St Lucia

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Introduction

An island of paradise is everyone’s dream vacation. Saint Lucia is at the top of every honeymooner’s destination dream. Saint Lucia is a beautiful tropical island on the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Saint Lucia is full of dining establishments fit for every type of person. There are hotels galore for just about any budget and any reason to travel. There is never a dull moment on the island with attractions and virtually every amenity catering to families and the typical honeymooning couple. Although Saint Lucia caters to different types of travelers, it is also home to over 162,178 people,

Background and Demographics

Saint Lucia has an amazing history given to us at the start of the 17th century. The island was contested between England and France through the 17th and very early 18th centuries. Between these times, Saint Lucia had changed possession fourteen different times. Eventually in 1814 the British had finally taken control over the island. In the year 1834, slavery was finally abolished allowing the island to remain in its’ agricultural glory which produced tropical commodity crops. In 1967, Saint Lucia was granted self-government and gained its independence in the year 1979. Saint Lucia is located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean which is just north of Trinidad and Tobago. The island is roughly 616 square kilometers with 606 being land and 10 being water. Its’ actual coastline is 158 kilometers. Climate can be absolutely gorgeous depending on when you decide to travel to Saint Lucia. With its’ tropical climate, Saint Lucia has a dry season ranging from December 1 - May 31 and a rainy season beginning June 1 – November 30. Saint Lucia has a population of 162,178 people as of July 2012. Median age is at a total of around 31.6 years with men being at 30.6 years and female being the highest at 31.6 years.

Travel, Announcements and Important Information

Currently there are no travel warnings or public announcements for Saint Lucia at this time however; Americans traveling should regularly monitor the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website where they can find updated travel warnings and public announcements. The Department of State urges American citizens to be responsible with their own personal security and safety while traveling in Saint Lucia. Since there is no location on Saint Lucia for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, Americans must keep their passports on them at all times which they are required to have in order to enter and exit the country. Americans that are living in or traveling to Saint Lucia are encouraged to sign up with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for their Smart Traveler Enrollment Program or STEP. This program allows Americans to gain updated information on travel and security. It also makes it easier to be contacted in case of an emergency. The U.S. Embassy is actually located in Barbados for all of the Caribbean islands. Vehicles travel on the left side of the road in Saint Lucia. All the roads are well paved but poorly marked, narrow and winding with steep inclines/declines throughout the entire island.

Dining Establishments and Service

There are many restaurants in Saint Lucia ranging from your typical family eatery to a fine dining experience one will never forget. Martha’s Tables is a popular restaurant that offers home cooked local cuisine, seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant offers services such as; group functions, tour lunches and private functions. La Toc Restaurant is a Parisian-inspired fine dining restaurant fit for anyone who just wants luxury. The dress code within this restaurant is resort evening attire. Three fantastic services the La Toc offers is white glove service, reservations and escorting patrons along with holding chairs for women. La Terrasse is a specialty fine dining restaurant that is famous for its’ duck, foie-gras and French-inspired cuisines....
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