Saint Lucia is located midway down the Caribbean chain of islands, nestled between Martinique to the north, Barbados to the east, and St. Vincent to the south. The island has been independent since 1979, having changed hands between British and French occupiers no less than 14 times, earning her the label “Helen of the West”. The island’s primary economy is tourism, and it has a deserved reputation as one of the world’s leading honeymoon destinations. Key attractions include the Pitons - twin volcanic peaks that rise majestically out of the Caribbean Sea on the west coast, and form a UNESCO World Heritage Site - as well as the Sulphur Springs - the world’s only drive-in volcano - and the Friday night street party in Gros Islet.
The island’s economy and infrastructure is stable, with a democratically-elected government, and a currency that is tied to the US dollar.
Saint Lucia’s tourism product is among the strongest in the region, with significant arrival numbers by both air and sea, and several world-class resorts.
The climate in St. Lucia is tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds, with a dry season from 1 December to 31 May, and a wet season from 1 June to 30 November.
St. Lucia is serviced regularly by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic out of the UK, American, JetBlue, Delta and United out of the US and Air Canada and WestJet out of Canada.