Attractions in Gros Islet

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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. 


Reduit Beach

You will discover several beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. Click on each beach name for a detailed review of that individual beach.

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.

Another location to consider is Rodney Bay. A yachtsman's haven, Rodney Bay is a man made lagoon that hosts an array of shops, hotels, and restaurants geared towards tourists. The beaches are beautiful but get crowded with tourists and vendors.

Pigeon Point Beach: The shores of Pigeon Point beach are endowed with groves of lush tropical trees, including big banyans, that tower high above the sands. From this beach you can take in great views of the coast and nearby Martinique.

Luckily, the area has some other beaches in and around the area. For a more comprehensive look at this topic, see this article.

Landmark Attractions

Fort Rodney

An interesting landmark worth visiting is 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.

Another landmark worth visiting is St. Lucia Folk Research Centre. It is located in North Castries, 5.2 mi. South-Southwest of central Gros Islet. Enjoy examples of native dress, get free creole recipes and check out the boutique for authentic souvenirs.

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.

These are just some of the options worth consideration If you need to get more information about other enjoyable places to visit nearby by clicking here.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Pigeon Island National Landmark

Do you hope to enjoy more of your vacation outdoors? You might be pleased to know the area has a nice nature preserve nearby.

Pigeon Island National Landmark is a great nature preserve located within 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.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Gros Islet
Name Type Location Island
Pigeon Island National Landmark Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Pigeon Island, 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Gros Islet Pigeon Island

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Derek Walcott Square

Visitors 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 popular 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 available are shown directly below.

Parks and Gardens Near Gros Islet
Name Type Location
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


St. Lucia Casinos

Feeling Lucky? Guests hoping to test their luck will discover several places to do so nearby.

Treasure Bay Casino, part of Baywalk Mall, is located within Rodney Bay, 0.9 mi. South of central Gros Islet. Classy and stylish, come dressed to the nines for a night at Treasure Bay Casino.

Dollar Wise Arcade, 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.

Be sure to look through the following table for more information about casinos close to Gros Islet.

Gambling Near Gros Islet
Name Type Located At Phone Location
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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