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'll discover an abundance of beaches to choose from in and around the area. Click on the name of the beach for a detailed review of that particular location.
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.
Another alternative to consider is Reduit Beach. Reduit Beach is situated near a large yacht marina, so you can easily charter a boat to a nearby island from here. The fine white sands of Reduit Beach are shaded by lush island greenery, so you take refuge from the noonday sun.
Donkey Beach: The beach is a short, though pleasant, strip of sand at the end of a long, thin cut into the interior of northwestern Saint Kitts. It's nestled in between a couple of distinctive pitons, begging to be photographed.
These examples are just a sample of the available choices. To see our detailed guide to beaches, visit this page.
An interesting landmark worth visiting is Fort Rodney. It is a part of Pigeon Island National Park and located on 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 landmark that often intrigues visitors is St. Lucia Folk Research Centre. It is situated in North Castries, 4.6 mi. South West of central Rodney Bay. 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 a sample of the available choices. To learn about more other interesting places to visit near Rodney Bay, click here.
Do you want to spend part of your vacation outdoors? You might be happy to find out that the area has a couple of nature preserves nearby.
Pigeon Island National Park is a great nature preserve found within Pigeon Island, 2.0 mi. Northwest of central Rodney Bay. 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.
Be sure to look at this table to find out more about nature preserves .
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||6.2 mi. Southeast of Central Rodney Bay||Saint Lucia|
|Pigeon Island National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Pigeon Island, 2.0 mi. Northwest of Central Rodney Bay||Pigeon Island|
Even though most visitors to the area have heard about the region's beaches, that isn't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. One such example is. It is found 10.6 mi. South-Southwest of central Rodney Bay.
Travelers can also visit either of two parks, as well as a botanical garden nearby.
To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, consider visiting 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.
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 available are provided in the following table.
|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|
|Park||2.6 mi. South West of Central Rodney Bay|
Feeling Lucky? Vacationers interested in trying their luck will have several opportunities to do so in and near the area.
Treasure Bay Casino, on the premises of Baywalk Mall, is found in 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, a part of Blue Coral Shopping Mall, is situated in downtown Castries, 5.1 mi. South West of central Rodney Bay. There are a total of 12 gaming machines currently in place at Dollar Wise.
Take a look at the table just below for more about gaming opportunities in and near Rodney Bay.
|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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