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About Saint Lucia 2018-08-06T18:02:22+00:00

238 Square Miles  |  Population: 174,257

General Information

“Official Name: Saint Lucia
Capital: Castries
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.

Currency

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

Climate

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.

Ports

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.

Holidays

New Year Jan 01-02
Independence Day Feb 22
Labour Day May 01
Whit Monday
Corpus Christi
Emancipation Day Aug 01
Thanksgiving Day
National Day Dec 13
Christmas Day Dec 25
Boxing Day Dec 26

Telephone Code

Country code: 758

Partners

Music Saint Lucia was developed by Export Saint Lucia, formally TEPA, in partnership with the European Union (EU). It was funded by the EU through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).