The 40-acre islet of Pigeon Island, which is connected by a causeway to St. Lucia’s west coast, offers a look at the unique nature of the Caribbean as well as region’s history. The scenic nature park with marked trails is like a trip back in time, and includes the remains of the 18th century British Fort Rodney, named for the British Admiral who used the fort against the French during the deceive 1782 Battle of the Saints.

Pigeon Island Museum & Interpretive Centre includes a landmark British Officers’ mess building, which has been restored to its 1808 elegance. The museum offers insight on the smaller island’s history, where the first Carib Indian setters arrived, and the various French and British battles during the early colonial wars. The museum is open daily 9:00am until 5:00pm, and admission is EC$5.00 for adults and EC$.50 for children. 

The island of St. Lucia is also home to the world’s only drive-in volcano. Visitors can take a tour of the now dormant volcano and visit the nearby steamy Sulphur Springs. Daily tours provide a close up inspection and offer insight into the geology of the Caribbean Rim. And if you need to beat the heat after that, you can head to the Diamond Falls. These natural mineral-rich waterfalls were used as bathhouses by the French military. King Louis XVI had bathhouses built for his troops, and even today a shower under the cascading water can be invigorating experience.