St. Lucia is termed as the ‘Helen of the West Indies’ because it has always been mesmerizing to visitors similar to as Helen was to Troy. St. Lucia has fabulous volcanic scenery scattered all over the lush rainforest; the great Pitons look like giant sentinels to over 2000 feet from the sea; majestic white sand beaches nestle in idyllic natural harbors.
The population of St. Lucia is a blend of European, African, and, to a certain extent, Amerindian origin. St. Lucian Creole language is widely spoken and the distinctive Creole cuisine, which is inventive and spicy are quite colorful. The official language of this island is English.
St Lucia, like other Caribbean islands, witnesses a tropical and hot climate all through the year, which is mostly influenced by sea breezes and northeastern trade winds. The average temperature throughout the year is between 77°F to 80°F. The driest season on the island is between Februaries to Mays in which occasional showers can be experienced in the whole year. The wet season is generally experienced from June to September.
Mount Gimie is the highest peak on the island of Saint Lucia which stands as tall as 950 m. Its origin is volcanic and is surrounded with lush tropical rain forest.
Lake St Lucia is a part of the Greater St Lucia Wetland reserve on east coast of South Africa, which is about 150 miles in the north of Durban in KwaZulu Natal.
The popular lake of St. Lucia is almost 40 km long, having a number of islands i.e. Mitchell Island, Bird Island, and Fanie's Island.
Saint Lucia has rich and diverse range of flora and fauna.
The climate and the nature of the topography of this island are in favor of the growth of diverse plant species. The tropical climate and heavy precipitation results in the growth of lush tropical vegetation in several parts of this island. Some of the commonly seen vegetations of Saint Lucia are Poinciana, Orchids, Jasmine, Bougainvillea, Frangipani, and Hibiscus.
The rich and magnificent fauna of Saint Lucia includes diverse types of birds and reptiles. Two rare snake species - kouwes snake and zandoli te are inhabitant of the Maria Islands. Some of other commonly found reptiles include fer-de-lance snake and turtles.
Some mammals like mongoose, bat, and agoutis are also found. Fishes are in abundance in the water bodies of this island. It also has a natural bird sanctuary and a number of bird species can be viewed there. Bois D'Orange Swamp is the most popular site to watch birds. Some rare species of birds are Saint Lucian parrot, Saint Lucia peewee, white breasted thrasher, and Saint Lucia wren.
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