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 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, June 10, 2007 at 13:30:29

White sand beach, Saint Lucia, Lesser AntillesSaint Lucia is an island nation in the eastern Caribbean Sea located midway down the Eastern Caribbean chain, between Martinique and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, north of Barbados and south of Martinique. It is part of the Lesser Antilles.

St. Lucia is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, it is one of the Windward Islands (southern islands of the Lesser Antilles), named for Saint Lucy of Syracuse.

The island of Saint Lucia is divided into eleven quarters:
Anse la Raye (West coast of St. Lucia in the Caribbean Sea) ; Canaries ; Castries (the capital of Saint Lucia, the city of Castries, is located in this Quarter) ; Choiseul (southwestern side of the island – main city: Choiseul) ; Dennery (east coast of Saint Lucia – main town: Dennery) ; Forest ; Gros Islet (Gros Islet is the newest town in Saint Lucia) ; Laborie (Laborie is a village inside that Quarter) ; Micoud (Micoud is a village inside that Quarter) ; Soufrière (Soufrière is also a town on the Southwest coast of Saint Lucia in the West Indies and was the original capital) ; and Vieux Fort (Vieux Fort, second-largest town, is located in the southern part of St. Lucia. It is the home of St Lucia's international airport, Hewanorra International Airport).

The Gros Piton and Petit Piton rise up from coral reef beds, Soufrière, Saint LuciaThere is a broad array of exciting and exotic activities available on St. Lucia such as watersports, diving, deep sea fishing, yachting, health & fitness, soft adventure, nightlife, rainforest, golf, landsports, carnival.
Saint Lucia highest point is Mount Gimie, at 950 metres above sea level. Located near Soufriere, the Pitons (Petit Piton and Gros Piton), primeval twin peaks, topping 2,000 feet, are St. Lucia's most famous landmark.
Deep in St Lucia's mountainous, tropical islands interior almost 1,800 feet above sea level, lies 19,000 acres of rainforest, lush mountains and valleys (like St Lucia's National bird, Pigeon Island National Park) and the 29 miles of trails that run through it. The rainforest is respected as a habitat for rare birds and plants. It is home to giant ferns, birds of paradise and many other indigenous tree species, exotic flowers and fruits, and its paths are strewn with tiny bromeliads, wild orchids and mushrooms. Among the rare and beautiful birds adding colour to the scene are the brightly-hued St. Lucia Parrot, known locally as the "jacquot," the White Breasted Thrasher, the St. Lucia Peewee, and the St. Lucia Oriole.

Sainte Lucie, Croisière autour de Sainte Lucie, Sainte LucieOther tourist attractions include the world's only drive-in volcano, Sulfur Springs (at Soufriere), the Botanical Gardens (it has a wide variety of plants and also a sulfur waterfall), Diamond Falls, Latille Gardens, rain forests and Pigeon Island National Park, which is home to Fort Rodney, an old British military base.

With its white beaches and spectacular scenery, St. Lucia is a very popular location for weddings. Nearly three and a half thousand - an average of nearly ten per day - took place in 2006.

UNESCO World Heritage

Saint Lucia, Pitons Management Area

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 04, 2012 at 07:16:32

Location near the town of Soufriere, southwestern region of Saint Lucia
Coordinates N13 48 25.5 W61 4 13.3
Property 2,909 ha
Date of Inscription 2004

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1161 )

The 2,909-ha site near the town of Soufriere includes the Pitons, two volcanic spires rising side by side from the sea (770 m and 743 m high respectively), linked by the Piton Mitan ridge. The volcanic complex includes a geothermal field with sulphurous fumeroles and hot springs. Coral reefs cover almost 60% of the site’s marine area. A survey has revealed 168 species of finfish, 60 species of cnidaria, including corals, eight molluscs, 14 sponges, 11 echinoderms, 15 arthropods and eight annelid worms. The dominant terrestrial vegetation is tropical moist forest grading to subtropical wet forest, with small areas of dry forest and wet elfin woodland on the summits. At least 148 plant species have been recorded on Gros Piton, 97 on Petit Piton and the intervening ridge, among them eight rare tree species. The Gros Piton is home to some 27 bird species (five of them endemic), three indigenous rodents, one opossum, three bats, eight reptiles and three amphibians.

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