“Official Name: Saint Lucia
Area: 617 km2 (238.23 sq mi)
Population: 174,257 (2017) – source: Saint Lucia dept of statistics
Population density: 275 inhabitants per kilometre sq.
Official language: English (official); A French patois is common throughout the country.
Saint Lucia’s currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$), a regional currency shared among members of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) issues the EC$, manages monetary policy, and regulates and supervises commercial banking activities in its member countries. The ECCB has kept the EC$ pegged at EC$2.7=U.S. $1. Exchange rate: EC$2.70 = U.S$1
St Lucia, like all Caribbean islands, has a hot, tropical climate throughout the year, tempered by sea breezes and prevailing north-eastern trade winds. The average temperature year round is between 77°F (25°C) and 80°F (27°C). The driest period on the island is from about February to May, though short showers can occur throughout the year, and the wet season is usually from June to September. The rain forest in the interior of the island receives more than double the average annual precipitation on the north and south coasts.
Airports: Saint Lucia has two airports: Hewanorra International Airport (UVF), located in the southern town of Vieux Fort (approximately 40 miles south of Castries), and George F L Charles Airport (SLU) located in Castries, the capital city of Saint Lucia. Most international jet flights land at Hewanorra, which is the larger of the two, and smaller flights from within the Caribbean region land at George Charles Airport.
Sea Ports: The main sea port is Port Castries. There is an additional deep water anchorage for cargo and container ships at Vieux Fort in the south near the airport. Pointe Seraphine is the port of entry for cruise ships.
New Year Jan 01-02
Independence Day Feb 22
Labour Day May 01
Emancipation Day Aug 01
National Day Dec 13
Christmas Day Dec 25
Boxing Day Dec 26
Country code: 758