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Climate: Tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season from January to April, rainy season from May to August. Yahoo weather forecast for various locations on St. Lucia.
Coordinates: 13 53 N, 60 68 W
Currency: The currency of St. Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean dollar although U.S. currency is readily accepted throughout the island. Need exchange rates? Try our currency converter.
ATMs are available at banks. Banks are open Monday - Friday.
Economy: Recent changes in the EU import preference regime and the increased competition from Latin American bananas have made economic diversification increasingly important in Saint Lucia. The island nation has been able to attract foreign business and investment, especially in its offshore banking and tourism industries. The manufacturing sector is the most diverse in the Eastern Caribbean area, and the government is trying to revitalize the banana industry. Economic fundamentals remain solid.
Electricity: The standard is 220 volts/50 cycles (Hz). Most hotels have adapter switches for electric shavers and hair dryers. A few hotels have 110 Volt, 50Hz supply.
Official Language: English is the official language but a substantial proportion of the population speaks a French-based Creole.
Political Status: Westminster-style parliamentary democracy.
Population: 162,157 (July 2003 est.).
Time: Standard Time is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4). St. Lucia does not operate Daylight-Saving Time.