St Lucia lies south of Dominica and north of Barbados. This island on the boundary of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean is volcanic in origin.
The island is cut from north to south by a central ridge of wooded mountains. Many streams flow from the mountains through fertile valleys.
In the southwest are the Gros and Petit peaks, two immense pyramids of rock, rising sharply from the sea and enclosing a small bay.
Bananas are the principal crop coming from this fertile soil. Other crops are coconuts, cacao, citrus, spices, cassava and yams. There’s a steady local fishing industry.
Music is important on this island, with an annual jazz festival taking place in May. You can also hear calypso, soca, dancehall, folk and reggae on St Lucia.
Cricket, football and tennis are popular.
St Lucia joined the Commonwealth in 1979. It made its Commonwealth Games debut in 1960, competed next in 1970 then 1978 and has participated uninterrupted since 1994. St Lucia’s first medal came at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, when Dominic Johnson won a Bronze for his 5.60m leap in Pole Vault.
At the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, St Lucia won another Bronze, again on the athletics track. This time Lavern Spencer reached 1.88m in the Women's High Jump