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Gros Islet used to be a small fishing village in the past, but it developed into a very popular holiday destination in St Lucia. It is located on the northern tip of St Lucia and it regularly attracts visitors searching for great beaches, scuba-divers and windsurfers. Gros Islet has one nice small beach, but there are many bigger beaches and larger holiday resorts within just a short walking distance on the northern coast. Just north from the Gros Islet is the very popular National Park Pigeon Island. It is a major landmark in this part of the island, well worth seeing. It has two peaks and a couple of British-built forts dating back from the 18th century. It is also the place where the very popular Saint Lucia Jazz Festival is held each year.
Gros Islet has a hot tropical climate, with average temperatures around 30 C throughout the year. The main tourist season is between late December until May, while the wet season is between June and November and then it is not so crowded with tourists.
Most of the tourists visit Gros Islet because of the beautiful beaches that can be found in this part of the island. Due to the windier conditions, the beaches located on the eastern side of Gros Islet are very attractive for the windsurfers and kite-surfers. There are many great beaches near Gros Islet. The most popular beach, of course, is the Reduit Beach. It is best equipped beach with many tourist facilities. It is just around four hundred meters away from Gros Islet, but there is a marina that separates both places and you need around twenty to thirty minutes walk in order to reach it.
Anse La Voute and Cas en Bas are two other very popular beaches. Anse La Voute is still unspoiled beach, very popular among locals and kite-surfers. Cas en Bas is a very natural beach, untouched for the bigger part and there a few very nice restaurants there. On this beach you will find a kite-surfing school, so kite-surfers are the most frequent guests. North from Gros Islet is the Pigeon Point Beach, stretching for about one kilometer. Half of this beach is still not very developed and on the other half there are a few large hotel resorts. It is very spacious and clean beach that rarely gets crowded.
If you spend your holiday in Gros Islet then you should certainly visit the popular Rodney Bay where fill find some nice cafés and restaurants located at the marina. You can admire great sea views and mix with the locals and other tourists there.
Another interesting activity happening in Gros Islet is the ‘Friday Jump-Up’. On this day, Gros Islet streets are closed for traffic and there is a big street party going on. Bars and cafés are working long hours late into the night, and there are lots of mobile street vendors that sell food and beverages on their stalls. There is a really festive atmosphere that attracts visitors from everywhere.