The beautiful volcanic island of St. Lucia is more mountainous than any other Caribbean Island, but also boasts beautiful white sandy beaches. Because it switched so often between British and French control throughout its history, St. Lucia was also known as the “Helen of the West Indies” and, whilst the official language is English, the locals also speak Creole, a form of French patois.
From carnival parades to St. Lucia Jazz, the excitement never stops. Visitors can taste sumptuous Creole-infused dishes during the Jounen Kweyol Festival in October and watch the first boat cross the finish line at the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers race in November.
Like most Caribbean islands, cricket is the most popular sport in St. Lucia and though the island does not boast many international cricketers, the current West Indian captain is a proud St. Lucian.
Daren Sammy was the first St. Lucian to be called up to the West Indies cricket team. He was the first St. Lucian to play Test cricket in the West Indies and his figures were the second best by a West Indian debutante after Alf Valentine took eight wickets in 1950. As the current captain of the West Indies team, he is hugely popular in his home country. More recently, Johnson Charles has also been called up to the West Indies team, proof that St. Lucia intends to be around the international cricket scene for some time to come.
Nadine George is another of St Lucia’s leading cricketers. She was the first West Indies woman to hit a century in Test cricket and was eventually named captain of the West Indies team