Saint Lucia, island state in the Caribbean Sea. It is the second largest of the Windward group in the Lesser Antilles and is located about 24 miles (39 km) south of Martinique and some 21 miles (34 km) northeast of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, with Barbados to the southeast.
The island is 27 miles (43 km) long and has a maximum width of 14 miles (23 km). The capital and major port is Castries. Saint Lucia is a member of the Commonwealth.
The Pitons mountain range (above) is a Saint Lucian landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The tropical eastern Caribbean island boasts beaches, mountains, exotic plants and the Qualibou volcano with its boiling sulphur springs.
The country is home to some of the best scuba diving spots in the world; you can see all manner of wildlife including whales and turtles!
Mount Gimie is the island nation’s highest mountain, standing over 3,000 feet tall. This small country has more mountains than most other Caribbean islands, and was formed as a result of volcanic activity.
Before the visitor influx from the cruise ship industry, banana exports sustained St Lucia, especially after 1964 when it stopped producing sugar cane. Crops such as mangoes and avocados are also grown, but bananas are the biggest source of foreign exchange after tourism.
The Jacquot (a parrot), cannot be found anywhere else in the world, and quite fittingly is the island’s national bird.