Tourism in Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia, an island in the Caribbean islands, has a relatively large and lucrative tourism industry, attracting an estimated 350,000 visitors per year. Due to the relatively small land area of the country, most of the governmental promoting is performed by the state operated Saint Lucia Tourism Board.
Most tourists are attracted to the relatively unspoiled landscape and beaches, as with many other Caribbean islands.
Tourism to Saint Lucia is so vital, that it is the runner-up for the position of the most economically important industry, behind bananas. It is expected that tourism will take the place of the most economically important industry in Saint Lucia in the near future, as the market for bananas becomes more competitive among the Caribbean islands. Saint Lucia tends to be popular due to its tropical weather and scenery and for its large number of beaches and resorts. Crime is becoming increasingly prevalent in St. Lucia and this could threaten the development of the tourist industry.
Although cruises and beaches are what draws most tourists to Saint Lucia, other attractions include:
- The Pitons, two volcanic plugs rising more than 700 m directly from the sea that form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Sulfur Springs - Located in Soufrière, it is the world's only drive-in volcano.
- St. Lucia Botanical Gardens - This botanical garden has a wide variety of plant species, and a sulfur waterfall.
- Our Planet Centre - The first Our Planet Centre in the world has just opened in La Place Carenage, Castries.
- Many other tours, activities and excursions can be done on the island such as Ziplining, Snorkeling, Hiking & Deep Sea Fishing.
Main cities that tourists are drawn to include:
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