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Vieux Fort
Vieux Fort

Vieux Fort

The Basics

From town, take a walk to the pretty lighthouse at the southernmost point, then venture to Anse des Sables, a white sand beach with a view of the Maria Islands. Or take an all-island tour that stops in Fort Vieux along with the island’s capital Castries in the north and a smattering of towns and villages, rainforests with waterfalls, banana plantations, and an active volcano along the way. Other tours focus on local foods such as St. Lucia’s national dish breadfruit, cassava bread, cocoa tea, and locally produced spiced rums.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Fort Vieux is an ideal spot for history buffs, windsurfers, and kitesurfers.
  • Anse des Sables and Sandy Beach have small beachside restaurants and huts for renting umbrellas and chairs.
  • If you have time before taking a flight out of Hewanorra International Airport, take a taxi to the hilltop lighthouse.
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How to Get There

Vieux Fort is located on Saint Lucia’s southernmost tip adjacent to Hewanorra International Airport, the arrival point for most long-haul flights to the island. From there, buses and taxis head out to resorts and hotels, which are concentrated on the west coast.

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When to Get There

Fort Vieux and its nearby attractions don’t see a lot of tourist traffic, so do as the locals do, and come to the beach on late afternoons or weekends. Come in February when the island celebrates Independence Day with a calypso parade; in April for the prestigious St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival; or June when carnival takes over the streets with an all-island party. In general, the high season is mid-December to March and the weeks around Easter.

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Wildcard

Moule a Chique Lighthouse From this lighthouse on a hill, you can catch extraordinary unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean, nearby St. Vincent island, the Pitons, the mountains to the north, and sandy beaches below. You can reach Moule a Chique by making the 3-mile (5-kilometer) hike from town or expect about a ten-minute drive to the parking lot. Be prepared for the wind, as it can get quite forceful.

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