North of Rodney Bay and about 8 mi/13 km north of Castries is the village of Gros Islet, St. Lucia (pronounced gro-zee-LAY), which hosts a Friday night Jump-Up (street party). Everyone is welcome to join in the revelry at this street dance, where soca, dub and, occasionally, zouk music blasts from huge speakers. Visitors and St. Lucians pack the streets, and there are sidewalk barbecues offering grilled chicken and lambi (conch).
The atmosphere is fun, but stick to the main areas where the crowds are: Don't wander onto the deserted side streets, and don't carry any unnecessary valuables. Be sure to take along some energy: The merriment has been known to go on until the wee hours of the morning.
Cricket fans will want to stop at nearby Beausejour Stadium, a 13,000-seat sports facility. It has been the site of several international matches, including the first international day-night cricket match held in the West Indies in 2006. Named after the nearby Beausejour Hills, the stadium is home to the Windward Islands team and has drawn worldwide attention to the Caribbean as a venue for major cricket events. Look for signs to the field on the Castries-Gros Islet Highway.
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