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.
With quiet beaches and undisturbed forests, Pigeon Island National Landmark is a natural wonderland. However, there are also two main forts on the island that used to be the British stronghold against French Martinique. The island, which is 44 acres large, is located off the northwest coast of St. Lucia and connected by a man-made causeway built in 1972.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. The park also has features an inexpensive restaurant called Jambe de Bois. The only other restaurants nearby are located at the Sandals Grande Resort. Unless you are staying at this all-inclusive resort, the only option for visiting one of their restaurants is to purchase a costly Day Pass.
Positioned near the heart of Pigeon Island, 6.1 miles north of Castries, Pigeon Island National Landmark always welcomes residents and visitors lodging on this part of the island or close by. Even if you aren't staying in this location, you should consider dropping by for some fun in the sun. From this location, Rodney Bay is two miles (three kilometers) to the southeast.
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.
There are several picks of restaurants to select from in the area nearby the wildlife reservation. Josephine's, which serves European dishes, is very close-by, making it a great option for nature preserve visitors. The restaurant is only about a half mile away from this wildlife reservation, so check it out and place your order. Olde London Pub and Toscanini's are a couple other restaurant choices nearby. At Toscanini's you and your group should be sure to try a bite of Italian meals and experience the culture of St. Lucia.
There are some additional attractions nearby, including, which is four miles away the vicinity of Castries. Also, you might consider checking out , which is another attraction nearby.
Being able to choose from some other activities will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The closest attractions are listed in the following table.
|Other Activities/Excursions||4.2 mi. (3.5 km)||S||2.2 mi. Northeast of Castries|
|Historic Site||5.1 mi. (1.5 km)||S||North Castries|
|St. Lucia Folk Research Centre||Museum||5.6 mi. (0.8 km)||S||North Castries|
|King George V Gardens||--||5.8 mi. (0.5 km)||S||North Castries|
Since Pigeon Island National Landmark opened to the public in 1992, it has been open 365 days a year. Guests may visit from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm daily.
Residents pay $3 (USD) to explore the landmark, while tourists are charged $7 (USD), and children between the ages of five and 12 pay $1 (USD).
Location: Gros Islet, Pigeon Island
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