Lighthouses of Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is an island nation located south of Martinique and north of St. Vincent in the Windward Islands of the West Indies. With a population of about 175,000 St. Lucia has become a popular tourist destination, although it may not be quite as well known as its neighbors Martinique and Barbados. The capital of the country is Castries on the northwest coast of the island.

Originally colonized by France, the island seesawed back and forth between France and Britain throughout the 18th century before becoming British for good in 1814. As a result a French-based Creole language is commonly spoken and most of the place names are French. Saint Lucia became independent in 1979.

Aids to navigation in Saint Lucia are owned and operated by the St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA). Sadly, SLASPA allowed the island's two historic lighthouses to deteriorate for many years. In 2008 private interests came forward to help repair one of them, the Cap Moule à Chique Light seen at right., and in 2014-15 SLASPA restored the Vigie Light at Castries.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume J of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA numbers are from Publication 110.

General Sources
Online List of Lights - Saint Lucia
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas. Currently the St. Lucia photos are by Arno Siering and Rainer Arndt.
World of Lighthouses - Saint Lucia
Photos by various photographers available from
Lighthouses in the Caribbean
Aerial photos posted by
Leuchttürme Mittelamerikas und der Karibik auf historischen Postkarten
Historic postcard images posted by Klaus Huelse.
Navigational chart information for Saint Lucia.
Cap Moule à Chique Light
Cap Moule à Chique Light, Vieux-Fort, February 2012
photo copyright Denise Caron; used by permission
* Cap Moule à Chique (Vieux-Fort)
1912. Inactive. 9 m (29 ft) concrete or stucco-clad cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery. Tower painted white, lantern red. A short concrete block post near the lighthouse carries the active light (focal plane 227 m (745 ft); white flash every 5 s). Denise Caron's 2012 photo is above, Geoff Schultz has another photo, has a view of the mountaintop, has aerial photos, Huelse has a historic postcard image, and Google has a satellite view. In October 2005 Bob Taylor found the lighthouse "being used as a junction for the wiring for all of the radio and signal towers" nearby. In 2008 the owners of the Coconut Bay Resort came forward to fund restoration of the lighthouse; in return, the resort is advertising the station as a location for weddings. The restoration of the tower was delayed but finally began in 2011, and not a moment too soon: the lighthouse was in terrible condition at the time of Tom Willett's August 2010 photo. By 2013 the tower was restored but the lantern had been removed and discarded; fragments of it lie on the ground in Gary Reid's July 2013 photo. A new lantern was then installed, and it is seen in Richard Burt's 2015 street view. We need better information on the current situation. Meanwhile, the view is just as spectacular as advertised on many tourist websites. Located above Vieux-Fort on the southernmost tip of the island. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS STL-001; Admiralty J5798; NGA 15048.
Tapion Rock
Date unknown (station established 1843). Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); quick-flashing white light. 3 m (10 ft) steel post mounted atop a 1-story concrete building. The post is painted red; the building is painted in a black and white checkerboard pattern. Trabas has a photo by Rainer Arndt, a view from the sea is available, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Inaccessible, but there are good views from ships arriving or leaving. Site and tower closed. Admiralty J5792; NGA 15004.
* Castries West Wharf Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 34 m (111 ft); continuous red light. 22 m (72 ft) square skeletal tower, painted white. The tower carries a triangular slatted daymark painted white with an orange vertical stripe. Trabas has Arno Siering's distant view, and the tower is centered in Bing's satellite view. The front light is on a mast attached to a waterfront building. Located on a hillside southeast of Castries harbor. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty J5793.1; NGA 15020.
Cul de Sac Bay Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); continuous green light. 14 m (46 ft) round cylindrical tower painted with black and yellow horizontal bands and carrying a rectangular daymark colored red with a white vertical stripe. A distant view is available, Trabas has Arndt's distant view, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Cul de Sac harbor, about 10 km (6 mi) south of Castries, is the island's oil terminal. Located on a hillside east of the harbor. Site and tower closed. Admiralty J5795.31; NGA 15026.1.
** Vigie (2)
1914 (Chance Brothers). Station established 1883. Active; focal plane 97.5 m (320 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 11 m (36 ft) cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery, painted white with red trim; lantern painted red. Bob Taylor's photo is at right, Trabas has a good photo by Arno Siering, Gail Hampshire has a 2011 photo, Debbie Niemann has a 2015 photo, a view from the harbor is available, and Google has a satellite view. Huelse has a postcard view of the original lighthouse shortly before the present one was built. In October 2005 Taylor found the lighthouse in poor condition with no glass in the lantern. The glass is still missing in J.B. Jelloid's February 2011 photo, but the tower had been repainted. The adjoining keeper's house was in use as office space for the Air and Sea Ports Authority. In 2014-15 SLASPA finally restored the lighthouse; the results are seen in Woody Wade's June 2015 photo at right. Located on the Vigie peninsula, the north side of the harbor of Castries, near the airport. Site and tower reported to be open daily. ARLHS STL-004; Admiralty J5791; NGA 15000.

Information available on lost lighthouses:

Vigie Light, Castries, June 2015
Flickr photo copyright and courtesy of Woody Wade; used by permission

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Posted December 8, 2005. Checked and revised February 1, 2019. Lighthouses: 5. Site copyright 2019 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.