Located in the southwest of the island, the fishing village of Laborie has much to offer!
Places of interest
The Rudy John Beach provides the perfect spot for relaxation; it was the venue for a free jazz concert on Sunday 5th May. If sun bathing isn’t for you, there are shaded picnic benches, or suit up and head snorkeling.
While there, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the craft centre to grab a souvenir. Longing for yachting? The Laborie Bay can fill that void! However, the bay is not considered a port of entry, and a ‘permit to moor’ is required. Restaurants, bars, hardware stores and a gas station can be found in the village so there’s no need to worry about getting needs met. The village is also home to the monthly ‘Festen Labowi’ — a cultural, festive extravaganza.
Laborie has been the birthplace of many prominent Saint Lucians. The village produced the island’s longest-serving governor general, Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy. A former lecturer, she devoted over thirty years to the field of education before assuming the role of governor general from 1997-2018. She is the only woman to have served in this position in Saint Lucia.
Also hailing from the community is author, journalist and the founder of this magazine’s publisher, STAR Publishing Co Ltd., Rick Wayne OBE. In the 70s and 80s Mr. Wayne pursued a successful career in bodybuilding; more than once he won the Mr. Universe title, as well as Mr. America, Mr. World and Mr. Europe!
More recently, inventor Karlis Noel has continued to make the community proud. A former fisherman, Noel created a solar-powered, mobile desalination plant, which can produce up to 1,000 gallons of water per day. Facing scarcity of adequate water, the republic of Nauru took notice in 2018 and reached an agreement with Noel to have one built.
Laborie Steel Pan
The Laborie Steel Pan Project was founded in 2005 and seeks to develop musical and artistic talent in the community. The junior group is for players aged 4-14, while the senior group for those 11-22 years of age. The organisation has consistently performed at a high level at the annual national Panorama contest. In 2018 six members of the organisation teamed up with ‘Mangrove Steel Band’ based in the UK, winning the London Panorama competition and making the whole of Saint Lucia proud.