Attractions in Castries

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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. 

Beaches

La Toc Beach

You will find several beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, for visitors who enjoy the underwater scene. Click on the name of the beach for a detailed review of that part of the coast.

La Toc Beach: La Toc is dominated by the Sandals Golf Resort, but there is public access. The atmosphere is relaxed, and it is a really nice location for sunbathers, beach walkers and casual swimmers.

A second option that beach-goers can consider is Vigie Beach. The beach runs alongside the Vigie Airport runway, which seems like an immediate drawback; but the airport is relatively quiet, and its presence means a lack of hotels and resorts, keeping the beach clean and peaceful. Being close to Castries, it also puts you in a good location for shopping, dining, and other activities when you're day at the beach is finished.

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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.

Castries and the surrounding areas have several other beach choices. To read our full guide to beaches, read this article.

Museums

Assuming you like to explore other cultures and places, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation in Castries.

A common landmark for vacationers is St. Lucia Folk Research Centre. It is located within Castries. Enjoy examples of native dress, get free creole recipes and check out the boutique for authentic souvenirs.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Le Pavillion Royal Museum. It is situated in western Castries. As the center of St. Lucia's historical and cultural conservation movement, this museum itself holds many treasures of its own. With numerous artifacts and document s detailing the history of St. Lucia's government and in particular the Government House.

The table below provides you with more details on a few museums you might enjoy in Castries.

Museums In Castries
Name Phone Location
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

Historical Sites

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

In case you enjoy learning about the history of an unfamiliar place, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical attractions during your stay.

Many travelers choose to visit Government House. It can be found at Le Pavillion Royal Museum and found 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.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is La Toc Battery. It is situated in western Castries. Visitors to the island will be able to explore the many rooms and passages in the fort, with the help of a guide to show you around and tell you some historical context of the area.

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.

You can look through this table for more information on historic sites in and around Castries.

Historic Sites In and Around Castries
Name Phone Location Island
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (758) 452-2416 Downtown Castries Saint Lucia
Choc Cemetery (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

Natural Attractions

Derek Walcott Square

Those visitors who enjoy being outside will frequently 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.

A second attraction you might want to consider 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.

Luckily, you will find some other natural attractions. To reach our complete page about natural attractions in and around Castries, click this link.

Casinos

St. Lucia Casinos

Feeling lucky? Those looking to test their luck in some gaming action will find a few opportunities to do so in and near the area.

Dollar Wise Arcade, which is on the premises of Blue Coral Shopping Mall, is located in downtown Castries. There are a total of 12 gaming machines currently in place at Dollar Wise.

If you enjoy playing the slots, you should check out 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 chart just below enables you to learn more details on the gaming venues in and near Castries.

Gambling In and Around Castries
Name Type Located At Phone Location
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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