Castries is a lively port town that serves as a great destination for tourists who want to do more than relax on the beach -- though this is certainly an option. Within the city there are numerous historic attractions, government buildings, and landmarks, as well as several parks for a hint of the more natural side of the island. If you're one who really wants to explore the local eco-system, there are trails and waterfalls nearby. In contrast, a few gaming centers keep those who'd like to do a bit of gambling busy.
You'll find a large number of beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at several locations, for those who enjoy the underwater scene. Click on the name of the beach to read a detailed article concerning that specific beach.
La Toc Beach: Located just west of downtown Castries is the crescent-shaped La Toc Beach. The sands at this beach look as though they've been paved in gold, and shimmer spectacularly in the sultry island sun.
A second option worth considering is Vigie Beach. The sandy shores of Vigie Beach slope gently into the clear blue waters of the Caribbean. The beach is well sheltered, providing relief from unruly tradewinds.
Malabar Beach: The golden sands of Malabar Beach sit right in between Choc Beach and the Vigie Airport, where you'll find scores of beachgoers lounging in chairs under umbrellas, and many others in the gentle, blue waters of the bay. Off to the right, you'll have a lovely view of nearby Rat Island.
Castries and the surrounding areas offer several additional beach choices. To find out about other beaches available, navigate to this page.
Assuming you like to expand your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Castries.
Many travelers choose to visit St. Lucia Folk Research Centre. It is found within Castries. Enjoy examples of native dress, get free creole recipes and check out the boutique for authentic souvenirs.
Another common landmark for vacationers is Le Pavillion Royal Museum. It is located within western Castries. With a focus on the Government House of St. Lucia, the museum details the affairs the building and the governor Governor-General, and the role they have played on St. Lucia history. As the representative of the Monarch, the Governor-General has been the day to day manager of St. Lucia since 1627, and you can bet in the nearly four centuries that the office has played a role.
The table just below lists some details regarding some the museums you might enjoy in the area.
|Le Pavillion Royal Museum||--||0.6 mi. South West of Downtown Castries|
|St. Lucia Folk Research Centre||(758) 452-2279||0.5 mi. Northeast of Downtown Castries|
In case you enjoy experiencing the history of a foreign place, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical attractions while vacationing in Castries.
An interesting landmark worth visiting is Government House. It is found within Le Pavillion Royal Museum and located in western Castries. The current Government House is the third incarnation, with the first being destroyed in 1817, and the second abandoned in 1865. The third and final Government House was completed in 1895.
Another common landmark for vacationers is La Toc Battery. It is located in western Castries. This old fort was once garrisoned by the British Colonial Forces, though today it serves a a window to the past.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception: As the seat of the Archbishop on Saint Lucia, this cathedral has been a center of St. Lucian cultural life. However, just as the church as affected the people, walk inside and gaze upon the walls' and ceiling's decoration and see how the people have affected the church as well.
Be sure to look at the table below for more information about historical sites in and around the area.
|Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception||(758) 452-2416||Downtown Castries||Saint Lucia|
|(758) 452-4459||0.9 mi. North of Downtown Castries||Saint Lucia|
|Fort Charlotte||--||1.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Castries||Saint Lucia|
|Fort Rodney||--||Pigeon Island, 5.9 mi. North of Central Castries||Pigeon Island|
|Government House||(758) 452-2481||0.6 mi. South West of Downtown Castries||Saint Lucia|
|La Toc Battery||(758) 452-7921||1.0 mi. West of Downtown Castries||Saint Lucia|
Derek Walcott Square is one of the natural attractions that's worth a visit. <p>Named for St. Lucian author Derek Walcott who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, this public square is located in the heart of St. Lucia's capital city of Castries. Not only is there a spot to honor Walcott, but the park also pays homage to residents who lost their lives in battle.</p>
Another local site you might want to visit is King George V Gardens. <p>Named after a British King of the early 1900's, the gardens are a popular place for a walk in the middle of the day. Located nearby many other attractions, it is a place easily visited without going out of your way.</p>
Castries offers a full range choices. To reach our page about natural attractions in and around the area, read this page.
Feeling lucky? Travelers wanting to test their luck on the slots will have several alternatives in and near the area.
Dollar Wise Arcade, which is part of Blue Coral Shopping Mall, is found in downtown Castries. Located in the Blue Coral Shopping Mall, Dollar Wise Arcade opened on St. Lucia as the first official gaming arcade on the island.
If slot machines are part of your plans, consider heading to Treasure Bay Casino. Classy and stylish, come dressed to the nines for a night at Treasure Bay Casino.
Check out this table to see more about gaming choices in and near Castries.
|Dollar Wise Arcade||Gambling Arcade||Blue Coral Shopping Mall||(758) 284-0400||Downtown Castries|
|Treasure Bay Casino||Casino||Baywalk Mall||(758) 459-2901||4.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Castries|
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