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A sovereign island nation in the Eastern Caribbean, Saint Lucia is part of the Lesser Antilles, north-northeast of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados, and south of Martinique. Saint Lucia is one of the Windward Islands and was also referred to as the “Helen of the West Indies” because it was often switched between British and French control. Saint Lucia’s capital and largest city is Castries. The country is a volcanic island, known to be more mountainous than most of the Caribbean islands. Saint Lucia experiences a tropical climate.
 
What to see & do
Tourism is a major economy in Saint Lucia, with more tourists visiting the country during the dry season between January and April. Its tropical climate, breath-taking natural scenery, and its beaches and resorts are the main attractions. The twin peaks “The Pitons” are Saint Lucia’s two mountains that form the country’s most iconic landmark and also a World Heritage Site, situated between Soufriere and Choiseul on the western side of the island. Saint Lucia is also known for being one of the islands in the world that have a drive-in volcano, the Sulphur Springs in Soufriere. Another attraction in the island is the Saint Lucia Botanical Gardens, also known as the Diamond Botanical Gardens, which boasts the Diamond Waterfall as well as the oldest botanical gardens in the country. Other points of interest in Saint Lucia also include its rainforests and the Pigeon Island National Park, home to an old British military base that is Fort Rodney. Most tourists visit Saint Lucia via a cruise. Apart from the capital Castries, other popular locations in Saint Lucia are Soufriere, Marigot Bay, and Gros Islet. Popular activities that can be enjoyed in the country include bathing in the hot springs, rainforest hikes, climbing The Pitons, snorkelling, scuba diving, and catamaran sailing.
 
How to get around within Saint Lucia
The main mode of transportation within Saint Lucia is by taxi that can be arranged with a hotel, a taxi agency, or individual operators. Tours can also be arranged with the resorts, which usually come with food and drinks, but tend to be more expensive than planning your own itineraries with a local taxi operator. Car rentals are also another option, which are cheaper than taxis. Local buses also serve Saint Lucia. Buses in the country are small vans that can carry around 10-14 passengers. These buses run irregularly yet frequently between rural towns and urban centres such as Soufriere, Castries, and Vieux Fort. A nice way of getting around Saint Lucia is by water taxi, where travellers can see picturesque views during the journey. A helicopter taxi is also available, which takes travellers to the resorts on the northern end of the island.
 
How to get there
Saint Lucia is served by two airports: George F.L. Charles Airport near Castries, and Hewanorra International Airport near Vieux Fort. George F.L. Charles Airport has a runway parallel to Vigie Beach, a known tourist attraction. Airlines that fly to George F.L. Charles Airport are Air Antilles, Air Caraibes, Air France operated by Air Antilles, Caribbean Airways, Caricom Airways, Corsair operated by Air Antilles, Hummingbird Air, LIAT, and Take Air. Hewanorra International Airport, on the other hand, is the larger of the airports and has flights operated by Air Canada, Air Transat, American Airlines, British Airways, CanJet, Condor, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and WestJet.

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