Off Resort Activities
Exploring St. Lucia
St Lucia is not just a beautiful Caribbean island, it has a fascinating history, a wealth of culture and an amazing flora and fauna. While there are activities and sites to keep you on the resort for the duration of your St Lucia vacation, many love to explore the island when they come. Enjoy the sites and sounds of St Lucia, while shopping, eating and partying at some of the Caribbean’s finest venues and events.
Pigeon Island contains more history than any other part of St Lucia. Once the home of the Amerindians it has been both a pirate hideout and a military base. Today Pigeon Island National Historic Park is a popular destination for tourists as it offers a little something for everyone. Visitors can explore the ruins of the 18th century barracks alongside hunting for artifacts of the Arawak Indians who inhabited the island long before the French and English.
Rodney Bay Marina
Nestled on the north side of the island is Rodney Bay Marina, a premiere yachting destination. Considered one of the Caribbean’s leading centers for yachting and sport fishing, Rodney Bay Marina offers yachters 232 slips and a 4.5 acre boatyard, as well as excellent accommodation for mega-yachts up to 200 feet with drafts of up to 14 feet – all in a well-protected hurricane-safe haven. Onshore, the world-class property offers an excellent recreational area with a swimming pool as well as outstanding retail, restaurant and entertainment options.
Whether you fancy Thai food, a juicy steak, fresh seafood, sushi, Italian cuisine, international fare, or a tasty local Creole dish, you’ll find it right here. If you don’t know what you want, just ask at reception and they can help you choose from a broad selection of tantalizing foods to create the ultimate fine dining experience. St. Lucia features some of the finest Chefs, so look out for their signature dishes. The Island also features a number of award-winning bartenders and “mixologists” who have created the most delightful cocktails and beverages designed to refresh even the weariest traveler.
Jounen Kweole, celebrated at the end of October, is a community based celebration of Creole food, music and folk traditions and is observed in conjunction with Jounen Internationale du Créole. Jounen Kweole has grown since its inception in 1984 and has gained so much momentum it has become one of the most anticipated events on the national calendar.
St. Lucia Jazz Festival
The St. Lucia Jazz Festival has become one of the major events on St Lucia’s calendar of events and is one the most anticipated on the Caribbean’s calendar too. During the month of May, the island dances to the beat of jazz when music fills the air.
Canaries Creole Pot
Canaries village celebrates “Canaries Creole Pot” on the last Saturday of every month. This celebration is much like the Fish day of Anse-la-Raye except that the menu is more diverse, offering a vast array of local cuisine like bouillon for example (a treat you need to experience yourself) and green fig and salt fish.
St Lucia Carnival
What makes St Lucia Carnival unique is the presence of all cultural art forms like theatre, music, dance, song, costumes and drama. The launch boldly features a myriad of local artistes; Soca and calypso. This provides an avenue for local artistes to present their new music. The capacity crowd is also introduced to the contestants vying for the Carnival Queen title. The Carnival Bands give the audience a glimpse of their costumes when their models parade the stage and interested persons can sign up almost immediately with the band of their choice as booths are set up by the various Bands for that very purpose.