Saint Lucia

Rodney Bay is full of people from all over the world and the restaurants reflect the diversity. You can find a variety of cuisines, including Indian, Italian, French, and local cuisine, in a small area. For this reason and the beach, Rodney Bay is a good place to be based in St Lucia. The most interesting restaurant is La Terrasse, a French restaurant which cooks local ingredients in French styles. It is one of the more expensive restaurants at about $50 per person for dinner.

Rodney Bay is home to the Antillia Brewing Company, a microbrewery which is a good place to go for a pint before dinner. They also serve finger-food.

St Lucian food consists mainly of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and a variety of curry, jerk, rice and stewed dishes. The coal pot is a delicious stew, traditional to native carib cultures and can be found at many local restaurants in Castries, Soufriere and Vieux-Fort. Vegetarian and meat rotis can be found at a number of small local restaurants. Ask any local for the best roti shop and he or she will tell you how to get there. Rotis are usually made fresh in the morning so, if eating a spicy early lunch is of interest, it's highly recommended. Local cuisine is prepared throughout the island so, depending on where you are staying, ask a local if he or she knows someone/somewhere that prepares local food and you will be sure to be welcomed somewhere nearby. Many rum shacks in rural towns also prepare food if given advanced notice. Fish, veggie, chicken and goat meals are very common and usually come with a number of sides including salad, plantain, breadfruit, macaroni, and rice prepared a number of different ways.

For a quick snack, barbeques with chicken and pork can be found in any community on a Friday night. The food is well marinated and spiced. Soak up the sauce with a barbequed or fried bake. Fried chicken and fish can also be found, and are quite delicious.

There are weekly parties and festivals held in various communities throughout the island where you can also sample a range of local foods, including sea food, barbequed meats, salads and drinks. These festivals are filled with dancing, drinks, food and music. Let your hair down, try some cuisine and lime it up. Be sure to ask what is in the pots before you sample the food. For those environmentally conscious, blackfish is porpoise.

Friday night: Anse La Raye "Seafood Friday"Friday night:Gros Islet Jump-upEvery Second Saturday: Canaries Creole PotSaturday: Dennery East coast Fish Fry