An Island Paradise Simply Beautiful
St. Lucia (pronounced “loo-sha”) lies roughly between 60 & 61 degrees West longitude and between 13 & 14 degrees North latitude. The island has an area of 238 square miles (27 miles long and 14 miles wide) and has a population of approximately 175,000 people.
St. Lucia was first inhabited by the peaceful Arawak Indians, but they were conquered by their old enemies, the fierce Caribs. Christopher Columbus was the first European to discover St. Lucia in 1499. Then came the British and the French in 1667. St. Lucia was alternately British and French for the next 150 years, before it was finally ceded to the British in 1814.
The war has left fortresses and relics behind. For example, Pigeon Island National Park and Fort Rodney. From the former British officers’ mess, it is easy to imagine the cannons firing at French warships as they tried to slip past the fortified hilltop ….. You can also visit Morne Fortune, a site of a key battle, and Marigot Bay, once a vital wartime base and now a beautiful yacht haven. Diamond falls and Mineral Baths, built by the French king, Louis XVI, to refresh and heal his troops stationed on St. Lucia, are fascinating. As is historic Soufriere, the old French capital.
We still have many British characteristics 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 and soccer. 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, days of national pride and in the open-air markets.
You will find St. Lucia a colourful, unique mixture of history and charming influences, and as our guest you will have the opportunity to enjoy experiencing all of it in affordable luxury and our trademark style!