Pigeon Island National Park

Pigeon Island is more a historical monument than a nature reserve, with ruins dating from the mid-1700s, including a fortress, barracks and some rusting cannons. The grounds are well endowed with lofty trees, including a few big banyans, and you’ll get fine views of the coast and nearby Martinique.

The island has a spicy history dating back to the 1550s when St Lucia’s first French settler, Jambe de Bois (‘Wooden Leg’), used it as a base for raiding passing Spanish ships. Two centuries later British admiral George Rodney fortified the island, using it to monitor the French fleet on Martinique. With the end of hostilities between the two European rivals, the fort slipped into disuse in the 19th century, although the USA established a small signal station there during WWII.