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Saint Lucia, an island of the Lesser Antilles belonging to the Commonwealth, with Castries as the capital, has a tropical climate, hot all year round, with a relatively cool and dry season from January to mid-April, and a hot, humid and rainy season from mid-June to November. In the former period, the northeast trade winds, constant winds typical of tropical climates, blow steadily and with moderate intensity, while in the latter period the winds are more irregular, and may have some breaks, increasing the feeling of sultriness. Between them there are two transitional periods: from December to early January (when the northeast wind starts to blow, the temperature decreases a bit and the weather gets better), and from mid-April to Mid-June (when both the temperature and the frequency of downpours gradually increase).
The rains in Saint Lucia vary depending on altitude and location, so that the inland elevations receive more rainfall than the coast, and the areas closest to the mountains more rainy than the ones more distant; however, the rains follow the same pattern, being more frequent and abundant from July to November, and less frequent and shorter from February to April. The least rainy months are February and March.
The best time to visit Saint Lucia goes from December to April, being the coolest and the least rainy, and especially from February to April, which is the dryest of all.
Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) for international flights
George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU) for domestic flights
Castries is St Lucia’s main port
Marigot Bay Marina is an ideal mooring spot for visitors sailing
Rodney Bay is one of the Caribbean's leading spots for yachting and sport fishing
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Castries is the best port for shopping, cruise ships and ferries to nearby islands, and Marigot Bay is the port for yachts visiting the island with great facilities in the port.
Rodney Bay Marina is an official port of entry for immigration, with great accommodation for yachts up to 280ft with drafts of up to 15ft. In terms of facilities, visitors can enjoy the bay's first-class restroom facilities, swimming pool, restaurants, supermarket, banks, boutiques, taxis and car rental agencies. Also available is a dry dock facility with a capacity of up to 120 boats, and providing on-site workshops for fibreglass, aluminium, wood, stainless steel and bronze.
History of St Lucia
Like most of the islands in the Caribbean, St. Lucia was inhabited long before the Europeans arrived. Arawak Indians settled in St. Lucia about 2,000 years ago, then the second wave of settlers were the warlike Carib Indians who had pretty much removed the Arawaks by 800AD. They called the island "Hewanorra". The island was not referred to as St. Lucia until the late 1500's.