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 will find several beaches to visit in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at several locations, for vacationers who are so inclined. Just click on the name of each beach for more information concerning that particular location.
La Toc Beach: From the center of Castries City, go west past the Ferry Terminal on Millenium Hwy. The road winds a bit, and taking your fourth right will put you on the road with access to the beach.
Another 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: While not overly urbanized, this is a beach that does see quite a number of visitors. Its location adjacent to the the runway of Vigie Airport make it quick and easy to access for those staying along the northwest coast - the most popular tourist area.
These are just some of the options. To learn about more beaches available, use this link.
Assuming you like to become more aware of other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Castries.
If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit St. Lucia Folk Research Centre. It is found in Castries. The St. Lucia Folk Research Centre features exhibits that represent the daily lives of the native people of the island of St. Lucia. Additionally, the research center includes a library with an extensive collection of books, articles, and other text related to the people and culture of St. Lucia; videos of cultural events; and images that span several decades.
Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Le Pavillion Royal Museum. It is found in 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 chart just below enables you to get more details concerning a few museums in Castries.
|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|
If you enjoy learning about the history of a foreign place, you should consider visiting a few of these historical attractions while vacationing in Castries.
One popular destination is Government House. It can be found at Le Pavillion Royal Museum and located in western Castries. The Government House is open to visitors Tuesday and Thursday between 10:00am and noon, as well as from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, by appointment only. There are no open-house hours, everyone wanting to visit must call ahead.
Many travelers also choose to visit 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.
Take a look at the chart below for information concerning 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|
Assuming you enjoy natural surroundings will typically enjoy spending some time at Derek Walcott Square. 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.
Another local site you might like is King George V Gardens. 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.
Castries offers additional natural attractions. To visit our guide to natural attractions in and around the area, see this page.
Looking for a bit of action? Guests interested in testing their luck will have a few alternatives in and near the area.
Dollar Wise Arcade, on the premises 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 you like slot machines, you might like Treasure Bay Casino. Amass a treasure of your own at Treasure Bay Casino on St. Lucia. With 250 slot machines and a number of table games, along with the opportunity to join the Player's Club, the opportunities for big wins are endless.
The following chart provides you with a few details concerning the 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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