St. Lucia Guide

St. Lucia Guide

Country data

Location: Caribbean

Time zone: CET – 5 (during summer time: CET – 6)

Total area: 616 km²

Land area: 606 km²

Water area: 10 km²

Length of the state border: 0 km

Coastline: 158 km

Capital: Castries

Districts: 10
Anse-la-Raye, Canaries, Castries, Choiseul, Dennery, Gros-Islet, Laborie, Micoud, Soufriere, Vieux-Fort

Electric current: 220 V / 50 Hz

Telephone code: 00 1758 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Mount Gimie 950 m

Population

Population: approx. 163,000 residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 0.3% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 265

Life expectancy: 75 (male), 80 (female)

Official language: English, patois

Religions:

  • 61% Roman Catholic
  • 25% Protestants
  • 14% other

Climate

The climate is hot and tropical. Due to the prevailing trade winds, it is also well tolerated by Europeans.

Most of the rain falls in autumn (August-October). There are short rain showers almost every day at this time.

The daytime temperature has only slight fluctuations over the year and averages 30 ° C.

Saint Lucia

Currency / finance

Currency unit: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

Division: 1 dollar = 100 cents

ATMs: There are very few machines.

International credit cards: These are accepted by many larger hotels and shops.

Regulations: Foreign and national currencies can be imported and exported in unlimited amounts.

Many stores also allow you to pay directly in US dollars.

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages

(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

Travel advice

In some regions of the Eastern Caribbean, there are occasional robberies on ships near the coast. Do not take unknown guests on board and pay attention to your own safety, especially at night.

The months June to November are cyclone season. In addition to high winds, the tropical storms often bring with them heavy rains. Occasionally there are landslides through the softened soil.

Economy

Many foreign currencies are generated in the field of agriculture. Their main exports include bananas, flour and rice.

In recent years, the area of ​​tourism, which still has great potential, has grown and is now one of the most important branches of the economy.

Industries: food production, textiles, tourism

Natural resources: geothermal springs, wood

Land use:

  • Usable land: 8%
  • Grain cultivation: 21%
  • Pasture area: 5%
  • Forests: 13%
  • other: 53%

Plants

Part of the tropical rainforests was cut down for agricultural use.

Plantations on which bananas are grown often determine the landscape.

The remaining forests are mainly on mountains and mountain slopes.

Animals

Many different species of birds can be seen here. Different species of parrots can be found here as well as hummingbirds and blackbirds.

The wildlife in the waters is largely intact thanks to nature conservation and the low level of industrialization.

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