By Don Philpott

St. Lucia bargains greatest shores, transparent, hot seas, sunshine, and the best mountain surroundings within the West Indies. utilizing this consultant, tourists to St. Lucia can detect the right way to benefit from the island's such a lot crowded seashores in addition to marvelous, secluded spots which are one of the such a lot abandoned within the Caribbean. 50 colour pictures.

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St Lucia was probably first 'discovered' by Europeans around 1500, and is first mentioned in Spanish Royal Court documents in 1511. By 1520 it appeared by that name on a Vatican globe, although it is not known how it got its name. It used to be thought that Columbus discovered the island during his fourth voyage on 13 December 1502, the feast day of St Lucia, patron saint of the Sicilian city of Syracuse where she was martyred in AD304. It is now known that Columbus did not discover the island, but December 13 is still celebrated as St Lucia's national day.

Km), and with a population of around 140,000. Page 7 Castries, the sprawling capital and main port, is on the northwestern coast, with a population of around 49,000 living in or around the city. St Lucia has had a turbulent history and for centuries was fought over because of her strategic position. There were so many calls to arms that it earned the name 'Helen of the West Indies', which it still cherishes. The island changed hands 14 times as France and England vied for possession, it was the home of pirates and even saw a guillotine erected and used during the French Revolution.

Airlines using Hewanorra include British Airways, American Airlines, Air Jamaica, Amerijet International, Air Canada and BWIA. There is the smaller George Charles airport at Vigie, just north of Castries, which has domestic and regional flights, and international flights from the USA on BWIA, LIAT, Eagle Air, American Eagle, Air Martinique and Helenair Caribbean. From the UK British Airways flies direct to St Lucia from London's Heathrow three times a week. Highest fares are in December and during the summer.

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