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Beautifully Diverse St. Lucia

Updated on October 13, 2014
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Photos of and Information About Amazing St. Lucia

I know of a place where you can see a rain forest, mountains, a volcano, and a tropical beach - all in a single day! It's the island nation of St. Lucia, in the Caribbean, a simply amazing place.

Here I am, standing beside some ground ferns and UNDER a couple of fern trees. The ferns in St Lucia are enormous!

With so much to do and see, it's no wonder that St. Lucia is a favorite of honeymooners. It's also a popular cruise destination. Once a year, the country's population swells when people from many nations travel there to attend the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival.

If you don't know much about this small, but diverse island on the edge of the Southern Caribbean, this page is a good place to start. Here, you'll see some pictures of beautiful scenes from there. You'll also learn a few interesting facts about the place that's home to less than a quarter of a million lucky folks who call themselves St. Lucians.

We'll begin with a few intriguing images of St. Lucia. Don't forget to vote for your favorite!

Images of St. Lucia (Round Two)

Here are a handful of images that are representative of the distinct and diverse beauty of St. Lucia. This is actually the second grouping to be presented on this page for readers to vote on.

In the first round, the clear winner was "St. Lucia Sunset," which is the first one you'll see. It's followed by five new entries. Let's see who wins this round, shall we?


St. Lucia Sunset

by SteeveO69, found on Zazzle,  affiliate link for purchasing this poster:
by SteeveO69, found on Zazzle, affiliate link for purchasing this poster: | Source

Grand Piton

from PublicDomainPictures.net
from PublicDomainPictures.net | Source

Caribbean, St Lucia, Marigot Bay

Fund at:  AllPosters.com.  (link that follows is an affiliate link.  Click for information on available sizes and pricing, if interested.)
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St. Lucia Coast

public domain image, courtesy NOAA,  via Wikimedia commons
public domain image, courtesy NOAA, via Wikimedia commons | Source

Vintage Travel Poster

Another one from Zazzle.  Affiliate link:
Another one from Zazzle. Affiliate link: | Source

Soufriere, St. Lucia

And one more from AllPosters
And one more from AllPosters | Source

Vote for Your Favorite St. Lucia Wall Art - (a poll)

Which of the above posters or prints of St. Lucia is YOUR favorite?

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St. Lucia is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide.

in the public domain
in the public domain | Source

Where is St Lucia?

It's one of the Windward Islands.

St. Lucia is one of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. It's located south of Martinique and northwest of Barbados. The Lesser Antilles form the eastern boundry of the Caribbean Sea, so if you look to sea from the west coast of St. Lucia, you're seeing the Caribbean Sea, and from her east coast, you see the Atlantic Ocean.

GETTING THERE

You can choose to fly in for a wonderful tropical vacation, and stay at one of several popular all-inclusive St. Lucia resorts, or you might choose a Southern Caribbean Cruise that includes St. Lucia as a Port of Call. Either way, there's lots to do and see in this Caribbean paradise.

I found the Drive In Volcano at St. Lucia absolutely fascinating. Maigot Bay is beautiful, the Pitons are awe inspiring, and the rain forest absolutely amazing , too! In my book each and every one is a must see before you leave the island.

Learn More About St. Lucia - Find Out Why It's Such a Popular Vacation Destination

St. Lucia is such a fascinating place! Would you love to learn more about this tropical isalnd nation in the Southern Caribbean? Here's a fun way to do it!

Learn about St Lucia's exotic beauty, from her rainforest to the majestic Pitons, the fascinating volcano to her tropical beaches. Visit this amazing island paradise vicariously, or preview what awaits you on your trip there.

Might even come in handy for school lessons on a variety of topics.

Have you been to St. Lucia? (poll)

Have you been to St. Lucia?

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Independence Day

St. Lucia became an

Independent State of the

Commonwealth of Nations

on February 22, 1979

Joseph Smit [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Joseph Smit [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Some Random Facts about St. Lucia

Capital: Castries

Official Language: English

Size: 27 miles wide, 14 miles long

Population: 181,000

Other random facts about St. Lucia

Independence Day, February 22nd, is a national holiday.

The national bird is the St. Lucia Parrot, or Amazona Versicolor. This colorful parrot is found nowhere else on earth, and is quite rare. In fact, in the 1950’s, with only about 150 individuals remaining in the wild, it was on the verge of going extinct. Much work was and is being done on behalf of these beautiful creatures. Though there is still work to do, it’s paying off. Recent estimates are that the population has increased to around 400.

