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Jounen Kweyol in Saint Lucia

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Saint Lucia is a picturesque paradise located in the Eastern Caribbean famous for its friendly people, mountainous topography, beautiful crystal-clear waters, and world heritage sites such as the Twin Pitons and Drive-In Volcano. 

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A Peaceful Stroll on Pigeon Island

Saint Lucia is full of beautiful sites, but among one of the most important and spectacular is Pigeon Island. Formally an island, until the 1970’s when a causeway was built to connect the island to the mainland. Pigeon Island is said to have some of the most incredible views in all of Saint Lucia, as well as a rich historical background to go with it. The former island has been a point of conversation since the 1500’s, when the first settlers used it as a fort to raid passing ships. 

Top 3 Unique Features of a St. Lucian Christmas

Top 3 Unique Features of a St. Lucian Christmas

Christmas is the season for spending quality time with our loved ones and a Caribbean Christmas is no different. Unlike other countries where Christmas is celebrated with family and friends in front of the fireplace, in the Caribbean, many families take to the beach to enjoy this festive season with the traditions varying across the islands.

CHRISTMAS at Bay Gardens Resorts

Celebrate Christmas with us and experience exquisite St. Lucian cuisine at our

Hi Tide, Spices and Anchor Restaurants, located at any of our Bay Gardens properties. Whilst here, why not

Refresh, Revive and Rejuvenate at our La Mer Spa in collaboration with Ojas Spa and Wellness for a soothing and transformative experience.

If you're travelling with children, our Coral Kids Club is entertaining for the kids, leaving you with countless rest and relaxation.

Jounen Kwéyòl Celebrations: Bon Fête Kwéyòl

Say it Loud, Say it Proud! : What to say!

The Creole French also known as “patwa” (patois) or Kwéyòl is Spoken more predominantly on creole day. The local programmes and news on the various broadcasting stations are All encouraged to reflect the creole language. The entire population takes the opportunity to showcase their command of the language from the general public, roadside and market vendors, businesspeople, local television and radio hosts, to even the Youngest school student.

Jounen Kwéyòl Celebrations: Melting Pot of Melodies

What you HEAR!

During Creole Heritage Month, the sound of local music from the traditional bands adds life to the creole celebrations. The sweet rhythms come from musical instruments such as the locally made drums used from dry goatskin and various string instruments. The “Shak-shak”, bamboo flute, accordion, as well as the triangle are all used by the bands and is deep-rooted in our European and African heritage.

Jounen Kwéyòl Celebrations: Creole Culinary Experiences

What to EAT!

During creole heritage month and especially on Creole Day, authentic local cuisine comes highly recommended. As St. Lucians, the traditional food is always an Enjoyable part of the visit with homes, restaurants and the roadside vendors serving up the most creative finger-licking dishes.

Jounen Kwéyòl Celebrations: First Impressions

Dress to Impress:  What to WEAR!

Nothing impresses visitors to our beautiful island more than seeing our people decked up in their creole garbs during the month of October. The creole culture is quite visible in the traditional attire of the males and females alike.


A Day Rooted in Cultural Traditions

The Thanksgiving holiday is only celebrated in a few Caribbean islands including St. Lucia and Grenada. In St. Lucia, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October.

Jounen Kwéyòl Celebrations

Welcome to the Creole Season!

'Tis the time for wearing madras, eating traditional creole food and listening to the sounds of local drums!