St. Lucia is rich in natural beauty.
Created from an ancient Vulcano, its twin
peaks, the magnificient Pitons, rise majestically
from the turquoise sea.
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.
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
The climate is subtropical
with temperatures ranging from the mid-sixties
to the mid-eighties.
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.