A pretty quiet town as far as tourist destinations are concerned, Gros Islet is better known for the weekly "Jump Up" party than any specific attractions or sites to be seen. There is one beach right in town and a marina, but those who would like to explore landmarks and natural attractions or spend some time casino gambling should plan a few hours in Castries.
There are a large selection of beaches to consider in and around the area. Click on the beach names to get additional information about that particular stretch of sand.
Reduit Beach: There are lots of activities that vacationers can enjoy while on Reduit Beach. With an assortment of water sports available including snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing you can spend a day in the sun; if you just feel like being pampered, try a spa treatment, or guided tour for your beach excursion.
A second option that beach-goers can consider is Rodney Bay. The beach, although a main attraction, can easily become overrun with tourists, but the area is also host to other activities like bars, restaurants, and shops for a good time. You'll also find a wide range of water sports at this busy destination.
Pigeon Point Beach: Pigeon Point Beach is one of the island's better known historical areas. Near the beach, you can explore ruins of a fortress, barracks, and rusty cannons that date back to the middle of the 1700s.
Gros Islet and the surrounding areas have many other beaches. For a more comprehensive look at beaches, follow this link.
If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Fort Rodney. It can be found at Pigeon Island National Landmark and located on Pigeon Island, 1.2 mi. West-Northwest of central Gros Islet. While there are no official offerings at the fort, there is plenty of opportunities to explore the ruins and see the fantastic views from the walls that still exist.
If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit St. Lucia Folk Research Centre. It is located within North Castries, 5.2 mi. South-Southwest of central Gros Islet. The St. Lucia Folk Research Centre features exhibits that represent the daily lives of the native people of the island of St. Lucia. Additionally, the research center includes a library with an extensive collection of books, articles, and other text related to the people and culture of St. Lucia; videos of cultural events; and images that span several decades.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception: As the seat of the Archbishop on Saint Lucia, this cathedral has been a center of St. Lucian cultural life. However, just as the church as affected the people, walk inside and gaze upon the walls' and ceiling's decoration and see how the people have affected the church as well.
That's not all -- you'll find a full range of other choices. To navigate to our complete page about other sites worth visiting near Gros Islet, see this page.
Do you like being under the open sky? You might be happy to find out that the area has a popular nature preserve nearby.
Pigeon Island National Landmark is a nature preserve located within Pigeon Island, 1.2 mi. Northwest of central Gros Islet. Once called the Pigeon Island National Park, this area of St. Lucia has now been dubbed the Pigeon Island National Landmark, and is considered to be one of the most important showings of island history, culture, and nature. Formerly the site of a British Garrison, this park is now a historical park and nature center, with restaurants, community events, and the still standing forts.
|Pigeon Island National Landmark||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Pigeon Island, 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Gros Islet||Pigeon Island|
Guests can spend some time in a park, or a botanical garden nearby.
To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, you might want to visit King George V Gardens, which is located in North Castries, 5.4 mi. South-Southwest of central Gros Islet. Named after a British King of the early 1900's, the gardens are a popular place for a walk in the middle of the day. Located nearby many other attractions, it is a place easily visited without going out of your way.
A second attraction in this category is Derek Walcott Square. Named for St. Lucian author Derek Walcott who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, this public square is located in the heart of St. Lucia's capital city of Castries. Not only is there a spot to honor Walcott, but the park also pays homage to residents who lost their lives in battle.
The parks and gardens worth looking into are displayed below.
|Derek Walcott Square||Park||Downtown Castries, 5.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Gros Islet|
|King George V Gardens||Botanical Garden||5.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central Gros Islet|
Looking for a bit of action? Visitors looking to test their luck in some gaming action have a few opportunities to do so nearby.
Treasure Bay Casino, part of Baywalk Mall, is located in Rodney Bay, 0.9 mi. South of central Gros Islet. Amass a treasure of your own at Treasure Bay Casino on St. Lucia. With 250 slot machines and a number of table games, along with the opportunity to join the Player's Club, the opportunities for big wins are endless.
Dollar Wise Arcade, which is on the premises of Blue Coral Shopping Mall, is found in downtown Castries, 5.7 mi. South-Southwest of central Gros Islet. Located in the Blue Coral Shopping Mall, Dollar Wise Arcade opened on St. Lucia as the first official gaming arcade on the island.
The following table offers more information on the the gaming opportunities close to Gros Islet.
|Dollar Wise Arcade||Gambling Arcade||Blue Coral Shopping Mall||(758) 284-0400||Downtown Castries, 5.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Gros Islet|
|Treasure Bay Casino||Casino||Baywalk Mall||(758) 459-2901||0.9 mi. South of Central Gros Islet|
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