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A Treasure Trove of History and Natural Beauty in St. Lucia

Pigeon Island National Landmark is an icon on the island and a must-visit location for anyone exploring the beautiful island of Saint Lucia. The park is a 44-acre island reserve and was once separated from the mainland. However in 1972 a man-made causeway was built to serve as a testament to the island's rich history and cultural heritage.

The island is a vivid representation of the cultural and historical monuments of international, civil, military and marine cross currents, characteristic of West Indian historical change. A living museum within a natural setting, Pigeon Island is being nurtured through careful protection and intelligent development to serve the intellectual, cultural and recreational needs of all who visit this historic site.

The picturesque location, now better know as the finally location the St Lucia Jazz Festival.

A Brief History

Pigeon Island has a fascinating past, having been occupied by the Amerindians, pirates, and later becoming a key strategic location during the battles between the French and British in the late 18th century. In 1778, the French, who then owned the island, declared war on the British, who retaliated by capturing Pigeon Island and building a naval base there. From this vantage point, the British were able to monitor the French fleet in Martinique, ultimately leading to their victory at the Battle of the Saints in 1782.

Modern Day

Today, Pigeon Island National Landmark offers visitors a chance to step back in time and explore the ruins of the military buildings used during these historic battles. Hiking to the top of Fort Rodney provides stunning panoramic views of the island's northwest coastline and the neighbouring island of Martinique.

The island also boasts two beautiful swimming beaches. Visitors can enjoy a local cuisine at the on-site restaurant (Jambe de Bois), making it an ideal spot for a half or full-day outing.

A Living Museum

In 1979, Pigeon Island was designated as a national park, and in 1992, it became a national landmark under the control of the Saint Lucia National Trust. The island serves as a living museum, showcasing the island's rich heritage, with emphasis on the colonial period of the late 18th century.

Location

Pigeon Island National Landmark is located in the Gros Islet quarter, just 11 miles from the capital city of Castries. It is easily accessible from Rodney Bay, Cap Estate, and Gros Islet, making it a convenient destination for visitors staying in these areas.

Entrance Fees and Hours

Non-resident:

Adult (13 years and older): US$10
Child(5-12 years old): US$3
Toddler(Under 5 years old): Free

Resident:

Adult (13 years and older): EC$10
Child(5-12 years old): EC$4
Toddler(Under 5 years old): Free

Other Services:
Guided Tour (Group of 1-4 guests): US$20
Beach Loungers/Deck Chairs: US$3 / chair
Umbrellas: US$3 / umbrella
A Brief History and Guidebook: US$5

UNESCO has recognised, national heritage must always remain affordable and accessible to locals & permanent residents, thus our Resident Entrance Fees are at concessionary rates. Please present your ID for these concessionary rates.

### Conclusion

Pigeon Island National Landmark is a true gem in the heart of St. Lucia, offering visitors a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and cultural experiences. Whether you're interested in exploring the island's military ruins, hiking to the top of Fort Rodney, or simply relaxing on the beautiful beaches, this national landmark is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit.

Citations:
[1] https://gostlucia.org/go-for-the-sights/pigeon-island-national-landmark/
[2] https://en.tripadvisor.com.hk/ShowUserReviews-g147342-d149211-r674245422-Pigeon_Island_National_Park-St_Lucia.html
[3] https://saintlucianationaltrust.com/slnt-sites/protected-areas/pigeon-island-national-landmark/
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeon_Island_%28Saint_Lucia%29
[5] https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g147342-d149211-r350832238-Pigeon_Island_National_Park-St_Lucia.html

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