Night Life in St. Lucia
The Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia, known for its white sand beaches and natural attractions like botanical gardens and rain forests, has an interesting array of tourist activities after dark as well. Many of the island’s restaurants double as lively bars, with live music or DJs providing entertainment. Neighborhood festivities give visitors a chance to party with St. Lucia’s residents without spending a lot of cash.
Pulse Nightclub (pulsevibes.ning.com), in Rodney Bay, a lounge, dance hall and cocktail bar, features one of the island’s largest discos. Pulse’s resident DJ spins techno music into the wee hours of the morning. The club offers a small VIP section with bottle service and a strobe-lit dance floor. Pulse has two well-stocked bars for thirsty patrons and snacks are also available. Guests receive free rum punch upon entry on Sundays, along with a chance to purchase grilled food. An “elegant causal” dress code is enforced on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Guests can’t wear shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops or caps on these nights.
Spinnakers Restaurant and Bar (spinnakerstlucia.com) opened in 1993 as a causal beach bar on Rodney Bay. Once the sun sets, guests enjoy an extensive dinner and cocktail menu featuring Veal Parmiagana, fresh lobster and a variety of local dishes. Spinnakers’ sundeck overlooking the beach provides a great view of Reduit Beach’s golden sands. Patrons can watch popular sporting events on televisions inside the bar, or take a stroll on the beach after dinner. The Hurricane Hole Bar (discoverstlucia.com), located in the Marigot Bay Hotel, attracts sailors from nearby moored yachts as well as tourists. A legendary local nightspot since 1980, the bar offers piton beer and rum punch to accompany its menu of pizza, seafood chowder and other causal dining choices. The Hurricane Hole occasionally features live entertainment.
St. Lucia locals hold street parties or “jump-ups” weekly, according to Frommer’s (frommers.com). The festivities include live reggae music, stalls filled with rice ‘n’ beans, barbecued chicken, seafood and other Caribbean treats. The “jump-ups” take place at Gros Inlet, Anse la Raye and other locations throughout the island. These street parties last a few hours, usually until midnight and feature an eclectic mix of St. Lucians and tourists.
Fodor’s recommends performances at the Derek Walcott Theatre Center (tropicisleweddings.com/GreatHouse.htm), a 200-seat open-air theater next to the Great House Restaurant. The theater, named after St. Lucia native and Nobel Prize laureate Derek Walcott, offers music, drama and dance performances throughout the year. The Trinidad Theater Workshop also performs at the venue once a year. A performance schedule is available through the Great House Restaurant.