Gros IsletSt. Lucia

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Discover ruined British forts, climb small mountains and purchase bottles of specialty rum from the quaint shops that line the narrow streets of this popular town on St. Lucia.

Gros Islet is a town full of historic sights, a thriving marina and plenty of resorts, villas and hotels. In recent decades, it has evolved from a tranquil fishing community into a top sightseeing attraction. Make your way around the historic center for a glimpse into the island’s fascinating past.

Take advantage of the year-round hot weather with a trip to one of the beaches, such as the narrow sandy stretch of Gros Islet Beach and the secluded strand of Pigeon Point Beach. The town also has the Rodney Bay Marina, where you can snap photos of your favorite boats and take a trip to neighboring islands. Wander through the historic streets for the rum shops and old fishing shacks.

Bring your family to take part in the watersports activities at the popular Reduit Beach. Follow the dirt road to the eastern shore of the island for the kite-surfing hub of Cas en Bas Beach and get lessons at the kite surfing school. Bring your kids to the Splash Island Water Park Saint Lucia.

Explore Pigeon Island National Park, which has 44 acres (18 hectares) of forested land that comprises two mossy peaks. The lower peak is known for Fort Rodney, which was set up by the British Navy to spy on French ships from nearby Martinique. Go diving here with the SNUBA Adventure Tour, which is a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving.

Note that the Carib and Arawak peoples populated this island before French and British settlers began to arrive in the 18th century. Today, its missionary past continues to have a strong effect on the town, which has Roman Catholic ties.

The small town can be found in the northwestern corner of St. Lucia, overlooking the horseshoe-shaped Rodney Bay. Drive northeast from the capital city of Castries for half an hour to get here.

Gros Islet is a charming town with plenty of beaches and watersports options as well as an intriguing history.

Top hotels in Gros Islet

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Landings Resort & Spa by Elegant Hotels
The Landings Resort & Spa by Elegant Hotels
4.5 out of 5
Pigeon Island Causeway, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet
£666
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Gros Islet, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Windward Islands and Reduit Beach. Rodney Bay Marina and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (448 reviews)

"The Spacious rooms were great for anyone travelling as a family or just enjoys something different than a normal hotel room. It is very easy to walk to and from everything on the property. You could also request cart assistance. Our room was probably the farthest away from the beach and it was still ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

The Landings Resort & Spa by Elegant Hotels
Harbor Club St. Lucia, Curio Collection by Hilton
Harbor Club St. Lucia, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
Rodney Bay, Gros Islet Hwy, Gros Islet
£168
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

Situated in the entertainment district, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rodney Bay Marina and Baywalk Shopping Mall. Daren Sammy Cricket Ground and Reduit ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (286 reviews)

"Excellent staff, superb views, digitalized and private rooms !"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Harbor Club St. Lucia, Curio Collection by Hilton
Bay Gardens Beach Resort
Bay Gardens Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Rodney Bay Village, Gros Islet
£252
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

Located in Gros Islet, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, just steps away from Windward Islands and Reduit Beach. Rodney Bay Marina and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (574 reviews)

"The location was great, beach area was fabulous, beautiful pool and gardens. Most staff were very friendly and helpful. The food is pricey and disappointing. The lunch menu at Hi Tide was the best offerings."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020

Bay Gardens Beach Resort

Popular things to do in Gros Islet

Reduit Beach
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Reduit Beach

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Ride a Jet Ski, laze on the sand and enjoy a cool drink at the bar on this scenic beach set against a backdrop of verdant hills.

Rodney Bay Marina
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Rodney Bay Marina

4/5(48 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Rodney Bay with a trip to Rodney Bay Marina. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the shops in this relaxing area.

Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
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Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church

5/5(1 review)

Come on the weekend to join in a Mass with locals and visit on a weekday to find tranquility inside this this light and airy church.

Choc Bay
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Choc Bay

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Choc Bay during your travels in Gros Islet. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.

Anse Chastanet Beach
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Anse Chastanet Beach

4/5(19 reviews)

Enjoy a pleasant Caribbean beach day surrounded by abundant natural beauty. Relax sunbathing on dark sand and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters.

Marigot Bay
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Marigot Bay

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Marigot Bay, a popular beach in Marigot Bay. While in this relaxing area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Top activities in Gros Islet

Chocolate Decadence Tour
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Chocolate Decadence Tour

100% of travellers recommend
£192
Per adult
Tout Bagay Catamaran Cruise & Tour to Soufriere
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Tout Bagay Catamaran Cruise & Tour to Soufriere

90% of travellers recommend
£97
Per adult
Soufrière Island Delight
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Soufrière Island Delight

94% of travellers recommend
£58
Per adult
Hike the Pitons
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Hike the Pitons

100% of travellers recommend
£126
Per adult
Castries Market & St. Lucia Distillers Tour with Rum Tasting
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Castries Market & St. Lucia Distillers Tour with Rum Tasting

84% of travellers recommend
£44
Per adult
Marigot snorkel tour
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Marigot snorkel tour

£69
Per adult

Reviews of Gros Islet

4.2

Top Destination

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5 - Excellent 38.70967741935484%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 43.54838709677419%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 14.516129032258064%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.225806451612903%
1 - Terrible
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

The beach is still great and Good for St Lucia in ensuring public access to all beaches. Although some hotels were refusing access: Mystique (St Lucian) was great as always in allowing access. My friends were refused access by the Star Fish, shame.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

Lovely place, but a long way from the airport.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 2, 2020

On the one side of the marina there is the village with locals and carrebean style houses. On the other side you have a mall, restaurants, hotels and villas - everything in western style...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 16, 2020

Poor shopping in the RodneyBay malls. Few shops, limited range of goods offered, and mostly closed at weekend!

5/5 - Excellent

Beverley

Aug 31, 2019

Very pleasant location, with lots to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 31, 2019

Best and safest part of the island.