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| Land Area - 238 sq. miles
Population - 140,000
Climate - average 26ºC
Language - English
Capital - Castries
Currency - EC Dollar
| ST. LUCIA FACT FIND
Dominated by twin Pitons 2619 feet high, St Lucia has rich lush rainforest and white sandy beaches alongside turquoise blue waters.
Air - Hewanorra International Airport/Vigie Airport (local)
Sea - Castries Port
Sport & Pleasure:
Jazz Festival - May
Carnival - July
Feast of Rose De Lima - August
Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - December
St Lucia Tourist Board, Pointe
Tel: (758) 452-5968
In the past five years the lush tropical island of St Lucia has emerged as a serious challenger to Barbados as a premier tourist destination and prime real estate location. With its signature skyline twin-tower Pitons, vibrant tropical rainforests, undulating hinterland and beautiful coastline, St. Lucia has won the hearts of a new generation of travelers looking for something different, something more than sand, sea and sunshine.
St. Lucia's natural beauty goes far beyond its beaches and in recent times huge strides have been made to improve its amenities, attractions and offshore business opportunities. Helped by a progressive government the port of Castries has been improved to accommodate the lucrative cruise ships, Castries itself is being slowly modernized, new shopping malls are springing up all over the island, the infrastructure is getting better and better, Rodney Bay Marina and its surrounds are being tastefully developed, three new championship golf courses are under construction and international brands Ritz Carlton, Raffles Resort and Westin are on the island.
With two airports and a visionary Minister of Tourism in Alan Chastenet, the island is well placed to grow its tourism product. Like most Caribbean islands a strong tourism industry fuels a solid economy.
Who's who in St Lucia
It's been a real who's who in St. Lucia in recent times!
The cricket brought megastars like England's Freddie Flintoff, South Africa's Shaun Pollock and Kiwi Shane Bond. Golf brought legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. Jazz Festival brought John Legend, Shaggy and movie star Steven Segal.
Others noticed around the island have included Morgan Freeman, Opray, Denzil Washinton, Ami Winehouse and West Ham and England goalkeeper Robert Green.
Carol Vordermen of Countdown fame and top UK DJ Trevor Nelson fell in love with the Landings. Other celebrities will surely follow.
The buzz in St Lucia real estate
St. Lucia is certainly buzzing in 2008 with several major resort developments adding to an already impressive itinerary of quality product. Visionary developments at the Landings, Jalousie, Le Sport and Villas On The Green have now been joined by Raffles Resort at Cap with its magnificent Jack Nicklaus signature beachfront golf course and another at Le Paradis under the guidance of the great Greg Norman. These prestigious real estate developments will put St. Lucia on the map as a golf destination and are sure to boost both tourism and overseas property investors.
Land and property values continued to rise in 2007 and local agents remain bullish that there's still plenty of growth left in both sectors going forward.
That's got to be good news for overseas property investors and retirees, as this is an idyllic destination where peace and tranquility are integral parts of everyday life.