Anse La Raye
Anse La Raye is a fishing village that is located on the West coast of St.Lucia. It is not known how it got the name but it is widely assumed that it was named after the fish that were found there.

Church records show that there were 107 estates in the Anse La Raye district in 1775. During the French revolution, Anse La Raye was given a new name, L'Egalite. When the slaves were freed they refused to go back to the plantations and they ravaged the estates, killed the planters and their families and set fire to the buildings. Most of the village records went up in flames.

After Slavery was abolished, the people started to rebuild the village. In those days the seas around St.Lucia was full of fish so the people abandoned the land and baegan fishing.

Today Anse La Raye is still the same. Fishing is the main income for many families. Tourists now stop in Anse La Raye to visit the Water falls, Sugar Mills and the weekly 'Fish Friday' event which attracts many tourists and locals. 'Fish Friday' is a street party with an entire street closed off for the occasion. Music, dancing and fresh fish is the order of the day. Fried, steamed, grilled fish available at the stalls with fresh lobster(in season) and plenty of drinks to wash it all down.

Many disasters affected the wildlife there also. In 1780, the island was struck by a terrible hurricane that sunk and damaged many of the English ships. But by 1782, there were so many boats at anchor in the Bay, it was almost possible to walk across it without getting your feet wet. In 1817, another hurricane hit the island and some buildings at Pigeon Island were damaged severly. They were later repair and added others to form barracks for several hundred men. Many of the soldiers that occupied them died, not in battle but from diseases. The garrison was finally abondoned and the guns removed. For a while the buildings were used to house East Indian labourers brought in to work on the estates. Then in 1901 troops from the Morne moved in, to escape yet another epidemic of yellow fever. When they left, the island was over-taken by animals such as birds and bats.

The care and protection of the 40 acres that once made up Pigeon Island has now become the reponsibilty of the Saint Lucia National Trust. The park was officially opened in the year of Saint Lucia’s independence; February 23rd by Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra. Today, Pigeon Island comes alive when world events such as the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival are held every year. Many visitors enjoy the ambiance and sit on the beautiful lawn to watch and listen to world famous artists as they perform.

The only marina on the island can only be found at Rodney Bay. Named after Admiral Rodney who outmanoeuvred the French, the bay is the end point for the ever popular Atlantic Ralley for Cruisers. Every year, more than one hundred sail boats take part in a race over the Atlantic Ocean form Europe to the Caribbean. Gros Islet comes alive with many visitors enjoying themsevels and taking part in the Friday Night Street Jam. They drink, eat and dance to the sweet Caribbean music. There is a friendly, holiday atmosphere in the crowded streets. Even the roadside vendors with their coalpots and their grilled barbecued chicken legs are busy.