Pigeon Island National Landmark
Located in the Gros Islet quarter, Pigeon Island National Landmark is a symbol of history and culture in St. Lucia. This landmark, once a separate island, is the site where the eighteenth-century naval power and control of the island was decided. The 44-acre park was manually joined to the mainland in 1972, it was then designated as a national park in 1979 and as a National Landmark in1992.
This living museum is open to the general public at a fee of EC$10 for residents, US$8 for the island's adult visitors and US$3 for children visitors 5 years to 12 years old. Visitors have the opportunity hike to the once-was military lookout point, enjoying gorgeous views touring ruins of military buildings along the way.
Pigeon Island was first occupied by the Amerindians and later by pirates. In 1778, the French, who at the time, held ownership of the island, declared war on the British. The British then retaliated, captured the island and subsequently built a Naval Base at Gros-Islet Bay, protecting Pigeon Island. From there they were adequately able to monitor the French fleet in Martinique. This resulted in the defeat of the French at the Battle of the Saints in 1782. Pigeon Island has played a significant role in St. Lucia's development and because of this was restored by the National Trust as a national landmark, displaying the island's rich heritage
Pigeon Island National Landmark is more than a history lesson. It offers beautifully maintained grounds and a variety of flora and fauna. Tailor your visit for your needs whether you're looking for adventure or serenity, full day or half, just grab your camera and come.
Address: Pigeon Island, Gros Islet
Tel: 1 (758) 450-8166