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.
You will find a large selection of beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. You can click on the name of each beach for a detailed article concerning that particular stretch of sand.
Reduit Beach: Reduit is located along Rodney Bay and can accessed off the Castries - Gros Islet Hwy. Just north of the large marina you'll find Dauphin St. Take that towards the water, then take a right on Bay St where you should be able to find some parking.
A second location for beach-goers to consider is Rodney Bay. The beach is about 15 minutes north of Castries and can be accessed off the Castries - Gros Islet Hwy. As you get into the town of Rodney Bay, take a right around the Bay Walk Shopping Mall which will put you on a road running parallel to the beach.
Pigeon Point Beach: If you're taking a car or taxi here, take the Castries - Gros Islet Hwy to the northern part of the island, just beyond Reduit Beach. The beach is located just inside the national park entrance on the south side of the point.
Luckily, you'll find a nice selection of beaches to choose from in and around the area. Navigate here to visit our article concerning beaches for Gros Islet.
A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Fort Rodney. It is a part of Pigeon Island National Park and located within 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.
Another interesting landmark worth visiting is St. Lucia Folk Research Centre. It is found in 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.
Of course, the area offers a more extensive set of notable landmarks. To reach our detailed page about other interesting places to visit near Gros Islet, check out this page.
Do you want to spend part of your vacation under the open sky? You may be happy to find out that the area has two interesting nature preserves nearby.
Pigeon Island National Park is a great nature preserve located on Pigeon Island, 1.2 mi. Northwest of central Gros Islet. Under the careful protection of the St. Lucian government, Pigeon Island has flourished into a history museum of sorts, alive with nature. Located on site are the ruins of the military buildings put to use during French and British battles over the island of St. Lucia, two beaches, a lookout point with views of St. Lucia's northwest coast, an Interpretation Centre detailing the island's history, and several dining establishments.
|Pigeon Island National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Pigeon Island, 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Gros Islet||Pigeon Island|
Travelers can spend some time in either of two parks, or a botanical garden nearby.
If you'd like to see some beautiful tropical vegetation, consider visiting 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.
Another popular choice 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 listed 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|
|Park||3.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Gros Islet|
Feeling Lucky? Those interested in testing their luck in some gaming action will find a handful of opportunities to do so nearby.
Treasure Bay Casino, a part of Baywalk Mall, is found 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, on the premises of Blue Coral Shopping Mall, is located 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.
Take a minute to read the following chart for a listing of casinos 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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