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

You'll discover an abundance of beaches to visit in and around the area. Click on the beach names for detailed information about 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.

Attractions Map

Another place 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: One of the smallest, but most picturesque beaches on the island's northwest coast, Donkey Beach was almost destroyed when a golf course was to be put in there, but as of now the course's plans have fallen through and the beach remains.

These are merely a few of the available choices. To learn about more beaches available, use this link.

Landmark Attractions

Fort Rodney

One popular destination is Fort Rodney. It is situated at 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 popular destination is St. Lucia Folk Research Centre. It is located 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 only some of the options. If you need to obtain more information concerning other interesting places to visit close to Rodney Bay by following this link.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Pigeon Island National Landmark

Do you hope to enjoy more of your vacation under the open sky? You may be happy to learn the area has a popular nature preserve nearby.

Pigeon Island National Landmark is a nature preserve located on 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.

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 visitors to the area are attracted by the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. One such example is River Rock Waterfall. It is located 10.6 mi. South-Southwest of central Rodney Bay.

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Derek Walcott Square

Travelers can also spend some time in a park, as well as 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, 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 choice in this category is Derek Walcott Square. Derek Walcott Square is surrounded by Laborie, Micoud, Bourbon, and Brazil Streets. You can park on any of the four roads and enter the park on foot.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find can be seen 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

Looking for some action? Vacationers hoping to test their luck in some gaming action will have a few opportunities to do so in and near the area.

Treasure Bay Casino, which is on the premises of Baywalk Mall, is located 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 can be seen here:

Gambling In and Around Rodney Bay
Name Type Located At Phone Location
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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