Located between the island of Martinique to the north and the Isle of Saint Vincent to the south, the nation of Saint Lucia is an Island of magnificent coastlines, opulent vegetation, serine beaches and panoramic mountain views.
The island's rich heritage is of African, French, and English blends.
Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion.
English is the official language,but French Patois is also widely spoken.
The population as of 2012 is 180,870.
As well as being the capital city of Saint Lucia, Castries hosts the secretariat of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.
Castries is the headquarters of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
Two Nobel Prizes have been awarded to:
Sir W. Arthur Lewis -- Economics
Poet Derek Walcott -- Literature