Despite being located on the complete opposite side of the island from the international airport, Rodney Bay remains one of the most popularly visited towns on St. Lucia. Why? It could be the massive marina which attracts pleasure sailors in droves, but there is also much to be discovered in this area, even when you take a step away from the coast.
You will find an abundance of beaches to consider in and around the area. You can click on the name of each beach for more information concerning that part of the coast.
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.
A second option for beach-goers to consider is 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.
Donkey Beach: From Castries, take the main coastal road north past Choc and into Corinth. Take your first right after the Rasco on the left.
These are just some of the options. You can read this extended discussion if you'd like additional facts.
Many travelers choose to visit Fort Rodney. It is a part of Pigeon Island National Landmark and found within Pigeon Island, 1.9 mi. Northwest of central Rodney Bay. 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 common landmark for vacationers is St. Lucia Folk Research Centre. It is located in North Castries, 4.6 mi. South West of central Rodney Bay. 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.
These are merely a few of what you can find. Anyone needing to get more details concerning other sites worth visiting close to Rodney Bay by clicking on this link.
Do you like spending time out in the fresh air? You might be happy to find out that the area has an interesting nature preserve nearby.
Pigeon Island National Landmark is a great nature preserve found on Pigeon Island, 2.0 mi. Northwest of central Rodney Bay. While the island used to be only accessible via boat, today there is a causeway open to the public. It's a located fairly close to accommodations in the Rodney Bay area, but is in an otherwise fairly isolated location -- most other attractions of interest to tourists are in other parts of the island, at least an hour's drive away.
|Pigeon Island National Landmark||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Pigeon Island, 2.0 mi. Northwest of Central Rodney Bay||Pigeon Island|
Even though most vacationers come for the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. One such example is. It is located 10.6 mi. South-Southwest of central Rodney Bay.
Travelers can also visit 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 situated in North Castries, 4.8 mi. South West of central Rodney Bay. 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 you'll be able to find are shown here:
|Derek Walcott Square||Park||Downtown Castries, 5.1 mi. South West of Central Rodney Bay|
|King George V Gardens||Botanical Garden||North Castries, 4.8 mi. South West of Central Rodney Bay|
Looking for some action? Visitors looking to test their luck in some gaming action will find a few opportunities to do so in and near the area.
Treasure Bay Casino, on the premises of Baywalk Mall, is found within Rodney Bay. 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 located in downtown Castries, 5.1 mi. South West of central Rodney Bay. Located in the Blue Coral Shopping Mall, Dollar Wise Arcade opened on St. Lucia as the first official gaming arcade on the island.
The gaming choices in and near Rodney Bay are displayed below.
|Dollar Wise Arcade||Gambling Arcade||Blue Coral Shopping Mall||(758) 284-0400||Downtown Castries, 5.1 mi. South West of Central Rodney Bay|
|Treasure Bay Casino||Casino||Baywalk Mall||(758) 459-2901||0.5 mi. West of Central Rodney Bay|
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