10 Things you probably didn’t know about St. Lucia but should
Nestled at the confluence of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean is the beautiful island nation of St. Lucia. The country is part of the Lesser Antilles and its nearest neighbors are Martinique, Barbados, and Saint Vincent. If you are planning a trip to this Caribbean paradise, you better know the following things about the country.
- The country has a population of 174,000 and its capital is Castries.
- The official language in the country is English, but local languages such as Saint Lucian Creole and French are also widely spoken.
- Ethnic groups in the country are spread as follows; Afro Caribbean (70.3%), Mulatto (10.8%), Dougla (10%), Indo-Caribbean (2.2%), White Caribbean (5.6%), and Carib (0.6%).
- The country's governance system is a mix of parliamentary democracy with monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II of UK is the monarch.
- The country has been a French and British colony and thus you will find a lot of French and English influences in its cultural practices.
- Mount Gimie is the highest point on the island at 950 meters. However, the Pitons are the most famous mountains. They serve as a landmark to the island.
- St. Lucia was formed as a result of volcanic activities. It is therefore more mountainous than other Caribbean Islands.
- Popular points of interest in St. Lucia include; The Pitons, Castries, Marigot Bay, Gros Islet, Pigeon Island National Park Fort Rodney and the Botanical Gardens.
- Popular dishes include; macaroni pie, stew chicken with rice and peas, and hearty soups packed with local fresh vegetables.
- All the Caribbean music genres are found here including; Calypso, Reggae, Compas, Dancehall, Socca, Salsa and Zouk.
Your high expectations of the country will be surpassed. Trust me; there is nowhere better you should vacation.
by Kennedy Runo
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