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 Reduit Beach
St. Lucia beaches are a dime a dozen, but none are quite as loved (by travelers and locals alike) as Reduit. The expansive shoreline, glorious sunsets and close proximity to the bars, restaurants and shops of Rodney Bay make for an easygoing beach experience. Adjacent to the Rodney Bay Marina, Reduit is also a great place to try water sports like windsurfing and waterskiing (though several recent visitors said the Jet Ski rental was a scam). What this beach is not ideal for, however, is honeymooners. As the most popular shore on St. Lucia, it goes without saying that this isn't the spot for a romantic rendezvous.
Recent visitors loved Reduit Beach's cleanliness, white sands and clear water. The most common gripe among travelers was the daily onslaught of cruise ship crowds; visit in the morning or evening to avoid the afternoon rush. Some travelers also complained of pushy vendors that troll the shore, adding that a respectful decline can go a long way.
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