This is where we parted ways with most of the tourists of St Lucia, as we were staying in the small fishing village of Gros Islet, sandwiched in between the Marina, Rodney Bay, and the Sandals and the Landings condo development. Although staying in a small fishing village sounded quaint, the village itself was pretty rough. We were the only tourists – which didn’t bother us – but the complete lack of restaurants, the locals smoking pot on every corner, open sewers running through the streets – well let’s just say it took away considerably from the charm of the fishing village. There is what could be a nice stretch of beach in front of it, but the water didn’t look overly clean, and there was a lot of junk around the area. There are no tourist facilities – no ‘real’ restaurants – mainly street food and bars selling barbecue chicken. We did end up eating at Somewhere Special with some friends we met, and we all had good meals, although despite the name, it was nothing that special.
Main Street Gros Islet
Public Beach close to Gros Islet
There is no real grocery store in Gros Islet- there’s a very basic bakery, and a small convenience store – but nowhere to buy basics like cheese, eggs, fresh fruits, or vegetables. For that, you need to drive 15 minutes to the large supermarket in Rodney Bay.