The 44-acre (18-hectare) Pigeon Island National Landmark, also known as Pigeon Island National Park, is a nature reserve on St. Lucia's northern tip, where travelers can trace the island's colonial past, and sunbathe and swim on its beaches. Not only one of the most beautiful spots in St. Lucia, the park is also one of the most historic landmarks in the Caribbean.
Travelers typically visit Pigeon Island National Landmark on half- or full-day group or private tours from Castries or Rodney Bay. Most tours include time for water activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, or sailing, while others incorporate sightseeing by convertible or Segway. Other popular Pigeon Island activities include hiking natural trails through dry tropical forests to the waterfront and visiting the lookout point at the top of Fort Rodney for panoramic views of St. Lucia’s northwest coastline.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Pigeon Island National Landmark is popular among nature and history lovers of all ages.
- A small admission fee is required to enter the park. The fee is often included in the price of a tour.
- The islet features a restaurant and bar.
- Remember to bring sun protection, swimwear, a towel, and water for hydration.
How to Get There
Pigeon Island National Landmark is on the west coast of St. Lucia, near the northern tip of the island, and is joined to the mainland by a manmade causeway. From the capital, Castries, expect about an hour's drive. Parking is available.
When to Get There
The park is open from 9am to 5pm daily, year-round. The visitor center is closed on Sundays. Visit in May to experience the annual St. Lucia Jazz Festival, which fills Pigeon Island with an abundance of live music and delicious food.
Pigeon Island Museum
Itself a living museum of the history, Pigeon Island also features a physical museum where travelers can learn about St. Lucia's history. Discover artifacts dating back to 1000 AD, from the original Amerindian inhabitants, the Arawaks, and later, the Caribs. You can also see multimedia displays detailing the island's back-and-forth colonial victories, including the decisive 1782 Battle of the Saints during which the Brits defeated the French.