La Toc

La Toc is the promontory that sits southwest of the entrance to Castries harbour. The position commands a clear view of Martinique to the North and the azure blue Caribbean Sea to the west. Indeed, the British recognized the strategic importance of the location and built a Gun Battery that guarded the entrance to Castries harbour in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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La Toc Battery

La Toc Battery sits behind La Toc villa and the historical site includes a mostly intact gun emplacement, eighteen tonne gun, fire signal tower and the subterranean complex that housed the shell store and dormitory. In 1899 both the upper and lower batteries were modernised to mount the more powerful Breech-Loading Guns. Two 6-inch guns with a range of 7 miles and one 9.2 inch gun with a range of 10 miles were installed. The battery has been restored by the hard work of Alice Bagshaw and she remains committed to preserving the site as faithfully as possible. The site includes a unique collection of bottles - some dating from 1720. Visits are by appointment only - 758 452 7921.

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La Toc gun

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La Toc Beach

La Toc beach is 5 minutes walk away and is on the west coast of the Island and enjoys fabulous surf. The beach is accessed through the Bagshaw Screen Printing premises, which is open daily during the week and at the weekends the guests at the Villa may still use this access (key provided). A coolbox is provided for those who want a glass of something as they watch the sun set. Finally, La Toc Sandals offer a Day Pass ($100) for those you want to enjoy a cocktail and all the other facilities offered.

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Main beach at La Toc

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Golden sand at La Toc beach

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La Toc beach - breakers at the old jetty

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Sunset at La Toc

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