Country name: Saint Lucia.
Data code: LC.
Nationality: Saint Lucian(s).
Languages: English (official), French patois.
Capital: Castries (population: 56,000).
Population: 154,020 (1999 est.).
Climate: tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season
from January to April, rainy season from May to August.
Coastline: 158 km.
Geographic coordinates: 13 53 N, 60 68 W.
Highest point: Mount Gimie 950 m.
Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North
Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago.
Size: 620 sq km (240 sq miles).
Terrain: volcanic and mountainous with some broad, fertile valleys.
Accommodations: St. Lucia has everything, top resorts, all-inclusive
resorts (problematic), mid range hotels and low budget accommodations.
Activities: horseback riding, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing,
windsurfing, golf, tennis, squash, fishing, hiking.
Average tourist arrivals: 278,491 (2009).
Business Hours: Banks: 8am - 3 pm Monday-Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm
Friday; Government Offices: 8 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30pm - 4:30 pm Monday
- Friday; Businesses and Shops: 8 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday; 8 am - 12:30 pm Saturday. Most shops remain open during
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50 cycles, with a square tree-pin
Highlights: Soufriere: The Pitons, Drive-in Vulcano;
La Toc Battery, Bagshaws Batik Studios, Derek Walcott Square;
Fortune; Marigot Bay; Anse-le-Ray & Canaries; Choiseul Scenic Drive;
Gros Islet: street party every Friday; Rodney Bay; Pigeon Island; Errard
Plantation; La Sikwe Historical Sugar Mill & Plantation; Marquis Estate;
Morne Coubaril Estate.
Post: Airmail to Western Europe takes up to a week. Poste Restante
mail will only be released on presentation of suitable identification.
Post office hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday and 9 am -
1:30 pm, Saturday.
Public holidays: January 01 & 02 New Year's Day Celebrations;
February 22 Independence Day; late March early April Good Friday, Easter
Sunday, Easter Monday; May 01 Labour Day, eights Monday after Easter Whit
Monday; ninth Thursday after Easter Corpus Christi; July Carnival; August
03 Emancipation Day; October 05 Thanksgiving Day; December 13 National
Day, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Boxing Day.
Telephone: international direct dial service is widely available
throughout the island; country code is 1 758, outgoing international code
is 011; Credit card calls can be made through local operators or through
AT&T; phone cards can be purchased through Cable & Wireless offices
throughout the islands.
Time: 1 hour ahead of Standard US Time and 5 hours ahead of Standard
European Time (GMT - 4).
Costs: still resonable; budget accommodations are available.
Credit cards: major international
credit cards are widely accepted at all large shopping centers, restaurants,
Currency: 1 EC dollar (EC$) = 100 cents. The East Caribbean dollar
is converted at the fixed rate of $2.70 EC to $1.00 US.
Tipping: A tip is not automatically added
and is usually about 10% to 12% of the bill. Tips are generally accepted
by bellhops in hotels, taxi drivers and other persons providing service
Airports: Hewanorra International Airport (UVF), near Vieux Fort,
Tel. 758-4528686. The airport is situated near Vieux-Fort, towards the
southern tip of the island, about 64km (40 miles) from Castries. The airport
can be easily reached using the East Coast road, the main link between
the north and south of the island. Public mini busses run frequently to
Castries. There is a helicopter service to Vigie Airport, near Castries,
Departure Tax: $27.00 EC.
Entry Requirements: Valid passports are required for all
visitors, except US and Canadian citizens who possess valid return tickets
and I.D. and stay for less than six months. Visas are not required for
citizens of the US or Commonwealth countries, or where there is agreement
for exemption between the home country and St. Lucia.
Flight Times: Airlines: Air Canada, Tel. 452-6408; Ari Jamaica,
Tel. 452-6263; Air Martinique, Tel. 452-2463; American Airlines, Tel. 454-6777;
British Airways, Tel. 452-7444; BWIA Tel. 452-3778; LIAT, Tel. 452-3051,
Tel. 452-2348 (after hours).
Public Transport: Taxis and mini buses are common in St. Lucia.
Ports and harbors: Castries (Cruise Ships, Ferries, Yachts);
Rodney Bay, Marigot Bay, Vieux Fort (Yachts).
Diplomatic representation from the US: the US does not have an
embassy in Saint Lucia; the Ambassador to Saint Lucia resides in Bridgetown
Ethnic groups: black 90%, mixed 6%, East Indian 3%, white 1%.
Government type: constitutional monarchy.
Legal system: based on English common law.
Literacy: 67% (male: 65%, female: 69%).
Religions: Roman Catholic 90%, Protestant 7%, Anglican 3%.
Agriculture products: bananas, coconuts, vegetables, citrus,
root crops, cocoa.
GDP per capita: purchasing power parity $4,100 (1997 est.).
Industries: clothing, assembly of electronic components, beverages,
corrugated cardboard boxes, tourism, lime processing, coconut processing.
Natural resources: forests, sandy beaches, minerals (pumice),
mineral springs, geothermal potential.
Partners: US, Caricom countries, UK, Japan, Canada.
Unemployment rate: 15% (1996 est.).
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