The Pigeon Island National Landmark or National Park as it is sometimes called, portrays vivid representations of historical and cultural monuments, depicting the battle for control of the island between the English and the French. This breathtaking, 44 acre park was originally an island in its own right, but was joined to the mainland in 1972 by a man-made causeway.
I did not know that this landmark held so much history and was even more amazed as I walked through this living museum. I discovered some of the ruins from the war and immediately thought that this would be an excellent location for colonial-style weddings.
There is an Interpretation Centre that tells you all about the war and how The French in 1778 declared war on the British but then lost. The battle for The Helen of the West which is sometimes used interchangeably for Saint Lucia continued for fourteen years. The British built a Naval Base at Gros-Islet Bay, which protected Pigeon Island from being captured. At that lookout point, they were able to observe the French fleet in Martinique which lead to the defeat of the French at the Battle of the Saints in 1782. Further into the park, you will find a secluded restaurant at the water’s edge serving locally caught seafood, a hidden pub amongst the ruins and a look out point called The Fort with the best views of the northern part of the island.
I love the white sands of the beaches nearby and the way the grounds are so well maintained. Many major cultural festivals are held in the opening space including the well known Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. I was so happy to have discovered that this relaxing location is only a twenty minute drive from Marigot Bay as I knew I wanted to come back here very soon.
Would you like to visit the Pigeon Island National Landmark? Be sure to ask your Capella Marigot Bay Personal Assistant to arrange your special tour to the live museum. And be sure to stay tuned as I continue to share insider experiences with you about the lovely island of Saint Lucia.