PIGEON ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
GROS ISLET, ST. LUCIA
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, AVERAGE from 1 to 5:2
Located north of Gros Islet, Pigeon Island National Historic Park features a 45-acre spot that is well visited for its views of northern St. Lucia. There hiking trails to the WWII fort, a viewpoint, and beaches. From the viewpoint you can see the Caribbean and the Atlantic, which features beautiful shades of blue with many yachts throughout the Sandals area bay. A museum and interpretive centre are maintained with an old kitchen and military barrack nearby. Besides the history of the Arawaks, the Brigands, and WWII, Pigeon Island is simply a nice place to spend the day, with beaches in the park and outside.
Getting to and from Pigeon Point is not easy. The Gros Islet bus from Castries ends in the village of Gros Islet ($2.50EC from Castries), directly in front of the Catholic cathedral. Make your way to the ocean’s edge and follow the apx. 2 mile path that leads to Pigeon Island. You can also pay a bus driver a few extra dollars to drop you.
The park itself is only EC$5 if you state you are a volunteer and $5US otherwise. Captain’s Cellar Pub is located on the island and has inexpensive and good food.
PEACE CORPS PROCEDURE:
-ALWAYS travel with at least one partner, preferably two.
JESSICA WUBBENHORST, EC77, April 22, 2008
A great place to go for a relaxing day and some sight seeing. It is inexpen sive to get into the park and there is an easy walk up to a fort that gives you a great view of Rodney Bay. There are good places to eat. Great place to go and spend the entire day.
HAILEY THOMPSON, EC77, April 22, 2008
Pigeon Point is one of the prettiest places on the island. It has history,
scenery, a beach and beautiful views!
SAM SHOPINSKI, EC77, March 13, 2008
Pigeon Island is a great place to spend a lazy day off, with decent beaches and good views. Getting there is easy but out is a pain. This especially is a good place to visit with friends and family, with spectacular views looking south of both the sea and ocean split by the manmade isthmus.