Gros Islet is the newest town in St. Lucia, having been recently promoted from a village to a town. And we can’t think of a better way to anticipate the new year than to entice you with a new tropical island paradise.
Occupying the Caribbean island’s most northern points, the Gros Islet region is the happening place to be in St. Lucia. It lies north of Castries, the capital of Saint Lucia, and features the Friday Night Street Party, which is its major tourist attraction. Who wouldn’t want to live somewhere there’s always a day of the week set aside for street parties?
Also known as the jump-up, the Friday Night Street Party encompasses several blocks, which have to be informally cordoned off with the stalls of street vendors. Steamed fish, barbecue chicken and St. Lucia’s own Piton beer can be purchased from these vendors. Music can be heard through the old fishing village, and locals and tourist both dance in a central cross section in the small streets to the sounds of calypso, zouk, reggae and R&B.
All this place needs to be the quintessential island paradise are great beaches. And lucky for you– Gros Islet has them too. There is a small beach at Gros Islet, but there are larger beaches and several large tourists resorts within walking distance to the north. Heading south, past the marina, the main beach on the west coast is Reduit Beach. The beaches on the east coast are exposed to the Atlantic wind, but are still largely untouched.
Rodney Bay Marina is located to the south and becomes a hub of activity when the Atlantic Ralley for Cruisers (ARC) finishes there in December. Catering mostly to the tourism populace, the areas surrounding the marina contain shops, malls, restaurants and night clubs that fall on the higher end of the spectrum compared to other local enterprises. Land value here is also high.
One sight you don’t want to miss coming here is Pidgeon Island National Park, just to the North of Gros Islet. Enjoy its peacefulness and wildlife if you want to get away from the raucous nightclubs.
Adventure sports enthusiasts will especially enjoy the kite surfing scene, and you can even take kite surfing classes at a school just for kite surfers on the regions east coast.
There’s something for everyone in this small little island town. And yet it’s small enough to get away from it all too. Sounds just about right following the celebrations of New Years, eh?