Rodney Bay Attractions

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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. 

Beaches

Rodney Bay

There are a large number of beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. You can click on the name of the beach for a detailed review of that beach.

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.

Attractions Map

Another option for beach-goers to consider is 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.

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.

Fortunately, you can find a nice selection of choices for beaches in and around the area. To visit our detailed page about beaches, read this article.

Landmark Attractions

Fort Rodney

A landmark worth visiting is Fort Rodney. It is a part of Pigeon Island National Landmark and located 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.

Many travelers also choose to visit St. Lucia Folk Research Centre. It is located in North Castries, 4.8 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 just a sample of the places worth checking out To visit our page about other sites worth visiting nearby, read this article.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Pigeon Island National Landmark

Do you want to spend part of your vacation outdoors? 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 located 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.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Rodney Bay
Name Type Location Island
Pigeon Island National Landmark Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Pigeon Island, 2.0 mi. Northwest of Central Rodney Bay Pigeon Island

Waterfalls

Although most tourists are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. One such example is River Rock Waterfall. It is situated 10.6 mi. South-Southwest of central Rodney Bay.

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Derek Walcott Square

Travelers can also visit the local park, as well as a botanical garden nearby.

If you enjoy tropical vegetation, you might want to visit King George V Gardens, which is located 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 popular attraction in this category is Derek Walcott Square. The Derek Walcott Square features a monument to locals who lost their lives in war, a placard detailing Walcott's literary accomplishments, and a huge Samaan tree said to be over 400 years old. Locals call this towering beauty the Massay tree.

The parks and gardens worth considering are listed in the following table.

Parks and Gardens Near Rodney Bay
Name Type Location
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

Casinos

St. Lucia Casinos

Travelers don't generally come to Rodney Bay to gamble, but there is one to check out, Treasure Bay Casino. <p>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.</p>

 

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