Pigeon Island National Landmark

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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.

Pigeon Island National Landmark

Location

Located on Pigeon Island, 6.1 miles north of Castries, Pigeon Island National Landmark invites residents and tourists who are rooming on this part of the island. Even if you are not staying very close, you should think about stopping by to check it out. If you're wondering, 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.

Nearby Restaurants

There are several picks of eateries to pick from in the region nearby the wildlife reservation. Josephine's, which serves European food, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. It is maybe around a half mile away, so stop in and try something off the menu. Olde London Pub and Toscanini's offer additional refreshment choices nearby. At Toscanini's you and your group can try a bit of Italian fare and experience the flavors of St. Lucia.

Nearby Attractions

There are some other attractions in the area, including Megaplex 8, which is four miles away the vicinity of Castries. Furthermore, you can consider visiting Choc Cemetery, which is another attraction nearby.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, take a look at what is closest in the following table.

Attractions Near Pigeon Island National Landmark
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Megaplex 8 Other Activities/Excursions 4.2 mi. (3.5 km) S 2.2 mi. Northeast of Castries
Choc Cemetery 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

More Information

Hours

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.

Cost

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

Phone

(758) 452-5005

Website

http://slunatrust.org/sites/pigeon-island-national-landmark

Email

info@slunatrust.org

 

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