Vieux Fort Quarter is located in the southern part of St. Lucia, and the second-largest town on the island bears the same name. The Quarter has several other communities including Augier, Belle Vue, Black Bay, Grace, La Resource, Pierrot, St.Urban, Vige and Zaboo.
From the Moule à Chique Peninsula, the island’s most southern tip, you can see much of St. Lucia to the north and the island of St. Vincent 21 miles to the south.
Representing one of the island’s oldest settlements, the town of Vieux Fort was originally settled as a French fort during the 17th century. Now a busy commercial centre, you can still see historical colonial homes that reflect the French and British influence on the town.
During the Second World War, Vieux Fort was a base for American troops. Evidence can still be viewed around tow, such as the underground tunnel running from Clark Street to St. Judes Hospital in Augier. Used for storage and a quick route to the hospital, many residents in Vieux Fort are yet unaware of the existence of such a tunnel.
Maria Islands – off the coast of Vieux Fort, these 2 islands set aside as a nature reserve. Home to 2 indigenous species, the Kouwes Snake (reported as the world’s rarest snake) can be found on Maria Major, and the Zandoli Te, a ground lizard that sports a brilliant blue tail. Trips to Maria Major can be arranged by the National Trust.
Mankote Mangrove – Covering 40 hectares, the Mankote Mangrove is the largest mangrove on St. Lucia. The main source of food for the natural fish nursery, the mangrove is prone to soil erosion so no wildlife is found. A tower provides a panoramic view enabling the sighting of different bird species and the viewing of the distinct features of a mangrove. Guided tours are organized by the St. Lucia national Trust and the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute.
Cap Moule a Chique Lighthouse – Located at the Southern most tip of the island, the lighthouse is approximately 730ft above sea level, making it the 2nd highest lighthouse in the world.