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              About the Helen of the West Indies, St. Lucia!

St. Lucia is rich in natural beauty. Created from an ancient Vulcano, its twin peaks, the magnificient Pitons, rise majestically from the turquoise sea.

The island is covered with thick emerald vegetation which is home to the National Forest Reserve. Stretching 19,000 acres across the island, the reserve is a refuge for exotic wildlife, giant ferns and wild orchids. The vibrant colours of the birds, the flowers, even the waterfalls will captivate you. Some of the creatures are endangered species and can only be found on the island.

Geography

St. Lucia, "The Helen of the West Indies", lies roughly between 60° and 61° West longitude and 13° and 14° North latitude. It is approximately 1,300 miles southeast of Florida, in the Winward Islands. The Windwards are a part of the Lesser Antilles, which are in turn part of the West Indies. The 238-square-mile island is 21 miles from its nearest neighbour, the french island of Martinique. It is just 24 miles north of St. Vincent and 100 miles northwest of Barbados.

The climate is subtropical with temperatures ranging from the mid-sixties to the mid-eighties.

During the hottest time of the year, from June to August, temperatures can reach the mid-nineties. Things are kept pretty cool by the constant trade winds. Summers are usually warm and wet, while the winters are quite dry. Average rainfall ranges from 60 inches in the coastal regions up to 160 inches in the rainforest. The rainy season is from June to October, but it is by no means a constant downpour.

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St. Lucia lies in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone - four hours behind Europe, five during daylight savings time. It is one hour ahead of North American Eastern Standard Time all year.

For more information visit ST. LUCIA'S OFFICIAL SITE
 
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