Dennery sits peacefully on the eastern side of Saint Lucia and, physically, is one of the island’s largest districts. This part of the island focuses on agriculture rather than tourism. However, the few attractions that Dennery offers are of higher quality and intrigue, and are less commercial, making the area an ideal venue for a recuperating getaway.
Unlike many other communities whose settlements are predominantly found on the coast, most of Dennery’s population is in the Mabouya Valley (or The Valley), a wide area cuddled by surrounding mountains. Many inhabitants have earned their livelihood through farming of crops, especially bananas. The valley is also home to pathways that lead to waterfalls, streams and lush rainforest trails. If you are staying in the north and have been seduced to go ziplining with Rainforest Treetop Adventures, you would inevitably bypass the entrance of Mabouya Valley.
The wide, smooth, main road in Dennery is dotted at the sidelines with shops, vendors, well-kept public facilities such as the Dennery Police Station and the artistic exterior of the Multipurpose Centre. Keep an eye out for the sign indicating the Fond d’Or Nature Historic Park, a tranquil park with historical remnants that is often the venue for concerts. You can catch more than a glimpse of the ocean during the journey through Dennery after leaving The Valley.
Dennery Village is located nearer to the coast making it one of Saint Lucia’s many fishing villages. On Saturday nights the usually peaceful and serene area comes alive with not only music and people but with the aromatic smells of seafood – grilled, baked, stewed and marinated in an array of styles. Dennery Fish Fiesta is a less congested version of Gros Islet’s Friday Night street party. This makes it easier, between the hours of 4 p.m. – 2 a.m., to enjoy the tasty food and manoeuvre towards the seashore to find a comfortable spot to eat and take in the sounds selected by the DJ.
Dennery residents have recently become the vanguard of local music by creating a whole new genre, popular in the entire Caribbean, called the Dennery Segment (Kudoru). It’s impossible to attend any Lucian party, fete or street lime without experiencing a few minutes of catchy tunes and heavy Kweyol lyrics that excite every local within hearing range. The Dennery Segment encourages plenty of gyrating and waist movement. Beware of asking for a translation of the lyrics or vernacular heard in these songs as it might be alarming to find out what they actually mean! Don’t be surprised, whilst in Dennery, eating seafood and homemade bakes, to suddenly hear bursts of excitement initiated by music. Join in!
Like the west coast village of Choiseul, Dennery has some locally renowned bread. But in contrast to the one bakery frequented in Choiseul, Dennery has several options, both in the village and beyond, for yummy, baked goods. Vending in Dennery also features fresh and local foods similar to any other district. So take the uncommon trip and enjoy the delicacies, music, sights and serenity of Dennery.