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Conch shells still blow every day as the fishermen arrive in Laborie with their fresh catch.

Come and wander along the village streets, sample local cuisine from a variety of small restaurants, visit the century-old stone Catholic Church, taste crusty Creole bread fresh out from a wood-fired oven.

Sit at the market square, in the shade of the almond tree, to watch village life pass by.

Our historic and scenic community of beautiful beaches and lush vegetation is also one of the best place to experience the island's nature and explore its diverse fauna and flora.

Visit The Papèl Craft Centre at Rudy John Beach Park, a souvenirs and visitor information centre overlooking Rudy John Beach Park, one of the most beautiful, family-friendly beaches on the island.

This is where you will find craft, a refreshing drink, a snack or a brunch: the best place to catch a lime - enjoy yourself! - in all of Saint Lucia.

 


 

There is a variety of things to do, see and experience in Laborie. From relaxing to energetic, from solitary to crowded, from early morning to late night, from historic to new and shiny – it is here waiting for you. We'll bet on it, you’ll find your own favorite.

Rudy John Beach Park's Papèl Arts & Crafts Centre + The Café

The Rudy John Beach Park is one of Saint Lucia's best kept secrets, where local families come to enjoy the long, sandy reef-protected beach fringed with coconut palms. The bay is perfect for a relaxing sea bath, swimming and snorkeling. There are picnic tables and shelter. You could also very well find yourself watching - or participating - in a local football match.

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Take a Tour: The Laborie Experience

You’ll stroll the village, with knowledgeable local guides, whose stories will bring the heritage and history of Laborie to life.

The tours are personalized according to the interests of the guest. Your guide just knows his/her Creole heritage, his/her Saint Lucian history, the local flora and its uses, and so much more.

The Laborie Experience is a unique community-based and community-owned tour.

Inquiries: +1-758-455-9910
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Saturday Market

Before the crack of dawn, the vendors arrive from all over the region to set up colourful trays with heaps of freshly picked fruits and vegetables for sale. Saturday morning market is buzzing from before 5 to after 9AM. You can find a little of everything that is in season as well as a local breakfast featuring cocoa tea.

The Many, Many Special Events...

Throughout the year, Laborie hosts a variety of events. Visitors are more than welcome to join the various celebrations and special events such as Independence Day activities around February, Easter Bazaar held in the Market Square on Easter Monday, Jazz in the South festival in early May and St. Cecilia’s Day tribute to local musicians on November.

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... Or just sitting on the block.

A time-honoured tradition, Laborie is a great place to sit and watch village life unroll. There are countless little "kabawes" (local rum shops), where you can take a cool beverage in the shade and watch villagers go by. You can relax on a bench in the market square, under the shade of the almond trees, enjoying quiet contemplation or striking up a conversation. Never boring!

Hike Up Morne Le Blanc

Providing a striking panoramic overlook of the southern edge of Saint Lucia, Morne Le Blanc Heritage Site is located on top of the largest hill domineering Laborie. Morne Le Blanc offers a huge variety of plants and tall trees, picnic tables and a viewing platform. You can drive or walk up the steep, scenic winding road from the main highway to the top.

Piaye Village

Two miles down the ocean-hugging highway is the village of Piaye, known for its deep African roots. Beautiful beach!

Balenbouche Estate

Just half a mile past Piaye is the historic Balenbouche Estate, where drop-in visitors are as welcome as scheduled guests. You can get a guided tour of the century old plantation house, the dramatic remains of the sugar mill and the truly picturesque beaches and grounds. Don't forget your camera!

Laborie is close to many other attractions Saint Lucia has to offer.

To the east, windsurfing at Anse-aux-sables, Vieux Fort; the George Odlum Olympic Stadium; Mamiku Gardens and Dennery's Fish Saturdays.

To the west, the Choiseul's arts & crafts centre; the famous & glorious Pitons; the relaxing Sulphur Springs and the Fond Saint-Jacques area many waterfalls and nature trails; splendid Soufrière town.

 

Whether you want a quick bite on the run, a tasty local meal, or a fine-dining experience, you can find it in and around Laborie.

Here's a ‘taste’ of what you can find to satisfy your hunger for authentic Saint Lucian cooking, delicious fresh seafood and more. You’ll note that like many Lucians, the restaurants are often known by more than one name!

A&A (Miss Ann Marie’s)

Located just past the bridge by the church on the main road of Laborie, Miss Ann Marie has a cozy place known for chicken and beef rotis, an East Indian dish of tender curry-seasoned meat and potatoes wrapped in an unleavened flour shell. She also has hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken & fries as well as daily specials like pizza, dal (curried lentils) or sandwiches.

Open every day except Sunday from 9am-9pm. 455-9504.

Zoe’s Place & Bar/by Clue

The deep sky-blue & white restaurant known as Zoe’s Place offers a spectacular view of Laborie Bay along with their delicious food. From rotis and burgers to lambi (conch) and West Indian meals, there is always something great to eat. Local juices and a variety of beverages are chilled and waiting as well. On Sunday evenings – the special is handmade pizza including the local favorite – hot dog! Then there is Laborie’s delicious version of fast food – Clue’s chicken and bake. The chicken is so tender it melts in your mouth and the bakes are fresh and hot. Get them to go or eat it there. Located along Testanier Highway, ask anyone and they can point the way.

Open every day except Monday. 455-9411.

 Debbie’s Homestyle Restaurant 

Known island-wide for some of the best Saint Lucian cuisine, Auntie Debbie has created a place where you don’t just go for the food but for the ambiance as well. Wide, shady verandas decorated with potted plants and baskets of local produce invite you to sit, relax, and enjoy a memorable meal. Debbie’s menu is full of mouth-watering options for both lunch and supper. Her Sunday buffet is legendary – long tables filled with every tasty delight topped off with a separate dessert table. Debbie’s Homestyle Restaurant is located along the highway between Laborie and Piaye.

