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Culture Of Saint Lucia

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Saint Lucia’s culture has been influenced by African, Indian, French and English heritage. One of the minor languages is St. Lucian Creole French, which is spoken by almost the entire population.

Saint Lucia has the second highest ratio of Nobel laureates to total population of any sovereign country in the world. Two laureates are from Saint Lucia: Sir Arthur Lewis was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1979 and the poet Derek Walcott was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.

Music and dance

Besides Caribbean music genres such as calypso, soca, dancehall, reggae, compas, zouk and salsa, Saint Lucia has a strong tradition of indigenous folk music. Since 1991, Saint Lucia has hosted an internationally renowned jazz festival every May. In 2013, the festival was renamed The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, which encompasses culture, visual arts, alternative music, education, fashion and food.

Dancing in Saint Lucia comes from the Caribbean and is very active.

A popular folk dance is the Kwadril.


The national dish of Saint Lucia is green fig and salted fish.

The island’s cuisine is a unique blend of West African, European (mainly British and French) and Indian; resulting in vibrant dishes such as macaroni pie, stewed chicken, rice and peas, hearty fish broths or water, hearty soups with fresh, locally grown vegetables. Typical staples are potatoes, onions, celery, thyme, coconut milk, the very hot Scotch Bonnet pepper, flour and cornmeal. All common meats and poultry are eaten in St Lucia; meats and seafood are usually braised and browned to create a rich sauce, sometimes served over staples or rice. The island is also home to the famous fried pastry, bake, which others call “Johnny Cake”. These casseroles can be served with a variety of accompaniments, such as salted fish, either sautéed or lightly fried with red and green peppers, onions and well seasoned. This is the most common way of preparation. If you don’t like seafood, other meats such as braised chicken or beef can be served with it. One of the best desserts that Saint Lucians prepare is called “Turnover”. This pastry is made from sweetened coconut that is cooked with spices, sugar and anything else that is satisfying. The coconut is cooked until it turns a light or dark brown colour, then the mixture is divided into different sized portions and placed on a rolled out piece of dough. The size of the dough can also vary depending on the quantity desired. Finally, the dough is baked in the oven until the colour of the “turnover” is nice and golden.

Due to the Indian-Caribbean population in St Lucia, curry is very popular, but due to the mixture of cooking styles, curry dishes have a distinctly Caribbean feel. Roti is usually served as a quick meal, the bread itself is very flat (sometimes very thin) and is wrapped around curried vegetables such as chickpeas and potatoes, seafood such as prawns and mussels, or meat such as chicken, beef, goat and liver.

How To Travel To Saint Lucia

By air Saint Lucia has two airports, George FL Charles Airport (SLU), which is located near Castries.Hewanorra International (UVF), which is located near Vieux Fort. George FL Charles Airport is closer to many of the all-inclusive resorts. It has a modest terminal and runway capable of handling inter-island commercial flights with ease....

How To Travel Around Saint Lucia

The main mode of transport for tourists in St Lucia is by taxi, whether organised by the hotel, taxi agency or individual operators. Tours organised by hotels are usually the most expensive way to travel, but they can provide food and drink. Using a local taxi company to organise...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Saint Lucia

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Begium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (including Faroe Islands and Greenland), Dominica, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hungary,...

Weather & Climate in Saint Lucia

The local climate is tropical, tempered by north-easterly trade winds, with a dry season from 1 December to 31 May and a rainy season from 1 June to 30 November. Average daytime temperatures are around 29°C, average nighttime temperatures are around 18°C. As the country is quite close to the...

Accommodation & Hotels in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia has a large number of resorts, small boutique hotels, villas, condominiums and holiday homes. SunWestVillas, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet. Good location.OceanviewHotel, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet. Small hotel complex with 37 rooms and a spa.Villa Beach Cottages, Castries. Independent villas directly on the beach.The InnOnThe Bay, Marigot Bay. 5...

Things To See in Saint Lucia

The Pitons - Two volcanic plugs jutting out of the sea, formed by past volcanic activity. They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are depicted on the national flag.Pigeon Island Nature Reserve - located north of Gros Islet, the park is home to some of St Lucia's oldest...

Things To Do in Saint Lucia

Sulphur Springs - just south of Soufriere, these hot springs are one of the island's main attractions. The hot water flows into a pool, so don't forget to pack your swimsuit and take a dip!Hiking in the rainforest - there are several official hiking routes on the island. On...

Food & Drinks in Saint Lucia

Food in Saint Lucia Local Food in St Lucia consists mainly of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and a variety of curry, jerk, rice and stew dishes. Pot au feu is a delicious stew traditionally from the indigenous cultures of the Caribbean and can be found in many local restaurants in...

Money & Shopping in Saint Lucia

Castries Market is a good place to buy gifts, as is the JQ Shopping Centre in Rodney Bay. There is also La Place Carenage, a duty-free shop and gift and souvenir shop in the main port of Castries. Here you will find quality jewellery, arts and crafts, ideal for...

History Of Saint Lucia

The earliest known inhabitants of St Lucia were the Arawaks, thought to have arrived from northern South America around 200-400 AD. Numerous archaeological sites on the island have yielded specimens of well-developed Arawak pottery. The Caribs gradually replaced the Arawaks in the period from 800 to 1000 AD. The first...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Saint Lucia

Stay Safe in Saint Lucia St Lucia is not an incredibly dangerous place, but the rates of murder, rape and assault have risen dramatically in recent years. You should exercise the same caution that you would at home. Also, try to stay in groups and be careful in remote areas....

Festivals & Holidays in Saint Lucia

St Lucia's cultural festivals include the Rose and the Daisy, the former representing the indigenous St Lucian fraternal society known as the Order of the Rose, shaped in the mould of Rosicrucianism, and the latter its traditional rival, the indigenous St Lucian equivalent of Freemasonry, known as the Order...



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