A Five-Room Hotel overlooking Marigot Bay – St. Lucia
Tour #4 – The Rodney Bay & Pigeon Island Tour
Some of the island’s major hotels, restaurants and shops are situated on this shore, and with good reason. Reduit Beach is nearly perfect.
There are palm trees for shade, white sand for effect and every possible facility, including plenty of shops that rent water-sports gear.
This is one of the few beaches that feature parasailing. Windsurfing, sailing, motorized water biking, water-skiing and snorkeling are all available here.
Pigeon Island, a 40-acre islet connected by a causeway to St. Lucia’s west coast, is a beautiful nature park which reflects a thousand years of history.
Pigeon Island was a Carib settlement, a pirate’s hideout and the site of one of the strongest fortifications on St. Lucia.
There are marked trails with a number of historical sites, like the remains of an 18th-century British fort and Fort Rodney, where the Admiral for which it is named spied on the French ships from its strategic viewpoint.
The famous English admiral used its heights to monitor the French fleet on Martinique. The view was responsible for his devastating defeat of the French fleet in 1782, a battle that cost France the Caribbean.
The island also has two secluded beaches and is the major venue of St. Lucia’s annual Jazz Festival.
The Pigeon Island Museum & Interpretive Center, displaying the island’s history, is housed in a landmark former British officers’ mess building, restored to its 1808 elegance.
Through interactive audio/visual aids and ancient artifacts, visitors learn about the first Carib Indian settlers and the island’s role in the French/British battles during colonization.
A highlight is Admiral Rodney’s victory in 1782 at the famous “Battle of the Saints.” The museum opens daily 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Sightseeing and Shopping in St. Lucia
St. Lucia demands to be explored. There’s basically one main road that circles the entire island, so chances of losing your way are slim indeed. Be prepared for narrow roads, dogleg cruces, hairpin turns and more potholes than you will care for; but be assured the trip is worth every twist and gasp.
If you’re venturing out on your own, it’s a good idea to bring along your bathing suit, a towel and something to drink. Most of the tour can be done in a full day, but to really enjoy it, you should split it up over a couple of days or more. Get an early start and avoid the afternoon heat.
If you plan to buy duty free items at duty free shopping malls such as La Place Carenage, Pointe Seraphine or J. Q. Mall in Rodney Bay, you need to bring you airline ticket and identification. You will be required to show both when making your purchases.