Romance. That’s what people think of when they consider St. Lucia. But that’s not all this lovely island is known for. Its beautifully kept beaches inspire romance, it’s true. The waterfalls and view of the magnificent Piton Mountains all make you want to hold your sweetheart closer. But there are other things to get involved in on the island that make St. Lucia a popular destination with people from all over the world.
There are many eco tourism activities available for the interested traveler. Zip line with the Piton Mountains in the backdrop. Hike the many trails. Go bird watching at Millet Bird Sanctuary or turtle watching at Grand Anse. Marvel at the wild ferns and bird of paradise that grow to incredible sizes in the rainforest. Their beauty is protected by the Gros Piton and Petit Piton Mountains on either side of the rainforest. Orchards of banana, mango, and coconut trees will captivate you as well. Enjoy the rainforest and the animals that live within it either on foot or via the island’s unique tram ride. Or, if you would rather spend your time in the water, dive around the island and enjoy one of the bet sites in the world.
Perhaps what St. Lucia is most known for is the boating available. From yachts to catamaran’s St. Lucia’s beautiful waters are often dotted with boats coasting along. The sightseeing opportunities on board are unparalleled and the experience of the warm leeward winds blowing through your hair is the stuff of memory making.
The French were the first of the Europeans to settle on the island. The legendary Carib Indians already populated the land, however the French signed a treaty with them in 1660.
Food in St. Lucia is reflective of the mix of people that have populated the island over its history. British, French, African, Indian and Amerindian influences combine to create one of the most unique gastronomical experienced you can have on any Caribbean island. Able to cook anything and using the freshest of ingredients, chefs on the island will make a long lasting impression on you. With many of the chef in St. Lucia achieving international recognition, visitors are sure to be treated to stellar cuisine. Chefs like Paula Dean rave about St. Lucia’s cuisine – that kind of accolade says it all.
If you are looking for a vacation that is more relaxing and meditative, more connected with the beauty around you as well as the tastes, sounds, and smells, St. Lucia is the perfect island for you. Come relax and pamper yourself in the unspoiled beauty of the island. Let yourself imagine what it would be like to live in such beauty for the rest of your life. It’s not just a beautiful fantasy. It’s romanticism at its finest.
Size: 238 square miles
Demonym: Saint Lucian
Government: Parliamentary Democracy under British Constitutional Monarchy
Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$); US dollar (US$) widely accepted
Main City: Castries
Main Airport: Hewanorra International Airport (Vieux Fort) and George FL Charles Airport (Castries).
Telephone Country Code: 758
Local Beer: Piton Beer
National Dish: Great Fig & Salt Fish
Entry Visa: All visitors to St. Lucia will need to have a valid passport that will be valid for thee months prior to the completion of your St. Lucia travel and an onward or return ticket. Visas are not required for United States, European Union and most Commonwealth citizens for stays under 28 days.
When To Go: The weather in St. Lucia is warm year round. The temperature stays in the 80°F all year and is cooled by trade winds. The wet season is June through November, intersecting with hurricane season. The St Lucia Jazz Festival in May and Carnival in July are popular times to visit the island.
Marriage Requirements: Couples wishing to get married in St Lucia can do so on the same day of arrival. A local solicitor would just need to apply for a license.
Documents Required: In addition to the completed application for marriage, both the bride and groom will need their:
• birth certificates along with driver’s licences or other forms of identification
• certificates of no impediment or single status report
Also if applicable:
• divorce papers i.e. decree absolute and/or death certificate of spouse
• proof of parental consent if under 18, stamped and signed by a solicitor
• proof of name change by Deed Poll, stamped and signed by a solicitor
Note: If any documents are not in English, an authenticated translation must be available.
Residency Requirement: None.
Fees: The marriage license is: EC$335. Also Special License: EC$540. Plus registrar fees: EC$100 and Marriage certificate: EC$8.
Witnesses: Two witnesses must be present at the ceremony.