Pigeon Island National Landmark#1 in Best Things To Do in St. Lucia
Pigeon Island can appeal to an eclectic mix of travelers. You could get a history lesson about the landmark's previous occupants (including a pirate with a wooden leg) or learn more about the formation of the man-made causeway that currently connects the island to the mainland. You could also attend a concert (this is the site of the annual St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival) or explore 18th-century military ruins, including Fort Rodney, which affords panoramic views of the ocean and Rodney Bay. There are also two beaches and a few restaurants situated within the 44-acre national landmark.
Recent travelers highly recommended a trip to Pigeon Island. Many were fascinated by the history of the area, with informational signs posted throughout the area. Others raved about Fort Rodney, saying views at the end of the hike – which some found to be a bit strenuous – were well worth the climb. There are also some uncrowded beaches, which many visitors enjoyed. Travelers recommend going early in the morning as the lack of visitors made it feel like they had the whole island to themselves.
You'll find the landmark on the northwest tip of the island, near Gros Islet and Rodney Bay. Several past visitors walked from nearby hotels to the area; there are also spaces to park your rental along the access road adjacent to the nearby Sandals resort. Past visitors warned travelers not to fall for any scams peddled by locals pretending to be parking attendants. You can visit Pigeon Island National Landmark every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance fees cost $8 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. You can also fork over a bit more coin to purchase a map, but past visitors said it's unnecessary as there are posted signs along the trails. Visit the St. Lucia National Trust website for more details.
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#2 Anse Chastanet
Arguably the best beach on St. Lucia for snorkeling and diving, picturesque Anse Chastanet is a more peaceful alternative to the sands of Reduit Beach. If you're indecisive about lodging, you should consider the nearby resort of the same name. Recent guests appreciated its attentive staff and unspoiled views of the water. Even if you don't stay at the nearby resort, you can still use its on-site restaurant and dive shop, or visit its on-site bar.
Visitors who ventured to Anse Chastanet for snorkeling said they were impressed by the clear water and were delighted by the abundance of sea life so close to the shore. However, some travelers were disappointed with the inflated food and drink prices and the conditions of the access road, which some described as difficult to navigate (though many arrived by boat via a snorkeling excursion).
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