Saint Lucia is an idyllic Caribbean island country situated just on the border with the Atlantic Ocean; at only 27 by 14 miles this relatively undiscovered little island is one of the hidden gems of the Caribbean. The island is made up of twin coastal peaks, with a tropical rain forest in between; giant ferns, wild orchids and birds of paradise as well as an array of tropical birds and rare wildlife abound in this area, it truly is a little piece of paradise. With snorkeling and scuba diving on offer around the coast line and hiking and bird watching on the interior, as well as the array of leisure activities on offer at the various resorts, there is no lack of things to do in Saint Lucia. For luxury hotels and all inclusive resorts in St Lucia visit http://www.luxury-resort-guide.com/caribbean/st-lucia-all-inclusive-resorts-combine-luxury-and-value/. A stay in a St Lucia luxury hotel offers access to all this as well as the chance to experience the local culture and cuisine in one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands.
Saint Lucia has the multicultural and diverse history that is the legacy of a number of large Caribbean islands. Europeans first landed on the island in either 1492 or 1502 at which time the island was inhabited by Caribs. In the early 17th Century the British failed in their attempts to colonize the country and the island was settled by the French in around 1660; it was they who first began to develop the island for the cultivation of sugar cane. Three years later the land was handed over to British rule and it remained a part of the Commonwealth until in 1979, when it gained full independence.
The original population of Caribs are now all but gone and the island is predominantly populated by the descendants of African slaves who were brought over by the British to work on the sugar plantations. There is also a population of East Indians who, after the abolition of slavery in 1833, were brought in as servants to work in the plantations. Their diverse history has led to the creation of a nation that has a strong sense if its heritage and a highly developed culture that combines influences that are indigenous, native African, East Indian, French and British. The native language and judicial system is British, but despite their short stay, the French left an impact on the country also and traces of the culture can be found in the cuisine and the arts as well as in the continued use of the Creole dialect in the region.