Its Highest Peak Is Not Its Most Famous
Mount Gimie is the highest crag in St Lucia at 950 m, but it isn’t even the island’s second most prominent peak. The two most famous are the stunningly dramatic Pitons. These two volcanic plugs, Gros Piton and Petit Piton, adorn countless tourist brochures and offer some of the most dramatic views in the Caribbean.
The Pitons Adorn Its Flag
The Pitons are such an insignia of St Lucia that the nation’s flag has a demonstration of them. The flag was designed by Native artist Dunstan St Omer and has been in use since 1967.
It Is Home to the World’s Only Drive-through Volcano
St Lucia’s amazing geology means visitors can easily get up close to the boiling Sulphur Springs and witness the awesome power of nature for themselves.
It Is the Exact Same Size as Scotland’s Isle of Islay
At 616.42 square kilometres (238 sq.miles), St Lucia is the similar size as the famous Hebridean atoll of Islay. While Islay may be known for single malt Scotch like Laphroaig or Lagavulin, St Lucia has its own storied spirits with popular rums like Chairman’s Reserve and Rodney’s Reserve.
It Has a Long Colonial History
First settled by the Dutch, then the French and finally the British before it claimed independence in 1979, the Caribbean island has a colorful colonial history. In fact, the island changed hands 14 separate times in the 17th and 18th centuries.
It’s Unique Name
St Lucia is the only nation in the world titled after a woman!
It Was Named by French Colonists
The islet was known after St Lucy by French colonials in the 1600s. St Lucy is the patron saint of the blind and those with eye problems.
It Has Produced Two Nobel Prize Winners
Even with a population well below 200k the island nation has two Nobel Prize winners to its name. Derek Walcott won for literature in 1992 and Sir William Arthur Lewis for economics in 1979.
The Temperature Is Pleasant All Year Round
It has an enjoyably reliable year-round temperature. The monthly means in St Lucia only hollow below 80 °F (ca. 27 °C) in January and February, and never rise above a perfect 85 °F (ca. 29 °C).
It Has a Famous Jazz Festival
The St Lucia Jazz Festival is held every May and greetings choirs from all over the world. The festival rejoices the island’s affection event with jazz as well as the different St Lucian culture.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is unique about St Lucia?
The island of St Lucia is known for its pair of pointy mountains, the Pitons, on its west coast. The west coast, where the capital city Castries is found, is met by the lapping Caribbean Sea and is known for its epic scuba diving! The east coast of the island meets the choppier Atlantic Ocean.
How were the Pitons in St Lucia formed?
They are extremely old – experts believe they were formed between 200,000 and 300,000 years ago during a period of intense volcanic activity. They are volcanic plugs – a structure created when magma (molten rocks) hardens within a vent or lava dome on an active volcano.
When did the Pitons in St Lucia last erupt?
The Soufriere volcano is considered to be dormant, and its last eruption occurred in the late 18th century.
What is the best part of St Lucia to stay?
Those looking to escape the crowds can find a few casual and quieter bars in Rodney Bay, as well as in the nearby Rodney Bay Marina where you’ll find pizza and sushi spots, and other highly rated restaurants and outdoor/patio setups.