The small town of Gros Islet is one of the newest as well on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. The island has been fully independent since 1979 and today makes for a relaxing place to getaway from it all.

The island was the home of the native Carib tribes, who likely arrived here several centuries before the Spanish discovered it around 1500 AD.

Colonized by the French in 1660 St. Lucia and the region around Gros Islet were hotly contested by the various European powers through the colonial period. It changed hands 14 times, mostly between the British and French. The British held the island from 1663 until 1667 until it was transferred back to the French, finally becoming a British colony again in 1814. With the treaty of Paris signed the island was officially a British territory and soon after it became a Crown Colony, under the control of the Government of the British Windward Islands that also included St. Vincent, Grenada, Tobago and Barbados. From 1958 until 1962 the island was part of the Federation of the West Indies and finally on February 22, 1979 Saint Lucia became an independent nation.

The resort of Gros Islet had been a sleepy fishing village throughout much of this, but recent growth as a tourist destination has resulted in the village being promoted to the status of a town!