Gros Islet - the newest town in Saint Lucia
Gros Islet is a town at far northend end of Saint Lucia, a sovegrein island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea. It's the administrative center of the Gros Island quarter and is one of the more popular tourist destinations of the country. Of the towns in Saint Lucia, Gros Islet was promoted from a village to town most recently, on 5th of August 1985. Town was one of the host venues of 2007 Cricket World Cup and 2010 ICC World Twenty20.
There are numerous beaches withing walking distance of Gros Islet, some of them largely untouched. The most popular beach is Reduit Beach with the best services. Visitors can enjoy water sports including snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing. The bay where the beach is located is called Rodney Bay. It's named after British naval officer who won many battles there against France. On the bay visitors can board the brig Unicorn that they used in film Pirates of the Caribbean. In the north of the bay there is a islet called Pigeon Island. It was used in 18th-century by the British to spy on French ships. Today the island is a historic site and a national park with numerous forts still including many canons positioned as if ready to battle.
Rodney Bay Village has a dozens of bars and clubs where visitors can enjoy the local Piton beer and hang out with locals. Saint Lucia's first and so far only casino is also located in Gros Islet. Every Friday evening the streets are closed off to cars and a vibrant street party The Jump-up takes place. Bars stay open late and many street vendors set up their stalls selling local food like barbequed fish and chicken, whelks and crabmeat, and potent rum brews. Loudspeakers belt out Caribbean music and crowds gather to watch local exhibitionists.
In Gros Islet souvenir shopping is easily done inexpensively. About 5-10 minutes walk south of the marina there is Rodney Bay Mall. There they have a good range of shops and a well-stocked supermarket. Close to that is also Bay Walk Shopping Mall. Gros Islet has also several jewelry store, clothing stores and grocery stores.
Eastern Caribbean Time Zone: UTC−4 hours
The climate at Gros Islet is tropical and is moderated by northeast trade winds. A dry season is from 1 December to 31 May and a wet season from 1 June to 30 November. Average daytime temperatures are around 29°C and average nightime temperatures around 18°C. Because of the Saint Lucia's close location to the equator, the temperature doesn't change much between winter and summer. Average annual rainfall is more in the mountain rainforests (3,810 mm) than on the coast (1,300 mm).
Buses are the least expensive method of travelling in Gros Islet. Tourists can travel between Gros Islet and Castries, the capital, by using the bus route 1A that leaves every few minutes. Minimum fare per person is 1.50 and maximum 2.50 Eastern Caribbean Dollars.
There are numerous taxis outside the large resorts, Rodney Bay and Castries. Fare is about 60.00 ECD between Gros Islet and Cantries and 25.00 ECD between Gros Islet and Rodney Bay.