Open most every day except Monday, for lunch through supper. 455-1625.

Mama Rose’s by the Market

This bar and restaurant has been in the family for four generations, serving delicious local meals such as fresh grilled fish, seasoned chicken and barbecued pork with all the traditional trimmings (ground provisions, salads, beans, etc.). You can also get chicken and chips (fries) and their daily special depending on what’s fresh and what the cook feels like making that day. There is a fully stocked bar with homemade rum punches, cold beverages and local juices. Mama Rose’s is located right next to Laborie’s market square with both indoor tables as well as an outdoor bar/patio perfect for keeping an eye on what’s going on around town.

Open every day except Sundays, from 11am until late. 455-9084 or 488-6023.

Big Bamboo Café

Located on the corner opposite the market square in Laborie, this restaurant is the latest addition to what Laborie has to offer. It offers delicious gourmet meals in an relaxed bistro-type atmosphere. Featuring a fun and cosy sidewalk terrasse, it is the perfect spot to share a drink with friends right bing-bang in the middle of the village. Big Bamboo also features a wine-bar, offers a sunday dinner brunch and the owners will soon start making their own bread! Breakfast and coffee also available.

Mama Tilly’s

Known for her big heart, delicious barbecued chicken and grilled fish-to-go, you can’t beat Mama Tilly’s. Located on the corner of La Croix and Allan Louisy street just up from the Police Station.

The grill is hot from Wednesday through Saturday evenings after 5 pm.

Friday and Saturday streetside grills

On Friday & Saturday, from the afternoons and into the night, the streets of Laborie and the highway bypass come alive with a variety of delicious road-side grills and fish shacks. From barbecued chicken to lambi (conch) stew, grilled stuffed fish or corn on the cob, you can stroll the streets stopping for a bite wherever you see something that fits your fancy.

 

WHERE TO STAY?

balenbouche.com

A magical property with a carefully preserved historic estate house and 5 chalets.

bayviewapts.com

Two finely built apartments with a glorious view over Laborie Bay.

swimreadrelax.com

2 Wonderful lodging options overlooking Titwou Bay.

miragebeachresort.com

You literally cannot be any closer to the beach!

mangosplash.info

Right on the beach, one apartment, one cottage and a very special treehouse.

laboriebeachhouse.com

In the heart of the village, 2 comfortable fully equipped 2-bedroom apartments.

 

Laborie has a sheltered bay perfectly suited for yachting and other marine-based activities.

Drop anchor!But it also has several reefs, which need to be protected and restored, and which can pose a danger to yachts!

Mariners should click here to make sure that they are guided to safe passage into the Laborie Bay.

Since it is not a Port of Entry, Laborie Bay falls within the policing responsibilities of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force exercised both through the Laborie Police Station (located very near the jetty) and the Marine Unit which has a base in Vieux Fort some 5 Km (3 Miles) to the East.

Yachts should cleared into and out of Saint Lucia at Vieux Fort or Soufriere. A “Permit to Moor” is required to anchor or moor in Laborie Bay.

Laborie offers many services to yachts and their crew. Diesel, gasoline and kerosene are available from the gas station located at the end of the jetty. There is a hardware store (Jn Pierre Enterprises) in the village and a specialised marine section at another hardware store (True Value) in the nearby town of Vieux Fort.

Laborie is a welcoming community, with several restaurants and bars, a popular beach, a craft centre and a daily supply of fresh fish.

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Longitude and latitude coordinates

13 45' 2'N, 60 59' 49''W

LABORIE VILLAGE


A VILLAGE TO LOVE IN SAINT-LUCIA
Patricia Borns, Globe Correspondent (February 11, 2011 - boston.com)

As you enter the village of Laborie, a mural painted by Jonathan Guy-Gladding announces your arrival with lyrical beauty. Gladding, an artist whose work shows in the Caribbean as well as Europe and the United States, fell in love with Laborie as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1999, and continues to call it his muse and second home.

Last year on a winter getaway, I too fell in love with Laborie. Unlike the resorts in St. Lucia's north, the village on the south coast has an old West Indies soul. Although the predominately fishing and farming community sees few tourists, the traditions Gladding celebrates in his mural can now be seen on a community-led heritage tour called "The Laborie Experience" created with the help of another Peace Corps volunteer, Diane Gunvalson.

On my visit, I saw children at the pan school rehearse, watched men weaving strips of bamboo into fish pots, met Mr. Bram who harvests sea moss, and Mr. Ives, a self-taught musician who's a local cultural icon. (In the mural, Ives and his friends are playing the violin, electric base, shak-shak, banjo, tanbou, and maracas.)

In Laborie, fishermen still leave the beach each morning in their bright boats (one of the boats is a traditional gommier made from a hollowed tree trunk) and return to the conch's blast, bringing locals to the shore to buy their catch. Some of St. Lucia's last coral reefs lie in Laborie's sandy bays: Ti Tou (Little Hole) to the southeast: Laborie Bay, where Rudy John Beach Park is located; and the secluded beaches of Sapphire Bay.

If it's Saturday, be sure to arrive early at the market square where vendors come from around the countryside to hawk yams, vegetables, green figs (bananas), spices, and home-baked farine and cassava breads. The half-day tour includes a local lunch, but save room for piping hot, croissant-shaped Creole bread from Zeb's Creole Bakery, where Zeb and Alene bake over 2,500 loaves every day in their wood-fired oven. (Time your stop before 8 a.m. or 1-5 p.m. to get them while they're hot.)