The 44 acre Landmark encapsulates Saint Lucia’s rich heritage. Originally inhabited by Amerindians, the island later became occupied by, as early as the mid-sixteenth century, French Pirates who were led by Francois Leclerc, better known as “Jambe de Bois” for his wooden leg. Pigeon Island provided Leclerc with a secure base in a strategic location, which allowed him to ambush passing ships. This strategic location was also valued by the French and British military, who at alternating periods from the 17th to 19th centuries, utilised Pigeon Island as a naval base. Eighteenth century military ruins now dominate the Island’s landscape.
Because of its historical value, Pigeon Island was declared a National Landmark by the Government of Saint Lucia in 1979, and is currently managed by the Saint Lucia National Trust. Visitors, both local and foreign, are invited to tour the Landmark, which in addition to the military ruins contains:
- Two private sandy beaches ideal for swimming, snorkelling or just lounging;
- Expansive lawns, interspersed with coconut and almond trees, flowering plants, calabash trees – Saint Lucia’s national tree, flambouyant and other woody trees;
- A full-service restaurant, named for “Jambe de Bois”, located right on the water’s edge; and a smaller pub located in the cellar of the Officers’ Mess;
- Panoramic views from Fort Rodney and Signal Peak of Saint Lucia’s northern coastline, with views of neighbouring Martinique on clear days;
- Amerindian caves; and
- An Interpretation Centre.
The Landmark is open 365 days a year, and tours are mostly self-guided. We highly recommend that you purchase a History and Guide Book when you arrive at the Landmark. It contains a small map as well as detailed information on the geology, ecology and history of Pigeon Island. Guided tours led by our experienced tour guides can also be arranged.
The Landmark opens from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. No reservations are required. However if you would like a guided tour, it is advisable that you call at least one day prior to your visit to make the arrangement.