices, local fruits and vegetables are sold, is also popular with both locals and visitors.
The French were the island’s first European settlers, after they signed a treaty in 1660 with the native Carib Indians. England soon took control of the island and, in ensuing years, it was ruled seven times each by the French and British, until in 1814 the British finally claimed definitive control of the island. Representative government was instituted in 1840 and in 1958 the island joined the Federation of the West Indies. In 1979, St Lucia became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations associated with the United Kingdom.