Santa Lucia Island, Caribbean

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Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia is an island country of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, close to Martinique, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados. His name was given by Christopher Columbus, who was there in 1502.

The first to populate the island of Saint Lucia were the Arawak in the third century BC, who were later expelled by the fearsome Carib. Spaniards and English tried to occupy the island, but found strong resistance of the native Caribs. In 1660, the French managed to establish themselves there, beginning a long dispute with England that lasted 150 years. Because of this, the possession flag in Saint Lucia was changed 14 consecutive times. Through the Treaty of Paris in 1814, Britain finally took control of the island of Saint Lucia, although the period in which it was under French domination left marks, including in the local language itself, the patois, resulting from the African dialects with French.

It was developed on the island by the British the cultivation of sugar cane, and, later the introduction of cacao. Tropical fruits are also produced, such as banana - its main product - and coconut.

Between 1959 and 1962, the island was a province of the Federation of the West Indies. Later, he was granted self-government in 1967 and independence on December 13, 1978, as a member of the Commonwealth. Perlette Louisy is currently the general government, with Prime Minister Stephenson King.
Official language
English and French
Currency
East Caribbean Dollar
Documentation
An entry visa is not required. The passport must be valid for at least six months.
Tourism
Where can you wake up to a symphony of birds and drive through a volcano? Only on the island of St. Lucia! Saint Lucia stands out from the rest of the Caribbean islands, thanks to its varied landscape and diverse culture and gastronomy, which is distinguished by African, Indian, Caribbean, British and French influences. You can explore everything from the Piton Mountains and the rainforest to the Sulfur Springs of Soufriere and the Caribbean coral reef on this 238 square mile island in paradise. There are so many reasons to choose the island of St. Lucia!
The active traveler can snorkel in the refreshing Caribbean Sea, walk to the top of Gros Piton or Petite Piton Peaks, or take advantage of a wide range of water sports available at the St. Lucia Resort. Romantic couples can relax on the white sand of a pristine beach or in a mud bath before heading to a unique date at one of the cultural or musical festivals of Saint Lucia.

Whatever your preference, your holiday on the island of Saint Lucia will be nothing more than a good navigation!
Gastronomy
Santa Lucia, like the rest of the Provincial Councils of Cartagena, has products of the sea, the mountains and the countryside. These are its great resources to offer a very varied cuisine, within the great versatility of Mediterranean cuisine.
The traditional dishes that are cooked in the Santa Lucia kitchens are based on fish, sausages and vegetables from the rural area of ​​Cartagena, including among its most representative recipes with the famous cauldron, rabbit with garlic cabañil, casserole casserole and michironas.
Weather
Hot and humid weather from November to May.
Security
Satisfactory.
The small delinquency has been increasing, especially during the holiday season, jazz festival (May) and celebration of the local Carnival (July).
It is advisable to respect the usual safety advice:
- not to walk at night or in isolated places;
- avoiding deserted beaches, in particular "Pigeon Island";
- travel documents and other valuables must be stored in the hotel safe;
- carry a copy of the passport with you
Health care
The equipment of the hospitals in Santa Lucia is insufficient.
In case of a diving accident, decompression is only available in Guadeloupe or Barbados.
Dengue fever exists in the country; you should wear repellent.
The percentage of people infected with the AIDS virus is high.
You should consult your doctor before traveling, and it is advisable to carry out health insurance covering all medical expenses, including repatriation from Saint Lucia.
Electricity and Telecommunications
Electricity
The electricity is 220V and 50Hz.
It is advisable to have a universal adapter kit for the sockets.


Telecommunications
There are mobile communications networks and possibility to use roaming system. However, in many areas, signal capture is difficult.

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