You can use the fast catamaran service to travel to Dominica and Martinique from St. Lucia.

You’ll have to travel to this little Island paradise to see two other native species of birds in the wild: the St. Lucia Black Finch and the St. Lucia Oriole. They are found only there

77 percent of the land mass is covered by forest.

Officially, there are no rivers there. That's because the land area is too small for anything to be classified as a river. But there are half a dozen flowing waterways that are like small rivers. The longest is the Roseau, which flows for just 13 miles.

On St. Lucia, you can travel from a bustling port town, to a steamy rain forest, a quaint fishing village, a mountain, a volcano, and a tropical beach, all in the space of a single day.


Amazing Diversity in a Tiny Geographic Space

The land mass of St. Lucia is less than 400 square miles.

Yet, within that small space, you can travel from a bustling port town, to a steamy rain forest, a quaint fishing village, steep mountains, a volcano, and tropical beachs, all in the space of a single day.

How many other places on earth can make that claim?

The following video will show you some of the amazingly diverse faces of St. Lucia.

St. Lucia's Natural Beauty (a video)

public domain image, via Wikipedia
public domain image, via Wikipedia | Source

St. Lucia's Two Nobel Prize Winners - One Each in Economics and Literature


Interestingly, Saint Lucia has "the highest ratio of Nobel laureates produced with respect to the total population of any sovereign country in the world," according to Wikipedia.

That's two out of a (2012) population of 181,000! The two are:

Winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Economics - Sir Arthur Lewis (1915 - 1991)

and

Winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature - Derek Walcott, (1930 - )

St. Lucia Jazz and Art Festival

Held in May of each year, the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts festival is internationally recognized as one of the top jazz events in the world.

The event, which draws top Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, and Calypso musicians not only from the Caribbean, but from around the globe.

Performances and exhibits are held in a number of venues around the island, including Derek Walcott Square, in Castries.

The festival recently expanded its scope to include other art forms, such as Theatre, Art, and Dance, as well as culinary arts and a fashion show.

Derek Walcott Square in Castries

By Gene93k  [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
By Gene93k [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

St. Lucia Weather and Hurricanes

It's a Tropical Climate for sure!

CURRENT WEATHER in SAINT LUCIA: Click for Today's weather forecast

St. Lucia has a tropical climate, with a wet season corresponding to the Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season (June 1 to November 30) and a dry season from December 1 through May 31.

Yes, the island does lie within the hurricane belt. However, most tropical activity occurs to the north of St. Lucia's latitude. That is not to say that hurricanes never hit there. They do. Just not as often as some of the other Caribbean islands.

Hurricane Thomas affected the island in 2010, killing seven, and causing quite a bit of property and infrastructure damage. This was St. Lucia's worst hurricane encounter in nearly 30 years.

What do you think of St. Lucia now? Did the pictures and information presented on this page make you think it might be a nice place to visit?

Comments are welcome and appreciated!

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      aiclogcabins 5 years ago

      I would love to go there one day, but it does look kind of cloudy on a lot of the pictures!

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      St. Lucia is so beautiful, I had no idea. Thanks for putting this together!

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      mel-kav 5 years ago

      Went to St Lucia about 20 years ago. The culture was still very raw and the island beautiful. There was only one road that went around the island. They were just starting to clear paths to put down roads. I'd love to go back.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Nice photos! Thanks for sharing them.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Another great page.

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      I love the waterfall image.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      wow. its really awesome picture collection. i love it.

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      Nice photographs!

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      maryrussel 6 years ago

      I love all of the photos. I did vote for one but it was a tough choice. There should be a selection for all of them. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the banana flower and had to look back at it a couple times...you do manage to capture the flavor of St. Lucia for us here!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      lovely photos, so beautiful ..makes me want to go on a sun and fun holiday

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      Your image choices are beautiful! Really makes me want to go back to St Lucia!

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      lilyofthevalley1 6 years ago

      St. Lucia looks gorgeous! Not to mention, Lucia was my name is Spanish class ;)

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I would so love to go on one of these cruises you describe and visit somewhere exotic like St Lucia. Beautiful pics you've offered.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      I would LOVE to travel to St. Lucia. My brother-in-law and family were there a couple years ago, and raved about it. The photos you included here are especially evocative.